Michael de Leeuw

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Michael de Leeuw
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Personal information
Full name Michael Jeroen Maarten Michiel de Leeuw
Date of birth (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Goirle, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 8
Youth career
DWC
RKTVV Tilburg
2007–2009 Willem II
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 SC Veendam 67 (38)
2011–2012 De Graafschap 33 (10)
2012–2016 FC Groningen 111 (46)
2016– Chicago Fire 30 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 25, 2017.

Michael de Leeuw (born 7 October 1986) is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Born in Goirle, De Leeuw began his career at amateur clubs DWC and RKTVV before joining the youth department of Willem II. He never broke through to the first team, and therefore chose to play for BV Veendam in the Dutch second division.

Veendam[edit]

De Leeuw was placed as a striker in his first year for Veendam, and he was an immediate success, scoring 25 goals in 36 league matches. At the end of the year, he won the topscorer award and the award for 'Talent of the Year', for the most talented player of the season.[1] He was chased by several clubs in the Eredivisie and clubs abroad, but in the end chose to stay in Veendam.[2][3]

FC Groningen[edit]

On 22 May 2012, FC Groningen announced that they had signed De Leeuw.

Chicago Fire[edit]

On 17 May 2016, the Chicago Fire announced they have signed De Leeuw to a three-year deal through 2018 with a club option for 2019.[4]

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
2009–10 BV Veendam Eerste Divisie 36 25 1 0 0 0 37 25
2010–11 31 13 2 0 0 0 1 1 34 14
2011–12 De Graafschap Eredivisie 33 10 2 1 0 0 2 0 37 11
2012–13 FC Groningen 30 11 3 1 0 0 2 0 35 12
2013–14 24 9 3 0 0 0 4 0 31 9
2014–15 28 17 4 7 1 0 0 0 33 24
2015–16 27 9 3 1 3 0 1 0 34 10
Career total 209 94 18 10 4 0 10 1 241 105

Statistics accurate as of last match played on 16 April 2016.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Groningen

References[edit]

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