Theo Janssen

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This article is about the Dutch footballer. For the Dutch artist, see Theo Jansen.
Theo Janssen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Arnhem, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Vitesse 1892
Vitesse
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2008 Vitesse 206 (21)
2003–2004 Genk (loan) 15 (2)
2008–2011 Twente 86 (18)
2011–2012 Ajax 31 (9)
2012–2014 Vitesse 36 (2)
National team
2006–2011 Netherlands 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 March 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Theo Janssen (born 27 July 1981) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a midfielder for various clubs in the Netherlands, including Vitesse, Twente and Ajax, as well as on loan for Belgian club Genk. He spent 10 years with Vitesse before joining Twente in 2008, where he helped them win the Eredivisie and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history. After being named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2011,[1] he played a season with Ajax, before returning to Vitesse in August 2012.[2]

Club career[edit]

SBV Vitesse[edit]

Janssen began his career at amateur club Vitesse Arnhem 1892 and played from 1995/1996 in the reserves of SBV Vitesse. After breaking through in several youth teams Janssen made his professional debut on 9 December 1998 in the first team against NAC Breda, which Vitesse won 2–0. Janssen came in as substitute in 90th minute to replace Marian Zeman. Janssen played 5 games that season for Vitesse. The next season Janssen made 17 appearances for Vitesse. In 2000/2001 Janssen had become a starter for Vitesse and made 30 appearances, in which he scored once. In September Janssen broke his shin, he played 10 games total that season, and scored 1 goal.

KRC Genk[edit]

In 2003/2004 Janssen was loaned to KRC Genk in Belgium. He played 15 games for games and scored 2 goals. In January 2004 Janssen returned to Vitesse.

Return to SBV Vitesse[edit]

Janssen played another 16 games in 2004 in which he scored one goal. Janssen played primarily on the wing in the following season. His leg operation was sometimes troubling for Janssen, nevertheless Janssen made 28 appearances in which he scored 8 goals. In the season 2005/2006 Janssen played 30 games for Vitesse and scored 7 goals. Janssen's good performance at Vitesse was not unseen, as he received an invitation for the Dutch national football team for a friendly game against Ecuador on 1 March 2006. However, Janssen could not play, due to surgery on his tonsils. Janssen remained playing for Vitesse in the following season, and was again selected to play for Oranje. This time he was able to play and made his debut for Oranje in a friendly against Ireland. He came in the 83rd minute for Stijn Schaars. On 2 September 2006 Janssen started for Oranje in a European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg. Janssen made only 22 appearances for Vitesse that season, due to injuries and suspensions. Vitesse trainer Aad de Mos told Janssen he could search for another club, despite and existing contract until 2009. During the 2007/2008 season, Janssen once again got injured, this time for a several months. He returned playing in late 2007.

FC Twente[edit]

Janssen with Twente.

In mid-April 2008 FC Twente contracted Janssen. The transfer fee was approximately worth 1,5 million euros, and was eligible to play for FC Twente in the upcoming season. Janssen signed a contract until 2012. In November 2009 Janssen was suspended by Twente for two months, after a drunk-driving accident.[3] One of his passengers, former professional goalkeeper Kevin Moeliker, ended up in hospital where he was kept in a coma for several days. He lost one of his ears in the accident.[4] Janssen won the Eredivisie that year with FC Twente. In July Janssen was invited by van Marwijk to play a friendly against Ukraine. In season 2010/11 Janssen had his best season so far. He won the Johan Cruijff Schaal and the KNVB cup with FC Twente. Janssen scored 20 goals in 46 appearances, which made him club top scorer. Janssen scored some important goals for Twente like against Internazionale, Werder Bremen, Ajax and PSV. Janssen was voted best player of the Eredivisie of the season 2010/11.

AFC Ajax[edit]

On 23 May 2011 Ajax and Twente agreed on a transfer of Janssen to Ajax. The transfer fee was worth 3,2 millions euros. Janssen signed a contract with Ajax for 2 years. He was handed the number 16 shirt, previously worn by Luis Suárez. His first couple of matches for Ajax were not very successful, as coach Frank de Boer decided that Janssen had to play as a defensive midfielder, which is not Janssen's best position. After he was playing in a more attacking position, Janssen became very important in achieving the league victory in 2012.

Return to Vitesse[edit]

Janssen wanted to leave Ajax, after he had heard from Frank de Boer that he would be playing less matches in the coming season. He refused to play a role as substitute. On 27 August 2012, Janssen returned to Vitesse for a fee of approximately 600,000 euro's.[5]

End of active football career[edit]

After suffering from different injuries of which the latest involved a meniscus operation, Theo Janssen decided on March the 4th 2014 that he immediately ends his active football career. He pursues a career with Vitesse as a scout for youth players and specialist trainer.

International career[edit]

Janssen made his debut for the Dutch national team against the Republic of Ireland in August 2006.

International appearances and goals
App Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
2006
1 16 August 2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Republic of Ireland 0–4 0 Friendly
2 9 September 2006 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 0–1 0 Euro 2008 qualifying
2010
3 11 August 2010 Donbass Arena, Donetsk  Ukraine 1–1 0 Friendly
4 17 November 2010 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam  Turkey 1–0 0 Friendly
2011
5 9 February 2011 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven  Austria 3–1 0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 1 July 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
1998–99 Vitesse Eredivisie 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
1999–00 17 0 0 0 5 0 - 22 0
2000–01 30 1 2 0 4 0 - 36 1
2001–02 10 1 3 1 - - 13 2
2002–03 28 0 2 0 6 0 - 36 0
2003–04 16 1 0 0 - - 16 1
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Other Total
2003–04 Racing Genk Belgian Pro League 15 2 0 0 - - 15 2
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2004–05 Vitesse Eredivisie 29 8 3 0 - - 32 8
2005–06 30 7 1 1 - - 31 8
2006–07 22 1 1 0 - - 23 1
2007–08 19 2 1 0 - - 20 2
2008–09 FC Twente 28 4 6 2 8 0 - 42 6
2009–10 28 1 2 0 10 1 - 40 2
2010–11 30 13 4 4 11 3 - 45 20
2011–12 Ajax 29 8 2 0 6 0 1 0 33 7
2012–13 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
Vitesse 27 1 4 2 0 0 - 31 3
2013–14 9 1 1 1 2 0 - 12 2
Total Belgium 15 2 0 0 - - 15 2
Netherlands 359 50 31 11 54 4 2 0 446 65
Career total 374 52 31 11 54 4 2 0 461 67

International performance[edit]

Dutch national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 2 0
2010 2 0
2011 1 0
Total 5 0
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 7 June 2013.[6]

Honours[edit]

Janssen (right) with FC Twente.

Club[edit]

FC Twente

Ajax

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Janssen named Netherlands' finest By Berend Scholten on UEFA.com, 23 May 2011
  2. ^ Janssen tekent voor twee jaar bij Vitesse By Gelderlander, 24 August 2012 (Dutch)
  3. ^ Zwaar auto-ongeluk: Theo Janssen had te veel gedronken Elsevier, 30 November 2009 (Dutch)
  4. ^ 'Moeliker verloor oor bij auto-ongeval Theo Janssen' AD Sportwereld, 23 November 2009 (Dutch)
  5. ^ Vitesse legt Janssen alsnog vast (Dutch)
  6. ^ "Theo Janssen - Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 

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