Rav van den Berg
Date of birth: 07/07/2004 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Netherlands
Youth career: PEC Zwolle
Current club: PEC Zwolle
Squad number: 33
Current national team: Netherlands U-17
Position: central defender, right-back
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 75.000 €
Tournaments participated in: —
Contract until: 30.06.2024
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Virgil van Dijk
– tackling and intercepting
– aerial duels
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– complete and dominant centre-back
– can also play as a right-back if needed
– modern defender, who combines strength with good technique and passing
– player with great body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– very good pace and coordination for a player of his size
– does not dive into tackles
– known for his composure, positional sense, confidence in possession, understanding of the game, and an above-average technical capacity
– very good vision and passing skills also when it comes to breaking the lines with laser passes
– often wins the ball back by outmuscling players thanks to his significant upper-body strength
– extremely dominant in the air
– indirect set-piece threat
– tactically astute and technically capable of playing in various tactical systems
– concentrated, determined and committed player with a very good rate of individual and collective work
– very mature player with potential good leadership skills
Van den Berg uses his strength and pace to stop the tricky winger.
Van den Berg uses his body to block the attacker and intercepts the ball.
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
League summary (as for 27 August 2021):
Eredivisie 2020/2021: 1 game/0 goals (Zwolle)
Eredivisie 2021/2022 (ongoing): 1 game/0 goals (Zwolle)
Rav van den Berg is a product of PEC Zwolle youth academy. His older brother Sepp is a Liverpool player who also graduated through Zwolle’s academy before becoming their youngest debutant at the age of 16 years and 81 days in 2018. Rav made his first-team debut for the club on 1 May 2021, starting in a 2–1 Eredivisie defeat to Vitesse Arnhem. In summer 2021, he signed a new contract with the club despite interest from many big European clubs.
“With Rav we have a very talented player who is on the radar of the national and international top clubs. However, Rav is eager to prove himself at PEC Zwolle because he feels good about the plans and perspective of the club. We have discussed this process in detail with him and his parents and I would like to thank them for the trust.”
(Mike Willems – Zwolle’s director of football)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.