Davy Klaassen

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Davy Klaassen
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Klaassen (left) and Thulani Serero lining up for Ajax in March 2015
Personal information
Full name Davy Klaassen
Date of birth (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Hilversum, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1999–2003 HVV de Zebra's
2003–2004 HSV Wasmeer
2004–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Ajax 123 (43)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U16 5 (4)
2009–2010 Netherlands U17 11 (1)
2010–2011 Netherlands U19 9 (2)
2013 Netherlands U21 4 (0)
2014– Netherlands 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2016

Davy Klaassen (born 21 February 1993) is a Dutch footballer who captains Dutch side Ajax. He also plays for the Netherlands national team, and is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder for both club and country.[2]

Club career[edit]

Klaassen with Ajax.

Early career[edit]

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,[3] 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.[4]


He 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 by replacing Lorenzo Ebecilio in the 85th minute.[5] While still competing in the A-Juniors Nike Eredivisie league competing for the Ajax A1 under-19 squad, he made his Eredivisie debut on November 27 as a substitute against N.E.C. and scored only 42 seconds after having been subbed on.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] He scored his first goal for Jong Ajax on 20 September 2013 in the 1–2 away victory against FC Eindhoven.[9] On 6 October 2013 while playing for the Ajax first team he scored his teams second goal in the 59th minute in the 3–0 home win against FC Utrecht.[10] 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.[11] Following the departure of Ajax captain Siem de Jong, Klaassen switched to the vacant number 10 shirt for the upcoming season.

For the 2015–16 season, Klaassen was named Ajax' captain, replacing the departed Niklas Moisander.[12]

International career[edit]


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.[13] 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.[14] In total Klaassen made 5 appearances for the Netherlands U-16 while scoring 4 goals.[15] Scoring two more goals in friendly encounters against Ukraine U-16 and Ireland U-16 as well.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]


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.[21] 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.[22] His nickname is cheese straw (Dutch: kaasstengel) due to his physical appearance.

On 31 March 2015 Klaassen scored his first international goal and the team's second goal in a 2–0 win over Spain in a friendly match.[23]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 16 April 2017[24]
Club performance League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2011–12 Ajax Eredivisie 4 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 8 1
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
2013–14 26 10 5 0 5 1 0 0 36 11
2014–15 30 6 3 0 10 2 1 0 44 8
2015–16 31 13 0 0 10 2 0 0 41 15
2016–17 30 13 0 0 14 5 0 0 43 18
Total Netherlands 123 43 9 0 42 10 2 0 175 53
Career total 123 43 9 0 42 10 2 0 175 53

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield and Play-off


As of match played 14 November 2016.[25]
Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 3 1
2016 7 2
Total 11 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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






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