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Vurnon Anita


Vurnon San Benito Anita is a Dutch-Curacaoan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Newcastle United and the Netherlands national team. In his youth years on Curaçao, Anita started to play football at local team CVV Willemstad. After he and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1997 he started playing for amateur side VV Maarssen. Later he was scouted by Ajax and he joined their world famous youth program in 1999. As of the 2005–06 season he was promoted to the first team of Ajax and on 19 March 2006 he made his Eredivisie debut in a 3–2 away loss against FC Groningen. Ajax went on to win the KNVB Cup that year. n the 2009–10 season Anita became a first team regular under new head coach Martin Jol. He also played in theKNVB Cup final against Feyenoord and won his second KNVB Cup. His good performances also led to his debut at the Dutch national team. The 2010–11 season, ended with two finals against FC Twente. Ajax secured the Eredivisie championship at the last matchday by winning 3–1. It was the first league title of Anita. He moved into Newscastle United for €8.5 million on a five year deal. He scored his first goal for Newcastle in a Europa League fixture against Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium on 8 November. Anita performed in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru for the Netherlands U-17. He has also represented the Netherlands U-19 andNetherlands U-21 teams. Anita was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
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