Marcel de Jong
De Jong playing for Canada in 2010.
|Full name||Marcel de Jong|
|Date of birth||15 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Newmarket, Ontario, Canada|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, left midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
De Jong played for amateur side De Valk and joined the PSV Eindhoven youth academy in 1996. He started his professional career with Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport and joined Roda JC in the summer of 2006. After four years with Roda JC, de Jong signed with German club FC Augsburg on 21 May 2010.
Marcel scored his first goal for the second division German side on 12 September 2010 versus VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion. They won this away fixture 2–0 in which de Jong also assisted the other goal from teammate Michael Thurk. De Jong scored his second goal of the season several months later on 4 February 2011 in a 2–0 away win versus VfL Osnabrück. De Jong in his first season with Augsburg started 24 league games and helped take the team to finish second in 2. Bundesliga securing automatic promotion to top flight football, finishing several points behind Hertha BSC.
De Jong made his Bundesliga debut in the first game of the 2011–12 season on 6 August 2011 against SC Freiburg; the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. On 4 October 2011, Marcel De Jong suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of action for two months.  He returned to action as an unused substitute on 4 December 2011 during a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04. De Jong made his full return to the team the following week against Borussia Mönchengladbach; starting the game, he helped earn the team only their third victory of the campaign, winning 1–0. De Jong scored his first Bundesliga goal on 28 January 2012 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. De Jong sustained an ankle injury in an early February draw against 1. FC Nürnberg, forcing him to have season-ending surgery on the ligaments.
De Jong made his return from his injury 1 September 2012 in a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04. He scored his first goal of the season on 27 April 2013 against VfB Stuttgart in a 3–0 victory, De Jong came on as a sub and scored a minute after coming on.
De Jong has not been satisfied with his role as a bench warmer in the 2014-2015 season. Despite Augsburg FC's manager Markus Weinzierl assurance of regular minutes upon contract renewal, the Canadian left back lost his place to the in-form 20 year old Ghanaian International Baba Rahman, who moved from Bundesliga-relegated SpVgg Greuther Fürth at the start of the season. In the prime of his career, the 28 years old is ready to prove his worth elsewhere, telling kicker “I signed with the idea that I will get the chance to play, but it's obvious things are not working perfectly. If it stays that way, it's clear that I will leave". 
In the summer of 2005, De Jong played for the U-20 Canadian national team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. On 26 September 2007, just before his 21st birthday, de Jong decided to play for the Canadian national team instead of the Netherlands, reasoning that he would be more likely to earn a regular place in the Canada team than with the Netherlands.
He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2007 friendly match against South Africa. De Jong scored his first goal for Canada in a 2–2 draw against Costa Rica on 10 July 2009. De Jong was selected for his second consecutive Gold Cup in May 2011, Canada failed to exit the group stage with a 1–1–1 record.
Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
|1||10 July 2009||FIU Stadium, Miami, United States||Costa Rica||2–1||2–2||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2||9 September 2014||BMO Field, Toronto, Canada||Jamaica||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
- FC Augsburg
Although born in Canada, De Jong spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands. His brother Ben has been 2 time European champion Taekwondo.
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