Michael Reiziger

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Michael Reiziger
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Reiziger in 2013
Personal information
Full name Michael John Reiziger
Date of birth (1973-05-03) 3 May 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Amstelveen, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Sint Martinus
1985–1990 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Ajax 83 (1)
1992–1993 Volendam (loan) 10 (2)
1993–1994 Groningen (loan) 34 (6)
1996–1997 Milan 10 (0)
1997–2004 Barcelona 173 (0)
2004–2005 Middlesbrough 22 (1)
2005–2007 PSV 24 (1)
Total 356 (11)
National team
1994–2004[1] Netherlands 72 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael John Reiziger (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑj.kəɫ ˈdʒɔn ˈrɛi̯.zə.ɣər], born 3 May 1973) is a retired Dutch footballer who played mainly as a right defender.

After making a name for himself at Ajax, with whom he won one Champions League, he went on to represent four teams in four different countries, most notably FC Barcelona, for which he played in more than 200 official games in seven years.

Reiziger played one full decade with the Dutch national team, representing the nation in three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup, finishing fourth in the latter tournament.

Club career[edit]

Born in Amstelveen, North Holland, Reiziger started his career with hometown's AFC Ajax, making his first-team debuts at the age of 17, then serving two consecutive loan spells, with FC Volendam and FC Groningen: with the latter, in the 1993–94 season, he scored a career-best six goals, while operating also as a midfielder.

Upon his return to Ajax, Reiziger established himself as a renowned defensive element, helping the club to, among other conquests, the 1994–95 Champions League. In 1996, he signed for Milan, but after an injury-hit season, he departed for FC Barcelona, where he spent the following seven years, arriving at the same time as countrymen and former Ajax boss Louis van Gaal: almost never an undisputed starter, he did manage to feature heavily for the Catalans, amassing more than 200 overall appearances and helping the club to back-to-back La Liga titles.

In 2004, Reiziger moved to Middlesbrough on a Bosman transfer. He scored once in the league for Boro, against Aston Villa in December 2004.[2] However, after another campaign dealing with several injuries, he left and returned to the Netherlands, playing his final two years at PSV Eindhoven (in his second, he won the league, and was also reunited with Ajax, Barça and national team mate Patrick Kluivert, although the two rarely ever played in the same side).[3]

After retiring, Reiziger settled in Barcelona.

International career[edit]

Reiziger made his debut for the Dutch national team on 12 October 1994 against Norway. He played for his country at the UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, retiring from international play after the latter.[4]

Shortly after he signed for PSV, Reiziger said he would consider playing for the Netherlands again if the opportunity arose, but he was never recalled again, totalling 72 internationals in ten years.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Ajax Eredivisie 1 0
1991–92 1 0
1992–93 1 0
1992–93 Volendam (loan) 10 2
1993–94 Groningen (loan) 34 6
1994–95 Ajax 34 0
1995–96 26 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Milan Serie A 10 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1997–98 Barcelona La Liga 29 0
1998–99 26 0
1999–2000 29 0
2000–01 25 0
2001–02 13 0
2002–03 21 0
2003–04 30 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Middlesbrough Premier League 18 1
2005–06 4 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 PSV Eredivisie 13 0
2006–07 12 1
Total Netherlands 132 10
Italy 10 0
Spain 173 0
England 22 1
Career total 337 11

International[edit]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
1995 5 0
1996 9 0
1997 7 0
1998 11 1
1999 5 0
2000 8 0
2001 5 0
2002 6 0
2003 8 0
2004 7 0
Total 72 1

International goal[edit]

Scores and results list Reiziger's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 1998 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen  Germany 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Barcelona[edit]

PSV[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Reiziger - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–0 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  3. ^ PSV release Kluivert and Reiziger; UEFA.com, 11 May 2007
  4. ^ Reiziger retires from Dutch cause; UEFA.com, 2 August 2004

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