Jong-a-Pin in 2008
|Date of birth||18 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
|2009–2010||→ Vitesse Arnhem (loan)||30||(0)|
|2016||FC Machida Zelvia||33||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2008
Primarily considered a central defender, Jong-a-Pin has proved extremely versatile and has been deployed as a left back and a defensive midfielder at various spells in his career.
His ancestor came from China and moved to Surinam – "Jong-A-Pin" is his ancestor's full name and in fact, in accordance with the habits of the Chinese people, his real last name is Jong.
Jong-a-Pin was born in Amsterdam and started his professional career at FC Volendam. Jong-a-Pin made his debut for Volendam against N.E.C.. Jong-a-Pin scored his first goal for Volendam the following against Jong-a-Pin. In 2006 Jong-a-Pin signed for Heerenveen.
In 2006 Jong-a-Pin signed a five-year deal with Heerenveen. He made his debut against FC Groningen being the youngest starting player at the age of 19 in the match. In his first season Jong-a-Pin was backup to Kristian Bak Nielsen as Left Back. In the 2007-08 season, Jong-a-Pin became a regular due to the departure of Nielsen playing 23 matches in the Eredivisie. Due to Jong-a-Pin's impressive performances in 2007, he was selected by Foppe de Haan in the 18-man squad to participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics for Netherlands, playing in three matches in the tournament. In 2009 Jong-a-Pin joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan. After a very impressive season with Vitesse playing 30 matches scoring one goal, Heerenveen were convinced he was going to return as a starter in the Heerenveen line-up. Jong-a-Pin returned and was played as starting Left Back in the 2010-11 season and has played 29 matches for Heerenveen. Jong-a-Pin contract expires in the Summer 2011 and many teams such as Ajax and Feyenoord have been attracted due to his consistent performances.
In 2009 Jong-a-Pin joined Vitesse on a one-year loan. He made his debut for Vitesse against FC Utrecht. Jong-a-Pin scored his first goal for Vitesse against RKC Waalwijk and scored the only goal of the match. Jong-a-Pin was a starting player in the Vitesse line-up and played 30 matches scoring 1 goal.
In 2007 Jong-a-Pin was called up by Jong Oranje coach Foppe de Haan to be part of his squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands. Jong-a-Pin participated in both of their first round group matches against Israel (1–0 win) and Portugal (2–1 win) to secure a semi final spot and to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Later the final was reached with a 1–1, 13–12 win after a penalty shootout with 32 penalty kicks taken against England. The Dutch went on to retain their 2006 title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final. Jong-a-Pin played 3 games in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Updated to 23 February 2017.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2011||Shimizu S-Pulse||J1 League||11||0||2||0||3||0||16||0|
|2016||Machida Zelvia||J2 League||33||1||1||0||–||34||1|
- KNVB Cup: 1
- "Defender Jong-a-Pin joins Zelvia". J. League. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- Berend Scholten (15 June 2007). "Jong-A-Pin's Chinese connection". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2017 J1&J2&J3選手名鑑 (NSK MOOK)", 8 February 2017, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411420 (p. 184 out of 289)