Sergio van Dijk
|Full name||Serginho van Dijk|
|Date of birth||6 August 1982|
|Place of birth||Assen, Netherlands|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:21, 10 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Serginho "Sergio" van Dijk (born 6 August 1982) is an Dutch-born Indonesian naturalised footballer who plays for Sepahan Isfahan in the Iran Pro League. He was the top goalscorer in the 2010–11 A-League regular season and made a name for himself in Australian football for his prolific scoring tally.
He was named after the Brazilian star, Serginho Chulapa, who played for Brazil during the 1982 World Cup. Van Dijk's mother was a big fan of Brazil at the time. Van Dijk is of Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) parentage.
Van Dijk started his career at local club LTC in Assen before he was drafted in the FC Groningen youth-academy. In the 2000/01 season he played two matches (one goal) for Groningen in the Eerste Divisie helping them to gain promotion. In the Eredivisie he did not play for Groningen and he moved back to the Eerste Divisie at Helmond Sport in 2002. In 2005 he moved to FC Emmen where he scored 18 and 12 goals in his first two seasons. In the 2007/08 season he played at Emmen alongside his brother Danny.
On 16 June 2008, he was signed to a two-year contract by Queensland Roar (then operating as Brisbane Roar) after impressing the Roar scouts with his technique at the end of May against Redlands United and a Gold Coast Select XI.
Van Dijk started off the season slowly, only scoring 1 goal in his first 10 matches although managing 6 assists at the time. However he then silenced the critics by scoring 9 goals in as many matches (including a brace against the Central Coast Mariners). On 17 January 2009, Van Dijk was the Roar's first ever player to score a hat-trick in their 3–1 win over Sydney FC.
On 11 February 2010, Van Dijk was signed by Adelaide United on a six-month contract for the club's AFC Champions League campaign, and made his debut against defending Asian champions, Pohang Steelers on 24 February 2010, in a 1–0 win at Hindmarsh Stadium. Van Dijk made his scoring debut for the Reds in their 2–0 away win against Shandong Luneng in Match Day 2 of the Champions League campaign.
On 14 March 2010, Van Dijk agreed to a 3-year contract with Adelaide United. On 21 January 2011, Van Dijk scored a hat-trick in the teams 8–1 win over North Queensland Fury. Van Dijk won the Golden Boot award for the 2010–11 season with 16 goals.
Van Dijk was released from Adelaide United in January 2013.
In February 2013 Van Dijk signed for Indonesian Super League club Persib Bandung. Van Dijk scored on his debut in a 2–1 loss to Persisam Samarinda. On March 3, he scored again twice, in a 3–1 win over Persija Jakarta.
Van Dijk has a clothing label called Sixlovesnine.
On 19 July 2010, it was reported that Van Dijk was to declare for Indonesia, the country of origin of one of his grandparents. However, upon meeting with the Indonesian football authorities, he learned that in order to be able to represent Indonesia, he must earn Indonesian citizenship and give up his Dutch citizenship, as Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship. He refused to decide his international future, citing that it is difficult for him to gave up his Dutch citizenship because his wife and families are Dutch. After some time, he finally decided to put off his Dutch citizenship in order to play for Indonesia. Football Association of Indonesia has announced that Sergio van Dijk is being naturalized, so he can play for the Indonesia national football team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. On 4 March 2013, he was called up for Indonesia National Team for the first time, to play in the 2015 Asia Cup Qualification. He made his debut against Saudi Arabia on 23 March 2013.
(Current as of 10 December 2013)
|Helmond Sport||2002–03||Eerste Divisie||23||0||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||23||0||–|
|Persib Bandung||2013||Indonesian Super League||29||21||10||–||–||–||–||–||–||29||21||10|
|Sepahan Isfahan||2013–14||Iran Pro League||0||0||0||–||–||–||0||0||0||0||0||0|
1 – includes A-League final series statistics
- Micallef, Philip. "Van Dijk reveals Latino legacy". The World Game. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- "Slick Van Dijk puts his hand up – for Indonesia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- Roar add Dutch firepower
- Roar’s Van Dijk admits goal drought
- Queensland Roar sink Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium
- Van Dijk hat-trick and Roar get their final
- "Reds add fire power with Van Dijk signing". Adelaide United FC (A-League). 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010–02–11.
- "Adelaide United dismantle Shandong in China". Adelaide United FC (A-League). 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2010–03–14.
- "Reds snare Van Dijk for three years". Adelaide United FC (A-League). 15 March 2010. Retrieved 2010–03–15.
- "Adelaide United releases Sergio Van Dijk". The Australian. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "Jadi WNI, Van Dijk Kini Resmi Berbaju Persib". Simamaung.com. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Kosmina had lost the Adelaide United players, says Sergio van Dijk". Goal.com. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Sergio van Dijk, the new striker of Sepahan". persianleague.com. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Van Dijk heads to Indonesia". Val Migliaccio (AdelaideNow). 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "Sergio Van Dijk, Siap Bela Merah-Putih" [Sergio van Dijk, Ready to be a Red and White]. Bayu Marhaenjati (in Indonesian) (BolaNews). 20 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
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