Luuk de Jong is a Dutch professional footballer who played as an attacking central midfielder in the Dutch junior national team for very long period and is currently playing for their senior team. He has played for some popular clubs during the course of his career, some of them are - De Graafschap, Twente, Borussia Monchengladbach and Newcastle United. He is currently associated to the popular Eredivisie team, PSV.
Born on 27 August 1990 in Aigle in the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, Luuk started his youth career while playing for a local club, DZC ‘68. After few months in their setup, he switched to De Graafschap in 2001 and spent 8 year in their youth academy.
De Jong made his professional debut in 2008 in Eredivisie for De Graafschap against NAC Breda as a substitute. He was swift during his 1 year tenure with the club as he scored twice in 14 games and was part of many assists.
In 2009, De Jong signed a 3 year contract with FC Twente. He proved his worth by scoring 2 goals in the cup match against Capelle. He went on to play in various prestigious tournaments like Europa club, Eredivisie and Champions League, bringing laurels for his club. He overall made 79 appearances for Twente and scored at 39 times.
In 2014, De Jong signed for Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee of €15 million. In his 2 year tenure, he played in 36 games and scored 6 goals. He was loaned to English professional club, Newcastle United FC, However, he failed to impress in most of his matches with Newcastle.
At the end of 2014, he was signed by PSV Eindhoven for €5.5 million. De Jong came back in form and scored with both legs in his debut match with the club and PSV beats St. Polten by 4–2, in the third round of Europa League. He was the part of Eredivisie 2014 title and Dutch Supercup 2015 winning squad.
Rise to glory
His tenure with FC Twente was truly the spark of his career. He scored against big teams such as Benfica, Ajax, Utrecht, FC Groningen and Schalke 04.
He broke the headlines by scoring a hat-trick for PSV in a 4-3 victory against Feyenoord.
De Jong was a part of Dutch U19 and U21 teams in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He scored 6 goals in 23 junior games.
He received his first call-up for the Netherlands senior team for the friendly against Austria in 2011. He scored his first international goal on 6 September 2011 in the 2–0 win against Finland during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game. He has 14 games and 4 goals under his belt at senior international level.