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Virgil van Dijk
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Van Dijk playing for Netherlands in 2016
Personal information
Full name Virgil van Dijk[1]
Date of birth (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Breda, Netherlands
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 17
Youth career
2009–2010 Willem II
2010–2011 Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Groningen 62 (7)
2013–2015 Celtic 76 (9)
2015– Southampton 55 (4)
National team
2011 Netherlands U19 1 (0)
2011–2013 Netherlands U21 3 (0)
2015– Netherlands 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 December 2016

Virgil van Dijk (born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Southampton and for the Netherlands national team.

After beginning his career with Groningen, he moved to Celtic in 2013, where he won the Scottish Premiership and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in both of his seasons, also winning the Scottish League Cup in the latter. In September 2015, he joined Southampton.

Van Dijk made his international debut for the Netherlands in 2015.

Club career

Groningen

Van Dijk was born in Breda to a Dutch father and Surinamese mother.[2] He started his career with Willem II before transferring to Groningen in 2010 on a free transfer after just one season. He made his professional debut for Groningen coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Petter Andersson during the 4–2 victory against ADO Den Haag on 1 April 2011. During the 2011–12 season, Van Dijk made 23 league appearances for the Eredivisie side, scoring his first professional goal during the 6–0 victory against Feyenoord on 30 October 2011. He scored his second professional goal for Groningen on 22 January 2012 against Heracles Almelo in a 2–1 victory before scoring again the following week during a 4–1 defeat to FC Twente. Van Dijk scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season on 7 October 2012 during a 2–2 draw with Feyenoord. Van Dijk yet again scored against Feyenoord in the return fixture on 23 December 2012 during a 2–1 defeat.

Celtic

2013–14 season

On 21 June 2013, Van Dijk signed with Celtic for a fee of around £2.6 million, on a four-year deal including a 10% selling-on fee for Groningen.[3] He made his debut on 17 August, replacing Efe Ambrose for the final 13 minutes of a 2–0 Scottish Premiership win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.[4] A week later, he made his first start, in a 2–2 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.[5] On 9 November, Van Dijk scored his first Celtic goals, heading one in each half of a 4–1 win against Ross County.[6] After a solo run, he scored within five minutes the only goal of a victory over St Johnstone on 26 December.[7]

Van Dijk in 2015

Van Dijk scored again on 26 January 2015, in a 4–0 win versus Hibernian for Celtic's 11th consecutive league win.[8] On 25 February, he was sent off after 13 minutes of an eventual 2–1 loss at Aberdeen, for a professional foul on Peter Pawlett; it was Celtic's first defeat of the season.[9] With Celtic having already won the league, Van Dijk netted again on 7 May to put his team 3–1 up away to St Johnstone, in an eventual 3–3 draw.[10] He was one of three Celtic players named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[11]

2014–15 season

On 22 July 2014, Van Dijk and Teemu Pukki each scored twice in a 4–0 home win over KR Reykjavík in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, putting their team into the next round 5–0 on aggregate.[12] His first goal of the Premiership season came on 9 November, finishing from Stefan Johansen's last-minute corner for a 2–1 win at Aberdeen.[13] Three weeks later, Van Dijk scored the first and last goals of Celtic's 4–0 win versus Heart of Midlothian in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.[14] Four days after that, his sixth goal of the season was enough for victory in a home match against Glasgow neighbours Partick Thistle.[15]

Van Dijk was again on target on 21 January 2015, opening a 4–0 home win over Motherwell.[16] On 26 February, he was sent off in the 36th minute against Inter Milan for a foul on Mauro Icardi, as Celtic lost 1–0 on the night, 4–3 on aggregate in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.[17] He was again sent off on 8 March in the Cup quarter-finals away to Dundee United at Tannadice, receiving a red card after eleven minutes for a confrontation with Calum Butcher.[18] His suspension for the following week's Scottish League Cup Final was overturned on appeal, as was that of Paul Paton, who was sent off when mistaken for Butcher.[19] Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes of the final at Hampden Park, which Celtic won 2–0.[20] On 18 March, Celtic's third consecutive match against Dundee United, Van Dijk scored in the last minute to confirm a 4–0 win in a Cup replay.[21]

On 19 April, Celtic contested the Cup semi-final against Inverness at Hampden, and Van Dijk opened the scoring with a free kick. After the dismissal of goalkeeper Craig Gordon, Celtic fell 3–2, ending their chance of a treble.[22] Three days later, again from a free kick, he confirmed a 2–1 win away to Dundee.[23] His team again won the league, and Van Dijk was included in the league's Team of the Season for the second consecutive campaign.[24]

Van Dijk was reportedly "considering his future" in Glasgow after Celtic were knocked out of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League in the qualifying rounds to Malmö of Sweden.[25]

Southampton

On 1 September 2015, Van Dijk signed a five-year contract with English side Southampton for a reported £13 million transfer fee.[26][27] He made his debut for the Saints on 12 September in a 0–0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Two weeks later, Van Dijk marked his third Premier League appearance with his first goal for the club, which came in the form of a header in the 11th minute to put Saints in front, following a set-piece from James Ward-Prowse in a 3–1 home win over Swansea City.[28]

On 7 May 2016, Van Dijk signed a new six-year contract with the Saints.[29]

International career

Van Dijk made his full international debut for Netherlands on 10 October 2015, in a 2–1 victory away from home against Kazakhstan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.[30]

Career statistics

Club

As of 22 January 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Groningen 2010–11[31] Eredivisie 5 2 0 0 5 2
2011–12[31] 23 3 1 0 24 3
2012–13[31] 34 2 3 0 37 2
Total 62 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 66 7
Celtic 2013–14[32] Scottish Premiership 36 5 2 0 1 0 8 0 47 5
2014–15[33] 35 4 5 4 4 0 14 2 58 10
2015–16[34] 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 10 0
Total 76 9 7 4 5 0 27 2 115 15
Southampton 2015–16[34] Premier League 34 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 38 3
2016–17[35] 21 1 1 1 2 0 6 2 30 4
Total 55 4 2 1 5 0 6 2 68 7
Career Total 193 20 13 5 10 0 33 4 249 29

Honours

Club

Celtic
Southampton

Individual

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