Lens with PSV in 2010
|Full name||Jeremain Daud Lens|
|Date of birth||24 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|Current club||FC Dynamo Kyiv|
|2007–2008||→ NEC (loan)||31||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jeremain Lens (born 24 November 1987 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch footballer of Surinamese descent who currently plays for FC Dynamo Kyiv and The Netherlands national football team. He is a versatile offensive player, the best known for his pace and stamina, primarily being used as a winger or a striker, but he can successfully play as a second striker. In August 2010 he received the first international cap and scored a debut goal. He is the nephew of retired footballer and current player's agent Sigi Lens.
Lens made his debut into professional football in the 2005–06 season. He played two matches for AZ that season. Before that he played in the youth team of AZ, FC Omniworld, Ajax Amsterdam and his regional team, Spartaan. His contract in Alkmaar runs until 2013.
In June 2007, AZ reached a deal concerning a loan involving Lens. It meant that he would play the 2007–08 season for N.E.C., and that he would return to AZ the season afterwards. Lens agreed with the deal, and the player officially joined N.E.C. on loan in the summer of 2007.
Loan to N.E.C.
After a difficult beginning with his new club N.E.C. before the winter, Lens' as well as his team's situation improved with Lens scoring eight goals in 16 matches. N.E.C. qualified for the UEFA Cup preliminaries. A long time it seemed he would relocate permanently to N.E.C., but he eventually decided to return to AZ.
Return to AZ
In July 2008, Lens had an operation on his left foot, which meant he was out for some time. The 2008–09 season was a personal disappointment for Lens, and he didn't contribute much to AZ's championship. When coach Louis van Gaal left AZ for Bayern Munich, Lens saw a chance for himself to play more matches. He grabbed the chance under the new coach, and he played well and scored important goals for AZ.
On 21 May 2010, PSV contracted Lens for 4 years. PSV-player Dirk Marcellis was also involved in this deal, as Marcellis was transferred to AZ.He was given no. 9 shirt. First year in PSV was good for the player. He was moved from striker position to flank, being more utilised on both wings or working behind strikers as a second striker. He struggled to score in first few games, but eventually got used to the new position. He reached Europa League quarter-finals with the team, scoring three goals in 11 matches, and reached the score of 10 Eredivisie goals in 33 games, while the Eindhoven-based team only got to third place, despite being the table leaders for the most of the 2010–11 season. In the beginning of the 2011–12 season his jersey number was changed to no. 11, which was free since the departure of Nordin Amrabat to Kayserispor in January 2011. On 6 November 2011, he came in from the bench against Heracles and scored a stunning hat-trick, his first since joining PSV.
FC Dynamo Kyiv
On 18 June 2013, Lens signed a four-year contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv. On the 29th of August 2013, Lens scored his first official goal for Dynamo Kyiv in a 5-1 victory over FC Aktobe in the UEFA Europa League Play-offs. On the 6th of October 2013, Lens scored his first 2 goals in the Ukrainian premiere league in a crushing 9-1 victory over FC Metalurh Donetsk.
|FC Dynamo Kyiv||2013–14||13||3||1||0||5||1||19||4|
Although Lens previously played for the Dutch under-21 team, he has chosen to play for the Surinam national team, since he said he felt like he is Surinamese. In 2009, Lens was called up for Suriname's squad by national team coach, Wensley Bundel, for the PARBO Bier Cup. His first match for Suriname was against French Guiana. The match ended in a 0–2 defeat. Suriname ultimately finished second in the tournament.
Since the tournament was not under the auspices of FIFA, Lens was still eligible for a call up for the Netherlands.
On 3 May 2010, Lens was called up for the Dutch national team, as a part of the preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, on 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would not be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition. On 11 August 2010, Lens made his debut in the 1 – 1 draw with Ukraine in a friendly match and netted the only goal for his side.
|1.||11 August 2010||Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine||Ukraine||0–1||1–1||Friendly match|
|2.||11 September 2012||Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0–1||1–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||11 September 2012||Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–3||1–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||16 October 2012||Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania||Romania||0–1||1–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||6 February 2013||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Italy||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|6.||26 March 2013||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Romania||4–0||4–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 October 2013||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Hungary||3–0||8–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Lens profile at Transfermarkt.de
- Ongrijpbare Lens is VVV-Venlo te machtig
- Dynamo Kyiv signs Dutch striker, Interfax-Ukraine (19 June 2013)
- Van Marwijk beloont Anita en Lens met uitnodiging
- "Holland coach Bert van Marwijk finalises World Cup squad". The Guardian. Press Association. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "Ukraine vs Netherlands Report". Goal com. website. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- Holland stats at OnsOranje (Dutch)