Klaassen with Werder Bremen in 2019
|Full name||Davy Klaassen|
|Date of birth||21 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Hilversum, Netherlands|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1999–2003||HVV de Zebra's|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:58, 3 April 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:23, 30 March 2021 (UTC)
Davy Klaassen (born 21 February 1993) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Netherlands national team. He is usually deployed as an midfielder for both club and country.
Klaassen began his football career in the youth ranks of local amateur side HVV de Zebra's, where he played until 2003, when he transferred to HSV Wasmeer. A year later he was recruited into the famed Ajax Youth Academy. While playing for the Ajax A1 youth squad in 2011–12, Klaassen helped his side to win the Nike Eredivisie league title, as well as finishing as runners-up to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (the Champions League equivalent for under-19 teams) after losing on penalties (5–3) following a 1–1 deadlock after extra time.
Klaassen made his debut for the first team in the UEFA Champions League group stage away draw (0–0) against Olympique Lyonnais on 22 November 2011 replacing Lorenzo Ebecilio in the 85th minute. While still competing in the A-Juniors Nike Eredivisie league competing for the Ajax A1 under-19 squad, he made his Eredivisie debut on 27 November as a substitute against NEC and scored only 42 seconds after having been subbed on. He made his debut in the starting XI of the Ajax first team on 11 December 2011, due to starting center midfielder Theo Janssen catching the flu. Klaassen played the entire match which ended in a 0–1 away win for Ajax against RKC Waalwijk.
On 5 August 2013, Klaassen made his debut in the Dutch Eerste Divisie in the 2–0 win against Telstar while playing for the newly promoted reserves team Jong Ajax, in what would be the first match in the 2nd tier of professional football ever for the reserves. He scored his first goal for Jong Ajax on 20 September 2013 in the 1–2 away victory against FC Eindhoven. On 6 October 2013, while playing for the Ajax first team, he scored his team's second goal in the 59th minute in the 3–0 home win against FC Utrecht. On 7 December 2013, Klaassen scored his first hat-trick while playing for the first team, in a 4–0 victory at home over NAC Breda, taking home the match ball and earning himself the Man of the Match award. Following the departure of Ajax captain Siem de Jong, Klaassen switched to the vacant number 10 shirt for the upcoming season.
On 15 June 2017, Klaassen signed for Premier League side Everton on a five-year deal worth £23.6 million. He was handed the number 20 jersey at his new club for the 2017–18 season. He made his first official appearance for Everton in a 1–0 win over MFK Ružomberok in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg. Klaassen made his league debut for Everton on 12 August 2017, when his club beat Stoke City 1–0 at Goodison Park.
Return to Ajax
On 5 October 2020, Klaassen rejoined Ajax on a contract until 30 June 2024, with a transfer fee which could rise to €14 million.
Klaassen made his debut for the Dutch national team at youth levels, debuting for the Netherlands U-16 team on 28 October 2008 in the 10th edition of the Tournoi Val de Marne '08 in the 3–0 victory over Italy U-16, while scoring the second goal for the Netherlands in his first international encounter. Klaassen scored in his second appearance for the Netherlands U-16 in the same tournament as well in 0–1 win over France U-16. In total Klaassen made 5 appearances for the Netherlands U-16 while scoring 4 goals. Scoring two more goals in friendly encounters against Ukraine U-16 and Ireland U-16 as well. On 22 September 2009, Klaassen made his first appearance for the Netherlands U17 team in a friendly encounter against France U17 which ended in a 1–0 loss for the Dutch. On 3 March 2010, he scored his first goal for the under-17 side in his 8th appearance, a friendly match against Greece U17. He also played a major role in the Netherlands qualifying campaign ahead of the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship as well as playing in the 2009 edition of La Manga Cup. On 2 September 2010, Klaassen made his debut for the Netherlands U19 team in a friendly match against Germany U19 which ended in a 2–2 draw. In his 7th appearance for the under-19 side he scored both his first and second goal on 10 November 2011 in a qualification match ahead of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship against Moldova U19 with the Netherlands failing to qualify for the final tournament in Estonia.
Due to injuries sustained by Ruben Ligeon, Yassin Ayoub and Jürgen Locadia for the Netherlands U21 selection, Klaassen received his first call-up for Jong Oranje the under-21 selection of the Netherlands as a replacement along with Thomas Bruns and Timo Letschert for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Georgia U21, as well as the friendly match against Austria U21 four days later. He made his debut for the under-21 side on 10 October 2013 in that qualification match helping the Dutch to defeat Georgia 6–0 in which he replaced Luc Castaignos in the 81st minute of the match.
On 5 March 2014, Klaassen made his debut for the Netherlands first team under head coach Louis van Gaal at the Stade de France in Paris, in a friendly match against France ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was substituted on in the 72nd minute for Wesley Sneijder, as the Netherlands lost the match 2–0 to the French. While making his debut for the Netherlands, Klaassen became the 100th Ajax player in the history of the club to make his debut for the Dutch national team while playing his club football at Ajax.
Style of play
Klaassen's nickname is "cheese straw" (Dutch: kaasstengel) due to his physical appearance. On the signing of the former Ajax captain, Everton manager Ronald Koeman was quoted saying Klaassen was a leader on the pitch. Koeman further described Klaassen's playing style as hardworking, liked to press and would provide creativity and goals.
- As of match played 8 April 2021.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Jong Ajax||2013–14||Eerste Divisie||6||1||—||—||—||—||6||1|
- Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, one appearance in the UEFA Europa League
- Appearance in the Johan Cruyff Shield
- Three appearances and one goal in the UEFA Champions League, two appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- Six appearances and two goals in the UEFA Champions League, four appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- Two appearances and two goals in the UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- Four appearances and four goals in the UEFA Champions League, thirteen appearances and two goals in the UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in the UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in the Bundesliga relegation play-offs
- Six appearances in the UEFA Champions League, five appearances and three goals in the UEFA Europa League
- As of match played 30 March 2021.
- Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first.
|1.||31 March 2015||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Spain||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||7 October 2016||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Belarus||3–1||4–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||9 November 2016||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Belgium||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|4.||4 June 2017||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Ivory Coast||4–0||5–0|
|5.||24 March 2021||Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||1–3||2–4||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Eredivisie: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Johan Cruyff Shield: 2013
- UEFA Europa League: runners-up 2016–17
- Best player of AEGON Future Cup: 2010
- AFC Ajax Talent of the Future: 2011
- Hilversum Sportsman of the Year: 2013
- AFC Ajax Talent of the Year: 2014
- Dutch Football Talent of the Year: 2014
- Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2016
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