With the signing of Vurnon Anita just announced, he will wear the number 8 shirt at Newcastle, we thought a brief bio on the lad would be helpful.
Vurnon Anita has been at Ajax since 1999, when he joined the Dutch club’s famous Youth Academy as a 10 year old, and he has progressed through the ranks, and Ajax is the only club he has ever played for, before he joined Newcastle United today.
Vurnon Anita – Newcastle United player
Vurnon is a right footed player, which is a little surprising since he played left-back for Ajax for a season a couple of years ago, but that means he can play in either full back position and in defensive midfield, so he is a top player and versatile too, and that’s just one reason he’s a great buy for the club.
Vurnon is a a Dutch footballer of Antillean descent and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1997, an it took a short two years before he was spootted by Ajax.
Anita turned 23 in April and is almost a year younger than his Dutch team mate Tim Krul, who will be pleased there’s now another Dutchman in the Newcastle ranks.
Season League KNVB Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals 2005–06 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2006–07 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008–09 16 0 0 0 5 0 21 0 2009–10 26 0 5 1 4 0 35 1 2010–11 31 3 4 1 10 0 45 4 2011–12 28 2 2 0 8 0 36 2 Total 103 5 12 2 28 0 137 7
The above is Vurnon’s complete playing career at Ajax, and he has appeared a total of 137 times with 7 goals.
Vurnon is not tall at 5’6″, and as a comparison Cheick Tiote is about 5’10” tall and Yohan Cabaye just under 5’9″.
He was born in Willemstad, in the Netherlands Antilles, which are often called the Dutch Antilles, and are Islands in the Caribbean, and are now officially called the Dutch Caribbean Islands.
Vurnon became part of the first team squad at Ajax in March of 2006, when he was still 16, and he made his Eredivisie debut in the 3–2 defeat at FC Groningen.
Inn the 2009-10 season Anita became a first team regular at Ajax under new head coach Martin Jol, the former Tottenham manager and now Fulham manager, and because of the suspension of Urby Emanuelson and a long-time injury to Thimothée Atouba, Anita played at left back and he did very well in that position.
His performances for Ajax led him to gain his first Dutch cap in May of 2010, when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 friendly win over Mexico, but he was not selected for the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and didn’t make the squad for the Euro 2012 tournament either.
He currently has 3 caps for Holland and we half expect Vurnon to make his debut at some stage during out first game of the season on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park.
We heartily welcome Vurnon Anita to Newcastle United.
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