Lorenzo Davids

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Lorenzo Davids
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
DFS Opheusden
Youth career
1993–1999 SC Voorland
1999–2001 ASC Waterwijk
2001–2003 FC Omniworld
2003–2004 FC Utrecht
2004–2006 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Feyenoord 1 (0)
2007–2011 N.E.C. 131 (5)
2011–2012 FC Augsburg 20 (0)
2012–2013 Bournemouth 3 (0)
2013–2015 Randers FC 9 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands U-21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2015.

Lorenzo Davids (born 4 September 1986) is a Dutch footballer[2] of Surinamese descent,[1] who is a midfielder with Hoofdklasse side DFS.

Club career[edit]


Lorenzo Davids started playing football at a young age and joined various youth teams, with the likes of SC Voorland, ASC Waterwijk, FC Omniworld and FC Utrecht before joining Feyenoord, where he started his professional football career.[3] Having been an unused substitute through the first six months of the 2006–07 season at Feyenoord, Davids made one appearance, which was the cup match before leaving the club by joining N.E.C. on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[4]


Davids made his debut, coming on as a substitute for Patrick Pothuizen in the 58th minute in a 1–0 loss against Roda JC on 10 February 2007. He made several appearance for the club towards the end of the season. At N.E.C., Davids established himself in the first team, playing in left or central midfield, though sometime, he played in defence and continued to retain his first team status throughout his time at N.E.C. before leaving the club. The following season, Davids would score his first goal in a 5–1 win over Groningen on 28 October 2007 and four weeks later on 25 November 2007, Davids scored again, with his second goal, in a 3–2 loss against Utrecht. On 30 December 2007, Davids received a straight red card for a serious foul, in a 3–0 loss against Willem II. At the end of the 2007–08 season, Davids made 29 appearance, scoring twice.

The next season (2008–09), Davids signed a new contract with the club, which kept him until 2011.[5] He went on to play all the matches in the league, without being absent for injuries or suspensions and be left out of the squad. During the season, Davids made his European debut against Romanian side Dinamo București, which N.E.C. won 1–0 and since appeared for the club's entire match in the UEFA Cup. Davids scored the most important and memorable goal in a 1–0 win over AZ on 19 September 2009.[6] At the end of the 2009–10 season, Davids won the club's player of the year award.[citation needed] In his last season, Davids made 29 appearances and scored twice against Heracles Almelo and VVV Venlo.

FC Augsburg[edit]

As his contract expired in the 2010–11 season, Davids signed a two-year contract for German side FC Augsburg on a free transfer.[7] Davids made his debut in the opening game of the season, a 2–2 draw against Freiburg. However, his time at Augsburg was 'forgettable' as his first team opportunities soon were limited despite making twenty appearances for the club. The following season, under new manager Markus Weinzierl, Davids was sent to the club's reserve side.[8] On the last day of the transfer window, Davids was released by the club despite having one year left on his contract.[9]


On 31 August 2012, Davids signed a two-year contract with League One side A.F.C. Bournemouth on the same day he was released.[10] Upon joining the club, Lorenzo said that joining the club was a new challenge and also a new start for him. He also revealed he followed English Football and a dream came true to play in England.[11] However, Davids's debut was delayed over his knee injury.[11] On 29 September 2012, Davids made his debut, making his first start and playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Walsall.[12] Unfortunately, his first team opportunities was limited after the return of manager Eddie Howe and he was released by the club on the last day of the transfer window.[13]

Randers FC[edit]

In the winter transfer window, Davids was linked a move back to Netherlands by joining Dutch side Willem II.[14] But on last day of the transfer window, he left Bournemouth by mutual consent and joined the Danish side Randers FC on a two-and-a-half-year contract.[15] Upon joining the club, Manager Colin Todd told the club's website commenting favourably on the player's emphasis on speed and technique.[16] On 28 March 2013, Davids made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against OB.


He earned a first call-up for Netherlands U-21 in October 2007.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Davids is the cousin of international footballer Edgar Davids and is 13 years Edgar's junior. He was born in Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname before moving to Rotterdam with his family aged four.[3] He is married to Samantha Banket and the couple have a son. They lost their 4-yeard old daughter Jeazley in April 2016.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Lorenzo Davids". NEC-Nijmegen.nl. Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Davids, Lorenzo" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Family ties spur younger Davids". UEFA. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Voetbal: Andere club voor Lorenzo Davids en Aerts" [Football: Other club Lorenzo Davids and Aerts ...] (in Dutch). AD.nl. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lorenzo Davids langer bij NEC" [Lorenzo Davids longer at NEC] (in Dutch). AD.nl. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "NEC doet AZ pijn in slotfase" [NEC does AZ pain in final stage] (in Dutch). AD.nl. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "FCA verpflichtet Lorenzo Davids" [FCA signes Lorenzo Davids] (in German). fcaugsburg.de. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Weinzierl schickt Davids in die U23" [Weinzierl sends Davids to the U23] (in German). Bild. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "FCA löst Vertrag mit Davids auf" [FCA dissolves contract with Davids] (in German). fcaugsburg.de. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bournemouth sign Lorenzo Davids and Benjamin Buchel". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Cherries: Davids relishing new adventure at Goldsands Stadium". Bournemouth Echo. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cherries: Dutch pair in contention". Bournemouth Echo. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cherries: Davids contract cancelled by mutual consent". Bournemouth Echo. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bournemouth's Lorenzo Davids is wanted by Willem II". Sky Sports. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Transfer news: Lorenzo Davids leaves Bournemouth to sign for Randers FC". Sky Sports. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "RANDERS FC SKRIVER KONTRAKT MED LORENZO DAVIDS" [RANDERS FC SIGNS CONTRACT WITH LORENZO DAVIDS] (in Danish). Randersfc.dk. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Lorenzo Davids". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Lorenzo Davids: de tragiek van een (ex-)profvoetballer - ELF Voetbal (in Dutch)