Jetro Willems

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Jetro Willems
PSV Eindhoven, Teamcamp Bad Erlach, July 2014 (154).jpg
Willems in July 2016
Personal information
Full name Jetro Willems
Date of birth (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
PSV
Number 15
Youth career
Spartaan'20
Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Sparta Rotterdam 16 (0)
2011– PSV 143 (11)
National team
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 15 (0)
2011 Netherlands U19 2 (0)
2013–2014 Netherlands U21 5 (0)
2012– Netherlands 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:20, 22 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016

Jetro Willems (born 30 March 1994) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a left back for Dutch club PSV. He represented the Netherlands national team at UEFA Euro 2012 and therefore is the youngest player ever at a UEFA European Championship; he was 18 years and 71 days old when playing in the Netherlands' opening match at the tournament on 9 June 2012.[2]

Club career[edit]

Sparta Rotterdam[edit]

Willems began his career with Spartaan '20, and moved to Sparta Rotterdam. In Sparta he progressed through the club's youth categories, and made his debut on 16 January 2011, in a match against Go Ahead Eagles.[3] He made 16 appearances in the Dutch second division.

PSV[edit]

Willems during a UEFA Europa League match against Dynamo Moscow on 2 October 2014

On 31 August 2011, Willems joined PSV on a three-year contract.[4] He received the number 43 jersey and made his PSV debut on 23 October in a match against Vitesse.[5] Willems became the youngest Dutchman to play in a UEFA competition when he started against Hapoel Tel Aviv on 3 November in a UEFA Europa League group stage match.[6] That same month, he was permanently promoted to the first team squad.[7]

In December, Willems was targeted for a move to Manchester United, with then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson looking for "the next Patrice Evra".[8] On 3 April 2012, Willems' contract was upgraded and extended until 2016.[9]

Willems scored his first professional – and PSV – goal on 22 April 2012 in a match against NEC.[10] With this goal, he became the youngest goalscorer in the 2011–12 Eredivisie. He experienced a great amount of playing time in the 2011–12 season because full-back Erik Pieters was injured. Although being young and quite inexperienced, Willems quickly showed evidence of his raw talent, especially his technique and attacking traits.

On 15 July 2015, Willems suffered a serious injury and missed the first half of the 2015–16 season.

International career[edit]

In 2011, Willems won the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the Netherlands under-17 team.[11]

Willems playing for the Netherlands at Euro 2012

While being selected for the under-19 squad, on 7 May 2012 Willems was named in the provisional list of 36 players for UEFA Euro 2012, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by senior team manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad. He was still in the Oranje Euro 2012 squad after Van Marwijk had made a first cut to 27 players on 15 May 2012.[12] Willems also made the final cut into the 23-man squad, being given the number 15 shirt.[13] He made his first unofficial appearance for the senior national team on 22 May 2012 in a friendly match against Bayern Munich.

On 26 May 2012, Willems made his first appearance with the senior Dutch side in a match against Bulgaria.[14]

At the Euro 2012, Willems made his first start for the Netherlands, against Denmark, becoming the youngest ever player to play at the Euros and the fourth-youngest player to play for the Netherlands, at 18 years and 71 days of age.[15] The record was previously held by Belgian Enzo Scifo, at 18 years and 115 days.[16] He featured in all the group stage games, however the Netherlands were eliminated from the tournament after losing all three group stage matches.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Sparta Rotterdam Eerste Divisie 12 0 2 0 0 0 - - - 12 0 2
2011–12 4 0 0 0 0 0 - - - 4 0 0
2011–12 PSV Eredivisie 20 1 2 3 0 0 6 0 0 29 1 2
2012–13 26 0 1 4 0 1 4 0 4 34 0 6
2013–14 28 4 3 1 0 0 9 0 0 38 4 3
2014–15 30 2 12 3 1 0 8 0 3 41 3 14
2015–16 15 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 17 2 4
2016–17 24 2 2 2 0 0 5 0 0 31 2 2
Total Netherlands 159 11 25 14 1 1 33 0 7 206 12 33
Career total 159 11 25 14 1 1 33 0 7 206 12 33
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 4 February 2017.
Reserves performance
Club performance League Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League Total
2014–15 Jong PSV Jupiler League 1 1 1 1
2015–16 1 0 1 0
Total Netherlands 2 1 2 1
Career total 2 1 2 1

International[edit]

Netherlands
Year Apps Goals
2012 8 0
2013 3 0
2014 2 0
2015 3 0
2016 5 0
Total 21 0
Statistics accurate as of 22 April 2017.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

PSV

International[edit]

Netherlands

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/attachments/football-manager-2012-stories/278364d1349956395-darran-donald-evolution-football-manager-player-month.png
  2. ^ Glenday, Craig (2013). Guinness World Records 2014. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-908843-15-9. 
  3. ^ Sparta Rotterdam – Go Ahead Eagles (16-01-2011); Voetbal International, 16 January 2011 (Dutch)
  4. ^ Jeugdinternational Jetro Willems naar PSV (Youth International Jetro Willems on PSV); PSV Eindhoven, 31 August 2011 (Dutch)
  5. ^ Vitesse – PSV (23-10-2011); Voetbal International, 23 October 2011 (Dutch)
  6. ^ PSV fight back to progress against Hapoel Tel-Aviv; UEFA, 3 November 2011
  7. ^ Willems definitief naar eerste selectie PSV (Willems' definitely on PSV's first team); ED, 29 November 2011 (Dutch)
  8. ^ United turn to PSV youngster Willems as Fergie searches for the next Evra; Daily Mail, 12 December 2011
  9. ^ Contract Jetro Willems opengebroken en verlengd (Jetro Willems' contract broken and extended); PSV Eindhoven, 3 April 2012 (Dutch)
  10. ^ PSV – NEC (22-04-2012); Voetbal International, 22 April 2012 (Dutch)
  11. ^ UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2011, UEFA.com, Retrieved 1. 9. 2014
  12. ^ Oranje cut provisional squad By Berend Scholten on UEFA.com
  13. ^ Bouma and Willems make final Dutch squad; UEFA, 26 May 2012
  14. ^ Oranje met Van Persie én ook Huntelaar tegen Bulgarije (Oranje with Van Persie and Huntelaar against Bulgaria); Voetbal International, 26 May 2012 (Dutch)
  15. ^ Jetro Willems sets age mark; ESPN
  16. ^ Teenager Willems breaks Scifo's record; UEFA, 9 June 2012
  17. ^ "Portugal 2–1 Netherlands" BBC Sport. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Resilient PSV win Maspalomas Cup". PSV.nl. 11 January 2015. 

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