Urby Emanuelson

Urby Vitorrio Diego Emanuelson (born 16 June 1986) is a Dutch professional footballer of Surinamese descent who plays for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht and the Netherlands national team.

Urby Emanuelson
Emanuelson with Utrecht in 2017
Personal information
Full name Urby Vitorrio Diego Emanuelson[1]
Date of birth (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Left back, midfielder, winger
Club information
Current team
FC Utrecht
Number 28
Youth career
1994–2004 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Ajax 172 (17)
2011–2014 AC Milan 75 (3)
2013Fulham (loan) 13 (1)
2014–2015 Roma 2 (0)
2015Atalanta (loan) 9 (0)
2016 Hellas Verona 11 (0)
2016–2017 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (0)
2017–2021 FC Utrecht 73 (4)
National team
2005–2008 Netherlands U21 13 (1)
2006–2012 Netherlands 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:03, 11 November 2020 (UTC)

As a product of the Ajax Youth Academy, Emanuelson spent most of his career at Ajax playing as a left wing-back, before being played more as a left midfielder or left winger by manager Martin Jol. As a result, he flourished in his new role on the left wing, frequently making runs and assisting from the flanks while scoring goals himself. After his move to AC Milan, his then-manager Massimiliano Allegri played Emanuelson also as an attacking midfielder, midfielder and right winger.