Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Van Wolfswinkel playing for Saint-Étienne in 2014
|Full name||Ricky van Wolfswinkel|
|Date of birth||27 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Woudenberg, Netherlands|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2014–2015||→ Saint-Étienne (loan)||28||(5)|
|2015–2016||→ Real Betis (loan)||16||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 July 2014
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɪki vɑn ˈʋɔlfsˌʋɪŋkəl]; born 27 January 1989) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Swiss Super League club Basel. He has played top-flight football in the Netherlands, Portugal, England, France, Spain and Switzerland and has been capped twice by the Netherlands national team.
Van Wolfswinkel started his football career at the D-pupils of Vitesse Arnhem. In the A-juniors, he became top scorer in the national first division, winning a prize awarded by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) for the feat. This prize was handed over by Wesley Sneijder in 2007. On 5 April 2008, Van Wolfswinkel made his debut for Vitesse's first team in a match against Sparta Rotterdam, in which Van Wolfswinkel was substituted in the 85th minute for Santi Kolk. Against De Graafschap, in the 2008–09 season, he was in the starting lineup for the first time. In his third match this season, against Sparta Rotterdam, he scored his first Eredivisie goal.
On 29 May 2009, Van Wolfswinkel announced his departure from Vitesse, subsequently signing a three-year contract with FC Utrecht. He began the 2010–11 league campaign with a goal in a 3–1 loss against Feyenoord. On 22 August 2010, he scored two goals against Willem II resulting in a 3–0 win for Utrecht. On 26 August 2010, Van Wolfswinkel scored a hat-trick against Celtic in the UEFA Europa League; Utrecht went on to win the match 4–0. On 3 October 2010, Van Wolfswinkel scored two penalties against Ajax to gain a 2–1 away win over the Dutch runners-up.
On 3 June 2011, Van Wolfswinkel moved to Sporting CP, signing a five-year contract on a €5.4 million deal; the club signed him in a leverage by aid from Sporting Portugal Fund and Quality Sports Investments. He scored his first goal for Sporting on 10 September 2011 against Paços de Ferreira in a 3–2 win. He was the SJPF Player of the Month for September 2011. Overall, he scored 25 goals in all competitions during the 2011–12 season, including a hat-trick in the final game, a 3–2 win over Braga at the Estádio José Alvalade on 12 May 2012.
In his second season in Lisbon, Van Wolfswinkel recorded another 14 league goals in 30 games, although his team missed out on European competition by finishing 7th. He scored a hat-trick, again in a 3–2 win over Braga, on 1 April 2013.
On 22 March 2013, it was announced that Van Wolfswinkel had agreed a deal to join English club Norwich City for the 2013–14 season, a transfer worth €10 million, plus up to €2 million in bonuses. He joined the Canaries on 1 July on a four-year deal. He revealed that Dutch legend Johan Neeskens had urged him to join Norwich, saying, "Ricky, you have to go. It's a great club for you, if you have a great feeling, do it."
He scored on his league debut on 17 August, rescuing a point for Norwich in a 2–2 home draw against Everton. In the aftermath of the match, he said in an interview that Manchester United and Netherlands international Robin van Persie also recommended Norwich to him. Van Persie had supposedly told Van Wolfswinkel that Norwich are "a difficult team to beat" and that the "crowd always get really behind them."
Van Wolfswinkel was involved in late controversy in a 0–0 home draw against Cardiff City on 26 October 2013. After teammate Alexander Tettey went down injured, Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall sportingly put the ball out of play. Van Wolfswinkel quickly threw the ball to Leroy Fer, who punted the ball into the open net. This caused outrage amongst the Cardiff players, who started shoving both Van Wolfswinkel and Fer. The goal was disallowed despite it not technically being a violation of any rules. In February 2014, he was alleged to have been kicked by Manchester City's Yaya Touré, who was investigated, and Van Wolfswinkel welcomed The FA's verdict that Touré has done no wrong.
Van Wolfswinkel failed to score for the remainder of the season, making 25 Premier League appearances in total, while Norwich were relegated to the Championship after finishing with 33 points.
On 5 August 2014, Van Wolfswinkel joined Saint-Étienne of the French Ligue 1 on a season-long loan. He stated that his goal was to work hard for the team and to be important for the club. Van Wolfswinkel scored his first goal for the club on 25 September, opening an eventual 1–1 home draw against Bordeaux. On 30 November, he scored the second goal as the team won 3–0 in the Derby du Rhône against Lyon, his team's first home win over their rivals in 20 years.
On 31 August 2015, Van Wolfswinkel joined Real Betis of the Spanish La Liga on a season-long loan. On 24 September, he made his debut in a 2–1 home defeat to Deportivo La Coruña, replacing Jorge Molina in the 59th minute. He scored his first two goals on 15 December in a Copa del Rey tie against Sporting Gijón, which finished a 3–3 draw, and on 19 April 2016, he finally scored his first La Liga goal in a 1–0 home victory over Las Palmas.
Return to Vitesse
On 28 July 2016, Van Wolfswinkel rejoined Vitesse for an undisclosed fee from Norwich. On 6 August, he marked his comeback with a goal in a 4–1 away victory over Willem II, netting in the 21st minute to give Vitesse a 1–0 lead.
He ultimately scored 20 goals in 32 games for the league season, one behind Golden Boot winner Nicolai Jørgensen. This included a hat-trick on 8 April 2017 in a 4–2 win over Heerenveen at the GelreDome. He netted a brace in the final of the KNVB Beker against former club AZ on 30 April to lead the club to the title for the first time in its 125-year history.
On 14 June 2017, it was announced that van Wolfswinkel would join Swiss side Basel on a three-year deal. He made his first team league debut for his new club on 22 July in the 0–2 away defeat against Young Boys in the Stade de Suisse which was sold out with 31,120 spectators. He scored his first goal in the next match on 30 July in the 3–1 home win against Luzern. On 10 August, Van Wolfswinkel scored twice as Basel beat Grasshoppers 3–2; his first double strike for the club meant that he scored four times in his first four league games for the club.
In the Champions League group stage home game against Benfica van Wolfswinkel injured himself and could not play again in the first half of the season. He returned to the team after three months on 17 December in the 2–0 away win against Grasshopper Club.
Van Wolfswinkel played several matches for the Netherlands' national youth sides in various age groups and in August 2010 was called up for the senior national team for a friendly against Ukraine, during which he made his senior debut. He earned his second full international cap against Indonesia in June 2013.
- Sporting CP
- As of match played 17 December 2017 
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Sporting CP||2011–12||Primeira Liga||25||14||7||5||2||0||13[b]||6||46||25|
|Norwich City||2013–14||Premier League||25||1||2||0||0||0||—||27||1|
|Saint-Étienne (loan)||2014–15||Ligue 1||28||5||4||3||2||0||6[b]||1||40||9|
|Real Betis (loan)||2015–16||La Liga||16||1||3||2||—||—||19||3|
|Basel||2017–18||Swiss Super League||10||7||1||0||—||2||1||13||8|
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