Georginio Wijnaldum

Dutch association football player

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:52, 23 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:24, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum ( Boateng; born 11 November 1990) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the Netherlands national team. He will join Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain on 1 July 2021.

A youth product of Eredivisie side Feyenoord, Wijnaldum became the youngest player ever to represent the club when he made his debut in 2007, and went on to play 134 matches over the course of a five-year spell, winning the KNVB Cup in 2008. Following his departure from Feyenoord, Wijnaldum spent four seasons at PSV Eindhoven, where he won the KNVB Cup in his first season and the Eredivisie in his last, a season where he also earned the Dutch Footballer of the Year award.

In 2015, Wijnaldum joined Premier League side Newcastle United for £14.5:million, before departing following the club's relegation a year later to join Liverpool in a £23:million deal. At Liverpool, Wijnaldum took on a role deeper in the midfield than in his previous clubs. In the 2018–19 season, Wijnaldum scored twice against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg comeback as Liverpool went through 4–3 on aggregate, and he started as the club were victorious in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final. In the following season, he played an integral role as Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League, the club's first league title in 30 years. Wijnaldum signed for French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 on a free transfer.

Wijnaldum is also a full Dutch international, having earned over seventy caps since making his debut in 2011, and was a member of the squad which came third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and second in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Club career
    • 2.1 Early career
    • 2.2 Feyenoord
    • 2.3 PSV
    • 2.4 Newcastle United
    • 2.5 Liverpool
      • 2.5.1 2016–17 season
      • 2.5.2 2017–18 season
      • 2.5.3 2018–19 season
      • 2.5.4 2019–20 season
      • 2.5.5 2020–21 season
    • 2.6 Paris Saint-Germain
  • 3 International career
    • 3.1 Youth
    • 3.2 Senior
  • 4 Career statistics
    • 4.1 Club
    • 4.2 International
  • 5 Honours
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Wijnaldum was born and raised in Rotterdam, South Holland. When he was six years old, his parents, who are both of Surinamese descent, went through a divorce resulting in his mother moving to Amsterdam. However, Wijnaldum decided to stay in Rotterdam and moved in with his grandmother, where he lived for the remainder of his childhood.

In Wijnaldum's younger years, he never showed interest in football. He never played with a ball or watched football on TV. His ambition was to become a gymnast or acrobat. This changed when Wijnaldum's cousin asked him to come to Sparta Rotterdam's opening day with him; then he was invited to the Sparta Rotterdam youth academy and his love for football started to grow slowly.

Wijnaldum has two younger brothers, one of whom, Giliano Wijnaldum, most recently played for Sparta Rotterdam, as well as a half-brother, Rajiv van La Parra, who most recently played for Red Star Belgrade. Wijnaldum was formerly known as Georginio Boateng, but following his mother's divorce, he took her maiden name (Wijnaldum).

Club career

Early career

At age six, Wijnaldum developed himself rapidly at Sparta Rotterdam, winning two championship titles in his first two seasons. Soon Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord showed interest in the youngster, but Wijn... ...read more

Giliano Wijnaldum
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Giliano Wijnaldum ... saw Wijnaldum play his first match of the season on 2 September 2012 against PSV Eindhoven, where he played against his older brother, Georginio, and...

2016–17 Liverpool F.C. season
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2016–17 Liverpool F.C. season ... a brace, Coutinho, Can and Firmino getting on the scoresheet and Georginio Wijnaldum scoring his first goal for the club. This result put Liverpool top...

PSV Eindhoven
1 week ago

PSV Eindhoven ... Ronaldo, Phillip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay and Hirving Lozano. Since its foundation, it has played...

2015–16 Newcastle United F.C. season
4 months ago

2015–16 Newcastle United F.C. season ... City on a season-long loan for the 2015–16 season. 11 July 2015: Georginio Wijnaldum joins the club from PSV for £14.5m on a 5-year contract. 21 July...

2017–18 Liverpool F.C. season
2 weeks ago

2017–18 Liverpool F.C. season ... German side winning 0–3 in Berlin with goals scored by Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum, and Salah. Liverpool's next two matches were as a part of another pre-season...

Liverpool F.C.
1 week ago

Liverpool F.C. ...  BRA Alisson 3 MF  BRA Fabinho 4 DF  NED Virgil van Dijk 5 MF  NED Georginio Wijnaldum 6 MF  ESP Thiago Alcântara 7 MF  ENG James Milner (vice-captain)...

2019 FA Community Shield
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2019 FA Community Shield ... line by Kyle Walker. The match went to a penalty shoot-out with Georginio Wijnaldum the only player to miss, Claudio Bravo saving to his right. Gabriel...

Germany national football team
3 weeks ago

Germany national football team ... June 2018. "Netherlands 3–0 Germany: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk & Georginio Wijnaldum score for hosts". BBC. 14 October 2018. "UEFA Nations League: Germany's...

Sparta Rotterdam
2 weeks ago

Sparta Rotterdam ... Goey, Winston Bogarde, Memphis Depay, Henk Fräser, Jan van Beveren, Georginio Wijnaldum, Anwar El Ghazi, Jetro Willems, John de Wolf, Kevin Strootman, Rick...

Netherlands national football team
1 week ago

Netherlands national football team ... "Netherlands 3-1 Bosnia & Herzegovina: Wijnaldum double sets up routine win". 15 November 2020. "Wijnaldum winner not enough for Dutch" – via www.bbc...

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group C
1 day ago
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