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Eljero Elia Player Profile

Eljero Elia Player Profile
Eljero Elia
Date of Birth:Feb 13, 1987 (Age 30)
Place of Birth:Voorburg
Nationality: Netherlands
Height:176 cm.
Weight:70 Kg.
Squad Number:11
Eljero Elia, FC Twente (foto ANP)
Spending the majority of his youth in the academy of ADO Den Haag, Eljero Elia played his first professional match with ADO in January 2005. FC Twente were impressed by the talented left winger and decided to sign him in 2007. The young Elia needed one season to adjust life in Enschede, but was sensational in his second season, scoring nine goals and delivering several assists.  

Elia and Austrian hot prospect Marko Arnautovic inspired Twente, who finished second in the 2008/2009 season and qualified for the preliminaries of the Champions League. Ajax wanted to sign him, but Twente had no intention of selling their pearl to a league rival. It was Hamburger SV who succeeded in getting Elia. The quick forward has been a sensation in Germany and is considered one of the best summer signings in the Bundesliga.  

Although having only five caps in the pocket, Elia has made an immediate impact in the Dutch national team. The assists of the young winger were decisive in the 3-0 victory against Japan. A couple of days later, Elia scored the winning goal against Scotland, making the Dutch qualifying campaign perfect.

Did you know that:

Eljero Elia played for Ajax when he was a teenager? The Amsterdam-based club sent him away in 2002, but wanted to sign him again last summer.