Sergio van Dijk

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Sergio van Dijk
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Van Dijk playing for Brisbane Roar in 2008
Personal information
Full name Serginho van Dijk
Date of birth (1982-08-06) 6 August 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Assen, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Persib Bandung
Number 9
Youth career
1995–1999 Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Groningen 14 (2)
2002–2005 Helmond Sport 60 (20)
2005–2008 Emmen 86 (34)
2008–2010 Brisbane Roar 50 (25)
2010–2012 Adelaide United 60 (28)
2013–2014 Persib Bandung 29 (21)
2014 Sepahan 15 (4)
2014–2015 Suphanburi 40 (27)
2016 Adelaide United 0 (0)
2016– Persib Bandung 31 (15)
National team
2013– Indonesia 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 October 2015

Serginho "Sergio" van Dijk (born 6 August 1982) is a Dutch born Indonesian professional footballer. He was the top goal scorer in the 2010–11 A-League regular season and made a name for himself in Australian football for his prolific scoring tally. As of May 2016, he rejoined Persib Bandung.

Biography[edit]

He was named after the Brazilian star, Serginho Chulapa, who played for Brazil during the 1982 World Cup. His mother was a big fan of Brazil at the time.[2] Van Dijk is of Dutch-Indonesian parentage.[3]

Early career[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Van Dijk started his career at local club LTC in Assen before he was drafted into the FC Groningen youth academy. In the 2000-01 season he played two matches (one goal) for Groningen in the Eerste Divisie, helping them to gain promotion. In the Eredivisie he did not play for Groningen and he moved back to the Eerste Divisie with Helmond Sport in 2002. In 2005, he moved to FC Emmen, where he scored 18 and 12 goals in his first two seasons. In the 2007-08 season he played at Emmen alongside his brother Danny.

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 16 June 2008, he was signed to a two-year contract by Queensland Roar (now operating as Brisbane Roar) after impressing the Roar scouts with his technique at the end of May against Redlands United and a Gold Coast Select XI.[4]

Van Dijk started off the season slowly, only scoring 1 goal in his first 10 matches although managing 6 assists at the time.[5] However he then silenced the critics by scoring 9 goals in as many matches (including a brace against the Central Coast Mariners).[6] On 17 January 2009, van Dijk was the Roar's first ever player to score a hat-trick in their 3–1 win over Sydney FC.[7]

Adelaide United[edit]

On 11 February 2010, Van Dijk was signed by Adelaide United on a six-month contract for the club's AFC Champions League campaign,[8] and made his debut against defending Asian champions, Pohang Steelers on 24 February 2010, in a 1–0 win at Hindmarsh Stadium. Van Dijk made his scoring debut for the Reds in their 2–0 away win against Shandong Luneng in Match Day 2 of the Champions League campaign.[9]

Sergio van Dijk warming up with Adelaide United before an A-League Round 2 game against the Central Coast Mariners

On 14 March 2010, van Dijk agreed to a 3-year contract with Adelaide United.[10] On 21 January 2011, Van Dijk scored a hat-trick in the team's 8–1 win over North Queensland Fury. Van Dijk won the Golden Boot award for the 2010–11 season with 16 goals.[11]

Van Dijk was released from Adelaide United in January 2013.[12]

Persib Bandung[edit]

In February 2013 van Dijk signed for Indonesian Super League club Persib Bandung.[13] Van Dijk scored on his debut in a 2–1 loss to Persisam Samarinda.[14] On March 3, he scored again twice, in a 3–1 win over Persija Jakarta.[15]

Sepahan[edit]

He signed a contract with Sepahan in December 2013, effective from 1 January 2014 to play for the team in the Iran Pro League and AFC Champions League.[16]

Suphanburi[edit]

On 30 June 2014 van Dijk signed for Thai Premier League club Suphanburi, for a two-year contract.[17]

Adelaide United[edit]

After two productive seasons with Suphanburi, van Dijk returned to former club Adelaide United as their Asian player for the 2016 AFC Champions League campaign.[18][19] On 9 February 2016, van Dijk made his sole appearance for Adelaide in their short-lived campaign, coming off the bench as a substitute against Shandong Luneng, in the third qualifying round play-off at Hindmarsh Stadium. Despite receiving a raucous reception from the home crowd, and producing a strong performance reminiscent of his previous spell with Adelaide, van Dijk and the Reds were barrelled out of the competition, 2-1, bringing van Dijk's contract to an end.[20]

Persib Bandung[edit]

After being clubless and trained with his former club FC Emmen,[21] he finally decided to come back to Persib Bandung[22] and was re-united with former Adelaide United colleague Marcos Flores.

Personal[edit]

Van Dijk has a young son, who lives with family in the Netherlands. Regarding his future in football, van Dijk has said, "...after all these years of being overseas, it’s my eighth year now, I think it’s also time to let the family choose what the future plans are." [23]

Van Dijk also operates a clothing label with his brother Danny, called Sixlovesnine.[24]

International career[edit]

On 19 July 2010, it was reported that van Dijk was to declare for Indonesia, the country of origin of one of his grandparents.[25] However, upon meeting with the Indonesian football authorities, he learned that in order to be able to represent Indonesia, he must earn Indonesian citizenship and give up his Dutch citizenship, as Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship. He refused to decide his international future, citing that it is difficult for him to give up his Dutch citizenship because his wife and their families are Dutch.[26] He eventually decided to revoke his Dutch citizenship in order to play for Indonesia. The Football Association of Indonesia announced that van Dijk is being naturalized, so that he can play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. On 4 March 2013, he was called up for the first time, in a 2015 Asia Cup qualifier. He made his debut against Saudi Arabia on 23 March 2013.

National team[edit]

Indonesia national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 0
2014 3 1
Total 6 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 November 2014 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Timor-Leste 1–0 4–0 Friendly

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 19 March 2014)

Club Season Division League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Groningen 1999–2000 Eerste Divisie 2 1 2 1
2000–01 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0
Helmond Sport 2002–03 Eerste Divisie 23 0 23 0
2003–04 32 9 32 9
2004–05 27 4 27 4
Emmen 2005–06 38 18 38 18
2006–07 37 12 37 12
2007–08 35 10 35 10
Brisbane Roar 2008–09 A-League 23 12 6 3 1 2 26 13 8
2009–10 27 13 4 27 13 4
Adelaide United 2010–11 30 17 2 7 2 1 37 19 3
2011–12 22 8 2 2 1 0 24 9 2
Persib Bandung 2013 Indonesian Super League 29 21 10 29 21 10
Sepahan 2013–14 Iran Pro League 7 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 11 2 0
Suphanburi 2014 Thai Premier League 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 0
2015 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 14 0
Total 369 142 24 3 1 2 11 4 1 383 147 27

1 – includes A-League final series statistics

2 – includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Adelaide United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sergio Van Dijk". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Micallef, Philip. "Van Dijk reveals Latino legacy". The World Game. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Slick Van Dijk puts his hand up – for Indonesia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hyundai A-League Home". 
  5. ^ "Roar's Van Dijk admits goal drought". 
  6. ^ "Queensland Roar sink Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium". 
  7. ^ Van Dijk hat-trick and Roar get their final
  8. ^ "Reds add fire power with Van Dijk signing". Adelaide United FC. A-League. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Adelaide United dismantle Shandong in China". Adelaide United FC. A-League. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Reds snare Van Dijk for three years". Adelaide United FC. A-League. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  11. ^ "MVP Flores was in a league of his own". 
  12. ^ "Adelaide United releases Sergio Van Dijk". The Australian. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jadi WNI, Van Dijk Kini Resmi Berbaju Persib". Simamaung.com. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kosmina had lost the Adelaide United players, says Sergio van Dijk". Goal.com. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "LIGA INDONESIA". 
  16. ^ "Sergio van Dijk, the new striker of Sepahan fc". persianleague.com. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "ช้างศึกฯดึง ไดค์ ทีมชาติอินโดฯพร้อมมาร์ซิโอ้ ร่วมทัพ". suphanburifootballclub.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Trombetta, Jordan (17 January 2016). "Van Dijk back in Adelaide". Adelaide United official website. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "Sergio Van Dijk returns to Adelaide United". Football Channel Asia. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Adelaide still calls for Van Dijk". FourFourTwo. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Tak Punya Klub, Sergio Van Dijk Berlatih Di Klub Kasta Kedua Liga Belanda". FourFourTwo. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Bobotoh, Alasan Utama Sergio Van Dijk 'Pulang' ke Persib". Viva. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Williams, Paul (16 February 2016). "Van Dijk: One last challenge". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Van Dijk's secret career". 
  25. ^ "Van Dijk heads to Indonesia". Val Migliaccio. AdelaideNow. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  26. ^ "Sergio Van Dijk, Siap Bela Merah-Putih" [Sergio van Dijk, Ready to be a Red and White]. Bayu Marhaenjati (in Indonesian). BolaNews. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 

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