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Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt (; born 22 July 1980) is a Dutch association football who plays for Liverpool F.C. as a forward (association football).

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Dirk Kuyt biography

Dirk Kuyt (; born 22 July 1980) is a Dutch association football who plays for Liverpool F.C. as a forward (association football).

Kuyt began Dirk Kuyt professional career with FC Utrecht in 1998 and quickly became part of their first team. Dirk Kuyt spent five years at the club and in Dirk Kuyt final season Dirk Kuyt won Dirk Kuyt first senior honour, the Dutch Cup, and was chosen as the season's Dutch Golden Shoe Winner. Following this, Dirk Kuyt left Utrecht in a Euro1 million transfer to Feyenoord. Dirk Kuyt became the club captain (association football) in 2005 and was a prolific goalscorer at the Rotterdam club; Dirk Kuyt was the club's top scorer for three consecutive seasons, the top goalscorer in the 2004–05 Eredivisie season, and the 2005–06 Dutch Footballer of the Year. Kuyt missed only five games over seven seasons from 1999 until 2006 and appeared in 179 consecutive matches between 2001–06, striking up a fruitful partnership with fellow Feyenoord teammate Salomon Kalou.

Dirk Kuyt left Feyenoord after three years, having scored 71 league goals in 101 appearances, and joined Premier League side Liverpool for £10 million. Dirk Kuyt made Dirk Kuyt Premier League debut late in 2006 and became part of the first team squad. Dirk Kuyt scored in Dirk Kuyt first ever UEFA Champions League final with Liverpool 2007 Champions League Final.

Kuyt scored several important goals for Liverpool elsewhere too, including seven goals in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League UEFA Champions League, including a goal in the quarter-final against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and in the semi-final against Chelsea F.C., and two penalty kicks against Everton F.C. in the derby the same season. Dirk Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt first hat-trick for Liverpool against Manchester United F.C. in March 2011. After coming on as a substitute, Dirk Kuyt extra time goal at Wembley for Liverpool against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup Final 2012 almost won the trophy for Liverpool. After a Cardiff equalizer, Kuyt held Dirk Kuyt nerve during the penalty shoot out, scoring the first of Liverpool's 3 successful penalties in a 3-2 shoot out victory. It was Dirk Kuyt first trophy as a Liverpool player, after a six-year wait.

Dirk Kuyt made Dirk Kuyt international debut in 2004 and has represented the Netherlands at three major international tournaments, the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008.

Early life

Kuyt is the third of four children. Dirk Kuyt father was a fisherman and Dirk Kuyt has stated that had Dirk Kuyt not found a career in football Dirk Kuyt probably would have followed Dirk Kuyt father into the family business. Dirk Kuyt grew up in the fishing town of Katwijk.

Dirk Kuyt football career began when Dirk Kuyt joined the local amateur team Quick Boys at age 5. Dirk Kuyt broke into the first team in March 1998, playing the last six games of the season in the Hoofdklasse, and catching the eye of Eredivisie team FC Utrecht.

Over the summer of 2006 Kuyt was again linked with moves to many top English clubs, most notably Liverpool F.C. and Newcastle United F.C.. Rumours started in May with Dirk Kuyt stating "I am happy at Feyenoord but I would like to play in the Premier League." Kuyt completed a move to Liverpool on 18 August for an undisclosed fee.

Kuyt missed only five games over seven seasons from 1999 until 2006, making 233 appearances. Between March 2001 and April 2006 Dirk Kuyt played 179 consecutive matches.


2006–07 season

Upon joining Liverpool, Kuyt stated "I only wanted to leave Feyenoord for a really big club, and that is what Liverpool are. They are a fantastic big club and it will be a real pleasure to play here."

After sitting out the first game Kuyt made Dirk Kuyt Liverpool debut as a substitute (football) against West Ham United F.C. on 26 August 2006. Dirk Kuyt first start came against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League and Dirk Kuyt has been first choice in most games since. Dirk Kuyt immediately got praises for the new defensive approach by a striker.
In Dirk Kuyt third start for the club on 20 September 2006 Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt first goal against Newcastle United in a FA Premier League game at Anfield, and followed up with another against Tottenham Hotspur in the next game. Dirk Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt third goal for Liverpool with Dirk Kuyt father watching the game at Anfield, contributing to Liverpool's 3–1 win over Aston Villa. Two weeks later Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, as the only scorer in the Reds' 2–0 victory against Premiership newcomers Reading.

Kuyt won much praise for Dirk Kuyt early performances, with the Daily Mirror stating: "The Dutch striker has the look of a cult hero in the making" and The People reporting that Dirk Kuyt is "propelling himself towards iconic status." One of the reasons for Dirk Kuyt early popularity is Dirk Kuyt post match courtesy to the fans. After each match Dirk Kuyt walks to every corner of the ground, and applauds the Liverpool supporters.

On 20 January 2007, Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring against Chelsea after only 4 minutes after a Peter Crouch flick-on. Liverpool went on to defeat the champions 2–0. It was the first time Rafael Benítez had defeated José Mourinho in the Premiership. It was also the first goal scored by Liverpool against a top four club in the league in the 2006–07 Premier League in the semi-finals of the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Dirk Kuyt had a goal disallowed for offside from Xabi Alonso's strike. Kuyt also scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out, and scored a consolation goal in their 2–1 defeat to AC Milan in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.

2007–08 season

Dirk Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt first goals of the 2007–2008 season in Liverpools 4–0 victory over Toulouse FC in their 3rd round qualifying encounter at Anfield on 28 August 2007. Dirk Kuyt scored two penalties against Everton F.C. in the Merseyside derby to give Liverpool a 2–1 win. Dirk Kuyt 3rd and final league goal of the season came in a 3–0 away win over Newcastle in November 2007, Kuyt would not score another league goal until October 2008.

Kuyt failed to score in 13 games for Liverpool, before netting against Barnsley FC in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

On 19 February 2008, Kuyt scored the first goal in the first leg of the round of 16 of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League against favourites FC Internazionale Milano in a 2–0 win.

Starting in early 2008, Kuyt began to be employed as a right winger and set up two of Fernando Torres's goals against West Ham United F.C. in March. Dirk Kuyt adapted to this new role and soon regained Dirk Kuyt overall form, playing himself into the starting XI again after putting on various vital team performances. On 2 April 2008, Kuyt scored an equalising goal against Arsenal F.C. at the Emirates stadium.

On 22 April 2008, in the first leg of the Champions League all-English semi-final against Chelsea at Anfield, Kuyt scored the opening goal just before half time.

2008–09 season

Dirk Kuyt scored a late extra time goal against Standard Liège in the 2008–09 Champions League qualifiers return match to put Liverpool through to the group stages of the competition. In Dirk Kuyt next game, a 2–1 win in the Premier League against Manchester United F.C., Dirk Kuyt assisted fellow countryman Ryan Babel's winning goal.

Kuyt's goals at vital moments in important games, such as the last minute strike against Standard Liège, an injury time winner against Manchester City on 5 October 2008 and twice in Liverpool's 3–2 comeback win over Wigan Athletic on 18 October 2008, have led to Dirk Kuyt reputation as a "Big Game Player"

The 2008/09 season saw Kuyt score 15 goals, Dirk Kuyt best return for the club.

2009–10 season

As a result of heavy injuries sustained by the Liverpool squad, Kuyt often found himself playing a central striker role. Kuyt scored against Stoke and Burnley in two home 4–0 triumphs. Dirk Kuyt also scored the winning goal in Liverpool's opening Champions League group game against Hungarian team Debreceni VSC in a 1–0 win. Kuyt's goal against Debrecen means only Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard have scored more goals for the club in the European Cup. It was Dirk Kuyt 12th goal in Europe's premier club competition.
Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt 4th league goal of the season in a vital 2–0 win against Everton at Goodison Park, in the Merseyside derby. Dirk Kuyt took Dirk Kuyt season's goal tally to six, Dirk Kuyt fifth in the league, by scoring in a 2–1 premier league loss to Arsenal at Anfield. On 20 January, Kuyt scored both goals at Anfield against Spurs in a 2–0 victory and a week later, scored the opener against Bolton. For both goals, Dirk Kuyt was assisted by Alberto Aquilani which could be the start of a new partnership. Against Spurs, Dirk Kuyt played a delightful one-two with Alberto Aquilani before slotting it home. While against Bolton, Alberto Aquilani guided an Emiliano Insúa cross back into the path of Kuyt who slotted it home. On many occasions, they linked up together and threatened to score.

On the 6th of February Dirk Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt fourth goal in the Merseyside Derby, a header from a corner against Everton in the 55th minute bringing Dirk Kuyt tally of goals for Liverpool to 50 in all competitions. Dirk Kuyt was also awarded man of the match for this game which Liverpool won 1–0. On the 8th April Dirk Kuyt notched Dirk Kuyt 51st goal for Liverpool with a crucial yet controversial header in the Europa League against Benfica. The goal, a header direct from a corner, was originally dissallowed by the linesmen for offside, but after some heavy protests by the Liverpool players and manager Rafael Benítez that you could not be offside directly from a corner, the referee changed Dirk Kuyt mind and allowed the goal. Kuyt played in Dirk Kuyt 200th competitive game for Liverpool, against Hull City A.F.C. on the final day of Liverpool's dismal season.

2010–11 season

Kuyt featured in Liverpool's opening game of the season against Arsenal F.C. at Anfield, the game finishing 1–1 and both teams finishing with 10 men. On 23 August, Dirk Kuyt played in the Red's heavy defeat to Manchester City at City of Manchester Stadium and featured in Liverpool's UEFA Europa League qualifier against Trabzonspor, netting the winning goal in a 2–1 win 3 days later. On 29 August, Dirk Kuyt played in Liverpool's 1–0 win against West Bromwich Albion F.C. at Anfield. An injury to Dirk Kuyt shoulder during a Netherlands training session forced Kuyt out for a month, but returned a week earlier than expected, celebrating by scoring Dirk Kuyt second goal of the season against Sunderland FC at Anfield on 25 September in a 2–2 draw. Dirk Kuyt scored a penalty in Liverpool's 3–0 win against West Ham United F.C.. On 16 January 2011, Dirk Kuyt scored yet another penalty to draw Liverpool level 2–2 against Everton F.C, after Tim Howard fouled Maxi Rodríguez. On 24 February Dirk Kuyt headed in from a corner against Sparta Prague to put Liverpool through to the last 16 of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League knockout phase, winning 1–0 on the night at Anfield and 1–0 on aggregate.

On 6 March, Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt first hat-trick for Liverpool in a 3–1 win at Anfield against Liverpools biggest rivals Manchester United.
Kuyt added another goal to Dirk Kuyt Liverpool tally on 20 March 2011 scoring a well placed penalty against Sunderland A.F.C..
Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt 11th goal of the season against Manchester City, with a neat finish to make it 2–0, with the game ending 3–0 to Liverpool.
On 15 April, Kuyt signed a contract extension that will keep Dirk Kuyt at the club until the summer of 2013. On 17 April, Kuyt scored a 102nd minute penalty after Emmanuel Eboue fouled Lucas Leiva to seal a late draw against Arsenal F.C after Robin van Persie had scored a penalty in the 98th minute. The match finished 1–1. On the 23 April, Kuyt scored a 23 minute goal against Birmingham City F.C. after a tussle inside the box, the match ended 5–0 to Liverpool. On the 1 May, Kuyt scored a 59 minute penalty against Newcastle United for the second goal in a 3–0 win.On 9 May 2011 Dirk Kuyt became the first Liverpool player since John Aldridge, in over two decades to score in five consecutive games, after Dirk Kuyt 16th minute goal against Fulham that led to a 5–2 victory.
Dirk Kuyt finished the season as Liverpool's top goal scorer scoring 13 league goals, finishing with a total of 15, equalling Dirk Kuyt best return for the club in a season.

2011–12 season

On 21 September 2011, Dirk Kuyt scored Dirk Kuyt first goal of the season in a 2–1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. in the 83rd minute in the third round of the Carling Cup. Dirk Kuyt did not score for the rest of 2011, missing a chance to get Dirk Kuyt 50th league goal on 1 October 2011 with a saved penalty against Everton F.C., a game Liverpool went on to win 2-0. On 8 October, Kuyt was announced as having taken up an advisory role with Dirk Kuyt first club in football, Quick Boys. Kuyt's next goal was a crucial 88th minute winner in a 2-1 victory against Manchester United F.C. in the fourth round of the FA Cup FA Cup on 28 January 2012. Dirk Kuyt went on to score Dirk Kuyt 50th league goal for Liverpool the following week in a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., becoming only the fifth player to score 50 or more goals for Liverpool in the Premier League.
After coming on as a substitute, Kuyt scored Liverpool's second goal in the 2011–12 Football League Cup against Cardiff City on February 26th; the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, with Liverpool winning on penalties- Kuyt scoring one of them.

International career

When Marco van Basten took over as coach of the Netherlands national football team Dirk Kuyt dropped many established players, including strikers Roy Makaay and Patrick Kluivert. Kuyt benefitted as in September 2004 Dirk Kuyt made Dirk Kuyt international debut in van Basten's first game against Liechtenstein national football team. Dirk Kuyt has been a permanent fixture in the Dutch squad ever since, making the starting line-up for eleven of the Netherlands' twelve 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) matches.

2006 World Cup

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Kuyt found himself relegated to the substitutes bench. Although Dirk Kuyt made an appearance as a 69th minute replacement in the first game against Serbia and Montenegro national football team, Dirk Kuyt sat the entire second game out. With the team already qualified for the next round van Basten decided to rest many of Dirk Kuyt first choice players for the final group game against Argentina national football team, and Kuyt was handed a start in the right wing position.

For the Netherlands' Round of 16 tie against Portugal national football team, Kuyt was given a surprise start ahead of star-striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. However, Kuyt did not have a successful game and the Netherlands eventually lost 1–0 in a game that was more reputable for its Battle of Nuremberg (4 red cards and 16 yellow cards).

Euro 2008

Kuyt was selected for the Dutch squad for UEFA Euro 2008. On 9 June, Dirk Kuyt played in their opening UEFA Euro 2008 Group C match, a 3–0 victory over 2006 FIFA World Cup Final Italy national football team, assisting in two goals, Dirk Kuyt most notable act being the header that provided the link between Giovanni van Bronckhorst's crossfield pass and Wesley Sneijder's goal to make it 2–0 on 31 minutes. On 13 June, Kuyt contributed Dirk Kuyt team's second in the next game of Group C, a 4–1 victory over 2006 World Cup finalists France national football team by opening the scoring with a ninth minute header from a corner, taking Dirk Kuyt tally of international goals to eight.
During Euro 2008, Kuyt was employed as a winger, partnering with Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart in the midfield due to the team's change of formation (association football) from 4-3-3/4–4–2 to 4–2–3–1.

Post Euro 2008

Kuyt scored 3 goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA). During a friendly against England, Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring less than ten minutes after kick-off, pouncing on Rio Ferdinand's poor back pass.

2010 World Cup

Kuyt was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition.

At the finals, Kuyt scored Holland's second goal in the 85th minute of their 2–0 win over Denmark national football team in their opening group match on a tap-in after Eljero Elia's shot hit the post. In the quarter-final match on 2 July against Brazil national football team, Kuyt flicked a corner on to Wesley Sneijder who headed the ball into the net giving the Dutch in a 2–1 win. Dirk Kuyt also assisted the goal scored by Arjen Robben against Uruguay in the semi-finals.
Kuyt started all seven matches for the Dutch who finished as runners up to Spain national football team and finished the tournament with one goal and three assists.

Post 2010 World Cup

On 2 September 2010, Kuyt scored a penalty as Holland began their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a 5–0 away win against San Marino national football team.
On 12 October 2010, Kuyt injured Dirk Kuyt ankle in Holland's fourth Euro 2012 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group E against Sweden national football team and was out of action for four weeks with the injury. On 25 March 2011 Kuyt scored Hollands third goal in a 4–0 win against Hungary for the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Four days later Dirk Kuyt scored twice in a 5–3 win against the same opponents. On 8 June 2011, Kuyt scored a 90th minute equaliser for Holland against Uruguay, leveling the match to 1–1, with Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez netting the opening goal of the match. Holland went on to lose to Uruguay on penalties. Kuyt scored the fourth goal in Holland's record 11–0 win over San Marino. Kuyt headed in Dirk Kuyt seventh international goal of 2011 in a 3-2 loss against Sweden.

International career statistics


International goals

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Personal life

Kuyt's wife Gertrude has found favour in the Dutch media for her down-to-earth attitude. She continued to work as a nurse in an old people's home after marrying Kuyt until their daughter, Noelle, was born. Kuyt and Dirk Kuyt wife now carry out extensive charity work off the pitch. Most notably, Dirk Kuyt and Dirk Kuyt wife set up the Dirk Kuyt Foundation to help disadvantaged children in Dirk Kuyt homeland and the Third World. One of the ways the foundation raises money is by selling DK-branded clothes.

Kuyt's father, also called Dirk, died of cancer on 29 June 2007.


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