Dwight Tiendalli

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Dwight Tiendalli
Tiendalli at FC Twente in 2010
Personal information
Full name Dwight Marciano Tiendalli
Date of birth (1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Swansea City
Number 19
Youth career
2001–2004 Ajax
2004–2005 FC Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 FC Utrecht 41 (3)
2006–2009 Feyenoord 35 (0)
2008 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2012 FC Twente 71 (1)
2012– Swansea City 26 (1)
National team
2005–2007 Netherlands U21 16 (0)
2013– Netherlands 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2013

Dwight Tiendalli (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdwai̯t tinˈdɑlɪ]; born 21 October 1985 in Paramaribo) is a Surinamese-born Dutch footballer who plays as a full back for Swansea City in the Premier League.

He is a former Dutch Under-21 international, and was part of the FC Twente team which won the 2009-10 Eredivisie. After his first season with Swansea, in which the team won the League Cup, Tiendalli was capped for the first time by the Netherlands national team.

Club career[edit]

Feyenoord and Sparta[edit]

Tiendalli running for the defence during the match.

In the summer of 2006, Tiendalli moved to Feyenoord on a four-year contract, for a fee of €2 million.[1] After one appearance for Utrecht this season, he made his Feyenoord debut five days later, in a 0–0 draw against Heracles Almelo. He also made his European debut, in the first round of UEFA Cup, in a 2–2 draw against Lokomotiv Sofia. On 12 December 2006, Tiendalli was sent off after handling the ball on the goal-line. However, video evidence proved he had not committed an offence, leading referee Jack van Hulten to admit to the mistake and for Tiendalli to have his red card rescinded.[2] In his first season, Tiendalli was sidelined by a groin injury and missed the entire season.[3]

After recovering from the injury,[3] Feyenoord loaned Tiendalli to city rivals Sparta Rotterdam on 25 January 2008, where he was re-united with his former Utrecht coach Foeke Booy. Tiendalli went straight into the starting line-up, putting in a fine display on his debut.

Tiendalli in the Feyenoord home shirt in 2007.

After a loan spell at Sparta Rotterdam, Tiendalli was indeed used more often, but could not make the expected breakthrough he wanted on his return. In De Klassieker against Ajax, which Feyenoord lost 2–0, he was sent-off in the match for a second bookable offence, and was also sent off in the last game of the season, a 3–2 loss against Roda JC. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Tiendalli left Feyenoord by having his contract terminated.

FC Twente[edit]

On 14 September 2009, Twente signed Tiendalli on a free transfer, with signing a one-year contract, view an further years.[4] A month since joining Twente, having appeared as an unused substitute in the last two matches, Tiendalli made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Dario Vujicevic on the 63rd minutes, in a 3–1 win over Heracles Almelo. A week after his debut. he scored his first goal and provided assist for Miroslav Stoch for an opener and would gave him a favor for a second goal, in a 4–0 win over Groningen.[5] In his first season, the club would win their first ever Eredivisie and Tiendalli would established himself in the first team, in absent of Slobodan Rajkovic and Nicky Kuiper. During the season, Tiendalli made his Europa League debut and played two legs against Werder Bremen, in which Twente lose 4–2, eliminating the club in the second round. Also, he signed a new contract

In the 2010–11 season, Tiendalli starts his season when he made his first start in Johan Cruijff-schaal XV which Twente won 1–0. He would then played three games in the UEFA Champions League. Elsewhere, in the league, he soon lost his first team place, due to injuries and would only made 18 appearance.[6] In the end, Twente finished third place in the Champions League, leading the club to go to the Europa League and process throughout the knockout stage until the quarter final, where he received a straight red card in a 3–1 loss against Villarreal and after the second leg game, Twente was once again eliminated in the Europa League. At the end of the season, it announced that he will leave the club as his contract won't be renewed because of his contract have been stalled.[7] A week before his contract expiration, he attended the club's first session of the new season, insisting he wants to maintain his fitness.[8] However, Preud'homme's successor Co Adriaanse offered him a new contract, which he accept for another season.[9] After signing a new deal at Twente, he stated he hopes he makes a fresh start under Adriaanse[10]

In the 2011–12 season, Tiendalli starts his season when he made his first start in Johan Cruijff-schaal XVI once again as Twente faced Ajax for the second time in the row and ended up winning 2–1. During the season, he was used more often in left back position at Twente. He was released at the end of the 2011–12 season, following arrivals of returning manager Steve McClaren[citation needed].

Swansea City[edit]

On 10 September 2012, English Premier League club Swansea City confirmed that Tiendalli had signed a deal with the club until the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season.[11] Tiendalli was signed to bring in defensive cover after first-choice left back Neil Taylor was ruled out for the rest of the 2012–13 season with a broken ankle.

Tiendalli made his debut, in the third round of the League Cup, providing assist for Danny Graham in a 3–2 win over Crawley Town.[12] Tiendalli since made three appearance in the league, playing in various position. Having been on the bench in the league for two months since joining Swansea City, due to Ben Davies and Àngel Rangel first choices in the left and right back position (in which Tiedndalli played in both position), Tiendalli finally made his league debut, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan de Guzmán in the 74th minutes, in a 2–0 win over Arsenal. After the match, Tiendalli says he wants to stay at Swansea despite his first team opportunities became difficult for him to come by[13] Tiendalli would then play in the final when he went on for Davies on the 84th minutes, in a 5–0 win over Bradford City, becoming the non-English club and the first time a major English cup had been won by a non-English club since 1927 when Swansea's rivals Cardiff City won the FA Cup.[14] A week later, Tiendalli soon become a first choice in defence after Rangel was injured. He soon make a name for himself in a match against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 March 2013.

Tiendalli scored his first goal for the club, in a 3-2 away win over Wigan Athletic on 7 May 2013 at the DW Stadium. Manager Michael Laudrup praised Tiendalli for his performance in response to uncertainly over his future, Laudrup said he expected Tiendalli to move on at the end of the season.[15]

At the end of the 2012-13 season, his agent Sebastien Casenaz told talkSPORT that Tiendalli would not be at Swansea City for the next season after talks had broken down.[16] However, on 28 August 2013, Tiendalli re-joined Swansea on a three-year contract until June 2016.[17]

International career[edit]

Tiendalli played five matches at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup Finals for Netherlands U-21.[18][19]

In 2006 he was part of the Netherlands squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal and he was also named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.

Tiendalli made his full international debut in a 3–0 friendly win against Indonesia on 7 June 2013, replacing Daryl Janmaat in the second half.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2004–05 FC Utrecht Eredivisie 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2005–06 29 2 3 2 2 0 34 4
2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Feyenoord Eredivisie 13 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 19 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 13 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 Feyenoord Eredivisie 22 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 28 0
2009–10 FC Twente Eredivisie 26 1 5 0 2 0 33 1
2010–11 18 0 4 0 5 0 1 0 28 0
2011–12 27 0 2 0 9 0 3 0 41 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2012–13 Swansea City Premier League 14 1 2 0 5 0 21 1
2013–14 10 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 19 0
2014–15 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals Netherlands 160 4 19 2 0 0 22 0 8 0 209 6
England 26 1 4 0 7 0 6 0 43 1
Career totals 186 5 23 2 7 0 28 0 8 0 252 7
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 12 May 2013.[21]

International performance[edit]

Dutch national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
Total 2 0
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 11 June 2013.[21]



Netherlands FC Twente

Wales Swansea City A.F.C


  1. ^ "Feyenoord sign Tiendalli". Sky Sports. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 112 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Buijs accepts ban". Sky Sports. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Tiendalli returns to training". Sky Sports. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Official: FC Twente Sign Free Agent Dwight Tiendalli
  5. ^ "FC Twente 4–0 FC Groningen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "New setback for FC Twente in Spain" [Nieuwe tegenvaller voor FC Twente in Spanje] (in Dutch). FC Update. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tiendalli may leave at FC Twente" [Tiendalli mag vertrekken bij FC Twente] (in Dutch). FC Update. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tiendalli wants to leave, but will train at FC Twente" [Tiendalli wil weg, maar traint bij FC Twente] (in Dutch). FC Update. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tiendalli signs new one-year contract" [Tiendalli tekent nieuw 1-jarig contract] (in Dutch). FC Twente Official Homepage. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tiendalli hopes for fresh start under Adriaanse" [Tiendalli hoopt op frisse start onder Adriaanse] (in Dutch). FC Update. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Swansea City Sign Free Agent Dwight Tiendalli
  12. ^ "Crawley 2 Swansea 3: Monk completes late comeback as Laudrup's men survive scare". Daily Mail. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swansea City star Dwight Tiendalli keen to extend stay at Liberty Stadium". This is South Wales. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nathan Dyer double helps Swansea ruin Bradford's Capital One Cup dream". The Guardian. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Michael Laudrup coy over new contract for Dwight Tiendalli". BBC Sport. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Transfer news: Swansea fail to agree terms with Dwight Tiendalli". Sky Sports. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Tiendalli re-joins the Swans". Swansea City. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  19. ^ "Prem duo in Dutch youth squad". Sky Sports. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Indonesia 0-3 Netherlands". Sky Sports. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Dwight Tiendalli Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 

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