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Wesley Sneijder

A product of the Jong Ajax, Wesley Sneijder previously played for AFC Ajax with whom Wesley Sneijder won six trophies and during which time Wesley Sneijder was awarded the Johan Cruijff Award (for best young player in the Netherlands) in 2004. Wesley Sneijder was later sold to Real Madrid C.F. for €27 million in 2007, winning La Liga in Wesley Sneijder first season with the club and later being sold to Internazionale for €15 million.

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Wesley Sneijder biography

A product of the Jong Ajax, Wesley Sneijder previously played for AFC Ajax with whom Wesley Sneijder won six trophies and during which time Wesley Sneijder was awarded the Johan Cruijff Award (for best young player in the Netherlands) in 2004. Wesley Sneijder was later sold to Real Madrid C.F. for €27 million in 2007, winning La Liga in Wesley Sneijder first season with the club and later being sold to Internazionale for €15 million.

Sneijder previously represented various Youth squads for the Netherlands. Wesley Sneijder is now a regular player for the Netherlands national football team, having made Wesley Sneijder debut in April 2003 at the age of 18, and having represented Wesley Sneijder country at the World Cup in 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as UEFA European Football Championship UEFA Euro 2004 and UEFA Euro 2008. Individually Wesley Sneijder was awarded the FIFA World Cup awards, the FIFA World Cup awards and included in the team of the tournament for UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as named man of the match for six out of eleven games played by "Oranje" at these two tournaments.

Early life

Wesley Sneijder was born on 9 June 1984 in Utrecht (city) into a football family: Wesley Sneijder father was a player, Wesley Sneijder older brother Jeffrey Sneijder played for Stormvogels Telstar, and Wesley Sneijder younger brother Rodney Sneijder plays for the youth academy of AFC Ajax.

Club career


Sneijder started Wesley Sneijder career in AFC Ajax's famous youth academy. Following Wesley Sneijder older brother's footsteps, Wesley Sneijder signed for Ajax, initially on trial but subsequently impressed enough to be signed on a permanent basis. Wesley Sneijder first made the bench as an unused substitute for Ajax in a 2–0 win at SBV Excelsior on 22 December 2002 when manager Ronald Koeman, troubled by an injury-filled squad, called Wesley Sneijder up, advised by Danny Blind, the then-coach of the Ajax youth squad. Wesley Sneijder then made Wesley Sneijder official Ajax debut against Willem II (football club) after the winter break on 2 February 2003 in a 6–0 win. Wesley Sneijder rapidly established himself in the role of midfield general and occasional left winger.

On 12 August 2007, Ajax agreed to sell Sneijder to Real Madrid C.F. for Euro27 million, according to the club's website, making Wesley Sneijder the Dutch football transfer record Dutch football player.

Real Madrid

Sneijder was the second of three Dutchmen to sign for Real Madrid 2007–08 La Liga, joining Royston Drenthe and Arjen Robben. Wesley Sneijder also was given the number 23, which had been previously worn by David Beckham for four seasons at Real. In Wesley Sneijder first La Liga match for Real, Wesley Sneijder scored the winner in the Madrid derby against Atlético Madrid. On the second matchday, Wesley Sneijder scored two goals against Villarreal CF, one of them on a direct free-kick. Sneijder capped a fine first season in Spain by hitting a stunning free kick in the last game of the season against Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, taking Wesley Sneijder goal tally to nine in the La Liga season, a season which also saw Real retain their title.

On 3 August 2008, Sneijder was stretchered off in the pre-season friendly at Arsenal F.C. with a suspected cruciate ligament injury after a collision with Abou Diaby. Sneijder had an MRI which confirmed the extent of the injury to be not as bad as first feared. It was expected that Wesley Sneijder would be out for at least three months. However, Wesley Sneijder managed to recover in time and was included in the starting eleven for the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League clash against Juventus F.C. in Turin.

On 2 September 2008, AS reported that after Robinho's departure to Manchester City F.C. for €42 million, Sneijder would now be Real Madrid's new number 10. One day later, Real Madrid confirmed on their web site Sneijder's new number, 10. Wesley Sneijder previous number, 23, was taken over by Wesley Sneijder fellow Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart, whose preferred number is 23.


On 27 August 2009, Sneijder was bought by F.C. Internazionale Milano from Real Madrid for a reported fee of Euro15 million. Wesley Sneijder was given the number 10 shirt and made Wesley Sneijder debut a day after Wesley Sneijder signed the contract. Wesley Sneijder made an immediate impact by being on the winning side in the Milan derby (4–0) against A.C. Milan. On 3 October 2009 Wesley Sneijder scored Wesley Sneijder first, decisive goal, in the 92nd minute against Udinese in a 2–1 win, after a brilliant match.
Wesley Sneijder second goal was scored on 24 October 2009 against Calcio Catania, directly from free kick, and Wesley Sneijder scored Wesley Sneijder first UEFA Champions League goal for Inter in a dramatic 2–1 win against Dynamo Kiev in the 89th minute. Wesley Sneijder next goal was also scored off a hard-swerving free kick in a Coppa Italia game against Livorno.

On 9 January 2010 Wesley Sneijder scored two stunning free kicks against A.C. Siena in the game which Inter won 4–3, however on 24 January Wesley Sneijder received a straight red card in the Milan derby. On April 6 Sneijder scored a free kick against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League 2009–10 quarter-final in the sixth minute, making it 2–0 on aggregate to Inter. On 20 April 2010 Wesley Sneijder scored Inter's equalising goal during their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against FC Barcelona. Wesley Sneijder leveled the game by firing in right-footed from a Diego Milito pass. Inter went on to win the game 3–1. Sneijder was given the nickname 'The Sniper' by the Media for Wesley Sneijder ability to deliver perfect passes and score from amazing distances.

On 22 May 2010, Inter won the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final against FC Bayern Munich by 2–0. Both goals were scored by Diego Milito, with Sneijder supplying the assist for the first goal.

On 21 August 2010, Inter started the 2010–11 F.C. Internazionale Milano season by winning the 2010 Supercoppa Italiana with a 3–1 win against A.S. Roma. On 26 August 2010, Sneijder was named by UEFA as the UEFA Club Football Awards of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. The day after in Stade Louis II, Inter lost to Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. Wesley Sneijder scored Wesley Sneijder first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against FC Twente in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League on 14 September 2010, and followed that up with another goal in Inter's second game against Werder Bremen in a 4–0 win at the San Siro (stadium) on 29 September 2010. On 26 October 2010, Sneijder was shortlisted for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or
award, which Lionel Messi won.

On 28 October 2010, Sneijder signed a five year contract extension with Inter, tying Wesley Sneijder to the club until 2015. Inter finished second in Group A of the Champions League and were drawn against FC Bayern Munich (whom they had beaten in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final), in the Round of 16. In the first leg, Sneijder and Inter were uninspired and lost 1–0 to a late Mario Gomez goal at the San Siro (stadium). On 15 March 2011, Sneijder helped Inter turn it around scoring in the 63rd minute leading to a 3–2 win (3–3 on aggregate, Inter were through on away goals) at the Allianz Arena, booking a place in the quarter-final against FC Schalke 04. The first leg of that quarter-final ended 5–2 to Schalke. Sneijder also played in the second leg of the tie but could not prevent Wesley Sneijder team from losing 2–1 and 7–3 on aggregate.

International career

Sneijder made Wesley Sneijder debut for the Netherlands national under-21 football team side against the Czech Republic national under-21 football team on 28 March 2003. Wesley Sneijder first game with the Netherlands national football team was against Portugal national football team on 30 April that same year, when Wesley Sneijder became the eighth youngest player to play for the Netherlands in the first team's history.

Euro 2004

Sneijder reached the UEFA Euro 2004 semi-finals with the Netherlands. Wesley Sneijder began the competition mainly on the bench, and was subbed into two group stage matches. Wesley Sneijder had also contributed two goals in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying.

2006 World Cup

Sneijder started all four games for the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Wesley Sneijder received one of the record 16 yellow cards doled out during the infamous Round of 16 clash with Portugal (titled the "Battle of Nuremberg"); Portugal went on to win 1–0.

Euro 2008

In the build-up to UEFA Euro 2008, Sneijder scored a free kick in a friendly against Wales national football team on 31 May, making it Wesley Sneijder second strike from a direct free kick in a row. The game ended 2–0 with a goal from fellow Real Madrid C.F. teammate Arjen Robben.

Sneijder marked Wesley Sneijder 24th birthday in style by scoring one of the goals of the tournament; the second goal in the 31st minute of the Euro 2008 match against the World Cup champions, Italy national football team. Following Giovanni van Bronckhorst's goal-line clearance and subsequent run into the Italian half, Sneijder received a headed ball from Dirk Kuyt and volleyed it with an acrobatic strike past Gianluigi Buffon. This brought the score to 2–0 after Ruud van Nistelrooy's opener five minutes prior. The match finished with a 3–0 victory to the Dutch after a third goal was scored by van Bronkhorst after another run by him, following a crucial save from Edwin van der Sar. Sneijder's goal contributed to the Netherlands' first victory over Italy in 30 years, which was the biggest defeat Italy had suffered since Sweden national football team beat them by the same margin in 1983. Many fans and pundits agreed that this goal was one of the best of the tournament. On 13 June, Wesley Sneijder scored another goal for the Oranje in the Euro 2008 group stage match against France national football team: in the 92nd minute, from outside the box, Sneijder struck the ball into the corner of the net, bouncing off the crossbar on its way in. The match finished 4–1 for the Netherlands. Although the Dutch lost to the Russia national football team in the quarter-final, Sneijder was named in the Team of the Tournament for Wesley Sneijder strong performances.

2010 World Cup

Sneijder was in the starting line-up for their first match in the competition, a 2–0 victory over Denmark national football team. Sneijder scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Japan national football team. In the first two matches of the group stage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Wesley Sneijder was selected as the man of the match in both of them. In the Netherlands' round of 16 match against Slovakia national football team, Sneijder scored in a 2–1 victory. Wesley Sneijder also provided what was at first thought to be an Assist (football) for the first goal against Brazil in the quarter finals, but was later credited with the goal. Wesley Sneijder then scored the first header of Wesley Sneijder career direct from a corner and consigned Brazil national football team to a 2–1 defeat, bringing Wesley Sneijder goal total in the tournament to four. Sneijder was again named man of the match on FIFA website.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup Semi-finals against Uruguay national football team, Sneijder scored in the 70th minute, taking Wesley Sneijder total in the competition to five, raising Wesley Sneijder at the time to first place in terms of goals scored, along with David Villa. The Netherlands won the match 3–2 and progressed to the final. Sneijder was yet again named on FIFA's website as the Budweiser man of the match according to the public online vote. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, the Dutch lost to Spain national football team 1–0 after extra time, conceding the only goal of the match after 116 minutes.

International goals


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