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John Heitinga

Personal information
Full nameJohn Gijsbert Alan Heitinga
Date of birth15 November 1983(age 32)
Place of birthAlphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Height1.80 m
Playing positionDefender / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubEverton

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John Gijsbert Alan "Johnny" Heitinga (-nlˈdʒɔn ˈɦɛitɪŋɣɐ, or ʃɔni ɦɛitɪŋɣɐ; born 15 November 1983 in Alphen aan den Rijn) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defender for English Premier League club Everton and the Dutch national team. A product of Jong Ajax, he previously played for AFC Ajax and Atlético Madrid, before signing for Everton in 2009. Heitinga previously represented various youth squads for the Netherlands. He is now a regular player for the Dutch national team, having made his debut in April 2003. He has represented his country at two World Cups (2006 and 2010) and two European Championships (2004 and 2008). In 2008, Heitinga was named Dutch Footballer of the Year.

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