Kevin Diks


Kevin Diks Bakarbessy (born in Apeldoorn, 6 October 1996) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a right back for Danish Superliga club F.C. Copenhagen.

Kevin Diks
Diks with Vitesse in 2015
Personal information
Full name Kevin Diks Bakarbessy
Date of birth (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 24)
Place of birth Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Copenhagen
Number 2
Youth career
2002–2004 VIOS Vaassen
2004–2005 AGOVV
2005–2014 Vitesse
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Vitesse II 11 (1)
2014–2016 Vitesse 56 (2)
2016–2021 Fiorentina 2 (0)
2017Vitesse (loan) 11 (0)
2017Vitesse II (loan) 1 (0)
2017–2018Feyenoord (loan) 23 (0)
2019Empoli (loan) 0 (0)
2019–2021AGF (loan) 44 (8)
2021– Copenhagen 0 (0)
National team
2014–2015 Netherlands U19 4 (0)
2015 Netherlands U20 5 (0)
2016 Netherlands U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:35, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

Club career


Vitesse

Born in Apeldoorn, Diks joined Vitesse's youth setup in 2005, aged nine, after playing for VIOS Vaassen and hometown's AGOVV Apeldoorn. In the 2014 summer he was called to the main squad for the pre-season, also appearing in a 1–3 defeat against Chelsea.[1] On 24 August 2014, after profiting from first-choice Wallace's injury, Diks made his first-team – and Eredivisie – debut, starting in a 1–2 away loss against PEC Zwolle.[2] On 8 January of the following year, after being already a permanent part of the main squad, he renewed his link until 2018.[3]

Fiorentina

On 6 July 2016, Diks joined Serie A side Fiorentina on a five-year deal after impressing at Vitesse.[4] He later requested number 34 shirt in tribute to Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed and suffered brain damage, ending his career.[5]

On 23 October 2016, three months after signing for the Italian side, Diks finally made his long-awaited debut in a 5–3 away victory against Cagliari, replacing Cristian Tello in the 88th minute.[6]

Vitesse (loan)

On 31 January 2017, Diks returned to Vitesse on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign, after failing to make his breakthrough whilst in Italy.[7] On 11 February 2017, Diks made his Vitesse return in their 2–0 home defeat against Willem II, playing the full 90 minutes.[8] On 5 April 2017, Diks got sent off for a second bookable offence during Vitesse's 1–0 away victory against Heracles Almelo.[9]

He came off the bench as Vitesse won the final of the KNVB Beker 2–0 against AZ Alkmaar on 30 April 2017 to help the club, three-time runners up, to the title for the first time in its 125-year history.[10][11]

Feyenoord (loan)

On 4 July 2017, Diks joined Feyenoord on a season-long loan.[12]

On 22 April 2018, he played as Feyenoord won the 2017–18 KNVB Cup final 3–0 against AZ Alkmaar.[13][14]

Empoli (loan)

On 31 January 2019, Diks joined Serie A side Empoli on loan until 30 June 2019.[15]

AGF (loan)

On transfer deadline day, 2 September 2019, Diks was loaned out to Danish Superliga club AGF for the 2019–20 season.[16] On 31 August 2020, the loan was renewed for the 2020–21 season.[17]

FC Copenhagen

On 5 July 2021, Diks returned to Denmark, signing a four-year deal with F.C. Copenhagen.[18]

International career


On 9 October 2014, Diks made his Netherlands U19 debut in a 7–0 victory against Andorra U19's, playing the first half before being replaced by Leeroy Owusu. Diks went on to make three more appearances before receiving a call-up to the under-20 squad. Diks has also represented at under-21

Personal life


Diks is the younger brother of Jamarro, who had a spell in the Slovakian league.[19] He is of Indonesian descent.[20][21]

Career statistics


As of match played 6 April 2019.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Vitesse 2014–15 Eredivisie 220404[lower-alpha 1]0300
2015–16 Eredivisie 302102[lower-alpha 2]0332
Total 522502040632
Fiorentina 2016–17 Serie A 20000020
Vitesse (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 11010120
Feyenoord (loan) 2017–18 Eredivisie 230403[lower-alpha 3]01[lower-alpha 4]0310
Empoli (loan) 2018–19 Serie A 000000
Career total 88210050501082
  1. Appearance(s) in Eredivisie European play-offs
  2. Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  3. Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. Appearance(s) in Johan Cruyff Shield

Honours


Club

Vitesse

Feyenoord

References


  1. "Vitesse nieuws: Chelsea FC wint aantrekkelijk duel vs Vitesse: 1-3".
  2. "Vitesse na rust ten onder in Zwolle: 2–1" [Vitesse stays behind Zwolle after half-time: 2–1]. Vitesse's official website. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  3. "Vitesse legt doorgebroken Diks drie jaar langer vast" [Vitesse secures breakthrough Diks for three more years] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. "KEVIN DIKS' A PLAYER OF FIORENTINA". ACF Fiorentina. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. Ciaran Varley (8 January 2019). "The touching reason players are wearing the number 34". BBC. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. "Cagliari vs. Fiorentina". Soccerway. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  7. "Diks back on old nest". Vitesse Official Site. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  8. "Vitesse vs. Willem II". Soccerway. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  9. "Heracles vs. Vitesse". Soccerway. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  10. Said, Nick (30 April 2017). "Vitesse claim first major trophy with Cup triumph". Reuters. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  11. "AZ Alkmaar vs. Vitesse Arnhem - Football Match Line-Ups - April 30, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  12. "Feyenoord take Diks on loan". Football Italia. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  13. Gouka, Mikos (22 April 2018). "Feyenoord wint KNVB-beker mede dankzij prachtgoal Van Persie". Allgemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  14. "AZ vs. Feyenoord - 22 April 2018 - Soccerway".
  15. "UFFICIALE: Fiorentina, ecco Rasmussen. Resta a Empoli, va anche Diks" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  16. AGF HENTER HOLLANDSK FORSVARSSPILLER I SERIE A, agf.dk, 2 September 2019
  17. "KEVIN DIKS VENDER TILBAGE" (in Danish). AGF. 31 August 2020.
  18. F.C. KØBENHAVN HENTER KEVIN DIKS, fck.dk, 5 July 2021
  19. Broer Diks van tweedeklasser naar CL: 'Familie trots maken' - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  20. Razzolini, Filippo (26 December 2018). "Diks, il fantasma della rosa viola. L'olandese non si vede mai e Corvino…". Fiorentinanews.com (in Italian). Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  21. INDOSPORT.com (4 September 2018). "5 Pemain Keturunan Indonesia yang Memiliki Harga Tinggi". INDOSPORT.com. Retrieved 1 February 2019.