Personal information

Dirk Kuyt (July, 22, 1980) started his football career at Quick Boys in his hometown Katwijk. Dirk was only five years old at that moment and went through all the youth ranks of this famous, Dutch amateur club. In March 1998, he made his debut in the first team of Quick Boys. During that season Dirk acted in a total of six games at his hometown club. With his performance he attracted the attention of Eredivisie club FC Utrecht.

Dirk moved to FC Utrecht during that summer and celebrated his official debut on August, 30, 1998, when FC Utrecht defeated SC Cambuur (3-0). His first goal followed less than a month later, when the 18-years old Dirk scored the opening goal against Fortuna Sittard. Dirk debuted in the Dutch Under 21 team on September 1, 2000 and became one of the main players of FC Utrecht during the following seasons.

Before the finish of the 2002-2003 season, Dirk signed a contract at Feyenoord Rotterdam. In his last match for FC Utrecht, the Dutch cup final, he met his new club. FC Utrecht comfortably won the final (4-1), with Dirk scoring and earning the man of the match award. Dirk was also nominated the footballer of the year award at the end of that season.

At Feyenoord Rotterdam, Dirk grew up to become a fans’ favorite. He scored 20 competition goals in his first year in Rotterdam, amongst others in the home match against archrival Ajax Amsterdam. In the next season, Dirk became top scorer of the Dutch Eredivisie and celebrated his debut in the Dutch national team on September 3, 2004 against Liechtenstein (3-0). One month later, Dirk scored his first goal in the orange jersey against Macedonia.

Dirk became the captain of Feyenoord in 2005 and remained top scorer for the club. On August 18, 2006, right after joining the Dutch team on their way to the world championship in Germany, Dirk moved to Liverpool FC. He made his debut for The Reds eight days later, in the home match against West Ham United. Dirk scored his first goal for Liverpool against Newcastle United at Anfield Road. In the 2006-2007 season, Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League by beating Chelsea in the semi-finals. Dirk scored the winning kick in the penalty shoot-out. In the final against AC Milan (2-1 loss), he scored the Liverpool goal.

Dirk was one of the key players of the Dutch team on the European championship in Austria and Suisse, where Holland defeated Italy and France. Dirk scored the opening goal against France. Two years later, on the world championship in South-Africa, Dirk played an important role in the Dutch team, that was defeated by Spain in the final.

Dirk played another two years at Anfield and became Liverpool top scorer in the 2010-2011 season, with a hattrick against Manchester United in March 2011. On February 26, 2012 Dirk and his teammates won the League Cup.

Dirk moved to Fenerbahçe SK in the summer of 2012. After winning the Turkish cup in 2013, Dirk celebrated his first national championship in the 2013-2014 season. He also won the Supercup in Turkey.

Dirk played an important role in the 2014 World Championship in Brazil, when the Dutch team won the Bronze Medal. In the round of 16 match against Mexico, he conquered his 100th cap. His last game (number 104) for the Dutch team was on September 4, 2014 against Italy.

In April 2015, Dirk signed a contract to rejoin his former club Feyenoord. He scored his 100th Feyenoord goal and 300th total career goal in February 2016. On April 24, ‘captain Dirk’ lifted the Dutch Cup after Feyenoord defeated FC Utrecht in the final.

  • Dirk Kuyt

  • Forward, Winger

  • July 22, 1980

  • Dutch

  • 1.84m

  • 83kg

  • Right foot