Jean-Paul de Jong
De Jong in training with Utrecht
|Full name||Jean-Paul de Jong|
|Date of birth||17 October 1970|
|Place of birth||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He is best known for his lengthy spell as a player with Utrecht, appearing in nearly 450 official games in 14 years and winning two major titles.
Born in Utrecht, de Jong had several trainee spells, including with country giants Feyenoord and AFC Ajax. He made his professional debuts in Germany at the age of 20 with second division club VfL Osnabrück, appearing sparingly over the course of two seasons.
In 1993 de Jong returned to his country and city, going on serve a 14-year spell with FC Utrecht. In total he played 370 Eredivisie matches, in which he scored 11 goals; as the side appeared in three consecutive domestic cup finals, winning twice, "Mr. FC Utrecht" (as he was nicknamed) was on target in the 2002–03 edition, opening the scoresheet in a 4–1 win against Feyenoord.
On 22 April 2007 de Jong received his 83rd yellow card in the league, surpassing the record number of cards received by a player which had been previously held by Barry van Galen. During his final season as a player, in which he contributed with 21 matches to a comfortable ninth place, he completed his coaching training badges and began to work as a youth trainer with the club.
- "Gluscevic, ex del Extremadura, ´héroe´ del fútbol holandés" [Gluscevic, formerly of Extremadura, ´heroe´ of Dutch football] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Extremadura. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
- "Jean-Paul stopt, maar blijft bij FC Utrecht" [Jean-Paul retires, but stays with FC Utrecht] (in Dutch). FC Utrecht. 14 June 2007.[dead link]