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Kevin Strootman

Kevin Strootman

A tall, left-footed midfielder with exceptional vision and a strong shot, Kevin Strootman broke into the Dutch national side during UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. His profile has also been raised by a series of fine showings for PSV Eindhoven following a summer 2011 transfer from FC Utrecht.

• Joined Sparta Rotterdam as a youngster and made a quick breakthrough into the first team, his senior debut coming in a 6-2 defeat by AFC Ajax on 15 February 2008.

• Although still a teenager, he featured regularly in Sparta's lineup over the next two seasons, but suffered a shock relegation with the team − following the play-offs − in 2010.

• Remained with Sparta for half a season in the second tier until Utrecht snapped him up in the January transfer window; shortly after his arrival he was awarded his first senior cap for the Netherlands, as a substitute in an Eindhoven friendly against Austria.

• Left Utrecht for PSV in tandem with Belgian international Dries Mertens for a combined €13m fee in June 2011 and ended his first season as a Dutch Cup winner following a 3-0 final victory against Heracles Almelo.

• Started the Oranje's final four UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, scoring his first international goal in the second of them, a 2-0 win against Finland in Helsinki.

Last updated: 30/05/12 13.04CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Kevin Strootman
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 13/02/1990 (26)
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Squad number: 6
  • Club: Roma ( ITA)

  • Height: 186cm
  • Weight: 78kg

  • Currently playing:
    • Friendlies 2014/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Play-offs)
    18/08/11: Ried 0-0 PSV
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Qualifying round)
    09/10/08: Netherlands 4-1 Lithuania

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Netherlands U-2190
Netherlands U-1931

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 11/12/2014 01:09 CET