Gregory van der WielIllustration, Print, Sports
Born in Amsterdam, he is a product of the renowned AFC Ajax youth system. He plays an attacking right back and is known for his speedy runs down the flank. In 2010, Van der Wiel was awarded the Johan Cruyff Award for “Young Player of the Year” in the Netherlands.
He made his debut for the Dutch national team in February 2009, and participated in the Netherlands’ runners-up performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Dutch team-mate John Heitinga has labeled him the spiritual successor of Michael Reiziger for the Netherlands.