Dirk Kuyt is a winger for the Dutch national team, which takes on Argentina in today’s World Cup semifinal.
Watch the video above to see an interview with Kuyt, and read on for more about his life and career.
1. It’s His Third World Cup
Kuyt has played for the Dutch national team during the last two World Cups. He spent most of the 2006 World Cup on the bench, while finishing the 2010 World Cup with one goal and three assists.
2. His Plays for Fenerbahce
Kuyt has played for Turkish Fenerbahce S.K. since 2012. His contract with the club expires in 2015.
3. He Was the 2006 Dutch Player of the Year
Kuyt’s been awarded several individual honors, including the award for Dutch Football Player of the Year in 2006. He was awarded the Dutch Golden Shoe in 2003 and was an Eredivisie Top Scorer in 2005. He was part of the Fenerbahce team that won the Turkish Cup for the 2012-2013 season and helped Liverpool win the League Cup for the 2011-2012 season.
4. He’s Proved to Be an Important Part of the Dutch National Team
Enjoying the day after!! Proud of my team proud of the Dutch!! The team who never gave up!! Semi finals here we come! pic.twitter.com/GoSNBm1hdU
— Dirk Kuyt (@Dirk_18_Kuyt) July 6, 2014
Kuyt has been called a “vital cog” in the Netherland’s quest for 2014 World Cup domination, after impressive performances in the Dutch matches against Mexico and Costa Rica. Kuyt managed to play a strong game against Mexico in spite of it being the seventh anniversary of his father’s death. Kuyt’s goal against Costa Rica helped the Netherlands reach the semi-finals of the World Cup after a post-game shoot-out during the Round of 16.
5. He’s Married With Children
Our 11th ❤️ anniversary! 11 years later, with 4 beautiful children, love you so much, proud to be your wife! pic.twitter.com/Fg2AbAjetH
— gertrude kuyt (@gertrude83) June 6, 2014
Kuyt married his wife Gertrude on June 6, 2003. Gertrude is a favorite of the Dutch media because of her down-to-Earth attitude. Even after marrying Kuyt, she continued to work as a nurse in a nursing home until the birth of the couple’s daughter, Noelle. They also have three boys, Roan, Jorden and Aidan.
Both Gertrude and Dirk share photos of their big, happy family frequently on social media. Here are a few of the shots you need to see:
👏 another win for Holland 👏 today!!! pic.twitter.com/5Q65M48WbQ
— gertrude kuyt (@gertrude83) June 19, 2014
We are ready!!!! Come on Fener! Come on daddy 😘 pic.twitter.com/LESYHF5zGd
— gertrude kuyt (@gertrude83) April 20, 2014
Hello everyone it’s really special to get so many birthday tweets!! Thank you very much!! 🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/2WMrtEsPHE
— Dirk Kuyt (@Dirk_18_Kuyt) July 22, 2013