Jaïro Riedewald

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Jaïro Riedewald
Personal information
Full name Jaïro Jocquim Riedewald[1]
Date of birth (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace
Number 44
Youth career
SV Overbos
2007–2014 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 Ajax 63 (2)
2013–2017 Jong Ajax 19 (1)
2017– Crystal Palace 4 (0)
National team
2011 Netherlands U15 2 (0)
2011–2012 Netherlands U16 6 (0)
2012–2013 Netherlands U17 10 (0)
2013–2015 Netherlands U19 15 (1)
2016– Netherlands U21 4 (0)
2015– Netherlands 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:23, 14 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:24, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Jaïro Jocquim Riedewald (born 9 September 1996 in Haarlem, Netherlands[2]) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defender for English Premier League side Crystal Palace.

Club career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

2013–14[edit]

On 15 March 2013 Riedewald signed his first professional contract with Ajax, a product of the Ajax Youth Academy having joined the club from SV Overbos at the age of 11. His first contract with the club was a three-year contract binding him to the club until 2016. On 21 December 2013 he made his professional debut in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of professional football in the Netherlands, playing for the reserves team Jong Ajax, in a match against VVV-Venlo which ended in a 5–1 away loss.

Riedewald joined Ajax at age 11.

On 14 December 2013, Ajax head coach Frank de Boer announced the inclusion of Riedewald in the first team squad for the away match against SC Cambuur on 15 December 2013.[3] Not having made an appearance in that fixture it was the first time he was called for the first team. He made his debut for the first team on 19 December 2013 in the KNVB Cup match against IJsselmeervogels. The match ended in a 3–0 away win, with Riedewald coming on for Daley Blind in the 73rd minute of the match. Three days later he made his Eredivisie debut against Roda JC Kerkrade.[4] After Bojan Krkić, Riedewald was substituted on as well in the 80th minute, where he replaced Christian Poulsen, quickly scoring two goals, after trailing 1–0, helping Ajax to a 2–1 away victory, hereby becoming the youngest scoring debutant in the club and league history with 17 years, 104 days.[5] The youngest scoring player before him in the Dutch Eredivise was Jeroen Lumu with 17 years, 111 days, while Marco van Basten was the youngest scoring debutant at the club with 17 year, 154 days of age.[6]

Since January 2014 Riedewald became a permanent member of the first team at Ajax. On 27 February 2014, Riedewald made his continental debut for Ajax in the UEFA Europa League away match against Red Bull Salzburg which resulted in a 3–1 loss where he replaced Christian Poulsen in the 63rd minute.

2014–15[edit]

2015–16[edit]

Riedewald training with Ajax in 2016

After Niklas Moisander departed the club at the start of the 2015-16 season, Ajax manager Frank de Boer decided to choose Riedewald as the new partner of Joël Veltman in central defense. In de Klassieker against Feyenoord on 7 February 2016, Riedewald got injured soon after kick-off; he had broken his left ankle, which meant his season was finished. Until that moment, he had only missed one league game due to suspension. He returned early from injury on 1 May 2016, replacing Kenny Tete in the 76th minute in a match against FC Twente.

2016–17[edit]

After Ajax lost the Eredivisie title to PSV on the last matchday of the season by drawing to De Graafschap, manager De Boer decided to leave the club. His successor Peter Bosz decided to use Riedewald more as a defensive midfielder during the opening of the season. On 15 September 2016, Riedewald scored the rebound of Davy Klaassen's missed penalty in a Europa League match against Panathinaikos, his first goal for Ajax since his debut match.

Crystal Palace[edit]

On 24 July 2017, it was announced that Riedewald had signed a five-year contract with English Premier League side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.[7]

International career[edit]

Riedewald received his first call up to the senior Netherlands team in August 2015.[8] On September 6, He made his official debut for Oranje against Turkey.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Haarlem, Riedewald is of mixed Dutch, Surinamese and Indonesian heritage. His father hails from Suriname, while his mother is of half Dutch, half Indonesian descent. This was revealed in an interview with Riedewald prior to the off-season tour of Indonesia in 2014 by AFC Ajax of Holland.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2017 [10]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2013–14 Eredivisie 5 2 1 0 1[a] 0 0 0 7 2
2014–15 19 0 2 0 4[b] 0 0 0 25 0
2015–16 23 0 0 0 10[c] 0 0 0 33 0
2016–17 16 0 1 0 11[d] 1 0 0 28 1
Ajax total 63 2 4 0 26 1 0 0 93 3
Crystal Palace 2017–18 Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 67 2 4 0 1 0 26 1 0 0 98 3
  1. ^ Appearance in the Europa League
  2. ^ Three appearances in the Champions League and one in the Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and eight in the Europa League
  4. ^ Four appearances in the Champions League and seven in the Europa League
Reserves performance
As of match played 16 February 2015[10]
Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Jong Ajax 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 10 0
2014–15 9 1
Career total 19 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Riedewald keert terug naar roots." (in Dutch). ajax.nl. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Riedewald in selectie voor duel Cambuur Ajax.nl, 14 december 2013
  4. ^ 17-jarige Riedewald maakt Ajax winterkampioen AT5.nl, 22 december 2013
  5. ^ "Droomdebuut Riedewald laat Ajax ontsnappen in Kerkrade" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Riedewald breekt record telegraaf.nl, 22 december 2013
  7. ^ "Riedewald Signs For Palace". cpfc.co.uk. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Blind names first Netherlands squad: Tete, Riedewald and Anita included". football-oranje.com. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Riedewald keert terug naar roots" (in Dutch). Ajax.nl. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Jaïro Riedewald at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  11. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA. 30 May 2017.