Michael de Leeuw
|Full name||Michael de Leeuw|
|Date of birth||7 October 1986|
|Place of birth||Goirle, Netherlands|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Goirle, De Leeuw began his career at amateur clubs DWC and RKTVV before joining the youth department of Willem II. He never broke through to the first team, and therefore chose to play for BV Veendam in the Dutch second division.
De Leeuw was placed as a striker in his first year for Veendam, and he was an immediate success, scoring 25 goals in 36 league matches. At the end of the year, he won the topscorer award and the award for 'Talent of the Year', for the most talented player of the season. He was chased by several clubs in the Eredivisie and clubs abroad, but in the end chose to stay in Veendam.
On 22 May 2012, FC Groningen announced that they had signed De Leeuw.
|2009–10||BV Veendam||Eerste Divisie||36||25||1||0||0||0||–||37||25|
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 10 May 2014.
- "De Leeuw en De Vries gelauwerd in Jupiler League". VI. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "De Leeuw gewilde prooi bij verschillende clubs". VI. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "The top scorer in the Dutch Eerste Divisie has not yet been snapped up". IMScouting. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- Voetbal International profile (Dutch)
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