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- Frenkie de Jong was born on 12 May 1997, two days before a Sir Bobby Robson led FC Barcelona won the European Cup Winners’ Cup for the fourth time. Coincidentally, the final was played in Rotterdam, Holland.
- His hometown of Arkel in the south of Holland has a population of just 4,000 people.
- Curiously, it was exactly 30 years ago today that Barça signed another Dutch player who made history at the club. Ronald Koeman put pen to paper on 22 January 1989.
- And Koeman, scorer of the famous goal at Wembley in 1992, is currently De Jong’s national team manager.
- De Jong is the most common surname in Holland. Meaning ‘young’, there were 90,000 people of that name in the country in 2007.
- Frenkie de Jong becomes the twentieth player from the Netherlands to represent FC Barcelona.
- A number of footballers have the same surname as Frenkie, including Luuk de Jong (PSV), Nigel de Jong (Al-Ahli) and Siem de Jong (Sydney FC).
- He made his Ajax debut against the club where he started out in the game, Willem II. That was in 2016, when he was 19 years of age.
- At Ajax, his shirt number was 21.
- He describes his greatest passions outside of football to be travelling, listening to music and playing videogames.
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