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Willems in 2011
|Full name||Jetro Willems|
|Date of birth||30 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Tera Kòrá, Curaçao|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
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. He made 16 appearances on Dutch second division.
On 31 August 2011, Willems joined PSV Eindhoven, on a three-year contract. He received the No. 43 jersey. He made his PSV debut on 23 October, in a match against Vitesse. Willems became the youngest Dutchman to play in a UEFA competition when he started against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, on 3 November. In the same month, he was definitely promoted for the first team squad.
Willems made his first professional – and PSV – goal on 22 April 2012, against NEC Nijmegen. 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.
Willems became UEFA European Under-17 champion with the Netherlands in 2011.
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. Willems also made the final cut into the 23-man squad, being given the number 15 shirt. He made his first unofficial appearance for the senior national team on 22 May 2012 in a friendly match against FC Bayern Munich.
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. The record was previously held by Belgian Enzo Scifo, at 18 years and 115 days. He featured in all the group stage games; however, the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament after losing all three group games.
- Youngest Player ever to play at UEFA Euro.
- Youngest male Dutch player ever to play European football.
- Sparta Rotterdam – Go Ahead Eagles (16-01-2011); Voetbal International, 16 January 2011 (Dutch)
- Jeugdinternational Jetro Willems naar PSV (Youth International Jetro Willems on PSV); PSV Eindhoven, 31 August 2011 (Dutch)
- Vitesse – PSV (23-10-2011); Voetbal International, 23 October 2011 (Dutch)
- PSV fight back to progress against Hapoel Tel-Aviv; UEFA, 3 November 2011
- Willems definitief naar eerste selectie PSV (Willems' definitely on PSV's first team); ED, 29 November 2011 (Dutch)
- United turn to PSV youngster Willems as Fergie searches for the next Evra; Daily Mail, 12 December 2011
- Contract Jetro Willems opengebroken en verlengd (Jetro Willems' contract broken and extended); PSV Eindhoven, 3 April 2012 (Dutch)
- PSV – NEC (22-04-2012); Voetbal International, 22 April 2012 (Dutch)
- Oranje cut provisional squad By Berend Scholten on UEFA.com
- Bouma and Willems make final Dutch squad; UEFA, 26 May 2012
- Oranje met Van Persie én ook Huntelaar tegen Bulgarije (Oranje with Van Persie and Huntelaar against Bulgaria); Voetbal International, 26 May 2012 (Dutch)
- Jetro Willems sets age mark; ESPN
- Teenager Willems breaks Scifo's record; UEFA, 9 June 2012
- "Portugal 2–1 Netherlands" BBC Sport. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- PSV's official website profile
- Transfermarkt profile
- Voetbal International profile
- Jetro Willems – FIFA competition record
- Jetro Willems – UEFA competition record