Date of birth: 08/10/1997 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Youth career: Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven
Senior career: PSV Eindhoven
Squad number: —
Current national team: Netherlands U-17
Position: attacking midfielder, winger, secondary striker
Preferred foot: both
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: Alexis Sanchez
– ball control
Style of play:
– offensive allrounder/flamboyant winger
– likes to dribble
– likes to cut inside
– often beats an opponent with a trick or feint
– often tries first time shots
– likes to swap positions
– likes to be given a free role
– likes to shoot at every opportunity he gets
He is best suited to playing as:
Right winger in 4-3-3.
European Under-17 Championship 2014 runner-up with Netherlands.
No senior team appearances yet.
Steven Bergwijn was a scholar at Ajax Amsterdam as a child, but he made his decision to move out and join its main rivals, PSV Eindhoven, at the age of 13. His career there developed very well and his last few months were amazing. He formed a great trio with Kenneth Paal and Dani van der Moot in the youth teams. His great games were rewarded with a call-up to the U-17 team for the U-17 Euros in Malta, where Steven showcased his talent by scoring 2 goals and making 2 assists. He was definitely one of the most impressive players of the tournament in which he earned a runners-up medal.
“As everyone knows, Dutch football is always attacking. We are a team that tries to make the pitch as big as possible. When you do this, you make space to play together and attack. If you fail to do this, you get pressured by the opposition more because there are more players closer together. However, the real strength of this team is that we are a team. You can write TEAM in capital letters!”
“Every club in the Netherlands plays 4-3-3 and that starts very early. We have pupils from the age of six and from the moment they are on a full pitch they always play a 4-3-3 formation. For the Dutch, this is our best system. If you learn this from a young age, it makes it easier to understand what coaches expect from you.”
(Steven Bergwijn – during European Under-17 Championship 2014)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.