Elia at practice with Hamburg in 2009.
|Full name||Eljero George Rinaldo Elia|
|Date of birth||13 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Voorburg, Netherlands|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Werder Bremen|
|1996–2000||ADO Den Haag|
|2002–2004||ADO Den Haag|
|2004–2007||ADO Den Haag||56||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Eljero George Rinaldo Elia (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛldʒəroː ˈeːlijaː]) (born 13 February 1987 in Voorburg) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. He scored on his debut for the Dutch national team in September 2009 and participated at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
ADO Den Haag
Before excelling in the ADO Den Haag youth team at age of nine, Elia played for many amateur clubs. He made his professional debut in 2004 against Groningen when he was just 17 years old. In that season, he played four matches and scored one goal (which is his first professional goal) for Den Haag in a match against AZ. From that on at ADO Den Haag, Elia would established himself in the first team.
Not only FC Twente were interested in Elia's signature but also Ajax were keen to sign him but if he chose Ajax, he would first be loaned back to ADO Den Haag, and Elia did not have a chance of playing there. ADO Den Haag were also relegated, and he did not want to play in the Eerste Divisie. Elia made his FC Twente debut in a 2–2 draw against Utrecht on 26 August 2007. Elia scored his first goal in a 2–1 win over Heracles Almelo on 8 February 2008 and scored another in a 2–1 win over Ajax the following month. In his first season at the club, Elia made 30 appearance and scored twice as the League qualifying round.
Under new manager Steve McClaren, Elia made more improvement in the first team and began a goalscoring form with eleven. Elia made his Champions League debut in the third round against Arsenal, where Twente lose on both legs. Despite the clubs elimination, the club would progress to the UEFA Cup Group stage. Elia scored his first European goal in a 3–2 loss against Manchester City on 6 November 2008. However, Twente would lose in the third round knockout stage against Marseille. In the KNVB Cup, the club would progress to the final against Heerenveen. In the final, Elia scored the club's first goal in the match. However, the club would lose on penalties after Youssouf Hersi missed the penalty, costing the club winning the KNVB Cup. When he played for FC Twente, he was recognised as one of the Eredivisie's best players, and named Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2009 which added to his already growing reputation in Europe. In the January transfer window, Ajax and PSV were linked with a move to sign Elia. Ajax had their bid rejected twice by the club in effort to sign Elia. Elia ended speculation by signing a new contract at Twente, keeping him until 2013. Two months after signing a new contract, Elia announces his intention to leave the club at the end of the season.
On 5 July 2009, after media speculation Elia joined Hamburger SV on a five-year contract. that cost €8.5 million. On 8 August 2009, Elia made his debut as a substitute in the first match of the season against Freiburg and scored his first league debut goal in a 4–2 win over Wolfsburg on 23 August 2009. Five month later, Elia scored a brace and setting up a goal in a 4–0 over Nuremberg. Elia scored his first Europa League goal in a 4–2 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv on 1 October 2009. In 1–1 draw at 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 28 November 2009, Elia suffered an ankle in an early 15th minutes. Because of his ankle injury, Elia would miss the rest of the season, following an surgery, which manager Bruno Labbadia described as a 'bitter blow' During his first season in March 2010, Elia had a severe infection due to a poorly applied tattoo, which meant he felt uncomfortable in his shirt. As a result, Hamburg's neighbours Werder Bremen have since banned their players from getting tattoos. In his debut season, Elia made 24 appearance and scored five. At the end of the season, Elia once was linked with several clubs like Juventus, but Elia insisted he knew nothing about a move and wanted to stay Hamburg for another season.
In his second season, Elia was part of the squad rotation. His second season was difficult as he played less frequently, which led Elia to consider leaving the club if he didn't manage to regain his starting position In his third season, Elia made four appearances before his move to Juventus.
On 31 August 2011, Juventus confirmed the signing of Elia from Hamburg on a four-year contract for a fee of €9 million. Elia made his Juventus debut on 25 September 2011 in a 1–1 draw against Catania. However, he found it hard to make an impact in the black and white shirt and only featured four times in the whole season. Despite Juventus winning the League title without losing a single game, Elia announced he wanted to leave Juventus in order to revive his career elsewhere. The following month on 11 June 2012, Elia handed in a transfer request which was granted by Juventus.
On 9 July 2012, Werder Bremen confirmed the signing of Eljero Elia from Juventus on a four-year contract for a fee of €5.5 million and the transfer could increase by another €2 million, depending on what Werder and Elia achieve in his first season. After moving to Werder Bremen, Elia says hopes he will resurrect his form and aim to earn an international call-up. Elia made his first game in Germany (and debut for Werder Bremen) in a 2–1 loss in an opening game of the season against Borussia Dortmund. After just making seven appearance but no goals, Elia admits he find it difficult over the club's playing style. Despite this, Elia would make twenty-one appearances for the club this season. However, Elia, along with team-mate Marko Arnautović, were suspended for the rest of the season after the pair were caught speeding on the motorway the previous week, but in two separate incidents.
On 29 September 2013, Elia scored two goals and his first for Bremen against Nuremberg in a 3-3 draw.
Elia first appeared for the Netherlands U19 team in 2005, a year after his debut as a professional. He developed rapidly, and in the beginning of 2006, he was selected for Netherlands under-21 team. He was selected by coach Bert van Marwijk for the senior team's friendly encounter with England.
On 6 September 2009, Elia had his debut for the Netherlands against Japan in a friendly match. He came on at half-time replacing Arjen Robben. His first match for the Oranje went very well, with Elia producing two assists in the 3–0 victory. In just his second match, Elia scored the only goal to win a match against Scotland on 9 September 2009. Elia scored his second international goal in a 6–1 friendly win over Hungary with a solo effort after coming on as a substitute.
2010 World Cup
Elia was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. On 27 May 2010, the Netherlands' manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition.
He assisted their second goal in a 2–0 win over Denmark, with his shot hitting the post and Dirk Kuyt tapping it in. In Durban, during the Netherlands' second match of the group stage, Elia came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, after the Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima fumbled a powerful effort by Wesley Sneijder into the back of the net to give the Dutch a 1–0 lead after 53 minutes of play.
In the 66th minute of the Netherlands' final group stage match, against Cameroon, he came on as a substitute for Dirk Kuyt.
|1||9 September 2009||Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||1–0||1–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|2||5 June 2010||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Hungary||5–1||6–1||Friendly|
- As of 01 February 2014.
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- Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Super Cup
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