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Danique Kerkdijk

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Danique Kerkdijk
Kerkdijk in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 28)
Place of birth Olst, Netherlands
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Team information
Current team
Number 3
Youth career
SC Overwetering
2010–2013 Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Twente 88 (5)
2017–2019 Bristol City 37 (2)
2019–2022 Brighton & Hove Albion 53 (1)
2022– Twente 17 (1)
International career
2011 Netherlands U15 3 (0)
2014–2015 Netherlands U19 20 (0)
2015–2020 Netherlands 18 (0)
Medal record
Women's football
Representing the  Netherlands
FIFA Women's World Cup
Runner-up 2019 France
UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship
Winner 2014 Norway
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 4 February 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 1 December 2020

Danique Kerkdijk (born 1 May 1996) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defender for Eredivisie club Twente.[1]

Club career[edit]

Kerkdijk playing for FC Twente in a match against Paris Saint-Germain at the 2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League on 14 October 2014

Her career begins at the youth teams of amateur club SC Overwetering in Olst. During the 2009–10 season, she was part of a training group of under-14 age players, training at both SC Overwetering and FC Twente. A season later, she became a FC Twente youth player; by 2012 she reached the club first team (which plays in the BeNe League / Eredivisie). By 2013 she started playing matches regularly for the first team and in 2014 she signed her first professional contract with the club.[2] Over the following years at the club she won many titles,[3] played for them in 88 games and scored five times.[4] Following the end of the 2016–17 season for FC Twente, she signed for Bristol City, who play in the English FA WSL 1 league. At the announcement she said: "I was really impressed at the club's vision for the future, I believe this is the best place for me to grow and develop as a player."[4] She made her debut for the team in the 6–0 defeat against reigning champions Chelsea L.F.C. in September 2017. Kerkdijk expressed the hope that the increased level of training at Bristol compared to Twente would result in continued call ups for the national team.[5]

On 1 June 2019 Danique signed for WSL side Brighton & Hove Albion.[6]

After five years in England she returned to the Netherlands to play for Twente again.

International career[edit]

Kerkdijk progressed through the Netherlands national team youth system, she won the 2014 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship,[7] before arriving at the senior team.

She debuted for the senior team on 17 September 2015, in an 8–0 friendly win over Belarus.[8][9]

In April 2015, it was announced that Kerkdijk was one of seven FC Twente players named for the initial Dutch team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[10] She was cut from the squad when it was reduced from 35 to 23 players in the following month.[11]


FC Twente[edit]

*During the BeNe League period (2012 to 2015), the highest placed Dutch team is considered as national champion by the Royal Dutch Football Association.[12]

Netherlands U19[edit]



  1. ^ Danique Kerkdijk at Soccerway
  2. ^ "Danique Kerkdijk tekent contract". FC Twente (in Dutch). 25 June 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Danique Kerkdijk naar Bristol City FC". FC Twente (in Dutch). 15 June 2017. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Danique Kerkdijk: Bristol City Women sign Netherlands defender for 2017–18". BBC Sport. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  5. ^ van Zoeren, Walter (9 November 2017). "De oranje missie van Danique Kerkdijk". De Stentor (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Danique Kerkdijk: Brighton & Hove Albion Women sign World Cup Finalists −18". BBC Sport. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Kerkdijk en Roord Europees Kampioen met Oranje onder 19". FC Twente (in Dutch). 27 July 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Oranje vanavond tegen Wit-Rusland" [Orange tonight against Belarus] (in Dutch). Vrouwenvoetbalnieuws. 17 September 2015. Archived from the original on 10 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Netherlands – Belarus 8:0". World Football. 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Marthe Munsterman en Danique Kerkdijk in voorlopige WK-selectie". De Stentor (in Dutch). 24 April 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Ajax hofleverancier definitieve WK-selectie Oranjevrouwen". Nu Sport. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Eredivisie Vrouwen". KNVB (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 31 May 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Dutch women downhearted but have makings of future champions". The Guardian. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  14. ^ "Finale Algarve Cup tussen Oranjevrouwen en Zweden afgelast" (in Dutch). nu.nl. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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