Kevin Strootman

Kevin Johannes Willem Strootman (born 13 February 1990) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Genoa, on loan from Marseille, and the Netherlands national team.[3]

Kevin Strootman
Strootman playing for the Netherlands in 2016
Personal information
Full name Kevin Johannes Willem Strootman[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 31)
Place of birth Ridderkerk, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Marseille)
Number 20
Youth career
2007–2009 Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Sparta Rotterdam 72 (8)
2011 Utrecht 14 (2)
2011–2013 PSV 62 (8)
2013–2018 Roma 102 (10)
2018– Marseille 62 (3)
2021–Genoa (loan) 18 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Netherlands U19 4 (1)
2009–2013 Netherlands U21 12 (1)
2011– Netherlands 46 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:21, 19 March 2021 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Club career

Sparta Rotterdam

Born in Ridderkerk, Strootman began his career with Sparta Rotterdam, making his professional debut during the 2007–08 season.[4] He signed a contract extension with the club in November 2008.[5] After they were relegated at the end of the 2009–10 Eredivisie season, he played with Sparta in the Eerste Divisie.


In the January transfer window of 2011, Strootman was signed by FC Utrecht.[6] He played with Utrecht in the second half of the 2010–11 season,[4] before moving to PSV in June 2011.[7]


Strootman with PSV in 2011

Strootman was joined at PSV with fellow Utrecht recruit Dries Mertens.[8][9] Strootman made his PSV debut in a 3–1 home win against AZ. He made 88 total appearances for the Eindhoven club.


On 16 July 2013, PSV and Roma finalized a deal for Strootman's transfer to the Italian side, in a deal worth €17 million, with the fee potentially rising to €19 million through add-ons.[10] He was given the number 6 shirt.[11]

In a pre-season friendly against the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars, Strootman scored one goal and assisted another as Roma prevailed 3–1 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas.[12] He scored his first competitive goal for Roma in 3–1 Serie A victory over Parma. He went on to score in matches against Torino, Atalanta, Milan and Livorno.

On 9 March 2014, Strootman sustained a knee injury in Roma's 1–0 defeat to Napoli which made him miss the remainder of the 2013–14 season and the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[13] where the Dutch selection finished third.

On 9 November, Strootman made his first appearance for Roma in exactly eight months, appearing as an 84th-minute substitute in a 3–0 defeat of Torino at the Stadio Olimpico.[14] His first start of the 2014–15 season came in a 2–2 draw with Sassuolo on 7 December.[15] He assisted the first of captain Francesco Totti's two goals after appearing as a substitute in Roma's 2–2 draw with Lazio in the 175th Derby della Capitale on 12 January 2015.[16]

On 26 January 2015, Strootman was substituted in a Serie A fixture against Fiorentina after sustaining further damage to his anterior cruciate ligament. Three days later, it was confirmed that the player would again undergo knee surgery.[17] On 26 August, it was reported that, in spite of failing to make a single appearance in seven months, Strootman's injury required further surgery which sidelined the player for the majority of the 2015–16 Serie A season.[18] He made his first appearance of the season on 21 February 2016, as a substitute in a 5–0 home defeat of Palermo.[19] On 2 May, he made his first start in over 15 months, playing the full 90 minutes in Roma's 3–2 win at Genoa.[20] He ended the season with five appearances, including two starts. His only assist of the season came in a 3–1 final day victory over Milan at the San Siro.[21]

On 20 August 2016, Strootman captained Roma in the opening match of the 2016–17 Serie A season, a 4–0 home win against Udinese.[22] In the team's second fixture, he scored his first goal since January 2014 as Roma drew 2–2 at Cagliari.[23]

On 29 May 2017, Strootman signed a new five-year contract with the 2017 Serie A runners-up.[24]


On 28 August 2018, Olympique de Marseille agreed with A.S. Roma on a €25 million (plus €3 million of bonus) transfer fee and signed Strootman on a five-year contract.[25] AS Roma published a thank you and confirmation of the transfer on their website.[26] Strootman mentioned the club's history, ambitions as well as his close relationship with coach Rudi Garcia as motivating factors to join the club.

On 10 January 2020, Strootman scored an 84th minute winner for Marseille after coming on as a substitute against Rennes.

Loan to Genoa

On January 12, 2021, Strootman was loaned to Serie A club Genoa until the end of the season.[27]

International career

Strootman made his senior international debut for the Netherlands against Austria in 2011[28] and scored his first international goal against Finland in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier. He was a member of the Netherlands' squad at Euro 2012 but did not appear in any matches as the Dutch were knocked out at the group stage.

He appeared for the Netherlands U21 team at the 2013 UEFA Euro U21 Championship where the team reached the semi-finals, losing to Italy.

Strootman was a regular in Louis van Gaal's side during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign,[29] but missed the tournament finals due to injury.[30]

On 27 May 2016, Strootman made his first international appearance in two years after missing both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the entirety of the team's unsuccessful UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.[31] He was selected to start in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland, playing 70 minutes before being substituted for Marco van Ginkel.[32]

Style of play

Strootman is said to be a dynamic and tough-tackling midfielder, who also possesses good vision, technique, and balance on the ball.[6][33] A tall, physically strong and tactically intelligent left-footed player, he has been described as a "modern" midfielder, due to his wide range of skills. He is best used as a central or defensive midfielder, often serving as either a box-to-box midfielder or mezzala – due to his work-rate, ball-winning abilities, and ability to help out in both attack and defence – or as a deep-lying playmaker, due to his range of passing, awareness, and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates after winning back possession.[33][34][35][36][37][38] He is also capable of contributing to his team's offensive play with goals, courtesy of his powerful and accurate striking ability from outside the area, as well as his ability to get on the end of his teammates' passes by making late attacking runs into the box from behind.[33][39] Strootman has been compared to compatriot Mark van Bommel.[35] During his first season with Roma (2013–14), he earned the nickname la lavatrice ("the washing machine", in Italian), for his ability to always clean up play by winning back the ball and then distributing it precisely to his teammates.[40][41]

Career statistics


As of match played 6 June 2021[3][42]
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
ClubSeasonDivision AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Sparta Rotterdam 2007–08 Eredivisie 300030
2008–09 Eredivisie 25231283
2009–10 Eredivisie 282334[lower-alpha 1]0355
2010–11 Eerste Divisie 16410174
Total 7287400408312
FC Utrecht 2010–11 Eredivisie 1422000162
PSV 2011–12 Eredivisie 3025111[lower-alpha 2]3466
2012–13 Eredivisie 326514[lower-alpha 2]11[lower-alpha 3]0428
Total 628102154108814
Roma 2013–14 Serie A 25541296
2014–15 Serie A 60007[lower-alpha 4]000130
2015–16 Serie A 5000000050
2016–17 Serie A 334309[lower-alpha 5]200456
2017–18 Serie A 3211011[lower-alpha 4]000441
2018–19 Serie A 1000000010
Total 10210812720013713
Marseille 2018–19 Ligue 1 281105[lower-alpha 2]0341
2019–20 Ligue 1 252401[lower-alpha 6]0302
2020–21 Ligue 1 11003[lower-alpha 4]00140
Total 643507010773
Genoa (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 18000180
Career total 332313274966041944
  1. Appearances in the Eredivisie relegation play-offs
  2. Appearances in the Europa League
  3. Appearance in the Johan Cruyff Shield
  4. Appearances in the Champions League
  5. Two appearances in the Champions League, seven appearances and two goals in the Europa League
  6. Appearance in the Coupe de la Ligue


As of 19 November 2019[3][42]




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