Agustien with Swansea City in 2012
|Full name||Germaine Agustien|
|Date of birth||20 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2006–2007||→ Roda JC (loan)||31||(2)|
|2008–2009||→ Birmingham City (loan)||18||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ RKC Waalwijk (loan)||19||(1)|
|2011||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||8||(0)|
|2013–2015||Brighton & Hove Albion||13||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 September 2015.
Germaine "Kemy" Agustien (born 20 August 1986) is a Dutch-Curaçaoan professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Danish 1st Division club Vendsyssel FF and Curaçao national team. He previously played for Willem II, AZ, Roda JC and RKC Waalwijk in the Netherlands, and for Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion in English football. An adaptable player, capable of playing anywhere in midfield, his preferred position is as one of two central midfielders.
Born in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, Agustien began his career in the youth system of Dutch club Willem II. He played two seasons in that club's first team in the Eredivisie, and appeared twice in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. He signed for AZ in 2006, and was loaned to Roda JC for the 2006–07 season to gain more experience.
Agustien joined English Championship club Birmingham City in July 2008 on a season loan, with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2008–09 season for a fee of €2 million. He made his first-team debut in the League Cup defeat at Southampton on 26 August 2008, and played his first match in the Football League four days later in a 1–1 draw at Norwich City. Having missed pre-season training because of a hernia operation, he did not adapt immediately to the pace and physicality of English football. He played 20 games in all competitions, but the second half of his season was dogged by injury. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish "couldn't commit [himself] to bringing him in for the money asked", so Agustien returned to AZ when his contract expired on 26 May 2009.
Agustien went on trial to Polish Ekstraklasa side Wisła Kraków in July 2010. Later he joined Swansea City of the English Championship on trial, but sustained an injury in a pre-season match which delayed his signing. After passing what was described as a "tough" medical, Agustien signed a two-year contract with the Welsh club in October. He made his debut two weeks later, coming on for Andrea Orlandi after 69 minutes as Swansea beat Leicester City 2–0.
By February 2011, Agustien was anxious for regular first-team football, and suggested that there had been interest from clubs in taking him on loan, but manager Brendan Rodgers considered him part of the Swansea squad. Agustien signed on loan for Crystal Palace on 8 March for the rest of the season. He made his debut against Barnsley in a 2–1 victory for Palace, and went on to play in the last eight matches of the season.
He made his Premier League debut for the newly promoted Swansea in a 4–0 loss against Manchester City, but suffered a hamstring injury in September, and was restricted to one brief substitute appearance in the next three months. In the 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the end of December, Agustien started in central midfield, but following an injury to Àngel Rangel he spent the second half at right back, a position he had never played before; he was named man of the match:
I was a little frustrated because I think I was playing well in midfield. But it is not about me, it is about the team. I did my best for the team. If I can help the team by filling in that position, then that's fine— Agustien on his unfamiliar position.
Ankle surgery in early March revealed further problems that kept Agustien out for the remainder of the season. Rodgers confirmed that Agustien would be offered a contract extension despite his injuries, and in May he signed a new two-year deal with Swansea. In the 2012-13 season was a big change for Swansea City, with change of management and new players. For Agustien, his injuries continued to haunt him, having missed five matches, due to an ankle injury. Despite the injury, he would make 18 appearance, it was his biggest appearance of the season in his Swansea's career.
Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Agustien, along with Alan Tate, Luke Moore and Leroy Lita, was left out of the squad for the pre-season tour, which led their future uncertain. During July 2013, Agustien transferred to Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion signing a two-year contract, however the deal was delayed for a number of days whilst awaiting international clearance which was finally completed on 1 August. Agustien made his debut for Brighton during a pre-season friendly game against Norwich City which finished 1–1. He made 14 appearances in all competitions in his first season, and only 3 in his second, which was disrupted by injury. He was released when his contract expired at the end of the 2014–15 season.
At international level, he was a member of the Netherlands under-20 squad for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he played in two of the group-stage matches. He played for the Dutch Olympic squad that reached the final of the 2006 Toulon Tournament; Agustien converted his penalty as his team lost in a penalty shootout. He played again, and scored, at the 2007 edition, and also played for the under-21 team, including two appearances in qualifying matches for the 2009 European under-21 championships. Named in the Netherlands' preliminary 37-man squad for the 2008 Olympics, he was not selected for Beijing.
In 2014, Agustien decided to represent his country of birth, receiving his first call-up for the Curaçao senior team ahead of the 2014 Caribbean Cup in Jamaica. He was however forced to withdraw from the final squad for the tournament due to injury, having yet to make his debut for the national team. He made his debut for Curaçao 6 June 2015 in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago which ended in a 1–0 win at home.
Agustien revealed he almost died from a serious car accident after his car start flipping twice following a loss of control. In April 2013, Agustien was banned from driving for 12 months and picked up 39 points.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Roda JC (loan)||2006–07||31||2||–||–||–||–||–||–||31||2|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2008–09||18||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||20||0|
|RKC Waalwijk (loan)||2009–10||19||1||–||–||–||–||–||–||19||1|
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2011–12||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2013–14||11||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||14||0|
- As of match played 14 June 2015
|Curaçao national team|
- Swansea City
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