Mitchell Donald

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Mitchell Donald
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Donald with Red Star Belgrade in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Donald
Date of birth (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
SV Bijlmer
0000–1998 A.V.V. Zeeburgia
1998–2007 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2011 Ajax 8 (1)
2007–2009 Jong Ajax (loan) 56 (8)
2010 Willem II (loan) 14 (1)
2011–2014 Roda JC 91 (12)
2014–2015 Mordovia 14 (3)
2015 Red Star Belgrade (loan) 16 (1)
2016–2018 Red Star Belgrade 63 (11)
National team
2009 Netherlands U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2016

Mitchell Glenn Donald (born 10 December 1988 in Nieuw-Vennep) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a midfielder, who last played for the Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade. He previously played for AFC Ajax, where he went through the youth program.

Club career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Donald with Ajax in 2009

Donald joined Ajax following spells at amateur sides SV Bijlmer and A.V.V. Zeeburgia. He joined the first team of Ajax after the 2006–07 winter break in February 2007. Donald made his professional Ajax debut under manager Henk ten Cate on 14 February 2007 in the UEFA Cup clash against SV Werder Bremen.[1] In August 2007 he participated in the 1–0 win over PSV Eindhoven to clinch the Johan Cruijff-schaal, his first trophy. Donald made his Eredivisie debut on 23 September 2007 in a match against AZ, coming on as a substitute for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.[2] He went on to make two more substitutes appearances in the 2007–08 season, on 25 November 2007 against Vitesse Arnhem and on 13 January 2008 against AZ.[3][4]

Donald made no appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2008–09 season under manager Marco van Basten after being badly injured in pre-season at the Amsterdam Tournament in a challenge on Inter's Adriano, but he reestablished himself in the squad following the appointment of Martin Jol. [5] On 27 July 2009, almost exactly a year after injuring himself there, Donald appeared once again at the Amsterdam Tournament in a match against S.L. Benfica.[5] Jol stated that the game of Donald was "surprising" and that his game was "very good and beautiful for such a young player. It also gives confidence and that is important".[5] On 20 August 2009 he came on as a substitute in the UEFA Europa League match against Slovan Bratislava, and was in the starting lineup the following week in the away return match.[6][7] On 20 September 2009, Donald played his first Eredivisie match in 20 months, coming on as a substitute in an away match against VVV-Venlo.[8] On 11 December 2009 (one day after his 21st birthday), Donald scored his first Eredivisie goal for Ajax in a 3–0 victory over N.E.C.[9]

Loan spell at Willem II[edit]

On 29 January 2010, Willem II signed the midfielder on loan from AFC Ajax until June 2011, where he joined his Ajax teammate Jan-Arie van der Heijden.[10] On 5 February 2010, Donald scored on his debut for the club from Tilburg in a 2–1 loss to NAC Breda.[11] Playing with Willem II, Donald collected 18 appearances at total, including 4 matches in relegation play-off.[12]

Roda JC[edit]

On 2 February 2011 Donald signed a contract for Roda JC, but he first joined on 1 July 2011 to his new team.[13] Donald made his official debut for Roda JC replacing Laurent Delorge in 3–0 defeat against Feyenoord on 13 August 2011. While with the club, Donald collected 102 matches in all competitions for three seasons at total, scoring 16 goals.[12]

Mordovia[edit]

In summer 2014 he signed with Russian Premier League side Mordovia Saransk.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Donald playing for Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League, 2018

On August 12, 2015, he signed a 6-months loan deal with Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, with option for permanent 2-year deal, under the condition that he appear in more than half the league games until the 2015-16 winter break.[14] On January 18, 2016, it was announced that Donald had signed a 1.5-year contract with Red Star lasting until June 2017.[15] In march 2016, it was announced that his gross salary amounts to 1.005.030 euros.[16]

On 27 July 2017, Donald became the first foreign captain in the club history, leading the team in 2–0 victory over Sparta Prague.[17] He made his hundredth appearance for the club in the Eternal Derby, played on 13 December 2017.[18] Scoring a goal in 2–1 away victory over Vojvodina on 7 March 2018, Donald archived his 104 match for Red Star Belgrade, equalizing with Carlos Eduardo de Fiori Mendes as a most capable foreign footballer in the club history.[19] Several days later, on Friday 9 March, he was hospitalized due to cardiac problems.[20]

On 14 April 2018, Donald became the most capped foreign footballer in the club's history. Replacing Nemanja Radonjić in 81 minute of the Eternal Derby, Donald noted his 105th official game with Red Star Belgrade.[21] He had been sent off after conflict with Seydouba Soumah on the field in last minutes of the match.[22] On 19 May 2018, Donald scored in the final match of the 2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga season, against Voždovac for winning the second trophy with the club. The match was noted as his last under contract with Red Star, after he refused to sign new deal.[23]

International career[edit]

Mitchell Donald made 3 appearances for the Netherlands Under-21 team in 2009.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is an older brother of Joël Donald.[24] In late 2017, Donald owned a hookah lounge in Belgrade.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 May 2018[26][27][12]
Donald playing with Mordovia in 2014
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2006–07 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2007–08 3 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 5 1 0 0 3 0 8 1
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 1 0 0 4 0 12 1
Willem II (loan) 2009–10 Eredivisie 14 1 0 0 4[a] 0 18 1
Roda 2011–12 Eredivisie 31 4 2 2 33 6
2012–13 30 2 1 0 4 2 35 4
2013–14 30 6 4 0 34 6
Total 91 12 7 0 4[a] 2 102 16
Mordovia 2014–15 Russian Premier League 12 1 0 0 12 1
2015–16 2 1 0 0 2 1
Total 14 2 0 0 14 2
Red Star 2015–16 Serbian SuperLiga 28[b] 2 2 0 30 2
2016–17 29 4[c] 5 0 6 2 40 6
2017–18 22 6 15 1 37 7
Total 79 12 7 0 21 3 107 15
Career total 206 28 14 2 25 3 8 2 252 35
  1. ^ a b All appearances in the relegation play-offs
  2. ^ Donald spent the first half-season as a loaned player making 16 league and 2 cup appearances, after which he joined the club permanently
  3. ^ Including a goal scored on 17 May 2017 against Javor Ivanjica.[28]

Honours[edit]

Ajax
Red Star Belgrade

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Werder Bremen 3 – 0 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "AZ Alkmaar 2 – 3 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 4 – 1 Vitesse Arnhem". ESPN Soccernet. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 6 – 1 AZ Alkmaar". ESPN Soccernet. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jol: 'We moeten echt veel beter gaan verdedigen'". Voetbalzone. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 5 – 0 Slovan Bratislava". ESPN Soccernet. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Slovan Bratislava 1 – 2 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "VVV Venlo 0 – 4 Ajax Amsterdam". ESPN Soccernet. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Ajax Amsterdam 3 – 0 NEC Nijmegen". ESPN Soccernet. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Donald op huurbasis naar Willem II". AFC Ajax. 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "NAC bolster European hopes". Sky Sports. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Mitchell Donald profile at Soccerway
  13. ^ Roda JC Kerkrade contracteert Mitchell Donald: Dolgelukkig met deze overstap
  14. ^ Donald i zvanično potpisao za Zvezdu at Sportski žurnal, 12-8-2015 (in Serbian)
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.  Sport: DONALD ZVEZDIN do juna 2017. godine. (in Serbian) January 18, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016
  16. ^ "Procurele plate igrača! Donald i Le Talek imaju milionske ugovore u Zvezdi!". telegraf.rs (in Serbian). 28 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  17. ^ "Donald: Srećan sam u Zvezdi i nema razloga da idem! Kanga: Zaslužili smo i više! Boaći: Uvek verujem u ovaj tim!". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 27 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "SK saznaje: Donald ide u Moskvu!". Sport Klub (in Serbian). 15 December 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Доналд: Изненадио сам себе самог код гола..." Radio Television of Serbia (in Serbian). 8 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  20. ^ "ДРАМА ЗВЕЗДИНОГ КАПИТЕНА: Мичел Доналд у болници!". Sportski žurnal (in Serbian). 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  21. ^ "Доналд рекордер!". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 16 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Црвена звезда - Партизан 2:1 (2:0)". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 14 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "KRAJ: Crvena zvezda - Voždovac 5:1 (VIDEO)". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 19 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  24. ^ Telstar trekt Joël Donald aan - Telstar (in Dutch)
  25. ^ "GOST "BLICA" Mičel Donald jasan: Hoću da ostanem na "Marakani"". Blic (in Serbian). 19 December 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Mitchell Donald Statistics". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  27. ^ "Mitchell Donald Statistics". Voetbal International. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  28. ^ "Јавор - Црвена звезда 0:3 (0:1)". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). Retrieved 17 May 2017. 

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