Kevin Strootman

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Kevin Strootman
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Strootman in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kevin Strootman
Date of birth (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Ridderkerk, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Marseille
Number 12
Youth career
2007–2009 Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Sparta Rotterdam 72 (8)
2011 Utrecht 14 (2)
2011–2013 PSV 62 (8)
2013–2018 Roma 102 (10)
2018– Marseille 10 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U19 4 (1)
2009–2013 Netherlands U21 12 (1)
2011– Netherlands 42 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2018

Kevin Strootman (born 13 February 1990) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a midfielder for French club Marseille and the Netherlands national team.[2]

Club career

Sparta Rotterdam

Born in Ridderkerk, Strootman began his career with Sparta Rotterdam, making his professional debut during the 2007–08 season.[3] He signed a contract extension with the club in November 2008.[4] After they were relegated at the end of the 2009–10 Eredivisie season, he played with Sparta in the Eerste Divisie.

Utrecht

In the January transfer window of 2011, Strootman was signed by FC Utrecht.[5] He played with Utrecht in the second half of the 2010–11 season,[3] before moving to PSV in June 2011.[6]

PSV

Strootman was joined at PSV with fellow Utrecht recruit Dries Mertens.[7][8] Strootman made his PSV debut in a 3–1 home win against AZ. He made 88 total appearances for the Eindhoven club.

Roma

On 16 July 2013, PSV and Roma finalized a deal for Strootman's transfer to the Italian side, in a deal worth €17 million, with the fee potentially rising to €19 million through add-ons.[9] He was given the number 6 shirt.[10]

In a pre-season friendly against the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars, Strootman scored one goal and assisted another as Roma prevailed 3–1 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas.[11] He scored his first competitive goal for Roma in 3–1 Serie A victory over Parma. He went on to score in matches against Torino, Atalanta, Milan and Livorno.

On 9 March 2014, Strootman sustained a knee injury in Roma's 1–0 defeat to Napoli which made him miss the remainder of the 2013–14 season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[12] where the Dutch selection finished third.

On 9 November, Strootman made his first appearance for Roma in exactly eight months, appearing as an 84th-minute substitute in a 3–0 defeat of Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.[13] His first start of the 2014–15 season came in a 2–2 draw with Sassuolo on 7 December.[14] He assisted the first of captain Francesco Totti's two goals after appearing as a substitute in Roma's 2–2 draw with Lazio in the 175th Derby della Capitale on 12 January 2015.[15]

On 26 January 2015, Strootman was substituted in a Serie A fixture against Fiorentina after sustaining further damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. Three days later, it was confirmed that the player would again undergo knee surgery.[16] On 26 August, it was reported that, in spite of failing to make a single appearance in seven months, Strootman's injury required further surgery which sidelined the player for the majority of the 2015–16 Serie A season.[17] He made his first appearance of the season on 21 February 2016, as a substitute in a 5–0 home defeat of Palermo.[18] On 2 May, he made his first start in over 15 months, playing the full 90 minutes in Roma's 3–2 win at Genoa.[19] He ended the season with five appearances, including two starts. His only assist of the season came in a 3–1 final day victory over Milan at the San Siro.[20]

On 20 August 2016, Strootman captained Roma in the opening match of the 2016–17 Serie A season, a 4–0 home win against Udinese.[21] In the team's second fixture, he scored his first goal since January 2014 as Roma drew 2–2 at Cagliari.[22]

On 29 May 2017, Strootman signed a new five-year contract with the 2017 Serie A runners-up.[23]

Marseille

On 28 August 2018, Olympique de Marseille agreed with A.S. Roma on a €25 million (plus €3 million of bonus) transfer fee and signed Strootman on a five-year contract.[24]. AS Roma published a thank you and confirmation of the transfer on their website.[25]. Strootman mentioned the club's history, ambitions as well as his close relationship with coach Rudi Garcia as motivating factors to join the club.

International career

Strootman made his senior international debut for the Netherlands against Austria in 2011[26] and scored his first international goal against Finland in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier. He was a member of the Netherlands' squad at Euro 2012 but did not appear in any matches as the Dutch were knocked out at the group stage.

He appeared for the Netherlands U21 team at the 2013 UEFA Euro U21 Championship where the team reached the semi-finals, losing to Italy.

Strootman was a regular in Louis van Gaal's side during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign,[27] but missed the tournament finals due to injury.[28]

On 27 May 2016, Strootman made his first international appearance in two years after missing both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the entirety of the team's unsuccessful UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.[29] He was selected to start in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland, playing 70 minutes before being substituted for Marco van Ginkel.[30]

Style of play

Strootman is said to be a dynamic and tough-tackling midfielder, who also possesses good vision, technique, and balance on the ball.[5][31] A tall, physically strong and tactically intelligent left-footed player, he has been described as a "modern" midfielder, due to his wide range of skills. He is best used as a central or defensive midfielder, often serving as either a box-to-box midfielder – due to his work-rate, ball-winning abilities, and ability to help out in both attack and defence – or as a deep-lying playmaker, due to his range of passing, awareness, and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates after winning back possession.[31][32][33][34][35] He is also capable of contributing to his team's offensive play with goals, courtesty of his powerful and accurate striking ability from outside the area, as well as his ability to get on the end of his teammates' passes by making late attacking runs into the box from behind.[31][36] Strootman has been dubbed the Dutch Roy Keane in the media, who have draw comparisons between the two midfielders for their similar uncompromising style of play;[37] he has also been compared to compatriot Mark van Bommel.[33] During his first season with Roma (2013–14), he earned the nickname la lavatrice ("the washing machine", in Italian), for his ability to always clean up play by winning back the ball and then distributing it precisely to his teammates.[38][39]

Career statistics

Club

As of 21 August 2018.[2][40]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
2007–08 Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 3 0
2008–09 25 2 3 1 28 3
2009–10 28 2 3 3 4 0 35 5
2010–11 Eerste Divisie 16 4 1 0 17 4
FC Utrecht Eredivisie 14 2 2 0 0 0 16 2
2011–12 PSV Eredivisie 30 2 5 1 11 3 46 6
2012–13 32 6 5 1 4 1 1 0 42 8
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Other Total
2013–14 Roma Serie A 25 5 4 1 29 6
2014–15 6 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 13 0
2015–16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17 33 4 3 0 9 2 0 0 45 6
2017–18 32 1 1 0 11 0 0 0 44 1
2018–19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals Netherlands 148 18 19 6 15 4 5 0 187 28
Italy 102 10 8 1 27 2 0 0 137 13
Career total 250 28 27 7 40 6 5 0 324 41

International

As of 9 September 2018[2][40]
Dutch national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 10 1
2012 5 0
2013 9 2
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 7 0
2017 7 0
2018 3 0
Total 42 3

Honours

PSV Eindhoven[2]

References

  1. ^ "AS Roma - Store Ufficiale - maglie gara, abbigliamento, accessori, casa, regali esclusivi e gadget". www.asromastore.it.
  2. ^ a b c d Kevin Strootman at Soccerway
  3. ^ a b "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Sparta houdt Falkenburg en Strootman binnenboord" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Kevin Strootman: Scout Report". 18 June 2013.
  6. ^ "PSV hengelt Utrecht-duo Mertens/Strootman binnen" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ "PSV – Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens sign five-year deals". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21.
  8. ^ "Strootman: PSV not a stepping stone". FIFA. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  9. ^ PSV ontvangt bankgaranties, Strootman-deal rond Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine. (Dutch)
  10. ^ "Strootman spies immediate success with Roma". UEFA. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Roma beats MLS All-Stars". FIFA. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  12. ^ "World Cup news: Dutch star Kevin Strootman ruled out of finals". BSkyB. 10 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Roma 3–0 Torino". BBC. 9 November 2014.
  14. ^ "AS Roma 2–2 Sassuolo". ESPN. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Francesco Totti takes selfie after leading Roma fightback against Lazio". The Guardian. 15 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Roma midfielder Strootman to have more knee surgery". Australia News. 29 January 2015.
  17. ^ http://gazzettaworld.gazzetta.it/news/serie-a/roma/strootman-injury-requires-surgery/
  18. ^ "Kevin Strootman 'feels like a footballer again' after returning in Roma's 5-0 win over Palermo following 390 days out with injury". Daily Mail. 23 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Roma's Kevin Strootman delighted after making full return from injury". ESPN. 3 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Higuaín evenaart stokoud record, Strootman wint". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 14 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Serie A, Roma-Udinese 4-0: Perotti, Dzeko, Salah, i giallorossi partono bene". Corriere dello Sport (in Italian). 20 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Scorende Strootman ziet AS Roma zege uit handen geven". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 28 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Strootman signs new long-term contract with Roma". A.S. Roma. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  24. ^ "Olympique Marseille Twitter". Olympique Marseille. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Kevin Stgrootman leaves Roma for Marseille". A.S. Roma. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Kevin Strootman". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  27. ^ Kevin StrootmanFIFA competition record (archive)
  28. ^ "Injured Dutchman Strootman out of World Cup". Reuters. 10 March 2014.
  29. ^ "Oranje start met Janssen, Bazoer en Strootman in Ierland". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 27 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Republic of Ireland 1-1 Netherlands". BBC. 27 May 2016.
  31. ^ a b c Julian De Martinis (10 February 2016). "Opinion: What Strootman's return can mean for Roma". A.S. Roma. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  32. ^ "Dutch Football League – Talent Scout – Kevin Strootman". www.dutchfootball-league.com. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  33. ^ a b Marco Calabresi (11 July 2013). "Bravi ragazzi a Roma Ecco Strootman Il baby capitano mago degli assist" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  34. ^ Michael Cox (3 January 2014). "Juventus-Roma: A clash of Serie A's best two midfielders – neither of them Italian". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  35. ^ Mark Neale (21 March 2017). "AS Roma - The Renaissance of Kevin Strootman". www.calciomercato.com. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  36. ^ "Kevin Strootman, lo scudo giallorosso" (in Italian). Il Guerin Sportivo. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  37. ^ Newshound, The (26 September 2012). "Man United Linked With January Move to Sign 'Dutch Roy Keane'".
  38. ^ Stefano Carina (2014-02-06). "Roma, Garcia: "Kevin è come una lavatrice" Strootman sempre più protagonista". www.ilmessaggero.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  39. ^ "Strootman enjoys Roma nickname | Football Italia". www.football-italia.net. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  40. ^ a b "Kevin Strootman Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International.

External links

  • Official website
  • U21 stats at Ons Oranje
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