* Name: Wesley Sneijder
* Position: Midfield
* Date of birth (age): 09/06/1984 (25)
* Country: Netherlands
* Club: Internazionale ( Italy ITA )
* Height: 170cm
* Weight: 72kg
* UEFA competition debut:
* Club: UEFA Champions League (Second group stage)
26/02/03: Ajax 0 – 0 Arsenal
* National team: European Under-17 Championship (Qualifying round)
26/09/00: Iceland 1 – 1 Netherlands
NATIONAL TEAM
56 appearances, 12 goals
WORLD CUP
2006: 4 app, 0 goals

While his stature leaves him likely to trip over a postage stamp, his ego is not so encumbered. Wesley Sneijder, while fabulously talented, is as likely to deliver an inch-perfect pass from 80 yards away as he is to hurl abuse at his coach. Suspected of being a clubhouse cancer in his native Netherlands, whatever psychological defect he has that makes him act like a spoiled teenager is tolerated for the positive effect he has on a team’s play. On the field, Sneijder’s world-class passing game does provide the glue that will hold together the 10 players surrounding him.

Scouting thumbnail: Short, squat playmaker with vision and impressive long-range shooting ability, harnessed with precise set-piece delivery. Can play anywhere in midfield but prefers to operate centrally in the final third. from soccernet.espn.go.com

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