Jetro Willems

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Jetro Willems
Jetro Willems.jpg
Willems in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jetro Willems
Date of birth (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
CVV Willemstad
Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Sparta Rotterdam 15 (0)
2011– PSV 76 (5)
National team
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 15 (0)
2011– Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2013– Netherlands U21 3 (0)
2012– Netherlands 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:40, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Jetro Willems (born 30 March 1994) is a Dutch Antillean footballer who plays as a left back for Dutch Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven and for the Netherlands national team.

Club career[edit]

Sparta Rotterdam[edit]

Willems began his career on Spartaan '20, and moved to Sparta Rotterdam. In Sparta he progressed through the club's youth categories, and made his debut on 16 January 2011, in a match against Go Ahead Eagles.[2] He made 16 appearances on Dutch second division.


On 31 August 2011, Willems joined PSV Eindhoven, on a three-year contract.[3] He received the No. 43 jersey. He made his PSV debut on 23 October, in a match against Vitesse.[4] Willems became the youngest Dutchman to play in a UEFA competition when he started against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, on 3 November.[5] In the same month, he was definitely promoted for the first team squad.[6]

In December, Willems was targeted for a move to Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson looking for 'the next Patrice Evra'.[7] On 3 April 2012, his contract was broken and extended until 2016.[8]

Willems made his first professional – and PSV – goal on 22 April 2012, against NEC Nijmegen.[9] With this goal, he became the youngest goalscorer in the 2011–12 Eredivisie. He experienced a great amount of playing time in the 2011–12 season due to the fact that Erik Pieters was injured. Although being young and quite unexperienced, he quickly showed evidence of his raw talent. Especially his technique and attacking traits impressed.

International career[edit]

Willems became UEFA European Under-17 champion with the Netherlands in 2011.[10]

Willems playing for the Netherlands at Euro 2012

While being selected for the Under-19 squad, on 7 May 2012, Willems was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad. To make things more remarkable, he was still in the Oranje Euro 2012 squad, after Van Marwijk had made a first cut to 27 players on 15 May 2012.[11] Willems also made the final cut into the 23-man squad, being given the number 15 shirt.[12] He made his first unofficial appearance for the senior national team on 22 May 2012 in a friendly match against FC Bayern Munich.

On 26 May 2012, Willems made his first appearance with Netherlands, in a match against Bulgaria.[13]

At the European Championships, Willems made his first start for the Netherlands, against Denmark, becoming the fourth-youngest player to play for the Netherlands and the youngest ever player to play at the Euros, at 18 years and 71 days of age.[14] The record was previously held by Belgian Enzo Scifo, at 18 years and 115 days.[15] He featured in all the group stage games; however, the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament after losing all three group games.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2010–11 Sparta Rotterdam Eerste Divisie 12 0 0 0 12 0
2011–12 3 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 PSV Eredivisie 20 1 3 0 6 0 29 1
2012–13 26 0 4 0 4 0 34 0
2013–14 28 4 1 0 9 0 38 4
Total Netherlands 89 5 8 0 19 0 116 5
Career total 89 5 8 0 19 0 116 5
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 13 April 2014.


Year Apps Goals
2012 8 0
2013 3 0
Total 11 0
Statistics accurate as of 16 November 2013.








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