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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Personal information
Date of birth12 August 1983(age 33)
Place of birthVoor-Drempt, Achterhoek, Netherlands
Height1.86 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubSchalke 04
Number25

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (-nlˈklaː ˈʃɑn ˈɦʏn.tə.ˌlaːr-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pronunciation, nicknamed The Hunter, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Schalke 04 and the Dutch national football team. Huntelaar is a prolific striker with brilliant technique and athleticism and has been compared in style to players such as Marco van Basten and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Former Netherlands, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal has been quoted saying about the player "in the penalty area, he is the best player in the world, bar none."

Named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Ajax "Player of the Year" in 2006, Huntelaar was a part of the Dutch side that won the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship where he became the tournament's leading goalscorer. He was also named as one of two strikers in the UEFA Team of the Tournament. He is the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands U-21 national team with 18 goals in 22 appearances. In domestic competition he finished top scorer in the Eredivisie 2005 06 and 2007 08 seasons.

Huntelaar played previously for PSV, De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn, SC Heerenveen, AFC Ajax, Real Madrid CF, and AC Milan, before joining Schalke in August 2010.


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