Virgil Van Dijk
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Virgil Van Dijk Defender
NLD Dutch
2016/2017 Key Performance Stats Last updated 04 Dec 2016
Games Played
20
Minutes played
1.8K
Games Started
20
Goals
1
Clearances
144
Blocks
12
Interceptions
53
Aerial duels win ratio
75%
Aerials
duels won
87
Aerials
duels
116
Virgil Van Dijk

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Virgil Van Dijk Saints History

Last updated 04 Dec 2016
Total matches
58
FA Cup
1
EFL Cup
4
Premier League
48
UEFA Europa League
5
Goals
4
Seasons
2
Saints debut
12 Sep 2015
West Bromwich Albion
Southampton FC

Southampton FC

Season Appearances FA Cup EFL Cup Premier League UEFA Europa League Goals
2016/2017 20 0 1 14 5 1
2015/2016 38 1 3 34 0 3

Virgil Van Dijk Season Stats

League Only
Last updated 04 Dec 2016

General

Games Played
14
20
Minutes played
1.2K
1.8K
Games Started
14
20
Subs on/off
0
0

Defence

Clearances
101
144
Blocks
12
12
Interceptions
36
53
Tackles won
21 / 29
21 / 31
Duels won
108 / 149
140 / 194
Aerial duels won
64 / 87
87 / 116

Distribution

Passes Completed
573 / 682
847 / 1K
Crosses completed
/ 0
/ 0
Assists
0
0
Chances created
4
7

Attack

Goals
0
1
Total shots
7
15
Shots on target
2
6
Mins per goal
0
1.8K
Conversion rate
0%
6%
Inside box
0
1
Outside
box
0
0
Set
pieces
0
0
Header
0
0
Other
0
0
Left foot
0
0
Right foot
0
1

Discipline

Fouls awarded
11
13
Fouls conceded
13
16
Yellow cards
3
3
Red cards
0
0

Virgil Van Dijk Biography

Last updated 05 Oct 2016
Nationality
Dutch
Age
25
Height
193 cm
Weight
92 kg
Saints debut
12 Sep 2015

Former clubs: Groningen, Celtic

Early years

Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8th July 1991.

The 6ft 4in defender began his youth career with Willem II at the age of 18 before moving to FC Groningen on a free transfer after just one season with the Tilburg-based club.

Van Dijk initially linked up with Groningen’s youth team, but made an instant impression and was called up to the first team in early April 2011.

The defender made his professional debut on 1st April 2011, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute for Petter Andersson during the 4-2 victory against ADO Den Haag.

After featuring for 13 minutes against PSV Eindhoven two weeks later, van Dijk was an unused substitute for Groningen in their Eredivisie Europa League play-offs first round first leg.

He played 20 minutes of the second leg as Groningen knocked Heracles out to set up a two-legged final with ADO Den Haag. Van Dijk played 45 minutes of a 5-1 first-leg defeat, but scored twice in the reverse fixture to help his side to a 5-1 win and send the game to penalties.

Current Saints midfielder Dušan Tadić scored a penalty, but Groningen lost the shootout 4-3 as Den Haag secured European football for the 2011/12 season.

Becoming a regular

Van Dijk started the season on the bench, but after playing 28 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in late August, he cemented a regular spot in the starting line-up.

Having won his first cap for Netherlands Under-19s earlier in the year, van Dijk was handed his first Under-21s cap in a 2-1 defeat to Scotland in November 2011.

An injury towards the end of the season meant van Dijk featured 23 times in total as Groningen finished 14th in the table. The defender contributed three goals during the 2011/12 campaign.

His second cap for Netherlands Under-21s came at the beginning of the new season, playing 90 minutes in a 3-0 defeat to Italy.

By now, van Dijk was an important member of the Groningen side, and he made 32 appearances in total during the 2012/13 season as the Pride of the North finished seventh in the table.

The defender scored twice during the season, with both goals coming against Ronald Koeman’s Feyenoord. The defender’s campaign ended in disappointment as Groningen lost in the play-off semi-finals to FC Twente, with Tadić providing an assist against his former club to help his new side to a 4-2 success.

The Dutchman’s first international win came in February 2013, as he played 45 minutes of Netherlands Under-21s’ 3-2 friendly win against Croatia.

On the move

Scottish giants Celtic came calling in the summer of 2013, signing van Dijk on a four-year contract for a fee believed to be around £2.6 million, linking up with Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The central defender made his Champions League debut in a 2-0 defeat to Shakhter Karagandy in the play-off round first leg. He featured for a minute in the second leg as Celtic won 3-0 to secure a place in the Champions League group stage.

Van Dijk made 36 league appearances in total during his first season in Scotland, helping Celtic retain the Scottish Premiership title. He also started every game in the Champions League group stage, but could not prevent Celtic from exiting the competition.

Back-to-back winner

Last season began well for van Dijk as he scored his first European goal in Celtic’s 4-0 UEFA Champions League second round qualifying win against KR Reykjavik.

Celtic’s Champions League run ended in disappointing fashion however, as NK Maribor knocked them out at the play-off round stage. The defender featured in every UEFA Europa League game for Celtic, but was unable to prevent Inter Milan knocking them out at the Round of 32 stage.

On the domestic front, van Dijk enjoyed another successful campaign. He made 35 appearances in the league as Celtic won the title again and helped the Glasgow-based club lift the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 win against Dundee United in the final.

The defender ended the season with ten goals to his name in 58 appearances in all competitions.

The 24 year-old made ten appearances for the Scottish club, five in Champions League qualifying and five in the Scottish Premiership, before his move to Southampton.

His early form with Koeman's men, in which he scored his first goal against Swansea City, saw him named in the final Netherlands squad for their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches in October.

Van Dijk ended an impressive first season as the club's Players' Player of the Season and Fans' Player of the Season, as well as signing a new six-year contract.