Wesley Sneijder
Footballer
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch footballer. He was named UEFA midfielder of the season as well as one of the three best midfielders in the world for 2010 by FIFA. Due to his impeccable placement and confirmed ability to score from free kicks, Sneijder earned the reputation as a dead-ball specialist. With short stature, he is quick, strong on the ball, and his passing range is enhanced by his ambidexterity.
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Wesley Sneijder's personal information overview.
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Wesley Sneijder
Yahoo News - 3 months
A teammate for Robben at both Real Madrid and international level. The 32-year-old was named man of the match for six of Netherlands' 11 games at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010. Sneijder is also the most capped Dutch outfield payer of all time.
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Dutch captain Sneijder out of France clash
Yahoo News - 4 months
The Hague (AFP) - Dutch captain Wesley Sneijder will miss the mouthwatering visit of France in Monday's World Cup qualifier after the midfielder aggravated a hamstring injury in the victory over Belarus.
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Wesley Sneijder Dealt Club Record Fine by Galatasaray
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​Six years ago Wesley Sneijder, the dynamic Dutch midfielder, lit up the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, establishing himself as one of the finest midfielders in world football, whilst also plying his trade with Inter Milan. In recent years, the midfield maestro has regularly been linked with a move to the Premier League, but a move is yet to materialise meaning that the Dutchman has remained in Turkey with Galatasaray. However, relations between the Turkish giants and their diminutive...
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Soccer-Dutch keep hopes alive with win in Kazakhstan
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Georginio Wijnaldum and Wesley Sneijder scored either side of half-time to keep alive the Netherlands' hopes of Euro 2016 qualification as they won 2-1 in Kazakhstan on Saturday for a first victory under new coach Danny Blind. Wijnaldum was set up for the 32nd-minute opener by debutant Anwar El Ghazi and Sneijder rifled home the second with a stunning effort in the 49th minute. Islambek Kuat reduced the deficit with virtually the last kick of the game.
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Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder apologises after launching knife range on anniversary of two Leeds United fans being stabbed to death in Istanbul
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Wesley Sneijder has apologised after unwittingly launching his knife range in Galatasaray colours on the anniversary of two Leeds United supporters being stabbed to death in Istanbul.
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Holland 1-1 Turkey: Late Wesley Sneijder strike rescues a valuable point but the pressure grows on Guus Hiddink
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Wesley Sneijder rescued a scarcely-deserved point for Holland with a last minute goal as Guus Hiddink's side drew 1-1 at home to Turkey on Saturday.
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Turkey's Gokhan Gonul, left, and Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands fight for the ball during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Turkey's Gokhan Gonul, left, and Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands fight for the ball during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo)
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Soccer-Galatasaray v Real Madrid - teams
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ISTANBUL, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Teams for Tuesday's Champions League Group B fixture between Galatasaray and Real Madrid at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi: Galatasaray: 25-Fernando Muslera; 27-Emmanuel Eboue, 21-Aurelien Chedjou, 13-Dany Nounkeu, 77-Albert Riera; 8-Selcuk Inan, 3-Felipe Melo, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 50-Engin Baytar; 17-Burak Yilmaz, 11-Didier Drogba Substitutes: 67-Eray Iscan (GK), 22-Hakan Balta, 26-Semih Kaya, 55-Sabri Sarioglu, 20-Bruma, 19-Umut Bulut, 53-Amrabat Real Madrid: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Daniel Carvajal, 4-Sergio Ramos, 3-Pepe, 17-Alvaro Arbeloa; 22-Angel Di Maria, ...
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Transfer Window Breaks Bad
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
It was probably a very bad idea to start binge-viewing Breaking Bad at the same time that the transfer window in European football was closing last week (I'm only up to the end of Season One so I will spare you any analogies between Walter White and Manchester United coach David Moyes. You're welcome). But the final days of the window were a head-spinning acid trip that had me fiending for more and more deals to happen, holding on to my iPhone for dear life trying to make it confirm or deny Arsenal rumors I knew were untrue, or where they? I would wake up every morning and the first thing I would do was check the Mirror Football app for mention of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. This was the most persistent tidbit, however far-fetched it seemed. Were we really going for a player that was involved in a racial row with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and then bites Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at the end of the season? Or were we going to break our transfer record for Wayne Ro ...
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"Ronaldo is not of this world"
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Portugal starlet Bruma is honored to be compared with the Seleccao skipper and revealed his pride to play with Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba at Galatasaray
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Sneijder Recalled to Dutch Squad for World Cup Qualifiers
NYTimes - over 3 years
Playmaker Wesley Sneijder has won a surprise recall to the Netherlands squad for their next two World Cup qualifiers in place of the injured Georgino Wijnaldum, the Dutch football federation (www.knvb.nl) said on Monday.     
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Sneijder not getting the message, says Dutch coach
Yahoo News - over 3 years
REUTERS - Wesley Sneijder must regain his form and fitness before he will be recalled for the Netherlands, although coach Louis van Gaal said on Friday that he was not sure the playmaker was getting the message. "What I want is for Sneijder to be fit and regain his form again. That must be his primary goal", Van Gaal, who has left Sneijder out of squad for next week's friendly against Portugal, told a press conference. "But at the moment, I have the impression that he doesn't understand. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wesley Sneijder
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 31
    He immediately received a €1.3 million signing bonus, and his basic salaries in the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons would be €3.2 million, plus various bonuses.
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  • 2015
    Age 30
    On matchday 3 of the 2015–16 Süper Lig in which Galatasaray visited Konyaspor, Sneijder scored two goals in the second half and led his team to a 1–4 away win, despite his side being down to ten men after Lionel Carole's 67th-minute red card, receiving prior to Sneijder's double.
    More Details Hide Details On 3 October, Sneijder signed a three-year contract extension with Galatasaray.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 29
    During Galatasaray's 2014–15 UEFA Champions League campaign, where they were knocked out at the group stage, Sneijder scored one goal–a late free kick against Arsenal at home–and made one assist.
    More Details Hide Details Sneijder is currently the vice captain of Galatasaray. Sneijder began the season scoring the only goal for his team in the 35th Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu, where Galatasaray visited Real Madrid on 18 August. The game ended with a 2–1 victory for Real Madrid.
    In the 2014–15 Turkish Cup, he also helped his team reach the final by providing three goals and three assists.
    More Details Hide Details Galatasaray won the final 3–2 against Bursaspor which was held in Bursa Atatürk Stadium on 3 June. Sneijder assisted the first goal off of striker Burak Yılmaz's hat-trick.
    Sneijder scored ten goals throughout the season during the 2014–15 Süper Lig campaign.
    More Details Hide Details By almost single-handedly winning many games for his team, he has been the man in the spotlight for Galatasaray in securing the league title. On 25 May, Sneijder celebrated the championship alongside Gala fans at the front yard of his residence after Başakşehir drew with Fenerbahçe, which brought Galatasaray the triumph. During the official title ceremony, Sneijder sang the famous Gala chant "Don't cry Fener" into the microphone in front of 52000 Gala fans. Since his arrival, Sneijder has become the most efficient agent for the Lions regarding the Fenerbahçe-Galatasaray rivalry. He has scored three goals against Fenerbahçe in league matches in a year, which is more than enough for Galatasaray society to name a player a club legend. In the home game against Fenerbahçe, which was played on matchday 6, Sneijder sent out two long-range rockets in the 88th and 90th minutes, where Galatasaray claimed the victory against their bitter rivals. Overall, he has scored six long-range goals and three free kicks in league and cup games. In his 100th game for Galatasaray, he also scored the only goal against Gençlerbirliği on matchday 32, which helped the Lions stay at the top of the league table for the time being.
    On 7 May 2014, Sneijder played a major part in the Turkish Cup final against Eskişehirspor, scoring the only goal of the game in the 70th minute and receiving the Man of the Match award for his performance.
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    On 6 April 2014, he scored his first derby goal against rivals Fenerbahçe, in a 1–0 home win.
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    On 2 February 2014, Sneijder scored a hat-trick in Süper Lig encounter against Bursaspor in a 6–0 win.
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  • 2013
    Age 28
    On 11 December 2013, Sneijder scored a late winning goal against Juventus in a 1–0 UEFA Champions League win to qualify Galatasaray for the knockout phase.
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    After using the number 14 shirt in his debut season with Galatasaray, Sneijder was given the number 10 shirt previously worn by Felipe Melo for the 2013–14 Süper Lig season following a squad number reshuffle.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 December 2013, when Galatasaray drew with Kasımpaşa Spor Kulübü, Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini, in response to the question "where is Sneijder?" asked by reporters during a post-match interview answered, "Sneijder has left and I do not know where he has gone," while Galatasaray's official website had earlier informed the media on the reason for Sneijder's absence.
    On 5 May 2013, Galatasaray beat Sivasspor 2–1 to win the 2012–13 Süper Lig, this gave Sneijder a league title in a fourth different country.
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    On 9 April 2013, Sneijder scored Galatasaray's second goal in a 3–2 win over his former club Real Madrid in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League.
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    After reportedly falling out of favour with Inter due to contract renewal issues, Sneijder agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray on 20 January 2013 for a fee of €7.5 million.
    More Details Hide Details Thousands of Galatasaray fans welcomed the Dutch international at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport as soon as Sneijder's exact arrival time was announced by the club on their official website. Sneijder signed the official contract on 21 January at the Türk Telekom Arena, home of Galatasaray. During the press conference, regarding the questions about Gala legend Gheorghe Hagi, Sneijder said, "He was a legend, and I want to become a legend." Later, he appeared on the club's official TV station Galatasaray TV, where he answered several questions about his transfer to Galatasaray and personal life. He also sent out a message addressing the Galatasaray fans: "Thank you for the support. I'm really proud, and I will make you guys even more proud. I'm happy to be here, and I can't wait to play my first game for you guys." On 27 January, Sneijder made his debut, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win against rivals Beşiktaş. Sneijder received a warm reception when he replaced Umut Bulut. He scored his first goal on 25 February in a 4–2 home win against Orduspor, where he produced a finesse shot from the edge of the box, turning the game back on for the home side as Galatasaray were down by two goals.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    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 progressing on away goals) at the Allianz Arena, booking a place in the quarter-final against Germany's Schalke 04.
    More Details Hide Details 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 his team from losing 2–1 and 7–3 on aggregate.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    On 26 October, Sneijder was shortlisted for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which Barcelona's Lionel Messi won.
    More Details Hide Details On 28 October, Sneijder signed a five-year contract extension with Inter, tying him to the club until 2015. Inter finished second in Group A of the Champions League and were drawn against Bayern Munich (whom they had beaten in the previous season's final) in the round of 16. In the first leg, Sneijder and Inter were uninspired and lost 1–0 to a late Mario Gómez goal at the San Siro.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    On 26 August, Sneijder was named by UEFA as the best club midfielder of the 2009–10 Champions League.
    More Details Hide Details The day after, at Monaco's Stade Louis II, Inter lost to UEFA Europa League winners Atlético Madrid in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. He scored his first goal of the season in a 2–2 draw against Twente in the Champions League on 14 September, and followed that up with another goal in Inter's second game against Werder Bremen in a 4–0 win at the San Siro on 29 September.
    The Champions League was Inter's third trophy of the 2009–10 season after winning the Coppa Italia and Serie A titles.
    More Details Hide Details On 21 August 2010, Inter started the 2010–11 season by winning the 2010 Italian Super Cup with a 3–1 win against Roma.
    His second goal was scored on 24 October 2009 against Catania, directly from a free kick, and he scored his first Champions League goal for Inter in a dramatic 2–1 group stage win against Dynamo Kyiv in the 89th minute.
    More Details Hide Details His next goal was also scored off a hard-swerving free kick in a Coppa Italia game against Livorno. On 9 January 2010, he scored two stunning free kicks against Siena in the game which Inter won 4–3. On 24 January, he received a straight red card in the Milan derby. On 6 April, Sneijder scored a free kick against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League quarter-final in the sixth minute, to give Inter a 2–0 aggregate win. On 20 April, he scored Inter's equalising goal during their Champions League semi-final first leg against defending champions Barcelona. He leveled the game by firing in right-footed from a Diego Milito pass. Inter went on to win the game 3–1 and the tie 3–2 on aggregate. Sneijder was given the nickname "The Sniper" by the media for his ability to deliver perfect passes and score from impressive distances.
    On 3 October 2009, he scored his first goal in the 92nd minute against Udinese in a 2–1 win.
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    On 27 August 2009, Sneijder was bought by Internazionale from Real Madrid for a reported fee of €15 million.
    More Details Hide Details He was given the number 10 shirt and made his debut a day after he signed the contract, making an immediate impact by being on the winning side in the Milan Derby (4–0) against Milan.
  • 2008
    Age 23
    Sneijder marked his 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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, he scored another goal for the Oranje in the Euro 2008 group stage match against France: 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 Russians in the quarter-final, Sneijder was named in the Team of the Tournament for his strong performances.
    On 2 September 2008, AS reported that after Robinho's departure to Manchester City for €42 million, Sneijder would now be Real Madrid's new number 10.
    More Details Hide Details One day later, Real Madrid confirmed on their website that Sneijder would wear 10. His previous number, 23, was taken over by his fellow Dutchman and former Ajax teammate Rafael van der Vaart, whose preferred number is 23.
    On 3 August 2008, Sneijder was stretchered off in the pre-season friendly at Arsenal with a suspected cruciate ligament injury after a collision with Abou Diaby.
    More Details Hide Details Sneijder had an MRI which confirmed the extent of the injury to be not as bad as first feared. It was expected that he would be out for at least three months. He managed, however, to recover in time and was included in the starting XI for the Champions League clash against Juventus in Turin.
  • 2007
    Age 22
    Sneijder was the second of three Dutchmen to sign for Real Madrid 2007–08 season, joining Royston Drenthe and Arjen Robben.
    More Details Hide Details He also was given the number 23, which had been previously worn by David Beckham for four seasons at Real. In his first La Liga match for Real, he scored the winner in the Madrid Derby against Atlético Madrid. On the second matchday, he 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, taking his goal tally to nine in the La Liga season, a season which also saw Real retain their league title.
    On 12 August 2007, Ajax agreed to sell Sneijder to Real Madrid for €27 million, according to the club's website, making him the second most expensive Dutch football player.
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    On 6 May 2007, Sneijder played for Ajax in the final of the KNVB Cup as the team defeated AZ on a penalty shootout.
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  • 2006
    Age 21
    During the 2006–07 season, Sneijder scored 18 goals in the Eredivisie and 20 goals overall.
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    On 7 May 2006, Sneijder was in the starting line-up for Ajax in the KNVB Cup final, setting up Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's opening goal in a 2–1 win over PSV at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam.
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  • 2005
    Age 20
    On 14 September 2005, he scored his first Champions League goal in a group match against AC Sparta Praha.
    More Details Hide Details Ajax qualified for the knockout stage, with Sneijder scoring again in a 4–2 win over FC Thun.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 18
    Sneijder previously represented various youth squads for the Netherlands. He is now a regular player for the Dutch national team, making his debut in April 2003 at the age of 18, and representing his country at the 2006, 2010 (where the Netherlands were defeated 1–0 in the final) and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2004, 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Individually, he was awarded the 2010 Bronze Boot, the 2010 Silver Ball, and included in the team of the tournament for Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, as well as named man of the match for six out of eleven games played by the Oranje at these two tournaments. With 123 caps, he is their second-most capped player of all time, after Edwin van der Sar.
    Sneijder made his debut for the Netherlands under-21 side against the Czech Republic on 28 March 2003.
    More Details Hide Details His first game with the senior Dutch side was against Portugal on 30 April that same year when he became the eighth-youngest player to play for the Netherlands in the first team's history. Sneijder reached the UEFA Euro 2004 semi-finals with the Netherlands. He began the competition mainly on the bench, and was subbed into two group stage matches: his team's first match against Germany and their third match against Latvia. He had also contributed two goals in the qualifying tournament. Sneijder started all four games for the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He received one of the record 16 yellow cards doled out during the infamous Round of 16 clash with Portugal (titled the "Battle of Nuremberg") after pushing the Portuguese midfielder Petit to the ground during a brawl between Portuguese and Dutch players; Portugal went on to win 1–0.
    The following season, he scored nine league goals as Ajax won the 2003–04 Eredivisie title.
    More Details Hide Details Sneijder's performances saw him awarded the Johan Cruijff Prijs for the season's best young player in the Netherlands.
    On 5 March 2003, Sneijder scored his first goal for Ajax in a 4–1 win over FC Groningen in the KNVB Cup.
    More Details Hide Details On 13 April, he scored his first Eredivisie goal against NAC Breda in a 3–0 win. He scored three further league goals in wins against Roda JC, RKC Waalwijk and De Graafschap.
    He quickly established himself in the first team, starting in the Champions League quarter-final match against A.C. Milan on 23 April 2003.
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    On 2 February 2003, Sneijder made his official Ajax debut against Willem II in a 6–0 win.
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  • 2002
    Age 17
    He 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 him up, advised by Danny Blind, the then-coach of the Ajax youth squad.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Wesley Sneijder was born on 9 June 1984 in Utrecht into a football family: his father was a player, his older brother Jeffrey played for a football team, and his younger brother Rodney plays for Scottish club Dundee United.
    More Details Hide Details Sneijder started his career in AFC Ajax's famous youth academy. Following his older brother's footsteps, he signed for Ajax, initially on trial but subsequently impressed enough to be signed on a permanent basis.
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