Luciano Narsingh

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Luciano Narsingh
PSV Eindhoven, Teamcamp Bad Erlach, July 2014 (077).jpg
Narsingh training with PSV
Personal information
Full name Luciano Narsingh
Date of birth (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2006–2008 Heerenveen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Heerenveen 62 (13)
2012– PSV 100 (20)
2013 Jong PSV 3 (3)
National team
2008 Netherlands U18 2 (0)
2008–2009 Netherlands U19 10 (0)
2010 Netherlands U20 1 (0)
2010–2012 Netherlands U21 10 (1)
2012– Netherlands 16 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

Luciano Narsingh (born 13 September 1990) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven. He is right-footed and usually plays as a right winger but can also play as a left winger, and both side of attacking midfield. Since 2012 he has also played for the Netherlands national team, whom he represented at that year's European Championship.


Narsingh was born in Amsterdam. His grandparents were contract workers from India who were taken to work on plantations in Suriname.[1] His older brother, Furdjel Narsingh, also plays professional football. Together they played in the AFC Ajax youth academy for several years. But when Luciano was found to be too light for Ajax to go further he was picked up by sc Heerenveen and grown as one of the great talents. Furdjel moved to AZ Alkmaar but after being loaned out a couple times he transferred to FC Zwolle in the Eerste Divisie, the country's second level of professional club football.

Club career[edit]


In 2008 Narsingh signed a contract with SC Heerenveen till 2013. He made his official debut on 29 October 2008 in the Eredivisie under trainer Trond Sollied. He replaced the injured Danijel Pranjić in a 2–0 loss against Vitesse. A month later he was allowed to play in the away match against FC Twente (6–0 loss). In the 2009–2010 season Narsingh also came in action twice. The following year, however, he made his breakthrough under coach Ron Jans and Narsingh grew into a sensation in the Eredivisie because of his dribbling skills, speed and passing movements and drove Roy Beerens from the first eleven. In the 2011–12 Eredivisie, Narsingh set up 20 goals, meaning he gave most assists in the Eredivisie that year.On 15 July 2012, SC Heerenveen and Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven reached an agreement to transfer the young talent to Eindhoven for an amount of €4.1 million.[2]


The first half of Narsingh's first season started very well, with the forward six goals and five assist and PSV comfortably led the table with eleven wins out of thirteen games played. Later in the season however Narsingh suffered a serious ligament injury against NAC Breda that would keep him out for the rest of the season. When Narsingh came back to playing form in October 2013 Dick Advocaat had been replaced by Phillip Cocu as head coach who refused to gamble on Narsingh and didn't give him much playing time. In the 2014 against the defending champions Ajax Narsingh completed his recovery by first set up Memphis Depay for the equalizer and then scoring himself in a surprise 3–1 win.[3]

On 18 April 2015, Narsingh set up the opening goal within three minutes for Luuk de Jong and then scored the final goal as PSV defeated Heerenveen 4–1 to win their 22nd Eredivisie title, and first since 2008.[4]

International career[edit]

In February 2012, Luciano Narsingh was called up for the first time by Bert van Marwijk to represent the senior Netherlands football team for the game against England at Wembley.[5] On 7 May, he was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad.[6] He was handed his unofficial international debut in a friendly match against Bayern Munich, during which he scored once. He made the final cut of 23 players to represent the Netherlands at the tournament.[7] He made his official debut in a friendly match against Slovakia on 30 May.

Narsingh scored his first international goal in a 4–2 defeat to Belgium on 15 August 2012. He was involved in the Netherlands' qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring once and giving three assists in 4 games, until his injury. Narsingh was not able to participate in the World Cup due to his injury and his spot was taken by Leroy Fer.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2008–09 SC Heerenveen Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 24 5 2 0 26 5
2011–12 34 8 5 4 39 12
2012–13 PSV 18 6 3 0 5 0 26 6
2013–14 20 0 1 0 3 0 24 0
2014–15 32 6 3 1 11 1 46 8
2015–16 30 8 2 0 6 1 1 0 39 9
Total Netherlands 162 33 17 5 25 2 1 0 205 40
Career total 162 33 17 5 25 2 1 0 205 40
Statistics accurate as of last match played on 8 May 2016.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 August 2012 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–1 4–2 Friendly
2. 7 September 2012 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Turkey 2–0 2–0 2014 World Cup qualification
3. 12 June 2015 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
4. 29 March 2016 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–2 1–2 Friendly



PSV Eindhoven


  • Most assists in the Eredivisie in the 2011/12 campiagn (22)


  1. ^ Brahme, Chinmay (19 June 2012). "There's an India connection to Oranje". The Indian Express. 
  2. ^ "Heerenveen levert topscorer en assist-koning Eredivisie" (in Dutch). 6 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Yokhin (27 August 2014). "Luciano Narsingh: The great comeback". Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "PSV 4-1 sc Heerenveen". BBC Sport. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Jamie (28 February 2012). "Holland rediscover their old sparkle after that bitter taste of orange". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ "Van Marwijk kiest 36 internationals" (in Dutch). 7 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Willems en Narsingh in definitieve EK-Selectie" (in Dutch). 26 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

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