Matthijs de Ligt

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Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt 2018.jpg
de Ligt in training with Ajax in 2018
Personal information
Full name Matthijs de Ligt
Date of birth (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth Leiderdorp, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ajax
Number 4
Youth career
2008–2016 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Jong Ajax 17 (1)
2016– Ajax 56 (7)
National team
2014 Netherlands U15 5 (0)
2014–2015 Netherlands U16 8 (0)
2015–2016 Netherlands U17 14 (1)
2016– Netherlands U19 6 (0)
2017– Netherlands 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2018

Matthijs de Ligt (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈlɪxt]; born 12 August 1999) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ajax and the Dutch national team..[2]

Club career[edit]

De Ligt joined the Ajax youth academy when he was 9 years old from his local club in Abcoude, just outside of Amsterdam. At first the coaches at the youth academy thought he was too slow and out of shape, but de Ligt was given a chance to develop in the academy and went on to prove his quality.[3]

2016–17 season[edit]

He made his debut for Jong Ajax on 8 August 2016 in an Eerste Divisie game against FC Emmen, playing the full game.[4] During the season, de Ligt played in 17 matches for Jong Ajax.[5]

On 21 September, de Ligt made his debut for Ajax's senior team in a cup game against Willem II. De Ligt scored after 25 minutes from a corner, making him the 2nd youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf. Ajax won the game 5–0.[6] On 24 October, Ajax announced through Twitter that De Ligt had been promoted to the senior squad.[7] De Ligt quickly established himself in the first team after being promoted and went on to play in 11 league matches and nine Europa League matches.[8]

On 24 May, de Ligt became the youngest player ever (17 years and 285 days old) to play in a European Cup Final when he started against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final.[9]

2017–18 season[edit]

After the sale of Dávinson Sánchez to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2017, de Ligt became a first team starter. De Ligt was named captain of Ajax in March 2018 after the injury to club captain Joel Veltman.[10]

De Ligt appeared in 37 matches in all competitions and scored three goals. De Ligt started in all of his 31 league matches and played 90 minutes in all but one of them where he was substituted in the 33rd minute against Vitesse Arnhem due to an injury.[11] Due to de Ligt's performances for Ajax, he was linked with many of Europe's top clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City.[12]

International career[edit]

On 25 March 2017, de Ligt made his debut for the Dutch national team in a 2–0 away defeat to Bulgaria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match. National team coach, Danny Blind, called de Ligt up for the national team despite having only started two league games for Ajax. At the age of 17, de Ligt became the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931.[13]

During the UEFA Nations League, de Ligt started and played 90 minutes in all four group matches against Germany and France as the Netherlands won the group and qualified for the Nations League Finals.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 December 2018[15]
Club Season League Cup Europe1 Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jong Ajax 2016–17 Eerste Divisie 17 1 17 1
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Ajax 2016–17 Eredivisie 11 2 3 1 9 0 23 3
2017–18 31 3 2 0 4 0 37 3
2018–19 14 2 0 0 12 1 26 3
Total 56 7 5 1 25 1 0 0 86 9
Career total 73 8 5 1 25 1 0 0 103 10

1 Includes UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

International[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2018[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Netherlands 2017 3 0
2018 10 0
Total 13 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthijs de Ligt". Ajax.nl.
  2. ^ "Netherlands – M. de Ligt – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Believe the hype: Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong are next big stars on radar of Barca, Man City". espn.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Jong Ajax vs. Emmen – 8 August 2016 – Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "matthijs-de-ligt career". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "De Ligt jongste scorende Ajacied na Seedorf". Ajax.nl.
  7. ^ "Mooi nieuws voor Matthijs de Ligt: Peter Bosz heeft de verdediger per direct aan de A-selectie toegevoegd". Ajax.nl.
  8. ^ "matthijs-de-ligt career". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Youngest player to ever play a European final: Matthijs de Ligt". twitter.com. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ "De Ligt als de nieuwe norm bij Ajax" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ "matthijs-de-ligt career". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Matthijs de Ligt profile: How good is the teenage Ajax defender?". skysports.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Matthijs de Ligt suffers nightmare debut as Holland are stunned by Bulgaria". theguardian.com. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  14. ^ "UEFA Nations League". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Nederland - M. de Ligt - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  16. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/players/matthijs-de-ligt/399768/
  17. ^ "2016/17: United win it for Manchester". UEFA. 30 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Future Cup: De Ligt speler van het toernooi". ajaxshowtime.com (in Dutch). Ajax Showtime.
  19. ^ "Ajax contracteert Matthijs de Ligt". ajax.nl (in Dutch). AFC Ajax.
  20. ^ "Matthijs de Ligt verkozen tot Talent van de Toekomst". ajax.nl (in Dutch). AFC Ajax.
  21. ^ "UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season". UEFA. 25 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Matthijs de Ligt Ajax-talent van het jaar". Parool.nl (in Dutch). Parool.nl.
  23. ^ "Hakim Ziyech winnaar Gouden Schoen, Matthijs de Ligt wint brons". voetbalcentraal.nl (in Dutch). Voetbal Centraal.

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