Joël Veltman

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Joël Veltman
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Veltman playing for Ajax in March 2015
Personal information
Full name Joël Ivo Veltman[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Velsen, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
VV IJmuiden
2001–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Ajax 45 (5)
National team
2009 Netherlands U17 7 (0)
2010–2011 Netherlands U19 3 (1)
2012–2013 Netherlands U20 8 (0)
2013– Netherlands 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2014

Joël Ivo Veltman (born 15 January 1992) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre back for Ajax in the Dutch Eredivisie, and for the Netherlands national team.[2]


AFC Ajax[edit]

Veltman began his football career in the youth teams of VV IJmuiden in his home town of Velsen, before moving to AFC Ajax in 2001, where he went through the youth ranks of the club. While playing for the Ajax A1 youth squad in 2011–12, Veltman helped his side to win the Nike Eredivisie league title,[3] as well finishing as runners-up to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (the Champions League equivalent for under-20 teams) after losing on penalties (5–3) following a 1–1 deadlock after extra time.[4] He made his official debut for the Ajax first team on August 19, 2012, in the away match against N.E.C. in Nijmegen, coming on as a substitute for Mitchell Dijks in the 79th minute. The match ended in a 1–6 win for the Amsterdam side.[5] Following a successful starting season with the first team of Ajax, helping his side to secure their third consecutive national title and his personal first, on 6 June 2013 it was announced that Veltman had extended his contract with Ajax for another four years, binding him to the club until the summer of 2017.[6]

On 5 August 2013 Veltman played in the Dutch Eerste Divisie debut of the newly promoted reserves team Jong Ajax at the start of the season. Substituted off in the 89'-minute of the 2–0 home win, due to a sustained injury, Veltman found himself sidelined for the next two months.[7] He returned from his injury on 30 September 2013 in another match for Jong Ajax, this time against FC Volendam, scoring his first professional goal in the 2–3 loss at the Sportpark De Toekomst scoring the opener in the 7th minute of the game.[8] On 22 October 2013 Veltman made his continental debut for the first team, when he replaced the injured first choice center back Niklas Moisander in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League group stage match against Celtic. The away match at Celtic Park ended in a 2–1 loss for the Amsterdam side.[9]

International career[edit]


Veltman made his debut for the Dutch national team, playing for the under-17 squad, making his debut on 10 February 2009 in the 2009 edition of the La Manga Cup in the 0–4 loss against Czech Republic U17. He also played in the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship group stage match against England U17 which ended in a 1–1 draw, having previously appeared in three of the qualification matches.[10] On 2 September 2010 Veltman made his debut for the Netherlands U19 in a friendly fixture against Germany U19 which ended in a 2–2 draw. On 9 February 2011 Veltman scored his first international goal in another friendly fixture for the under-19 squad against France U19 with the match ending in a 1–1 draw.[11] On 23 May 2012 Veltman made his debut for the Netherlands U21 team at the 2012 Toulon Tournament in France. He appeared in four matches for the Dutch, while making his debut against Egypt U21 in the 0–3 win.[12]


On 8 November 2013 it was announced that Veltman received his first call-up for the Dutch national first team, by head coach Louis van Gaal, for the friendly matches against Japan and Colombia.[13] Remaining on the bench for the duration of the first match against Japan, Veltman made his debut for the first team on 19 November 2013 in the fixture against Colombia, playing the full 90'-minutes in the 0–0 draw at the Amsterdam Arena.[14] On 31 May 2014, Veltman was named as part of the 23-man squad heading to the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to represent the Netherlands under manager Louis van Gaal.[15] He was joined by Ajax teammates Daley Blind and Jasper Cillessen.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[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 Europe1 Other2 Total
2012–13 Ajax Eredivisie 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2013–14 25 2 4 0 4 0 1 0 34 2
2014–15 13 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 17 3
Total Netherlands 45 5 7 0 8 0 1 0 61 5
Career total 45 5 7 0 8 0 1 0 61 5
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 3 May 2014.[17]

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes the Johan Cruijff Shield and Eredivisie playoffs matches.

International performance[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 12 July 2014[18]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 3 0
Total 4 0



Ajax A1 (under-19)




  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 25. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Joël Veltman profile". Soccerway. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Beste Spelers Nike A-junioren Eredivisie seizoen 2011/'12". 26 January 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ajax A1 verliest finale van NextGen Series van Inter Milan". Voetbal Centraal. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "NEC vs. Ajax 1 - 6". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blind en Veltman verlengen contract bij Ajax". Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Jong Ajax vs. Telstar 2-0". Soccerway. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Jong Ajax vs. Volendam 2-3". Soccerway. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Celtic vs. Ajax 2-1". Soccerway. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  10. ^ Williamson, Laura. "Young, talented and English! Peacock's Under 17 Lion cubs aim to depose Spanish kings". London: Dailymail. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  11. ^ "Onder 19 op valreep naast Frankrijk". OnsOranje. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  12. ^ "Beloftenelftal actief op Espoirs toernooi in Toulon". Oranje Netwerk. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Van Gaal verrast: Veltman in Oranje". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  14. ^ "'Van Gaal begint met Veltman en Depay in basis tegen Colombia'". Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Ajax altijd bij Nederlands elftal". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  16. ^ "Deze 23 spelers neemt Van Gaal mee naar Brazilië". Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  17. ^ "Joël Veltman - Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 
  18. ^ Joël Veltman at
  19. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: Brazil-Netherlands". FIFA. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 

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