Royston Drenthe

  • Date of birth : 08/04/1987
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Netherlands Netherlands
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Royston Drenthe

Royston Drenthe

Player of the Tournament at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which the Netherlands hosted and won, Royston Drenthe impressed UEFA's Technical Study Group with his technique and hard work. Similar in style and appearance to former Dutch international Edgar Davids, he left Feyenoord for Real Madrid CF after that tournament.

• Born in Rotterdam, he spent the formative years of his career at Feyenoord and feeder club SBV Excelsior, playing mostly at left-back.

• Broke into Feyenoord's first team in 2006/07, making 26 Eredivisie appearances, before putting his talents on display, as a midfielder, in the Netherlands' U21 triumph (five appearances, one goal).

• Moved to Madrid in August 2007, being presented to fans alongside another newly acquired Dutchman, Wesley Sneijder.

• Won the Liga in his first season, making 18 appearances (seven as a starter) and scoring two goals.

• Barely seen in 2008/09 after Juande Ramos replaced Bernd Schuster but remained at club following Manuel Pellegrini's arrival as coach in 2009/10.

Did you know?
Drenthe scored on his debut for Madrid in the second leg of the 2007 Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla FC.

Last updated: 27/01/10 13.52CET

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year


General info

  • Name: Royston Drenthe
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 08/04/1987 (31)
  • Country: Netherlands

  • Height: 167cm
  • Weight: 67kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    14/09/06: Lokomotiv Sofia 2-2 Feyenoord
  • National team: UEFA European Under-19 Championship (Qualifying round)
    14/10/05: Netherlands 2-3 Greece

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Netherlands U-21113
Netherlands U-1930

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid111
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 19/09/2018 14:46 CET