Gregory van der Wiel

Gregory Van Der Wiel

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Gregory Kurtley van der Wiel (; born 3 February 1988) is a Dutch international footballer who plays professionally for Ajax, as a right back.

Born in Amsterdam, he is a product of the renowned Ajax youth system, who plays an attacking right back and is known for his speedy runs down the flank. In 2010, Van der Wiel was awarded the Johan Cruijff Award for "Young Player of the Year" in the Netherlands.

He made his debut for the Dutch national team in February 2009, and participated in the Netherlands' silver winning performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dutch team-mate John Heitinga has labeled him the spiritual successor of Michael Reiziger for the Netherlands.

Club career

Youth and loan to Haarlem

Van der Wiel started his playing career at RKSV DCG in Amsterdam. At the age of seven, the young defender was scouted by Ajax and brought to the Ajax Acadamy at "De Toekomst". In 2002, Ajax sent the player away to HFC Haarlem due to the player having a "mentality problem". QUOTE: "Daar merkte ik goed dat ik heel erg verwend was. Bij Ajax was alles altijd goed geregeld. We kregen elk seizoen een nieuw tenue en werden met busjes opgehaald en naar de club gebracht. Bij Haarlem kwam ik in een heel andere wereld terecht. De accommodatie was stukken minder, we speelden in shirtjes van vijf jaar oud en we moesten op eigen...
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