John de Jong
|Full name||Johannes Jacobus de Jong|
|Date of birth||8 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Den Haag, Netherlands|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2002–2003||→ Heerenveen (loan)||26||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Best known for his lengthy spell with PSV, he had good passing abilities, also having his career cut short by injury, retiring at 30. He amassed Eredivisie totals of 189 games and 43 goals, over the course of ten seasons.
Born in Den Haag, de Jong started his professional career with his hometown club ADO Den Haag, in the second division. In January 1998, his solid performances led to a move to the Eredivisie with FC Utrecht, where he continued to perform well.
On 26 February 2008, after having only played 15 games in four years, all in 2004–05, de Jong retired from football due to an injury he sustained in training in 2005. He was unable to recover even after 35 months of rehabilitation, and subsequently expressed interest in staying at PSV in a non-footballing capacity.
- "Injury victim de jong retires at 30". Goal.com. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008.