Kuyt in Germany during the 2006 World Cup
|Full name||Dirk Kuijt|
|Date of birth||22 July 1980|
|Place of birth||Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands|
|Height||1. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament Events 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Katwijk (population 61292 is a coastal municipality and town in the province of South Holland in the western Netherlands. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands 84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Forward, Right Winger|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Dirk Kuyt, officially spelled Dirk Kuijt ( ), (born 22 July 1980, in Katwijk aan Zee) is a Dutch professional football player, who currently plays for English club Liverpool FC. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) Katwijk aan Zee (literally Katwijk-on-Sea) is a seaside resort located on the North Sea at the mouth of the Oude Rijn. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. He plays mainly in the position of striker but now is often deployed as a winger. Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in Association football (soccer in the row nearest to the opposing He is renowned for his work-rate. In his early career, and often for the Dutch national team, Kuyt played on the wing. In the Sport of Association football, each of the eleven players on a team is assigned to a particular position on the field of play
Kuyt missed only five games over seven seasons from 1999 until 2006, making 233 appearances.  Between March 2001 (playing with FC Utrecht) and April 2006 (Feyenoord) Kuyt played 179 consecutive matches. FC Utrecht is a Dutch football club founded on July 1, 1970. It was a merger of three clubs from the city of Utrecht: DOS Elinkwijk Feyenoord is a professional football club located in Rotterdam.
For the Netherlands national football team he has played at Germany 2006 and Euro 2008. The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football
Kuyt is the third of four children. He grew up in the fishing village of Katwijk aan Zee, where his father was a fisherman. Katwijk (population 61292 is a coastal municipality and town in the province of South Holland in the western Netherlands. 
His football career began when he joined the local amateur team Quick Boys at age 5. Quick Boys is an amateur football club from Katwijk, the Netherlands, currently playing in the Hoofdklasse. He broke into the first team in March 1998, playing the last six games of the season, and catching the eye of Eredivisie team FC Utrecht. The Eredivisie ( English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. FC Utrecht is a Dutch football club founded on July 1, 1970. It was a merger of three clubs from the city of Utrecht: DOS Elinkwijk  Kuyt still regularly visits Katwijk and his old club Quick Boys, who benefited from a GB£ 300,000 windfall as a result of the player's move to Liverpool. Katwijk (population 61292 is a coastal municipality and town in the province of South Holland in the western Netherlands. Quick Boys is an amateur football club from Katwijk, the Netherlands, currently playing in the Hoofdklasse. The Pound Sterling ( symbol £; ISO code: GBP) subdivided into 100 pence (singular penny) is the Currency 
Kuyt signed professionally for Utrecht that summer, aged 18, and immediately established himself in the first team. However he was more often than not played as a winger, as Utrecht preferred to play Serbian Igor Gluščević up front. Serbia (Србија Srbija) officially the Republic of Serbia (Република Србија Republika Srbija) is a Landlocked Country Igor Gluščević (born March 30, 1974 in Budva, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Montenegrin footballer
This continued until the 2002–03 season when Utrecht installed Foeke Booy as their new manager. Foeke Booy (born April 25, 1964) is a Dutch former Football player and a football manager who was born in the Frisian town of Booy played Kuyt as a striker / attacking midfielder (behind the striker) for the entire season, and Kuyt repaid him with 20 league goals. Utrecht also reached the Dutch Cup final, where they met Feyenoord. The KNVB Cup (KNVB beker is a competition organized by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB since 1899. Although they were the underdogs Utrecht comfortably won the cup 4–1, with Kuyt scoring one and being given the man-of-the-match award. At the end of the season Kuyt completed a €1 million move to Feyenoord Rotterdam, where he replaced the out-going Pierre Van Hooijdonk. Please update other articles as well to avoid contradiction within Wikipedia e Feyenoord is a professional football club located in Rotterdam. Petrus ("Pierre" Ferdinandus Johannes Stevenson van Hooijdonk (born on November 29, 1969 in Steenbergen, Noord-Brabant) is a
At Feyenoord, Kuyt immediately became a fan's favourite with his continued goal scoring success. His first season saw him net another 20 league goals. The opening game of the 2004–05 season marked Kuyt's first ever hat-trick against De Graafschap. A hat-trick in Sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts De Graafschap is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands. He later went on to score three in the 6–3 victory against ADO Den Haag and ended the season as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 29 goals — a career high. ADO Den Haag (ADO stands for Alles Door Oefening, Everything Through Practice) is the main football club in the city of The Hague. The Eredivisie ( English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands.
In 2005 Kuyt was handed the Feyenoord club captaincy and went on to have a third successful season with the club, scoring 25 goals in all competitions.
Over the summer of 2006 Kuyt was again linked with moves to many top English clubs, most notably Liverpool and Newcastle. Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) is an English football club based in Newcastle upon Rumours started in May with Dirk Kuyt stating "I am happy at Feyenoord but I would like to play in the Premier League. " Kuyt completed a move to Liverpool on 18 August for an undisclosed fee. Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica.
Upon joining Liverpool, Kuyt stated "I only wanted to leave Feyenoord for a really big club, and that is what Liverpool are. Xabier Alonso Olano, commonly known as Liverpool Football Club are an English professional Association football club based in Liverpool England. They are a fantastic, big club and it will be a real pleasure to play here. "
After sitting out the first game Kuyt made his Liverpool debut as a substitute against West Ham on 26 August. A substitute is a player in Association football who is brought on to the pitch during a match in exchange for an existing player } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played Events 1071 - Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert. His first start came against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League and he has been first choice in most games since. Philips Sport Vereniging ( English: Philips Sports Union) widely known either as PSV or PSV Eindhoven, is a Sports club from See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club In his third start for the club on 20 September 2006 Kuyt scored his first goal against Newcastle United in a Premiership game at Anfield, and followed up with another against Tottenham Hotspur in the next game. Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Newcastle United Football Club (also known as The Magpies or The Toon) is an English football club based in Newcastle upon The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs Tottenham Hotspur, ˈtɒʔnəm is an English professional football club which currently plays in the Premier League. He scored his third goal for Liverpool with his father watching the game at Anfield, contributing to Liverpool's 3–1 win over Aston Villa. Two weeks later he bagged a brace, as the only scorer in the Reds' 2–0 victory against Premiership newcomers Reading.
Kuyt has won much praise for his early performances, with The Mirror stating: "The Dutch striker has the look of a cult hero in the making" and The People reporting that he is "propelling himself towards iconic status. The People, previously known as the Sunday People, is a British tabloid Sunday-only newspaper owned by the Trinity Mirror Group " One of the reasons for his early popularity is his post match courtesy to the fans. After each match he walks to every corner of the ground, and applauds the Liverpool supporters.
On January 20, 2007, Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring against Chelsea after only 4 minutes after a Peter Crouch flick-on. Events 250 - Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Peter James Crouch (born 30 January 1981 is an English international football player Liverpool went on to defeat the champions 2–0. It was the first time Rafa Benitez had defeated Jose Mourinho in the Premiership. Rafael " Rafa " Benítez (born April 16 1960) is a Spanish former footballer and has been the manager José Mário dos Santos Félix Mourinho, GOIH (ʒuˈzɛ moˈɾiɲu (born 26 January 1963 in Setúbal) is a Portuguese It was also the first goal scored by Liverpool against a top four club in the league in the 2006-07 season. Kuyt moved his league-goal tally into double figures by scoring the first goal in the game against West Ham on 30 January 2007. Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Kuyt played a key part in Liverpool's penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2006-07 Champions League. Firstly in extra-time he had a goal disallowed for offside from Xabi Alonso's strike. Aggregated Extra Time (AET, commonly known as extra time is an additional period played in some sports codes if the score is tied at the end of normal time Xabier Alonso Olano, commonly known as Kuyt also scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out, and scored a consolation goal in their 2–1 defeat to AC Milan in the final.
He bagged his first goals of the 2007–2008 season in Liverpools 4–0 victory over Toulouse FC in their 3rd round qualifying encounter at Anfield on 28 August 2007. Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy Route to the final See also UEFA Champions League 2006–07 Teams qualified for the Champions League group stage either directly or through three preliminary rounds Toulouse Football Club is a French football team playing in the city of Toulouse, Haute-Garonne. Events 475 - The Roman General Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his Capital Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Kuyt scored two penalties against Everton in the Merseyside derby to give Liverpool the edge and win 2-1. Everton Football Club is an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. The Merseyside Derby is an Association football match contested between the Everton and Liverpool football clubs the two most successful clubs from the
Despite his promising first season and start to his second, Kuyt failed to score in 13 games for Liverpool, before netting against Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Barnsley Football Club is an English football club based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and nicknamed the Tykes, with Toby Tyke The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after This goal drought has led his endless running and high work rate's effectiveness to come into question.
However on 19 February 2008, Kuyt made an incredible contribution in reviving Liverpool's hope of winning any silverware by scoring the first goal in the first leg of the round of 16 of the 2007-08 Champions League against favourites Inter Milan. Events 197 - Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Football Club Internazionale Milano, most commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, or Inter, is an Italian professional football club The end result was 2-0 for Liverpool on a dramatic European night with skipper Steven Gerrard netting the second. Steven George Gerrard MBE (ˈdʒɛrɑd born 30 May 1980 Whiston Merseyside) is an English football player
Kuyt has been recently employed as a right winger, setting up two of Fernando Torres's goals against West Ham in March 2008. Fernando José Torres Sanz (born 20 March 1984 in Madrid, Spain nicknamed El Niño ("The Kid" is a Spanish footballer, who plays for Liverpool } West Ham United Football Club is an English football club based in Upton Park, London Borough of Newham, East London, who have played Recently Kuyt has been included in the team again, on 2 April 2008, Kuyt scored an equalising goal against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
On April 22, 2008, in the first leg of the Champions League all-English semi-final against Chelsea at Anfield, Kuyt scored the opening goal just before half time, making the most of a mistake from Chelsea's Claude Makelele then putting through the legs of Chelsea keeper Petr Čech. Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club Anfield is an all-seater Association football Stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England Claude Makélélé Sinda (born 18 February 1973 is a French international football player who currently plays defensive midfield for Paris St Petr Čech ( (born 20 May 1982 in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic is a Czech international football However, Liverpool went on to draw the match 1-1 with John Arne Riise scoring a late own goal. John Arne Semundseth Riise (born 24 September 1980 in Ålesund) is a Norwegian football player for Roma. In the second leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea advanced to the first all-English Champions League final where they were beaten by Manchester United on penalties. Background Manchester United went into the Champions League final as champions of England for the 17th time and undefeated in the 2007&ndash08 Champions League
When Marco van Basten took over as coach of the Dutch national team he dropped many established players, including strikers Roy Makaay and Patrick Kluivert. Marcel "Marco" van Basten ( 31 October 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager currently The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association Rudolphus (Roy Antonius Makaay (born March 9, 1975 in Wijchen, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer who is a Striker for Patrick Stephan Kluivert ( (born July 1, 1976) is a Dutch professional footballer. Kuyt was to benefit as in September 2004 he made his international debut in Van Basten's first game against Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. He has been a permanent fixture in the Dutch squad ever since, making the starting line-up for eleven of the Netherlands' twelve 2006 World Cup qualification matches. Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams 
At the 2006 World Cup, Kuyt found himself relegated to the substitutes bench. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament Although he made an appearance as a 69th minute replacement in the first game against Serbia and Montenegro, he sat the entire second game out. The Serbia national football team ( Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia With the team already qualified for the next round Van Basten decided to rest many of his first choice players for the final group game against Argentina, and Kuyt was handed a start in the right wing position. The Argentina national football team is the national football team of Argentina and is controlled by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA
For the Netherlands' Round of 16 tie against Portugal, Kuyt was given a surprise start ahead of star-striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Portugal national football team is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF finishing 4th at the last World Cup. Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (commonly spelled as van Nistelrooy; born 1 July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant) is a Dutch footballer However, Kuyt did not have a successful game and the Netherlands eventually lost 1–0 in a game that was more reputable for its record breaking disciplinary record (4 red cards and 16 yellow cards). 
In more recent games, Kuyt has not been called up, with coach Van Basten increasingly turning to Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (born August 12 1983 is a Dutch footballer who plays as a Striker for AFC Ajax and the Netherlands. However, Kuyt was selected for the preliminary Dutch squad for Euro 2008. The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football He played in the opening match, a 3-0 victory over Italy, assisting in two goals, his most notable act being the header that provided the link between Giovanni van Bronckhorst's crossfield pass and Wesley Sneijder's goal to make it 2-0 on 31 minutes. The Italian national football team is controlled by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC and represents Italy in international football competition Giovanni Christiaan van Bronckhorst, nicknamed "Gio" (born February 5, 1975 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer of Moluccan Wesley Sneijder ( (born June 9, 1984) is a Dutch footballer. He played for Ajax (2002–2007 and currently plays for Real
Kuyt's wife Gertrude has found favour in the Dutch media for her down-to-earth attitude. She continued to work as a nurse in an old people's home after marrying Kuyt until their daughter, Noelle, was born. She now runs a charitable foundation she set up with Kuyt to help disadvantaged children in Dutch inner cities and third world countries. . The couple now have a son Roan, born 11 April 2007. Events 491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Kuyt's father died of cancer on June 29, 2007. Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Kuyt's brother also died of cancer aged just 21. Kuyt is reported to give a portion of his weekly wage to cancer charities.
He has now adapted his goalscoring celebration in aid of his father and brother by looking up to the sky after sliding on his knees.
|Club||Season||Premiership||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Others||Total|
Mark van Bommel
|Dutch Footballer of the Year|
2005 – 2006
|Dutch Golden Shoe Winner|
|Dutch Eredivisie Topscorer|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Kuyt, Dirk|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1980-7-22|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|