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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31211230 Flying Dutchman Flying+Dutchman Premier League

Nigel de Jong, the 27 year old Dutchman, has established himself as one of the key players holding down Manchester City's midfield. His dogged and fiesty play on the defensive end has earned him fitting nicknames like the "terrier" and the "lawnmower."

 

De Jong was just a youngster when he joined the Ajax Youth squad, and had advanced all the way to their first team by the time he was 17 years old. In the next couple of years, De Jong won an Eredivisie title with Ajax as well as player of the year honors in '04-'05.

 

Despite his stellar play, De Jong eventually fell out of favor with Ajax. After seeing his playing time reduced, he opted not to resign with the club and decided to take his talents to Hamburg. De Jong's time with Hamburg was injury prone and uneventful, but his career would get a major boost when in 2009 he joined up with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

 

He immediately found his niche, recieving regular playing time and quickly becoming a fan favorite in Manchester. De Jong went on to become a major part of both the Manchester City Premier League Champion side, as well as the Netherlands team that made a run to the 2010 World Cup final, all while establishing himself as one of the best defensive mids in the game.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31192433 Manchester man Manchester+man Premier League

Nigel De Jong does everything he can to help his teams defensively.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31192431 Lockdown De Lockdown+De Premier League

De Jong is known for his hounding of the ball.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31189652 The Terrier The+Terrier Premier League

Images like this help to show why De Jong has earned himself nicknames like the "Terrier"...

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31193371 The Lawnmower The+Lawnmower Premier League

... and the "Lawnmower."

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31192432 Tangled up Tangled+up Premier League

Nigel De Jong is not afraid to get physical.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31189647 Eyes up Eyes+up Premier League

De Jong is always looking for new ways that he can help his team win matches.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31189648 Heady play Heady+play Premier League

Though De Jong can sometimes let his emotions get the best of him, he is typically a very heady player and hasn't recieved a red card since arriving at Manchester City.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31193373 Dogged play +Dogged+play Premier League

De Jong doesn't make it easy on opposing offenses.

Carl Recine - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/07/10/071012-Soccer-Puma-Nigel-de-Jong-G3-AA_20120710203859480_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/07/10/071012-Soccer-Puma-Nigel-de-Jong-G3-AA_20120710203859480_107_80.JPG
Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31193372 Orange crush Orange+crush Premier League

De Jong was a major part of the Netherlands road to the 2010 World Cup final... and a big part of their 2012 Euro flop.

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Premier League 433 1680 Nigel de Jong- Dutch international midfielder 31193370 All heart All+heart Premier League

Nigel De Jong gives it his all every time he steps on the pitch.

Yves Herman - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/07/10/071012-Soccer-Puma-Nigel-de-Jong-G1-AA_20120710203859476_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fsc/img/2012/07/10/071012-Soccer-Puma-Nigel-de-Jong-G1-AA_20120710203859476_107_80.JPG
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