Kevin Strootman is a Dutch professional footballer, born on 13 February 1990 in Ridderkerk, Netherlands. He is a midfielder who can play in the central or defensive midfield positions. He plays for Ligue 1 club Marseille and the Netherlands national football team.
Strootman is a tall and strong personality on the football pitch. He is known for his powerful tackles and good work rate. His good vision and technique help him to carry a playmaker’s role as well.
He is competent enough to strike the ball from outside the box accurately and can make unmarked aggressive runs in the final third to score goals.
In 2007 Strootman started his footballing career with Sparta Rotterdam which is a Dutch professional football club.
Strootman made his professional debut for Sparta Rotterdam in 2008 season. Later he extended his contract with the dutch club.
Kevin made his international debut for Netherlands against Austria in the year 2011.
Rise to Glory
Strootman appeared 72 times for Sparta and scored on 8 occasions in his time there.
In January 2011, FC Utrecht signed Strootman from Sparta , however he only played the second half of the 2010-11 season, making only 14 appearances and scoring twice for the club.
After joining PSV at the end of the 2011 season, Strootman debuted with a winning match against AZ. He had played 88 matches for PSV, scored 14 and assisted 28 times in his time with the Eindhoven side.
Strootman completed a transfer to Italian club Roma for €17 million on 16 July 2013.
He took off to a solid start right from the pre season where he scored against the MLS all star team.
However he got a knee injury and was sidelined for the rest of the season.
Just a few months after his return, Strootman assisted skipper Francesco Totti with a brace against Lazio. The match was drawn by score of 2-2.
The Dutchman captained his team in the season’s opening match in 2016-17. Strootman plans to stay at Roma, as the team was positioned second in the league, he signed a five year long contract in May 2017.
Strootman’s first International goal came against Finland in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier match.
He was selected for the Euro 2012 tournament. He also participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Despite being a really good player, Strootman had his fair share of injuries. He missed the 2014 and majority of 2015-16 season with Roma. He also didn't make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016.