Memphis with PSV in 2012
|Full name||Memphis Depay|
|Date of birth||13 February 1994|
|Place of birth||Moordrecht, Netherlands|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
In 2011, Memphis was on trial for PSV Eindhoven's first team while playing for Jong PSV – the club's reserve team. He featured in the KNVB Cup final on 8 April 2012 under interim coach Phillip Cocu, and was officially deployed in the first team the following day. On 29 June 2012, Memphis signed his first professional contract with PSV, tying himself to the Philips Stadion club until 2017.
2013–14: Breakthrough season
Memphis scored his first goal in European football on 30 July 2013, when he drifted in from the left and then smashed the ball into the top corner past goalkeeper Sammy Bossut as PSV defeated Zulte Waregem 2—0 in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. PSV failed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, but in their second group stage match in the Europa League, Memphis scored again, this time curling the ball into the net from outside the area, as the Dutch side defeated Chornomorets Odesa 2—0 on 3 October.
Memphis provided the assist for Tim Matavž's goal against Roda JC on 27 October 2013, but picked up two second-half yellow cards and was sent off for the first time in his professional career as PSV slumped to a 2—1 defeat. On 15 December, Memphis helped PSV to just their second win in 13 matches, scoring twice in a 5—1 win over Utrecht. Memphis helped PSV rack up their eighth win a row on 23 March 2014, a 3—1 win over Roda JC, having a hand in Bryan Ruiz's game-winning goal despite wearing a protective mask to cover a bruised eye socket suffered in a challenge with Renato Ibarra of Vitesse on 15 March.
He helped PSV secure a place in European competition for the 41st consecutive year, edging the ball past goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar to score PSV's first in a 2—0 win over NAC Breda; the final day win ensured that PSV would finish fourth in the Eredivisie table.
After a successful showing on the 2014 World Cup, Memphis was linked to prestigious clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Amidst all the speculations surrounding Memphis' future, he started the season for PSV in impressive fashion. Memphis came off the bench to score 1 goal and deliver 1 assist in the return game of the Europa League 3rd qualifying round-tie between PSV and SKN St. Pölten. PSV progressed to the play-off round after a 3-2 away win, giving them a 4-2 aggregate win over the Austrians. In the opening game of the Eredivisie-season, Memphis played a major part in PSV's 3-1 away win against promoted side Willem II by scoring two goals. Memphis improved on this performance in the following game, scoring two free kicks and delivering the assist for Wijnaldum's goal in a convincing 6-1 home win against NAC Breda. Memphis then suffered a groin injury during PSV's 3-1 defeat at PEC Zwolle and he was substituted after playing 18 minutes.
Memphis was selected by Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal in the final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He came on as a 48th-minute substitute for injured defender Bruno Martins Indi in the second group match against Australia, and 20 minutes later scored the winning goal, a swerving effort from outside the box. By doing so, he became the youngest Dutchman to score a goal at the World Cup, at the age of 20 years and four months. He came on as a substitute again in the final group match against Chile on 23 June in São Paulo and scored the second goal for the Dutch, tapping in an Arjen Robben cross, as they clinched first place with a 2–0 victory.
Memphis is the son of a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mother.
In 2012, Memphis decided to drop Depay from his shirt, and play with Memphis printed instead, due to his father hardly having an influence in his life.
- Statistics accurate as of last match played on 27 November 2014.
- Score and Result lists the Netherlands goals first:
|1.||18 June 2014||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Australia||3–2||3–2||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|2.||23 June 2014||Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil||Chile||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
- PSV Eindhoven
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- Voetbal International – Memphis
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: Brazil-Netherlands". FIFA. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
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- Voetbal International profile (Dutch)
- Netherlands U17 stats at OnsOranje
- Netherlands U19 stats at OnsOranje