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Gregory van der Wiel Biography

Thu 04 November 2021 | 14:30

He was considered by many as one of the best young talents of Dutch football in the late 2000s, however, he never managed to reach his full potential and had to retire early. In this article, we will take a look at Gregory van der Wiel biography.

Gregory van der Wiel, born 3 February 1988, is a Dutch retired footballer from Amsterdam. He played as a defender (centre back and right back) for many clubs during his career.  He debuted for Ajax on 11 March 2007 in a 4-1 win over FC Twente. He played four games that season, winning his first title in the 2007-08 season in the Johan Cruyff-Schall final against PSV on 21 October 2009. At that time, it was reported that Arsenal FC was interested in Van der Veer.

He joined Paris Saint-Germain FC on 3 September 2012 on a four-year contract. His transfer fee is estimated at €6 million. He failed to overtake Christophe Jallet in the 2012-2013 season and had to spend many games on the bench, however, from the 2013-2014 season he secured a regular place at right-back.

He moved to Fenerbahce SK on 4 July 2016. His spell with the Turkish side was not a success and after making 11 league appearances in a season, he left them to join Cagliari. However, his Italian stint was just another failure because of injury problems in his career and he left the club having played only five league matches.

On 1st February 2018, he transferred to Toronto FC. But in January 2019, he was dropped from the team after a clash with the manager, and his contract was terminated by mutual consent in March. He was later diagnosed with panic attacks and anxiety disorders, for which he was without a team for over a year while undergoing treatment, but from August 2020 he joined RKC Wehrwijk in his home country as a trainee, with the aim of returning to the team.

All You Need to Know About Gregory van der Wiel Biography

Gregory made his debut for the Dutch national team on 11 February 2009 when he replaced John Heitinga midway through the game against Tunisia; he also played in the South Africa World Cup qualifier against Scotland on 28 March. He played his first full appearance against the Republic of Macedonia on 1 April. In total, he had played 46 matches for the Dutch national team.

Gregory van der Wiel Information

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Gregory van der Wiel biography

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Gregory van der Wiel nationality

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Gregory van der Wiel Bio

  • Full Name: Gregory Kurtley van der Wiel

  • Nickname: N/A

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Gregory van der Wiel Physical Stats

  • Weight: 79 Kg

  • Height: 1.83 m

  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

  • Hair Color: Black

Gregory van der Wiel Football Information

  • Position: Right-Back

  • Jersey Number: 2

  • Professional Debut: 2007

Gregory van der Wiel Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 3 February 1988

  • Birth Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

  • Nationality: Dutch

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Gregory van der Wiel Early Life

Gregory van der Wiel was born to a Curacao father and a Dutch mother. He made regular visits to the Dutch overseas island of Curaçao, his father's homeland.

As a youngster, Van der Wiel was educated at Ajax Amsterdam, where he joined at the age of eight. He was loaned out to HFC Haarlem in June 2002 because of a "mental problem", before rejoining the capital club in 2005 and starting playing for the Ajax reserve team.

Ajax

He officially made his league debut on 11 March 2007 in the away match against Twente, when he replaced the injured Jaap Stam. In that season he played 3 more matches. After 6 league appearances in the 2007-2008 season, he was involved in the 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Super Cup final, thereby winning the first trophy of his career.

During the 2008-09 season, van der Wiel became a regular starter under new coach Marco van Basten. He was originally a central defender but was moved to the right flank, a role in which he pursued his career. In the UEFA Cup match against Slavia Prague on 17 December 2008, he netted an own goal.

Van der Wiel scored his first goal in an

Ajax

shirt on 1 March 2009 in the 2-0 win against FC Utrecht; a few days later, on 22 March, he netted another in a match against NAC Breda. He received the "Ajax Talent of the Year" award at the end of the season having played 40 games and being called up for the national team.

Van der Wiel started the 2009-2010 season under coach Martin Jol and scored his first goal of the season at the Amsterdam ArenA on 8 August 2009 during the match against RKC. He also scored goals in the 4-2 win against defending champions AZ Alkmaar and in the match against their rivals Feyenoord, which finished with a 5-1 victory. At the end of the season, he was named "Dutch Young Player of the Year".

Following strong interest from Bayern Munich, van der Wiel continued to stay at Ajax, while also remaining a starter under coaches Martin Jol and Frank de Boer. He made 100 Eredivisie appearances in PSV vs Ajax 0-0 on 27 February 2011 and went on to win the Eredivisie on 15 May in a 3-1 win over Twente.

On the following 30 July, he started and lost the Dutch Super Cup against Twente 2-1. He was injured in December with a groin injury and made his return to the pitch after almost four months on 11 April 2012 after coming on for Toby Alderweireld in the 0-5 away win over Heerenveen. He secured his second Eredivisie title in a row with a 2-0 win over VVV-Venlo on 2 May. Having lost the Dutch Super Cup in July to PSV Eindhoven, he debuted in the league on 12 August, scoring a goal in the 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar.

Gregory van der Wiel Profile

Having lost the Dutch Super Cup in July to PSV Eindhoven, he debuted in the league on 12 August, scoring a goal in the 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar. Now stay tuned to this section of Gregory van der Wiel biography as we want to share some info about his PSG career.

Paris Saint-Germain

He switched to the French side

Paris Saint-Germain

on the last day of the 2012 summer transfer window for a reported €6 million transfer fee. He scored his first goal in the new shirt on 1 February 2013 in a 4-0 win over Toulouse.

The 2013/2014 season began by winning the Trophee des Champions against Bordeaux 2-1 with a goal in the final 93rd minute of play from Alex. Following the change of head coach from Ancelotti to Laurent Blanc, van der Wiel was able to beat Christophe Jallet on the right flank because of the new coach's confidence and his good performances.

He had a great understanding with team-mate Ibrahimovic in his team and the majority of his assists were converted into goals by the Swede. He made his first assist of the season in the 91st minute of the 2-0 home win over Guingamp on 31 August 2013. In the

Champions League

trip to Anderlecht on 23 October 2013, he provided two assists for Ibrahimovic in the 0-5 victory, which was Paris Saint-Germain's biggest ever away win. He concluded the season without scoring a goal.

He opened the new season with his second consecutive success in the Trophee des Champions in their 2-0 win over Guingamp. Van der Wiel was again one of the team's starters and an excellent assist man. He won the Coupe de la Ligue for the second time in a row on 11 April 2015 without playing a match.

He made his 100th appearance in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt on the 31st matchday in a 2-3 draw against Marseille. He returned to score on 28 April 2015 after a year in the 32nd Ligue 1 rescheduled match. The game against Metz at home ended 3-1 to the Parisians. He scored the final goal to make it 3-1.

In the next season, he had to face the growth of his young teammate Serge Aurier; indeed, coach Blanc often preferred the latter to him. He scored his first goal of the season on 23 January 2016 in the 5-1 home win against the Angers. He also made an assist in the same match.

After his teammate Aurier posted an offensive video in which he picked on coach Blanc and teammate Ibrahimović, leading to his departure from the team, he was reinstated as the starter on the right back. When the season ended, he refused to renew his expiring contract with Paris Saint-Germain and therefore was released. In total, he made 132 appearances and scored 4 goals for the club.

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Fenerbahçe and Cagliari

Gregory van der Wiel transferred to

Fenerbahçe

on 2 July 2016 where he amassed 17 appearances in all competitions.

He then signed a three-year contract with

Cagliari

on 25 August 2017 and became the second Dutch player to wear the Rossoblù jersey after Moestafa El Kabir. He was given the number 2 jersey, which had been left vacant by Bruno Alves. Gregory van der Wiel only played 6 matches between the league and

Coppa Italia

.

Toronto

Gregory van der Wiel signed with

Toronto

on 1 February 2018. On his Instagram profile between 23 and 24 January 2019, he announced his desire to leave the Canadian club: the cause of his decision was a dispute with the club's manager. He would officially terminate his contract two months later and in August 2019 he declared his retirement from football to pursue his career as a fashion entrepreneur.

However, in November 2020 Gregory came out with a post on his Instagram profile, reporting how in the previous months, right after retiring from professional football, he had started to suffer from stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, all unpleasant psychological disorders, which however he says he manages to keep under control.

RKC Waalwijk

In August 2020, Van der Wiel made a surprising return to professional football by joining the

RKC Waalwijk

squad. However, he continued training with the team but never played any official matches for them.

Dutch National Team

As a youth international, Van der Wiel played for the

Netherlands

under 19 and 21. In total, he played nine matches for the youth ranks of the Netherlands.

Under coach Bert van Marwijk, Van der Wiel went on to make his international debut on 11 February 2009, filling in for John Heitinga in the 84th minute against Tunisia. He also made his debut in the Dutch team's starting line-up in a 3-0 win against Scotland on 28 March 2009. He played the whole match.

Van der Wiel soon became a regular right back in the Dutch national team. His performances included the 2010

World Cup

in South Africa, where he played the final at the age of 22, and the 2012 European Championship in Poland and

Ukraine

.

For the first time after the 2012 European Championship and since his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Van der Wiel was named in a (preliminary) selection of the Dutch national team by new national coach Louis van Gaal on 25 September 2013. However, on 4 October 2013 Van Gaal made it known that Van der Wiel would be part of the final selection.

An injury forced him to withdraw. After that Van der Wiel was called up again by Van Gaal for the international matches against Japan and Colombia on 15 and 19 November 2013. More than a year after his last international appearance, Van der Wiel went on to play his first international game under Van Gaal on 19 November 2013. He played the whole match in the game against Colombia at home, which ended in 0-0.

On 13 May 2014, Van Gaal made the announcement that he would not bring Van der Wiel to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This had to do with a patellar tendon injury Van der Wiel was struggling with. Gregory van der Weil explained that he had contacted coach Louis van Gaal to inform him that an inflamed patellar tendon made it impossible for him to be physically fit enough to take part in the World Cup. He then went on to return to the team after the World Cup under new coach Guus Hiddink.

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Style of Play

He was reminiscent of Michael Reiziger in his runs up the right flank. He played with great speed, rushing to the front and supplying the ball from the right flank. His style was magnificent, although it favoured avoidance rather than contact and combat. As a right-back, he spent more time going up front, in his flank, than really defending

Reception

While in the late 2000s he was considered by many pundits and football fans to be one of the most promising full-backs in Dutch football and in 2012 he proved his talent by signing for one of the biggest football clubs in the world, however as time went by his performances declined, to the point that he had to retire from football at just 31 years old.

Gregory van der Wiel outside Football

Gregory Van Der Wiel is one of those footballers who are crazy about tattoos, and he knows that he doesn't have much skin left without ink. His first tattoo is simply his first name "Gregory" on his right forearm. There are other elements on this arm including rap lyrics "They don't know nothing about me. Judgment prevents us from seeing the good. That lies beyond appearances." on the shoulder, with the name on the shoulder, with the name "Gabrielle", her mother's name, on the side and sun in the background. 

In addition to that, there are two "B's", one of which is upside down, 6 birth dates on the inside of the biceps, stars and a phrase on the wrist. On his left arm, he has the angel Gabriel in reference to his religion and his mother, on his hand the initials of his sisters and all over the place the symbol of the "Autobots" in reference to the movie Transformers, a swallow, the Roman numeral "II", three "X" and the words "Passion" and "Pain".

On his chest, there is the phrase "Love lives forever" surrounded by two angels and three stars, which are the three titles he won with Ajax, the Dutch cup and league in 2010 and another league title in 2011.

The follow-up to a concussion sustained by Van der Wiel on 4 October 2009 during Ajax's away match against

Roda JC

generated some controversy. He was banned from flying by Ajax's club doctor. This meant he could not travel to Australia for a friendly match for the Dutch national team. But early in the morning of 7 October, Van der Wiel published a message on his Twitter page saying that he had gone to a rap concert by rapper Lil' Wayne. With this message, he also uploaded a photo of himself posing with the rapper.

When confronted with the news, national coach Bert van Marwijk said: "The Ajax doctor advised him not to fly. I'm not a doctor, so who am I to say anything about that? However, it is strange that he is at a concert. When we return to the Netherlands, I will have to talk to him about it in peace. I cannot say much about it until then. At the concert, Van der Wiel was accompanied by teammates Thimothée Atouba, Marvin Zeegelaar and Kenneth Vermeer.

Gregory van der Wiel Personal Life

In this section of Gregory van der Wiel biography, we will take a deeper look into his personal life and share some information about things like

Gregory van der Wiel life story

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Gregory van der Wiel religion

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Family, Children and Relationships

Currently, he is in a relationship with Belgian model Stephanie Rose Bertram. His girlfriend announced her pregnancy through a picture on social media in September 2017. The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Naleya Rose, in February 2018. In February 2021, Gregory and his girlfriend revealed the birth of their second daughter, named Zaylee Rose.

Gregory van der Wiel said in an interview in 2012 that he still transfers a part of his Ajax salary to his parents every month. He gave a large part of his first contract in Amsterdam to his father and mother.

Philanthropy

There aren’t any reports of charity activities done by the Dutch footballer Gregory van der Wiel at the time of writing this article.

Legal Issues

Van der Wiel announced in May 2017 that he had been scammed for an amount of US$4.5 million. Van der Wiel recounted this incident to Turkish TV channel A Haber.

"Not so long after I arrived in

Turkey

, I met Ümit Akbulut, a businessman. He offered me a business deal. I trusted him," the then Fenerbahçe player said. For his part, Van der Wiel then transferred 4.5 million to his business partner to start a few businesses. "He wanted to make money for us in four months," van der Wiel said.

However, at one point the footballer no longer had confidence and he asked his business partner what had happened to their companies. "He then said, 'Give me 600,000 dollars (about 550,000 euros) and just forget about the money. This is Turkey and you can't do anything.' He cheated me," Van der Wiel said.

Gregory van der Wiel Career Statistics

In this section of Gregory van der Wiel biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.

Club

He had a rather short playing career of 12-years between 2006 and 2018, and played a total of 382 matches during this time, scoring 18 goals.

International

For six years between 2009 and 2015, Gregory van der Wiel was part of the Dutch national team, representing his country on no less than 46 occasions. He was part of the Netherlands team that competed in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Gregory van der Wiel Honors

The player has many titles and awards to his name on the club level, including the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and Johan Cruyff Shield with Ajax, Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions with PSG and Canadian Championship with Toronto FC.

He was also the 2010 World Cup runner-up with the Dutch national team. His personal awards include the Dutch Young Player of the Year and AFC Ajax Talent of the Year.

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