You have entered an incorrect email address! [89] On 21 December 2019, after missing the semi-final of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup with illness, Van Dijk played in the final against Flamengo with Liverpool winning the trophy for the first time in the club’s history. [46][47], He made his debut for Southampton on 12 September in a 0–0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. A year later, Van Dijk captained the Netherlands to the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, where they finished runners-up. © Rob Paul 2004-2020. [92] On 19 January 2020, Van Dijk scored his first North-West Derby goal against Manchester United in Liverpool’s 2–0 win at Anfield in the Premier League. He also signed a 5 year deal with his new club. [98], Van Dijk made his full international debut for Netherlands on 10 October 2015, in a 2–1 victory away from home against Kazakhstan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier. [14][15] Having previously and unsuccessfully featured as a right-back, Van Dijk was shifted into a central defensive position in 2008, aged 17, after he grew in height by around 18 centimetres. [35] He was again sent off on 8 March in the Cup quarter-final away to Dundee United at Tannadice Park, receiving a red card after eleven minutes for a confrontation with Calum Butcher. The Merseyside giants paid record-breaking £75 million for the transfer. During the transfer tussle, the Saints had even banished him from the senior team dressing room and had released a public statement criticizing Liverpool’s conduct. [21] On 9 November, Van Dijk scored his first Celtic goals, heading one in each half of a 4–1 win against Ross County. [20] A week later, he made his first start, in a 2–2 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park. Apart from the broadcast of the football matches, Virgil van Dijk made his first TV show appearance as himself on the sports TV series, Final Score in January 2018. [14][15], Van Dijk initially struggled to break into Groningen's first team with club staff believing he was "overtired" after extensive playing time with Willem II's academy and reserve sides.

[15] In 2010, he was scouted by former Dutch international Martin Koeman, who was working for FC Groningen at the time, and he ended up completing a free transfer to the club in the same year. Van Dijk is a physically strong, right-footed centre-back, who usually features on the left-hand side of central defence, although he can also play as a right-sided centre-back. Heights are barefeet estimates, derived from quotations, official websites, agency resumes, in person encounters with actors at conventions and pictures/films. [53], After a successful 2016–17 season at Southampton, Van Dijk was subject to interest from Liverpool, who apologised to Southampton for an illegal approach for the player after having reportedly made clear his interest in a move to Liverpool. [81] On 28 April 2019, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year. [74] The Dutchman was ultimately awarded the PFA Player of the Month for November 2018. He came in as a 72nd-minute substitute in his side’s 4-2 win. [59] It was also his last appearance in any of Southampton's matchday squads, as he was omitted from the squad for the rest of his tenure at the club in light of speculation surrounding his future. He could read the game well. Other vital statistics like weight, shoe or bra size measurements have been sourced from newspapers, books, resumes or social media. Also, one of the transfer clauses promised Groningen 10% selling-on fee whenever Van Dijk would move to another club. [69] Van Dijk played 22 games in all competitions in his first season with the club, scoring once. [57], Van Dijk remained with Southampton for the start of the 2017–18 season and made his first appearance since being injured in January, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 victory at Crystal Palace on 26 September. At the end of the campaign, and with Van Dijk having "outgrown" the club, he was offered to a number of bigger Eredivisie clubs, including Ajax, all of which elected not to sign him.

[60], On 27 December 2017, it was announced that Van Dijk would join Liverpool when the winter transfer window opened on 1 January 2018[61][62] for a reported fee of £75 million. [112] He is endorsed by sportswear company Nike. After beginning his professional career with Groningen, Van Dijk moved to Celtic in 2013, where he won the Scottish Premiership and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in both of his seasons with the club, also winning the Scottish League Cup in the latter. [80] Four days later, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year alongside Liverpool teammates, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mané and Andrew Robertson. Yeah it's a fair amount over 16-17 years of age, 18cm is 7 inches or thereabouts. [90][91], Van Dijk received further recognition following the turn of the year, when he was named in the 2019 UEFA Team of the Year. Playing a key role in Liverpool’s run to the finals of the 2018 UEFA Champions League, where they were defeated by Real Madrid.

[88] At the event in December, he finished runner-up behind Lionel Messi. He scored a header to give his side 2-1 victory. His first red card in Scotland came in a 2-1 loss to Aberdeen in February 2014.

At the start of his soccer career, he used to work as a dishwasher at the Oncle Jean restaurant in Breda. [83], In August 2019, Van Dijk won UEFA player of the year award. [44], Van Dijk was reportedly "considering his future" in Glasgow after Celtic were knocked out of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League in the qualifying rounds to Malmö of Sweden. [75] On 21 December, Van Dijk scored his first goal in the Premier League for Liverpool in a 2–0 away win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Impressed with his immense performances in his debut season, Southampton offered him a new 6 years contract deal in May 2016. [42] He was again shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Players' Player award,[43] but lost out to another teammate, this time Stefan Johansen. [70], On 20 August 2018, Van Dijk was voted man of the match by BBC Sport and Sky Sports for his performance in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace. [105] McGuinness believes Van Dijk's "biggest problem" is that he "can switch off when the game is comfortable". On his father’s side, he has Dutch ancestry. Van Dijk opened his account for the SPL champions with two headers in a 4-1 win over Ross County in November. Van Dijk was born in Breda to a Dutch father and a Surinamese mother.

[115] According to some sources in China, Van Dijk has Chinese heritage, Hellen Fo Sieeuw, his mother, is of Chinese descent, the surname 'Fo Sieeuw' derives from the given name of his maternal great-grandfather, Chin Fo Sieeuw, who emigrated from Guangdong to Suriname around 1920. [116], Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in, UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, Liverpool Fans' Player of the Season Award, Liverpool Players' Player of the Season Award, "Squads for 2016/17 Premier League confirmed", "Virgil Van Dijk Voted The Best Defender In World Football", "Virgil van Dijk the best defender in the world, says Paul Merson", "Virgil van Dijk: Champions League Defender of the Season", "Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men's Player of the Year award", "Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool to sign Southampton defender for world record £75m", "Virgil van Dijk exclusive: "I'm not going to lie, I was pretty scared – I could have died, "Virgil van Dijk wants to be 'a legend of Liverpool' - in-depth wide-ranging BBC interview", "Virgil van Dijk is the best player in the Premier League: how the Dutch defender became Liverpool's leader", "Virgil van Dijk One of the Finest Centre-Backs in the Premier League", "Virgil van Dijk: Dutch defender joins Celtic", "Celtic and Dundee United trios in SPFL Premiership team of year", "Celtic 4–0 KR Reykjavik: Hoops ease into next Champions League round in comfortable fashion", "Inter 1 Celtic 0 (4–3 agg): Late strike finishes off battling ten-man Celtic and ends their Europa League run", "Van Dijk and Paton cleared to play in League Cup final", "Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3–2 Celtic", "The SPFL dream team: PFA Scotland announce their teams of the year", "Celtic's Van Dijk & Johansen join Rooney & Stewart in award mix", "Stefan Johansen: Celtic midfielder named Scottish PFA player of the year", "Virgil van Dijk: Celtic defender considers future after defeat", "Saints complete deadline-day deal for van Dijk", "Virgil van Dijk: Southampton sign Celtic defender for £13m", "Games played by Virgil van Dijk in 2015/2016", "Virgil van Dijk: Dutch defender signs new six-year deal at Southampton", "Southampton's Virgil van Dijk out for at least two months with ankle injury", "Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool apologise & end interest in Southampton defender", "Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender keen on Liverpool move", "Virgin van Dijk: Southampton to report Liverpool over approach", "Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender hands in transfer request", "Virgil van Dijk left out of Southampton squad as Mauricio Pellegrino refuses to draw on Manchester City interest", "Liverpool agree deal to sign Virgil van Dijk", "Virgil van Dijk transfer would land Celtic bumper windfall", "How Virgil van Dijk keeps on creating Liverpool history – and the remarkable numbers behind derby triumph", "Van Dijk has made me a better player, says Liverpool's Lovren", "Virgil van Dijk brings calm and collective spirit to Liverpool's defence", "How dominant Virgil van Dijk has redefined Liverpool's defence", "UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid-Liverpool", "Crystal Palace 0–2 Liverpool: James Milner and Sadio Mane score as Reds move to six points", "Crystal Palace 0–2 Liverpool: James Milner and Sadio Mane see off 10-man Eagles", "Virgil van Dijk named Standard Chartered Player of the Month", "Van Dijk gets 'assist' despite ball hitting crossbar TWICE", "Van Dijk wins PFA Player of the Month award", "Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk put Wolves in their place", "Liverpool scoop double Manager and Player of the Month awards for December", "Virgil van Dijk does something no Liverpool player has managed for 12 years", "PFA Player of the Year: Virgil van Dijk and Raheem Sterling lead the way in six-man shortlist", "Virgil van Dijk and Vivianne Miedema win PFA player of the year awards", "Liverpool beat Tottenham to win sixth European Cup", "Van Dijk to take on Messi and Ronaldo again for FIFA player of the year", "Final Ranking the best FIFA Football awards", "Voting breakdown in the best Fifa Men's player 2019", "Rapinoe calls for change as she wins big alongside Messi and Klopp", "Seven Liverpool players up for Ballon d'Or as Reds dominate the shortlist", "Megan Rapinoe, Lionel Messi win Ballon d'Or awards", "Firmino writes Liverpool into Club World Cup history", "Firmino winner seals Club World Cup win", " fans' Team of the Year 2019 revealed", "Liverpool brush Manchester United aside in breathless contest to go 16 points clear at the top of the table", "Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United: Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah goals secure win", "Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool defender needs knee surgery and faces lengthy lay-off", "Van Dijk injury: How long will Liverpool defender be out for & which games will he miss? By visiting Celeb Heights you agree to its.