Steven Pienaar

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Steven Pienaar
Steven Pienaar, Everton.jpg
Pienaar with Everton in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Steven Jerome Pienaar[1]
Date of birth (1982-03-17) 17 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Winger / Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 22
Youth career
West Ham Westbury
Westbury Arsenal
School of Excellence
Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Ajax Cape Town 24 (6)
2001–2006 Ajax 94 (15)
2006–2008 Borussia Dortmund 25 (0)
2007–2008 Everton (loan) 28 (2)
2008–2011 Everton 76 (7)
2011–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 10 (0)
2012 Everton (loan) 14 (4)
2012– Everton 66 (7)
National team
1999–2000 South Africa U17[3] 1 (0)
2002–2012 South Africa 61 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 15 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:00, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Steven Jerome Pienaar (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈsti.vən ˈpi.nɑːr]; born 17 March 1982) is a South African professional footballer who plays for English club Everton and was captain of the South African national team until October 2012. He primarily plays as a winger. He can play on either the right or left wing and as an attacking midfielder. Pienaar has previously played for Ajax Cape Town, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur.

Career[edit]

Ajax Cape Town[edit]

Pienaar was born in Johannesburg. He started his professional career at Ajax Cape Town, some 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) away from his home in Johannesburg. He was brought to the attention of Ajax CT whilst playing for the School of Excellence and was asked to join their youth academy.

Pienaar said "I was very fortunate to go to the School of Excellence 2000, to be able to polish the technique and the talent that God gave me and to learn how to use it in the way that God had wanted me to."[4] "I was fortunate to work with the Dutch coach Leo van Veen, who helped me at Ajax Cape Town... He appreciated the way I played but at the same time he changed my mentality. He taught me how to prepare for games, not just playing to please the crowd but also how to play for the team."[4]

At Ajax Cape Town he won the Rothman's Cup beating Orlando Pirates 4–1 in the final on 13 December 2000, in what was to be his final game for the club.[5]

Pienaar with Ajax

Ajax[edit]

Aged 18, he was brought over to the Netherlands in January 2001 but did not make his Eredivisie début until 24 February 2002 – in a 1–0 victory over NAC Breda. He became a pivotal member of the Ajax team that won the Dutch League in 2002 and 2004. Pienaar shone as one of Ajax's best players alongside stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maxwell, Cristian Chivu, Mido, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and future Everton team-mate John Heitinga. Andy van der Meyde, who had a forgettable stint at Goodison Park, was also in that squad.

Pienaar with Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

In January 2006, German club Borussia Dortmund signed Pienaar on a three-year contract from Ajax. Seen as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Tomáš Rosický, Pienaar's first year with Borussia Dortmund saw him receive the number 10 shirt vacated by the Czech playmaker. Pienaar struggled at Dortmund and never felt truly accepted by the other players at the club.[6]

Everton[edit]

Pienaar joined Everton on loan for 2007–08 and later signed a three-year contract from Dortmund for a pre-agreed fee of £2 million after payment of an initial loan fee of £350,000 in April 2008.[7] Pienaar made his debut for Everton in a 2–1 home victory over Wigan Athletic on 11 August 2007, replacing Leon Osman in the 73rd minute as a substitute.[8] Pienaar scored his first Everton goal in a 2–0 home victory over Middlesbrough on 30 September.[9] He produced some stand out performances and this led to many clubs showing interest in him.

Despite missing eleven games through injury, Pienaar was named Everton's Player of the Season for 2009–10.[2]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

In January 2011, both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur had bids accepted to buy Pienaar from Everton before the South African joined Spurs for a fee of £3 million on a four-year contract.[10] He made his Tottenham debut in a 1–1 draw away to Newcastle United.[11] In August 2011, Pienaar suffered a groin injury, which ruled him out for six weeks.[12] Pienaar scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 4–0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League on 15 December.[13]

Pienaar's spell at Tottenham was characterised by persistent injuries and not much impact in games which resulted him rarely featuring in the team.[14]

Return to Everton[edit]

Late on transfer deadline day in January 2012, Pienaar completed a return to Everton on a six-month loan deal.[15] He made his second debut for the club in a 1–1 draw away to Wigan Athletic,[16] and scored his first goal of his loan spell with opener in a 2–0 win over Chelsea a week later.[17] Pienaar finished the season by scoring against Newcastle United, stating in a post-match interview his wish to rejoin Everton. Despite only playing in 14 games, and being cup-tied from the FA Cup, Pienaar finished his spell with six assists, the most of anyone at Everton for the season.[18] He also scored four goals, which was at the time his joint-best tally in the league for Everton.[19]

A permanent transfer was agreed in July 2012, with Everton paying Tottenham Hotspur a fee of £4.5 million.[20] On 25 August 2012, he scored his first goal since signing permanently, opening the scoring in a 3–1 away win against Aston Villa.[21] On 9 December, Pienaar scored a powerful header against former club Tottenham Hotspur, Everton's 1,000th goal in the Premier League, as they came from a goal down to win 2–1 at Goodison.[22] Pienaar was sent off for two bookable offences twice during the season, against Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City. Everton drew 1–1 against QPR and beat City 2–0.[23][24] Pienaar finished the season with seven goals, the joint most he has ever scored in a season with Everton. In October 2013, Pienaar returned from a hamstring injury suffered two months earlier as he came on as a substitute against Hull City and scored the winning goal just 10 seconds later.[25][26] Despite Everton finishing the 2013–14 season fifth with a club record of 72 Premier League points, it was one to forget personally for Pienaar as he struggled with injuries for large parts of it and only scored one goal and made two assists in the matches he did feature in.[27]

International career[edit]

A former under-17 international,[3] he made his international debut for South African national side in a 2–0 win against Turkey in 2002 and has since accumulated 61 caps and scored three goals. He participated at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.[28]

On 2 October 2012, he announced his retirement from international duties.[29][30]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 July 2004 Johannesburg, South Africa  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
2 26 March 2005 Johannesburg, South Africa  Uganda 2–1 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.
3 9 February 2011 Rustenburg, South Africa  Kenya 2–0 2–0 International friendly

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 December 2014.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[31] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax Cape Town 1999–2000 13 5 0 0 0 0 13 5
2000–01 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 24 6 0 0 0 0 24 6
Ajax 2001–02 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2002–03 31 5 2 0 12 2 0 0 45 7
2003–04 16 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 21 3
2004–05 24 4 2 0 4 0 1 1 31 5
2005–06 15 2 0 0 9 0 2 0 26 2
Total 94 15 4 0 30 2 3 1 131 18
Borussia Dortmund 2006–07 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Total 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Everton (loan) 2007–08 28 2 1 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 40 2
Everton 2008–09 28 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
2009–10 30 4 2 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 38 7
2010–11 18 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Total 104 9 9 0 5 0 15 3 0 0 133 12
Tottenham Hotspur 2010–11 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
2011–12 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 7 1
Total 10 0 3 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 18 1
Everton (loan) 2011–12 14 4 14 4
Everton 2012–13 35 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 7
2013–14 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
2014–15 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Total 80 11 6 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 89 12
Career total 337 41 24 1 6 0 52 6 3 1 422 49

Personal life[edit]

Pienaar is a Christian. He grew up with his mother Denise and two sisters and one brother in Westbury, a township on the outskirts of Johannesburg during the apartheid era. He was once beaten up in a neighbouring white Township of Triomf and also lost a childhood friend, who was killed by a bullet. Both incidents were because of one's colour. Pienaar was also shot with daisy guns.[32]

As a child, Pienaar watched TV while sitting on the floor at his home in Westbury, where he was not allowed to sit on the couch for his mother's fear of him being shot.[32]

Pienaar's home was broken into while he was playing for Everton in Europe. Police were called to the mansion on Woolton Road, in the early hours of the morning.[citation needed]

Pienaar is commonly referred to by his nickname "Schillo"[33] in South Africa, a childhood nickname given to him by friends after the exploits of Totò Schillaci during the 1990 World Cup.[34]

Controversy[edit]

Pienaar's ex-girlfriend Danielle Steeneveld attempted to sue Pienaar for ZAR10.8million in August 2009 for not marrying her.[35][36] Steeneveld, the mother of Pienaar's daughter Skyla, claimed that Pienaar broke a promise to wed and ended their two-year relationship "without just cause", she also claimed that Pienaar took away her contraception so she would become pregnant and that her reputation has been tarnished as she is an unmarried mother and "emotionally traumatised".[36][37][37][38] The case was later dismissed.[32]

Of the claims, Pienaar said: "My faith is really strong and helps me in difficult times, like when my little girl Skyla’s mother started making up these stories about me after we broke up. If people wanted to believe them, fine. I kept quiet, because it was someone looking for attention, and I was not going to get drawn into her games."[32]

Pienaar was charged with drunk-driving and failure to comply with a traffic sign in central Liverpool during February 2010.[39] He was subsequently found guilty of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, and banned from driving for 12 months.[40]

In April 2012, a warrant was issued for Pienaar's arrest after he failed to appear before Chelmsford Magistrate's court on two counts of speeding.[41]

Advertising[edit]

In the run up to the 2010 World Cup, Pienaar was involved in a high-profile adidas sportswear advertising campaign.[42]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax Cape Town
Ajax Amsterdam

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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