Dwight Tiendalli

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Dwight Tiendalli
Tiendalli at FC Twente in 2010
Personal information
Full name Dwight Tiendalli
Date of birth (1985-10-21) 21 October 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Full back
Youth career
2001–2004 Ajax
2004–2005 Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Utrecht 41 (3)
2006–2009 Feyenoord 35 (0)
2008 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2012 Twente 71 (1)
2012–2015 Swansea City 27 (1)
2015 Middlesbrough (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2005–2007 Netherlands U21 16 (0)
2013 Netherlands 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 May 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2013

Dwight Tiendalli (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʋɑitinˈdɑli];[2] born 21 October 1985) is a Surinamese-born Dutch footballer who plays as a full back. He is currently a free agent following his release from Swansea City.[3]

Tiendalli is a former Dutch under-21 international, and was part of the FC Twente team which won the 2009–10 Eredivisie. After his first season with Swansea, in which the team won the League Cup, Tiendalli was capped for the first time by the Netherlands national team.

Club career[edit]

Feyenoord and Sparta[edit]

Tiendalli running for the defence during the match.

In the summer of 2006, Tiendalli moved to Feyenoord on a four-year contract, for a fee of €2 million.[4] After one appearance for FC Utrecht during the 2006–07 season, he made his Feyenoord debut five days later in a 0–0 draw against Heracles Almelo. He also made his European debut after appearing in the first round of the UEFA Cup, a 2–2 draw against Lokomotiv Sofia. On 12 December 2006, Tiendalli was sent off after handling the ball on the goal-line. Video evidence, however, proved he had not committed an offence, leading referee Jack van Hulten to admit to the mistake and for Tiendalli to have his red card rescinded.[5] In his first season, Tiendalli was sidelined by a groin injury and missed the entire season.[6]

After recovering from the injury,[6] Feyenoord loaned Tiendalli to city rivals Sparta Rotterdam on 25 January 2008, where he was re-united with his former Utrecht coach Foeke Booy. Tiendalli was inserted straight into the starting line-up, putting in a fine display on his debut.

Tiendalli in the Feyenoord home shirt in 2007.

After his loan spell at Sparta, Tiendalli was indeed used more often by Feyenoord, but could not make the expected breakthrough he wanted on his return. In De Klassieker against Ajax, which Feyenoord lost 2–0, he was sent-off in the match for a second bookable offence, and was also sent off in the last game of the season, a 3–2 loss against Roda JC. At the start of the 2009–10 season, Tiendalli left Feyenoord after having his contract terminated.


On 14 September 2009, FC Twente signed Tiendalli – on a free transfer – to a one-year contract, with a view for a further year.[7] A month since joining Twente, having appeared as an unused substitute in the last two matches, Tiendalli made his debut after coming on as a substitute for Dario Vujičević in the 63rd minute in a 3–1 win over Heracles Almelo. A week after his debut, he scored his first goal and provided an assist to Miroslav Stoch's opener in a 4–0 win over FC Groningen.[8] In his first season, the club would win their first ever Eredivisie title and Tiendalli would establish himself in the first team, in the absence of Slobodan Rajković and Nicky Kuiper. During the season, Tiendalli made his Europa League debut and played in both legs against Werder Bremen in which Twente lost 4–2, which saw them eliminated in the second round of the competition.

In the 2010–11 season, Tiendalli made his first start under Johan Cruyff in which Twente won 1–0. He would then play three games in the UEFA Champions League. However, he soon lost his first team place due to injuries and would only make 18 appearances.[9] Twente finished in third in its in the Champions League group, relegating the club to the UEFA Europa League. Feyenoord would advance through the knockout stage until the quarter-final, the first leg of which Tiendalli received a straight red card in a 3–1 loss against Villarreal. Twente ultimately lost the two-legged tie 8–2 on aggregate. At the end of the season, it was announced that Tiendalli's contract with the club would not be renewed after contract talks stalled.[10] A week before his contract expiration, he attended the club's first session of the new season, insisting he wanted to maintain his fitness.[11] However, Preud'homme's successor as manager, Co Adriaanse, offered him a new, one-year contract, which he accepted.[12] After signing the deal, he stated that he hopes to make a fresh start under Adriaanse.[13]

In the 2011–12 season, Tiendalli started for Twente as they faced Ajax for the second time in a row and ran out 2–1 winners. During the season, he was used more as a left back at Twente. At the end of the year, he was released from the club following the arrival of returning manager Steve McClaren.[citation needed].

Swansea City[edit]

On 10 September 2012, Premier League club Swansea City confirmed that Tiendalli had signed a deal with the club until the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season.[14] He was signed to bring in defensive cover after first-choice left back Neil Taylor was ruled out for the remainder of 2012–13 with a broken ankle.

Tiendalli made his Swansea debut in the third round of the League Cup, providing an assist for Danny Graham in a 3–2 win over Crawley Town.[15] Having been on the bench in the league for two months since joining Swansea City, as a result of Ben Davies and Àngel Rangel first choices in the left and right back position respectively (in which Tiendalli played in both positions), Tiendalli finally made his league debut, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan de Guzmán in the 74th minute of a 2–0 win over Arsenal. After the match, Tiendalli stated his intent to stay at Swansea despite his lack of first team opportunities.[16] He would feature in the final of the League Cup when he came on for Davies in the 84th minute of a 5–0 win over Bradford City, becoming the first non-English Premier League team to have won to have the League Cup and the first time a major English cup had been won by a non-English club since 1927, when Swansea's rivals Cardiff City won the FA Cup.[17] A week later, Tiendalli soon become first choice in defence after Rangel was injured. He soon make a name for himself in a match against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 March 2013.

Tiendalli scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 away win over Wigan Athletic on 7 May 2013 at the DW Stadium. Manager Michael Laudrup praised Tiendalli for his performance in response to uncertainty over his future. Laudrup, however, said he expected Tiendalli to move on at the end of the season.[18]

At the end of the 2012–13 season, Tiendalli's agent Sebastien Casenaz told talkSPORT that he would not be at Swansea for the next season after contract talks had broken down.[19] On 28 August 2013, however, Tiendalli re-joined Swansea on a three-year contract lasting until June 2016.[20]

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

On 26 March 2015, Tiendalli was loaned out to promotion chasing Middlesbrough of the Championship for the remainder of the 2014–15 season. He made his Boro debut away to Watford on 6 April.[21]

After returning from his loan, on 1 September 2015, Swansea released a statement on their website that Tiendalli had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

International career[edit]

Tiendalli played five matches at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship final stages for the Netherlands national U-21 team.[22][23]

In 2006, he was part of the Netherlands U21 squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal, where he was also named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament.

Tiendalli made his full international debut for the senior team in a 3–0 friendly win against Indonesia on 7 June 2013, replacing Daryl Janmaat in the second half.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2004–05 Utrecht Eredivisie 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2005–06 29 2 3 2 2 0 34 4
2006–07 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Feyenoord Eredivisie 13 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 19 0
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 13 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 Feyenoord Eredivisie 22 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 28 0
2009–10 Twente Eredivisie 26 1 5 0 2 0 33 1
2010–11 18 0 4 0 5 0 1 0 28 0
2011–12 27 0 2 0 9 0 3 0 41 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
2012–13 Swansea City Premier League 14 1 2 0 5 0 21 1
2013–14 10 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 19 0
2014–15 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2014–15 Middlesbrough Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals Netherlands 160 4 19 2 0 0 22 0 8 0 209 6
England 29 1 6 0 7 0 6 0 48 1
Career totals 189 5 25 2 7 0 28 0 8 0 257 7
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 2 May 2015.[25]

International performance[edit]

Dutch national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 0
Total 2 0
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 11 June 2013.[25]



Swansea City


  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Dwight Tiendalli". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ In isolation, Dwight and Tiendalli are pronounced, respectivelly, [ˈdʋɑit] and [tinˈdɑli].
  3. ^ "Tiendalli released by Swans". Swansea City AFC. 1 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Feyenoord sign Tiendalli". Sky Sports. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 112 March 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Buijs accepts ban". Sky Sports. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Tiendalli returns to training". Sky Sports. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Official: FC Twente Sign Free Agent Dwight Tiendalli
  8. ^ "FC Twente 4–0 FC Groningen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "New setback for FC Twente in Spain" [Nieuwe tegenvaller voor FC Twente in Spanje] (in Dutch). FC Update. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tiendalli may leave at FC Twente" [Tiendalli mag vertrekken bij FC Twente] (in Dutch). FC Update. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tiendalli wants to leave, but will train at FC Twente" [Tiendalli wil weg, maar traint bij FC Twente] (in Dutch). FC Update. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tiendalli signs new one-year contract" [Tiendalli tekent nieuw 1-jarig contract] (in Dutch). FC Twente Official Homepage. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tiendalli hopes for fresh start under Adriaanse" [Tiendalli hoopt op frisse start onder Adriaanse] (in Dutch). FC Update. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Swansea City Sign Free Agent Dwight Tiendalli
  15. ^ "Crawley 2 Swansea 3: Monk completes late comeback as Laudrup's men survive scare". Daily Mail. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Swansea City star Dwight Tiendalli keen to extend stay at Liberty Stadium". This is South Wales. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nathan Dyer double helps Swansea ruin Bradford's Capital One Cup dream". The Guardian. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Michael Laudrup coy over new contract for Dwight Tiendalli". BBC Sport. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "Transfer news: Swansea fail to agree terms with Dwight Tiendalli". Sky Sports. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Tiendalli re-joins the Swans". Swansea City. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.mfc.co.uk/news/article/2014/middlesbrough-boro-swansea-city-dwight-tiendall-2360114.aspx
  22. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  23. ^ "Prem duo in Dutch youth squad". Sky Sports. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Indonesia 0–3 Netherlands". Sky Sports. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Dwight Tiendalli Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 

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