Jerry de Jong
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De Jong in 2010
|Full name||Jerry Murrien de Jong|
|Date of birth||29 August 1964|
|Place of birth||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|1993||→ Groningen (loan)||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He played for seven different clubs (one in France) during a seventeen-year professional career, including PSV Eindhoven.
Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, de Jong started off his career in the second division, where he played for Telstar and SC Heerenveen. He earned a reputation as a tough tackler, and his performances did not go unnoticed by top flight clubs, as he joined Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 1989.
At Eindhoven, de Jong's career never really picked up, due to the stiff competition for a starting line-up berth, and after having played only 51 games in five years, which included a short loan spell at FC Groningen, he was eventually let go. However, during his time at PSV, he was capped three times for the Netherlands, making his debut on 21 November 1990 against Greece in a UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying match; his last international match was on 17 April 1991 against Finland, for the same competition.
In 1994 de Jong moved to France, signing with Ligue 1 side SM Caen. After an uneventful season (only 15 matches, relegation), he returned home, playing for lowly FC Eindhoven and MVV Maastricht; he retired at almost 37, eventually losing the vast majority of his fortune to gambling.
De Jong's son, Nigel, is also a footballer – and a defensive midfielder. Brought up at AFC Ajax's famed academy, he went on to play in Germany, England and Italy; he was also a Dutch international, helping the national team reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.
- £15m De Jong is geared up for Eastlands experience; Daily Mail, 17 January 2009