Steven Berghuis

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Steven Berghuis
Berghuis with Twente in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Youth career
WSV Apeldoorn
2008–2009 Go Ahead Eagles
2009–2011 FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 FC Twente 8 (1)
2012 VVV-Venlo (loan) 16 (2)
2012–2015 AZ 70 (19)
2015– Watford 5 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Netherlands U19 8 (2)
2012 Netherlands U20 4 (0)
2011 Netherlands U21 3 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:58, 12 January 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Steven Berghuis (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsteɪ̯.və(n) ˈbɛr.ɣœy̆s], born 19 December 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a Winger for Watford in the Premier League.

Career history[edit]


Early club career[edit]

Steven came through the youth system at FC Twente, following spells with the youth clubs of, firstly, local amateur club WSV Apeldoorn and subsequently Eerste Divisie side Go Ahead Eagles. As a 16-year-old he scored WSV's only goal in a 4–1 friendly match defeat to Feyenoord.[2]

He made his first team debut for Twente on 19 January 2011 as a substitute in a 5–0 league win over Heracles.[3]

Season 2011–12[edit]

On 23 June 2011, Steven scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Eerste Klasse D team DOS '37.[4] One week later, he scored one of Twente's ten goals in another warm-up fixture against Derde Klasse side DSV '61.[5] On 14 July 2011, he scored his first goal against foreign opposition, getting Twente's second in a 4–3 friendly win over Turkish Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe.[6]

Berghuis played in Twente's 2011–12 UEFA Champions League qualifying legs against SC Vaslui on 26 July and 3 August 2011; Twente won 2–0 on aggregate.[7] He also played in the 2011 Johan Cruijff Shield; despite being sent off, Twente won the game against Ajax 2–1.[8] He started the club's first Eredivisie game of the 2011–12 season against NAC Breda.[9] On 21 September 2011, he scored four goals against Zwaluwen for the Dutch Cup where FC Twente won by 1–8.

On 20 January 2012, Berghuis joined VVV-Venlo on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.

Season 2012–13[edit]

Berghuis joined AZ from FC Twente for a reported fee of £400k.

Berghuis played the season predominantly as a left winger and as a substitute; only managing to complete 90 minutes on four occasions, contributing only one assist in the league due to the form of Icelandic player Johann Berg Gudmundsson who scored 2 and assisted 6 goals in the season at left wing.

Season 2013–14[edit]

This could be considered Berghuis' breakthrough season as he featured more in the starting eleven however he still had to compete with Gudmundsson. Berghuis failed to feature consistently in the first half of the season only scoring 2 goals to the winter-break in the league (Gudmundsson scored 2 and assisted one goal in this period). The second half of the season Berghuis was given more playing time and delivering results on both the right and left wing positions scoring 6 and creating 6 goals in the final 14 matches of the regular league season. Berghuis also scored and assisted one more goal[10] in the Europa League play-off competition as part of the league format.


On 27 July 2015, Berghuis joined Watford around the fee of £4.6m.[11]


Steven has achieved international recognition for Netherlands at under-19 and under-21 level. He played two games in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 group stage victory over the England under-19s.[12]

He scored his first goal for the Netherlands under-21s in a 2–0 friendly match victory over the Israel under-21s in May 2011.[13] He also scored in his second appearance in the same month in a 5–0 friendly win against the Albania under-21s.[14]

In May 2015 Berghuis was called up to the senior Netherlands squad.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Steven is the son of footballer Frank Berghuis, who played for FC Volendam, VVV-Venlo and SC Cambuur, among others; he also gained one cap for the Netherlands international team. His brother Tristan Berghuis is also a Dutch youth international. He plays in a youth team affiliated to Vitesse Arnhem and in 2011 had trials with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b "Premier League Player Profile Steven Berghuis". Barclays Premier League. 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Voetbalfeest ondanks mat Feyenoord" [Celebrations despite loss to Feyenoord]. De Stentor (in Dutch). 9 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Steven Berghuis statistics". Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "FC Twente wint oefenduel tegen Twenterand" [FC Twente win friendly against Twenterand outfit]. TV Enschede FM (in Dutch). 23 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "FC Twente haalt weer dubbele cijfers" [FC Twente hit double figures]. Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant (in Dutch). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fenerbahçe defeated by Twente in friendly". Today's Zaman. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Twente task too tough for Vaslui". UEFA. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Narrow win for Twente in Shield". Fox News. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Janko penalty seals Twente triumph". 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Steven Berghuis: Forward becomes Watford's 10th summer signing". BBC Sport. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Berghuis gets Netherlands back on course: Netherlands 1–0 England". UEFA. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Zoet and Zeefuik on the winning side". PSV Eindhoven. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Genero Zeefuik on target for Holland". PSV Eindhoven. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Netherlands call up uncapped Steven Berghuis, Tjaronn Chery". 15 May 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Berghuis: langharig, links en vroegrijp" [Berghuis: Long-haired, left and precocious]. De Stentor (in Dutch). 23 November 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Berghuis shuns Spurs offer". Sky Sports News. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 

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