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Date of birth: 15/10/1986
Height: 1.75 m
Marcel de Jong is a Canadian-Dutch soccer player who currently plays for Bundesliga side FC Augsburg and the Canada national team.
De Jong played for amateur side De Valk and joined the PSV Eindhoven youth academy in 1996. He started his professional career with Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport and joined Roda JC in the summer of 2006. After four years with Roda JC, de Jong signed with German club FC Augsburg on 21 May 2010. Marcel scored his first goal for the German side on 12 September 2010 versus VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion. They won this away fixture 2–0 in which de Jong also assisted the other goal from teammate Michael Thurk. De Jong scored his second goal of the season several months later on 4 February 2011 in a 2–0 away win versus VfL Osnabrück. De Jong in his first season with Augsburg started 24 league games and helped take the team to finish second in 2. Bundesliga securing automatic promotion to top flight football, finishing several points behind Hertha BSC.
De Jong made his Bundesliga debut in the first game of the 2011–12 season on 6 August 2011 against SC Freiburg; the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. On 4 October 2011, Marcel De Jong suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of action for two months. He returned to action as an unused substitute on 4 December 2011 during a 3–1 defeat to Schalke 04. De Jong made his full return to the team the following week against Borussia Mönchengladbach; starting the game, he helped earn the team only their third victory of the campaign, winning 1–0. De Jong scored his first Bundesliga goal on 28 January 2012 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, the game ended in a 2–2 home draw. De Jong sustained an ankle injury in an early February draw against 1. FC Nürnberg, forcing him to have season-ending surgery on the ligaments.
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