Leroy George

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Leroy George
FC Salzburg gegen FK Quarabag 19.JPG
George with Qarabağ in 2014
Personal information
Full name Leroy Martin Giovanni George
Date of birth (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Qarabağ
Number 41
Youth career
DWS
Fortius
ZSGODWS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Utrecht 73 (8)
2010–2013 NEC 81 (11)
2013– Qarabağ 45 (14)
National team
Netherlands U20 1 (0)
2007 Netherlands U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2013

Leroy Martin Giovanni George (born 21 April 1987) is a Dutch footballer of Surinamese descent, who plays as a winger for Azerbaijan Premier League side Qarabağ. His natural position is as a right forward or right winger, but he has also proven to be useful on the left wing and as a striker while at FC Utrecht and NEC.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Being born in Paramaribo, Suriname and growing up in Amsterdam, George started his youth career at the local clubs DWS, Fortius and ZSGODWS before being noticed by FC Utrecht.

FC Utrecht[edit]

He made his debut for the senior side on 13 April 2007, in an away-match against Sparta Rotterdam, ending 1–1. He replaced Etienne Shew-Atjon in the beginning of the second half, and scored a debut goal in the 68th minute, sealing the draw.[1] He played two more matches this season.

The following year, George had established himself into the starting lineup; he only missed one match because of a suspension, and scored seven times that season. At the end of the season, it was announced that he had signed a contract extension with Utrecht, keeping him in the Domstad until mid-2011, despite of some problems with his agent.[2][3] The forward started the 2008–09 season well, but because of growing problems with his physical shape, he lost his place in the starting eleven after a couple of weeks. After showing an unmotivated behavior, he was sent back to the reserve squad by manager Willem van Hanegem.[4] A week later his behavior had improved, and he was forgiven and put back on the first team, and since then he played a majority of the games.

After the 2008–09 season, he lost track and almost never played anymore. In the 2009–10 season he only played eight matches, and after the season was over, he was told that he was not needed anymore at the club, and thus put on the transfer list.[5]

NEC[edit]

On 20 July 2010, it was published that George had signed a one-year deal with NEC The club put an option in his contract to extend his contract with two more seasons if he lives up to the expectations of the club.[6] In the second round of the 2010–11 Eredivisie season, George was awarded as the best player of the round, after having two assists in an away-match against Willem II.[7] The match ended in a 3–5 victory for NEC.

Qarabağ[edit]

On 6 June 2013, George signed a two-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side Qarabağ.[8] George made his debut for Qarabağ away to Metalurg Skopje in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match on 2 July 2013, coming on as an 84th minute substitute for fellow debutante Nikoloz Gelashvili.[9]

George already scored twice for Qarabağ in the Europa League – one against Metalurg Skopje (11 July 2013, second leg)[10] and another against Piast Gliwice (25 July 2013, second leg) on away match.[11]

Statistics[edit]

As of 21 December 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Utrecht Eredivisie 3 1 4 0 - 7 1
2007–08 33 7 3 0 - 36 7
2008–09 31 1 3 1 - 34 2
2009–10 7 0 0 0 - 7 0
2010–11 NEC 22 3 0 0 - 22 3
2011–12 28 5 3 0 - 31 5
2012–13 31 3 1 1 - 32 4
Azerbaijan League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Qarabağ Premier League 32 9 3 0 8 2 43 11
2014–15 13 5 0 0 10 2 23 7
Total Netherlands 155 20 14 2 - 169 22
Azerbaijan 45 14 3 0 17 3 66 17
Career total 200 34 17 2 17 3 235 40

International career[edit]

George was called up for the Netherlands under-21 team various times in 2007 and 2008 by national team coach, Foppe de Haan, but only managed to play once.

Having been born in Paramaribo in Suriname, George was eligible to play for the Surinamese national team. He was called up for the PARBO Bier Cup in 2009 with a mixed team of Surinam and Dutch-Surinam players.

Honours[edit]

Azerbaijan Qarabağ

2013–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistieken van Leroy George" [Statistics of Leroy George]. Ronald Zwiers (in Dutch). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "FC Utrecht laat zich niet piepelen door George" [FC Utrecht will not be wrenched around with by George]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 18 December 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "FC Utrecht gaat langer door met George en Van Loen" [FC Utrecht keeps George and Van Loen for longer]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 14 March 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "'Ongemotiveerde George teruggezet naar belofteteam'" ['Onmotivated George' put back on reserve team]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 14 November 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "FC Utrecht heeft geen plek meer voor George en Van der Kooij" [FC Utrecht has no room left for George and Van der Kooij]. Voetbalzone.nl (in Dutch). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "NEC geeft George kans zich te revancheren" [NEC gives George the opportunity to revenge himself]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 20 July 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Leroy George heeft nooit getwijfeld aan zichzelf" [George has never doubted in himself]. Voetbal International (in Dutch). 16 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Leroy George karyerasını “Qarabağ”da davam etdirə bilər, sportxeber.az, 19 June 2013
  9. ^ "Metalurg vs. Qarabağ 0 - 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Qarabag-Metalurg Skopje". UEFA.com. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Piast-Qarabag". UEFA.com. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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