John de Jong

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John de Jong
Personal information
Full name Johannes Jacobus de Jong
Date of birth (1977-03-08) 8 March 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Den Haag, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
VV Wilhelmus
Den Haag
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Den Haag 69 (19)
1998–2000 Utrecht 71 (16)
2000–2008 PSV 92 (18)
2002–2003 Heerenveen (loan) 26 (9)
Total 258 (62)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Johannes "John" Jacobus de Jong (born 8 March 1977) is a Dutch retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

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.

Club career[edit]

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.

For 2000–01, de Jong joined PSV Eindhoven. After a good run in his debut campaign (28 matches, three goals, national league conquered) and the second, he was loaned to SC Heerenveen for one season.

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.[1]

Honours[edit]

PSV

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Injury victim de jong retires at 30". Goal.com. 26 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2008. 

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