Wesley Sneijder

  • Date of birth : 09/06/1984
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Netherlands Netherlands
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Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder

Clubs: AFC Ajax, Real Madrid CF, FC Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray AŞ.

• Left his native Utrecht to join Ajax's academy as a schoolboy; twice voted young talent of year in the Netherlands – the second time after a brilliant 2006/07 season in which he scored 18 Eredivisie goals.

• Won his first cap for the Netherlands four months after making his top-flight debut for Ajax in December 2002; leapt to prominence with a man-of-the-match performance in the UEFA EURO 2004 play-off triumph against Scotland, scoring once and setting up three other goals in a 6-0 win in Amsterdam.

• Won one Eredivisie (2004) and two Dutch Cups (2006, 2007) with Ajax before joining Madrid for €27m in August 2007; scored the winner on his Liga debut, against Club Atlético de Madrid, and also finished the season strongly as the Merengues won the league.

• Featured at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was man of the match in the Oranje's opening two games of UEFA EURO 2008, against Italy (3-0) and France (4-1), scoring in both; selected for UEFA's Team of the Tournament.

• Left Madrid for Inter in August 2009, taking the No10 shirt and rapidly endearing himself to the Nerazzurri fans; scored twice in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League en route to a final victory against FC Bayern München in his former home stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu.

• Also won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, which was retained in 2011, in his first season in Italy.

• Was one of three players − along with David Villa and Thomas Müller − who scored a tournament-best five goals at the 2010 World Cup, but lost out on the top scorers' prize to the latter by virtue of assists and number of minutes played; also finished second, behind Diego Forlán, in the Golden Ball poll for the tournament's best player.

• Out of favour with Inter, he completed a reported €7.5m transfer to Galatasaray in January 2013 and made his debut for Cim Bom in a 2-1 Istanbul derby victory against Beşiktaş JK. 

UEFA honours
UEFA EURO 2008: Team of the Tournament
UEFA Champions League: winner 2010
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: 2010
UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 2010

Last updated: 29/01/13 17.46CET


UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year



General info

  • Name: Wesley Sneijder
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 09/06/1984 (31)
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Squad number: 10
  • Club: Galatasaray ( TUR)

  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 72kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second group stage)
    26/02/03: Ajax 0-0 Arsenal
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    26/09/00: Iceland 1-1 Netherlands

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Netherlands U-2110
Netherlands U-1981
Netherlands U-1662

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid90
UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 01/10/2015 01:21 CET