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Davy Klaassen
Klaassen with Ajax in 2023
Personal information
Full name Davy Klaassen[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 31)
Place of birth Hilversum, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Team information
Current team
Inter Milan
Number 14
Youth career
1999–2003 HVV de Zebra's
2003–2004 HSV Wasmeer
2004–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Ajax 126 (44)
2013 Jong Ajax 6 (1)
2017–2018 Everton 7 (0)
2018–2020 Werder Bremen 69 (12)
2020–2023 Ajax 95 (30)
2023– Inter Milan 13 (0)
International career
2008–2009 Netherlands U16 5 (4)
2009–2010 Netherlands U17 11 (1)
2010–2011 Netherlands U19 9 (2)
2013 Netherlands U21 4 (0)
2014– Netherlands 41 (10)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:35, 10 May 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:56, 27 March 2023 (UTC)

Davy Klaassen (born 21 February 1993) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Netherlands national team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Klaassen began his football career in the youth ranks of local amateur side HVV de Zebra's, where he played until 2003, when he transferred to HSV Wasmeer. A year later he was recruited into the famed Ajax Youth Academy. While playing for the Ajax A1 youth squad in 2011–12, Klaassen helped his side to win the Nike Eredivisie league title,[4] as well as finishing as runners-up to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (the Champions League equivalent for under-19 teams) after losing on penalties (5–3) following a 1–1 deadlock after extra time.[5]

Ajax[edit]

Klaassen made his debut for the first team in the UEFA Champions League group stage away draw (0–0) against Olympique Lyonnais on 22 November 2011 replacing Lorenzo Ebecilio in the 85th minute.[6] While still competing in the A-Juniors Nike Eredivisie league competing for the Ajax A1 under-19 squad, he made his Eredivisie debut on 27 November as a substitute against NEC and scored only 42 seconds after having been subbed on.[7] He made his debut in the starting XI of the Ajax first team on 11 December 2011, due to starting center midfielder Theo Janssen catching the flu. Klaassen played the entire match, which ended in a 0–1 away win for Ajax against RKC Waalwijk.[8]

On 5 August 2013, Klaassen made his debut in the Dutch Eerste Divisie in the 2–0 win against Telstar while playing for the newly promoted reserves team Jong Ajax, in what would be the first match in the 2nd tier of professional football ever for the reserves.[9] He scored his first goal for Jong Ajax on 20 September 2013 in the 1–2 away victory against FC Eindhoven.[10] On 6 October 2013, while playing for the Ajax first team, he scored his team's second goal in the 59th minute in the 3–0 home win against Utrecht.[11] On 7 December 2013, Klaassen scored his first hat-trick while playing for the first team, in a 4–0 victory at home over NAC Breda, taking home the match ball and earning himself the Man of the Match award.[12] Following the departure of Ajax captain Siem de Jong, Klaassen switched to the vacant number 10 shirt for the upcoming season.

For the 2015–16 season, Klaassen was named Ajax' captain, replacing the departed Niklas Moisander.[13]

Everton[edit]

On 15 June 2017, Klaassen signed for Premier League side Everton on a five-year deal worth £23.6 million.[14] He was handed the number 20 jersey at his new club for the 2017–18 season.[15] He made his first official appearance for Everton in a 1–0 win over MFK Ružomberok in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg.[16] Klaassen made his league debut for Everton on 12 August 2017, when his club beat Stoke City 1–0 at Goodison Park.[17]

Klaassen endured a difficult season with the club, falling out of favor with both Sam Allardyce and Marco Silva after Ronald Koeman was fired in October 2017.[18] Between late September 2017 and early March 2018, he failed to make a Premier League appearance. At the end of the January transfer window, Klaassen neared a loan move to Napoli, although the move would never materialize. Allardyce claimed the deal collapsed as a result of an image rights dispute between Klaassen and the Italian club,[19] although Klaassen would later reject this statement.[20] Ahead of his summer move to Werder Bremen, Klaassen expressed his desire to prove his worth for the following season.[21] Klaassen stated that he struggled to adapt to the different style of play in the Premier League, hence his struggles with the club.[20]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Klaassen with Werder Bremen in 2019

On 27 July 2018, Klaassen joined Werder Bremen on a four-year deal while the transfer fee paid to Everton was reported as €13.5 million (£12 million).[22][23]

Return to Ajax[edit]

On 5 October 2020, Klaassen rejoined Ajax on a contract until 30 June 2024, with a transfer fee which could rise to €14 million.[24]

On 5 April 2023, during a Dutch cup semifinal away against Feyenoord, he suffered a head injury when he was hit by an object thrown from the stands. The incident caused a 30-minute delay and he was substituted shortly after the resumption, gesturing that he was suffering from dizziness.[25]

Inter Milan[edit]

On 1 September 2023, Klaassen signed as a free agent for Italian club Inter Milan, on a two-year contract.[26] Although still under contract with Ajax for one more year, the Dutch side amicably decided to mutually end the contract, out of respect for his career, and to easily facilitate his transfer to the Italian side.[27]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Klaassen made his debut for the Dutch national team at youth levels, debuting for the Netherlands U-16 team on 28 October 2008 in the 10th edition of the Tournoi Val de Marne '08 in the 3–0 victory over Italy U-16, while scoring the second goal for the Netherlands in his first international encounter.[28] Klaassen scored in his second appearance for the Netherlands U-16 in the same tournament as well in 0–1 win over France U-16.[29] In total Klaassen made 5 appearances for the Netherlands U-16 while scoring 4 goals.[30] Scoring two more goals in friendly encounters against Ukraine U-16 and Ireland U-16 as well.[31] On 22 September 2009, Klaassen made his first appearance for the Netherlands U17 team in a friendly encounter against France U17 which ended in a 1–0 loss for the Dutch. On 3 March 2010, he scored his first goal for the under-17 side in his 8th appearance, a friendly match against Greece U17.[32] He also played a major role in the Netherlands qualifying campaign ahead of the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship as well as playing in the 2009 edition of La Manga Cup. On 2 September 2010, Klaassen made his debut for the Netherlands U19 team in a friendly match against Germany U19 which ended in a 2–2 draw. In his 7th appearance for the under-19 side he scored both his first and second goal on 10 November 2011 in a qualification match ahead of the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship against Moldova U19 with the Netherlands failing to qualify for the final tournament in Estonia.[33]

Due to injuries sustained by Ruben Ligeon, Yassin Ayoub and Jürgen Locadia for the Netherlands U21 selection, Klaassen received his first call-up for Jong Oranje the under-21 selection of the Netherlands as a replacement along with Thomas Bruns and Timo Letschert for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match against Georgia U21, as well as the friendly match against Austria U21 four days later.[34] He made his debut for the under-21 side on 10 October 2013 in that qualification match helping the Dutch to defeat Georgia 6–0 in which he replaced Luc Castaignos in the 81st minute of the match.[35]

Senior[edit]

On 5 March 2014, Klaassen made his debut for the Netherlands first team under head coach Louis van Gaal at the Stade de France in Paris, in a friendly match against France ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was substituted on in the 72nd minute for Wesley Sneijder, as the Netherlands lost the match 2–0.[36] While making his debut for the Netherlands, Klaassen became the 100th player to make his debut for the Dutch national team while playing his club football at Ajax.[37]

On 31 March 2015, Klaassen scored his first international goal in a 2–0 win over Spain in a friendly match.[38]

In November 2020, Klaassen was recalled to the Netherlands squad for the first time in over three years.[39] He appeared as a second-half substitute in a friendly draw with Spain,[40] before starting in UEFA Nations League fixtures against Bosnia & Herzegovina[41] and Poland.[42]

In June 2021, Klaassen was included in the Netherlands' squad for UEFA Euro 2020 but did not make an appearance in the tournament.[43]

In November 2022, Klaassen was named in the Netherlands' squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He scored in the team's opening match, a 2–0 win over Senegal.[44] He was named Player of the Match in the team's final group match against Qatar.[45]

Style of play[edit]

Klaassen's nickname is "cheese straw" (Dutch: kaasstengel) due to his physical appearance.[46] Another nickname is "Mister 1-0" due to him often scoring the first goal of a match.[47] On the signing of the former Ajax captain, then Everton manager Ronald Koeman was quoted saying Klaassen was a leader on the pitch. Koeman further described Klaassen's playing style as hardworking, liked to press and would provide creativity and goals.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 10 May 2024[3]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2011–12 Eredivisie 4 1 0 0 3[a] 0 0 0 7 1
2012–13 Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 3 0
2013–14 Eredivisie 26 10 5 0 5[c] 1 0 0 36 11
2014–15 Eredivisie 30 6 3 0 10[d] 2 1[b] 0 44 8
2015–16 Eredivisie 31 13 0 0 10[e] 2 0 0 41 15
2016–17 Eredivisie 33 14 0 0 17[f] 6 0 0 50 20
Total 126 44 8 0 45 11 2 0 181 55
Jong Ajax 2013–14 Eerste Divisie 6 1 6 1
Everton 2017–18 Premier League 7 0 0 0 1 0 8[g] 0 16 0
Werder Bremen 2018–19 Bundesliga 33 5 5 2 38 7
2019–20 Bundesliga 33 7 4 2 2[h] 0 39 9
2020–21 Bundesliga 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 69 12 10 4 2 0 81 16
Ajax 2020–21 Eredivisie 29 12 5 1 12[i] 3 46 15
2021–22 Eredivisie 31 9 5 1 7[j] 1 1[b] 0 44 11
2022–23 Eredivisie 33 8 5 1 7[k] 1 1[b] 0 46 10
2023–24 Eredivisie 2 1 2[g] 0 4 1
Total 95 30 15 3 28 5 2 0 140 37
Inter Milan 2023–24 Serie A 13 0 1 0 4[j] 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 316 87 34 7 1 0 85 16 6 0 441 109
  1. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
  3. ^ Three appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Two appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ Four appearances and four goals in UEFA Champions League, thirteen appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Appearance(s) in Bundesliga relegation play-offs
  9. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa League
  10. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  11. ^ Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2023[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Netherlands 2014 1 0
2015 3 1
2016 7 2
2017 5 1
2020 3 0
2021 12 4
2022 8 2
2023 2 0
Total 41 10
Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Klaassen goal.
List of international goals scored by Davy Klaassen
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2015 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Spain 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 7 October 2016 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Belarus 3–1 4–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 9 November 2016 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Belgium 1–0 1–1 Friendly
4 4 June 2017 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Ivory Coast 4–0 5–0 Friendly
5 24 March 2021 Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey 1–3 2–4 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 1 September 2021 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 1–1 1–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 7 September 2021 Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Turkey 1–0 6–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 8 October 2021 Daugava Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 11 June 2022 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Poland 1–2 2–2 2022–23 UEFA Nations League A
10 21 November 2022 Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Senegal 2–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Ajax[3]

Inter Milan

Individual

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