Gregory van der Wiel

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32 years
Birth date
February 3, 19881988-02-03
Zodiac sign
Aquarius
Place of Birth
Netherlands
Occupation
Soccer player
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Gregory Kurtley van der Wiel (born 3 February 1988) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a right-back.

Born in Amsterdam, Van der Wiel is a product of the AFC Ajax youth system. In 2010, he was awarded the Johan Cruyff Award for "Young Player of the Year" in the Netherlands. He has also played for Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbahçe, Cagliari and Toronto FC.

Van der Wiel made his debut for the Netherlands national team in February 2009 and participated in the Netherlands' runners-up performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dutch teammate John Heitinga has labeled him the spiritual successor of Michael Reiziger for the Netherlands.

Van der Wiel started his playing career at RKSV DCG in Amsterdam. At age seven, the young defender was scouted by AFC Ajax and brought to the Ajax Academy at "De Toekomst". In 2002, Ajax sent the player away to HFC Haarlem due to the player having a "mentality problem". Talking about his period at Haarlem, Van der Wiel has said, "When I was there I realized how spoiled I was. At Ajax everything was always well organized. We received a new kit every season and were picked up with minivans and brought to the club. At Haarlem I arrived in a totally different world. The accommodation was much worse, we played in five-year-old outfits, and had to find our own way to the trainings. The atmosphere was better though, much more relaxed than at Ajax. The period at Haarlem was good for my social development. It was a wake-up call for me." In 2005, Ajax approached him once again and brought him back to the Academy. His second stint at the club proved to be a much more successful experience, resulting in him signing his first professional contract, effectively starting from July 2006. Following the departure of youth captain Donovan Slijngard, Van der Wiel was made captain of Jong Ajax.

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Height 5 ft 11 in / 181 cm
Weight 152 lb / 69 kg
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Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark brown
Nationality Dutch
Race / ethnicity White

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