Lens with FC Dynamo Kyiv in 2013
|Full name||Jeremain Marciano Lens|
|Date of birth||24 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2007–2008||→ NEC (loan)||31||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:27, 15 May 2016 (UTC).
Jeremain Marciano Lens (born 24 November 1987) is a Dutch footballer who plays for English club Sunderland and the Netherlands national football team. He is a versatile attacking player, known for his pace and stamina, primarily being used as a winger or a striker, but he can successfully play as a second striker.
He began his career at AZ, and after a loan at NEC played a part in their 2008–09 Eredivisie triumph. In 2010 he moved to PSV, where he won the 2011–12 KNVB Cup, and in 2013 was signed by Dynamo Kyiv. He won the Ukrainian Cup in his first season, the double in his second, and signed for Sunderland in July 2015.
Lens is a full international for the Netherlands, earning over 25 caps. In August 2010, he received his first international cap against Ukraine and scored a debut goal. He was part of the Dutch squad which came third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Lens made his debut into professional football in the 2005–06 season. He played two matches for AZ that season. Before that he played in the youth team of AZ, FC Omniworld, Ajax Amsterdam and his regional team, Spartaan.
In June 2007, AZ reached a deal concerning a loan involving Lens. It meant that he would play the 2007–08 season for N.E.C., and that he would return to AZ the season afterwards. Lens agreed with the deal, and the player officially joined N.E.C. on loan in the summer of 2007.
Loan to N.E.C.
After a difficult beginning with his new club N.E.C. before the winter, Lens' as well as his team's situation improved with Lens scoring eight goals in 16 matches. N.E.C. qualified for the UEFA Cup preliminaries. A long time it seemed he would relocate permanently to N.E.C., but he eventually decided to return to AZ.
Return to AZ
In July 2008, Lens had an operation on his left foot, which meant he was out for some time. The 2008–09 season was a personal disappointment for Lens, who did not contribute much to AZ's championship win. When coach Louis van Gaal left the team for Bayern Munich, Lens saw a chance for himself to play more matches. He grabbed the chance under the new coach, and he played well and scored important goals for AZ.
On 21 May 2010, PSV contracted Lens for 4 years, swapping Dirk Marcellis as part of the deal. Lens was given the no. 9 shirt, and his first year at the club was a successful one for the player. He was moved from a central position to the flanks, being more utilised on both wings or working behind strikers as a second striker. He struggled to score in first few games, but eventually got used to the new position. He reached the Europa League quarter-finals with the team, scoring three goals in 11 matches, and reached ten Eredivisie goals in 33 games, while the Eindhoven-based team only got to third place, despite being the table leaders for the most of the 2010–11 season. At the beginning of the 2011–12 season his jersey number was changed to no. 11, which was free since the departure of Nordin Amrabat to Kayserispor in January 2011. On 6 November 2011, he came in from the bench against Heracles and scored a hat-trick, his first for the club.
FC Dynamo Kyiv
On 18 June 2013, Lens signed a four-year contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv. On 29 August, Lens scored his first official goal for Dynamo, opening the score on the 9th minute of a 5–1 victory over Kazakhstani club FC Aktobe in the UEFA Europa League Play-offs second leg, an 8–3 aggregate win. On 6 October, Lens scored his first two goals in the Ukrainian Premier League in a crushing 9–1 victory over FC Metalurh Donetsk. He helped Dynamo win the Ukrainian Cup in his first season.
On 23 April 2015, Lens was sent off for two bookings in the first half, as Dyanmo lost 0–2 at Fiorentina and were eliminated from the quarter-finals of the Europa League. His second yellow card was when the referee judged that he had dived in the penalty area. In his second and final season for Dynamo he managed to help his team win both the Ukrainian Premier League and Ukrainian Cup without suffering a single defeat in both competitions.
On 15 July 2015 after completing a medical, Sunderland signed Lens for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract. This move reunited him with head coach Dick Advocaat after previously working under him at PSV and AZ.
Lens scored his first Premier League goal on 29 August 2015, securing a 2–2 draw at Aston Villa. Lens scored his second Sunderland goal against West Ham United on 3 October 2015, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Adrián to put the Black Cats 2–0 up. However, Lens was then sent off after receiving two yellow cards for rash tackles, and West Ham went on to get a 2–2 draw. The match turned out to be Advocaat's final one in charge of Sunderland, as he left the club the next day.
Lens fell out of favour under new manager Sam Allardyce, and was dropped from the squad and fined two weeks wages after refusing to participate in a post-match warm-down following a defeat to Watford on 12 December 2015. Lens later stated he was unhappy at Sunderland, suggesting he could leave the club in the January transfer window as he "did not come to the Premier League to sit on the bench". Lens started in Sunderland's FA Cup 3rd round tie against Arsenal, and scored the opening goal in the match, after which Arsenal came back to win 3-1.
Although Lens previously played for the Dutch under-21 team, he chose to play for the Suriname national team, since he said he felt like he is Surinamese. In 2009, Lens was called up for Suriname's squad by national team coach Wensley Bundel, for the Parbo Bier Cup. He scored two goals in three matches and helped Suriname finish second in the tournament.
Since the tournament was not under the auspices of FIFA, Lens was still eligible for a call up for the Netherlands.
On 3 May 2010, Lens was called up for the Dutch national team, as a part of the preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, on 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would not be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition. On 11 August 2010, Lens made his debut in a 1–1 friendly draw with Ukraine, scoring the only goal for the Oranje.
Lens became a regular member of the Dutch team under the management of his former AZ coach Louis van Gaal. He scored five goals and made a further five assists during the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign.
Lens was named in the Netherlands squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He appeared as a substitute in the Netherlands' first two Group B games (a 1–5 win over Spain and a 2–3 victory against Australia) before starting in a 2–0 victory over Chile. Lens played the full 120 minutes of the semi final against Argentina, which Argentina ultimately won on penalties.
|Lens – goals for Netherlands|
|1.||11 August 2010||Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine||Ukraine||0–1||1–1||Friendly match|
|2.||11 September 2012||Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0–1||1–4||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||16 October 2012||Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania||Romania||0–1||1–4|
|5.||6 February 2013||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Italy||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|6.||26 March 2013||Romania||4–0||4–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 October 2013||Hungary||3–0||8–1|
|8.||4 June 2014||Wales||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|Dynamo Kyiv||2013–14||Ukrainian Premier League||28||5||4||0||—||9||2||41||7|
|2014–15||Ukrainian Premier League||21||5||6||1||—||10||3||37||9|
- AZ Alkmaar
- Dynamo Kyiv
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