Daryl Janmaat
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Personal information
Full name Daryl Janmaat
Date of birth 22 July 1989 (1989-07-22) (age 31)
Place of birth    Leidschendam, Netherlands Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club England Watford
Number 2
Youth clubs
1995–2007 Netherlands Feyenoord
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Netherlands ADO Den Haag
Netherlands SC Heerenveen
Netherlands Feyenoord
England Newcastle United
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084 00(5)
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071 00(3)
032 00(4)   
National team
Netherlands Netherlands U19
Netherlands Netherlands U21
Netherlands Netherlands
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Daryl Janmaat (born 22 July 1989) is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League side Watford and the Dutch national team, as a right back.

Club career

ADO Den Haag

Janmaat began his senior career in the 2007-08 season, with Eerste Divisie club ADO Den Haag.


Before the start of the 2008-09 season, Janmaat moved to Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. He made 84 appearances, scoring 5 goals.


In the middle of 2012, after his contract with Heerenveen expired, Janmaat moved to Feyenoord, making 63 apperances and scoring 5 goals.

Newcastle United


Daryl Janmaat in action for Newcastle United

In July 2014, Janmaat joined Premier League team Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. He made an impressive start, earning several assists and, for his defensive performances, being awarded Player of the Year by the Newcastle Supporters' Trust.

The 2015-16 season was less successful, with Newcastle being relegated.


Following Newcastle's relegation at the end of the 2015-16 season, Janmaat moved to Premier League Watford for a fee of £7.5 million.

International career

Janmaat made his international debut for the Netherlands in September 2012, and since then has remained a part of the national squad.

Personality and playing style

Janmaat is known for both his defensive capabilities and attacking instincts, as well as physical strength. He has been involved in several on- and off-pitch incidents. In October 2009 he was sent off just three minutes after coming on as a substitute during a Europa League match against Hertha BSC, and in December 2012 was shown two yellow cards in the space of one minute in a league match against NAC Breda.

In March 2016, after an away loss to Stoke City, he was involved in a confrontation with travelling Newcastle supporters and had to be turned away by Jamaal Lascelles. In April 2016, Janmaat was substituted during the first half of an away match against Southampton, having sustained a groin injury. In frustration, he punched a wall in the dressing room, breaking two fingers and therefore missing the next four matches for Newcastle.


Daryl Janmaat in action for Newcastle United

Janmaat has attained a certain notoriety among fans and other players for not wearing any underwear while playing. In the absence of public comment about the matter from Janmaat himself, it is not known if he forgoes underwear in an attempt to keep cooler during matches, or if he simply enjoys the feeling of wearing nothing beneath his shorts. Nonetheless, during Janmaat's time at Newcastle fans were often engaged in lively debate about the wisdom of such a decision, citing modesty concerns and the risk of potential injury. The issue came to media attention in April 2016, when Janmaat was involved in an altercation with Norwich defender Steven Naismith while defending a corner. Naismith, knowing that Janmaat was, as usual, not wearing anything underneath his shorts, tickled Janmaat's crotch to distract him during the set piece. Janmaat reacted angrily and complained, although the referee did not see the incident.

When he joined Watford in August 2016, Janmaat started to wear briefs during matches. Although no public comment was made, such an abrupt change to his career-long preference for no underwear led to speculation that Watford management had expressed injury or modesty concerns about his lack of underwear and instructed him to use some form of athletic support.







External links

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Newcastle United F.C. squad - 2020–21

1 Dúbravka · 2 Clark · 3 Dummett · 4 Ki · 5 Schär · 6 Lascelles (c) · 7 Carroll · 8 Shelvey · 9 Joelinton · 10 Saint-Maximin · 11 Ritchie · 12 Gayle · 13 Muto · 14 Hayden · 15 Willems · 17 Krafth · 18 Fernández · 19 Manquillo · 20 Lejeune · 21 Elliot · 22 Yedlin · 24 Almirón · 26 Darlow · 30 Atsu · 36 S. Longstaff · 43 M. Longstaff ·

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Netherlands – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Third place

1. Cillessen 2. Vlaar 3. De Vrij 4. Martins Indi 5. Blind 6. De Jong 7. Janmaat 8. De Guzmán 9. Van Persie (c) 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Verhaegh 13. Veltman 14. Kongolo 15. Kuyt 16. Clasie 17. Lens 18. Fer 19. Huntelaar 20. Wijnaldum 21. Memphis 22. Vorm 23. Krul

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