Emanuelson warming up with Milan in August 2012.
|Full name||Urby Vitorrio Diego Emanuelson|
|Date of birth||16 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left Back / Midfielder / Winger|
|2013||→ Fulham (loan)||13||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 March 2016.
Urby Vitorrio Diego Emanuelson (born 16 June 1986) is a Dutch professional footballer of Surinamese descent, who plays for Italian team Verona and the Netherlands national team. As a product of the Ajax Youth Academy, he spent most of his career at Ajax playing as a left wing-back, before being played more as a left midfielder or left winger by manager Martin Jol. After his move to Milan, Massimiliano Allegri has played Emanuelson also as an attacking midfielder, midfielder and right winger.
Emanuelson is a product of Ajax's youth system, joining them from Voorland SC. He made his debut during the 2004–05 season on 10 April 2005 in a 4–2 home win over AZ. As of the 2005–06 season he became first-choice left back and he won his first career trophies, starting with the 2005 Johan Cruijff-schaal and the 2006 KNVB Cup. As a result, for his efforts he was named "Amsterdam talent of the year 2006". Both the Johan Cruijff-schaal and the KNVB Cup were successfully defended in the 2006–07 season and the Johan Cruijff-schaal was won for the third consecutive time at the start of the 2007–08 season.
In his last season at Ajax, Emanuelson primarily played as a left midfielder because of his weak defending abilities. He has since flourished in his new role on the left wing, frequently making runs and assisting from the flanks while scoring goals himself.
On 23 January 2011, Serie A club Milan announced the signing of Emanuelson on a three-and-a-half-year contract, for a fee of around €1.7 million. After the 2010–11 Serie A season, this fee increased with €750,000, making a total fee of around €2.5 million.
He made his debut for the club on 26 January 2011 in a Coppa Italia match against Sampdoria, providing an assist for Alexandre Pato. Milan won the match 2–1. He played his first game in Serie A, coming on as a substitute against Catania.
Emanuelson scored his first goal for Milan in a Coppa Italia game against Palermo, he scored the equaliser to help Milan draw 2–2. He helped Milan to win their first Scudetto in seven years acting mostly as a substitute. He also won the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana.
Emanuelson signed for Premier League side Fulham on loan until the end of the season on 31 January 2013. He made his début on 2 February against Manchester United at Craven Cottage, coming on for Giorgos Karagounis. He scored his first goal for Fulham in a 3–0 win over Swansea City on the final day of the season.
On 3 January 2016, Emanuelson joined Verona on a free transfer.
He was a member of the Dutch squad playing at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 held in his home country The Netherlands. The team was eliminated in the quarter final against Nigeria. He also was a member of the Dutch squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship in 2006 and was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament as a left back. The last major tournament he played was the 2008 Summer Olympics where the team was eliminated in the quarter finals by later winner Argentina.
On 16 August 2006 he made his debut for the Dutch national team in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland. Despite playing for the Netherlands occasionally during the qualifiers for Euro 2008, he was not selected in the final squad that would participate in the tournament itself.
Emanuelson comes from a football playing family. His father Errol Emanuelson was a professional footballer who played for S.V. Robinhood in Suriname and Sint-Niklaas in Belgium before settling in Amsterdam. His older brother Julian Emanuelson, also a product of the Ajax Youth Academy, played professionally for HFC Haarlem, and for FC Lustenau 07 in Austria. His sister Sharifa Emanuelson, a former basketball player, and his cousin Roché Emanuelson has played for various clubs in the SVB Hoofdklasse and for the Suriname national team. His maternal cousin is FC Basel midfielder Jean-Paul Boëtius.
- Statistics accurate as of 16 May 2016.
- As of 12 October 2012.
|Netherlands national team|
- FIFA player statistics
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