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Steven Pienaar

Steven Jerome Pienaar (born 17 March 1982) is a South African Association football who currently plays for English Premier League club Everton F.C., on loan from Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Steven Pienaar can play on either the right or left Midfielder Winger and is also a member of the South Africa national football team. Pienaar has previously played for Ajax Cape Town FC, AFC Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

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Steven Pienaar biography


Steven Jerome Pienaar (born 17 March 1982) is a South African Association football who currently plays for English Premier League club Everton F.C., on loan from Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Steven Pienaar can play on either the right or left Midfielder Winger and is also a member of the South Africa national football team. Pienaar has previously played for Ajax Cape Town FC, AFC Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

Career

Ajax Cape Town

Pienaar was born in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Steven Pienaar started Steven Pienaar professional career at Ajax Cape Town FC, some away from Steven Pienaar home in Johannesburg. Steven Pienaar was brought to the attention of Ajax CT whilst playing for the School of Excellence and was asked to join Ajax Cape Town's youth academy.

Pienaar said "I was very fortunate to go to the School of Excellence 2000, to be able to polish the technique and the talent that God gave me and to learn how to use it in the way that God had wanted me to." "I was fortunate to work with the Dutch coach Leo van Veen, who helped me at Ajax Cape Town," "Steven Pienaar appreciated the way I played but at the same time Steven Pienaar changed my mentality. Steven Pienaar taught me how to prepare for games, not just playing to please the crowd but also how to play for the team."

Everton

Pienaar joined Everton F.C. on loan for 2007–08 and later signed a three-year contract from Dortmund for a pre-agreed fee of £2 million after payment of an initial loan fee of £350,000 in April 2008. Pienaar made Steven Pienaar debut for Everton in a 2–1 home victory over Wigan Athletic F.C. on 11 August 2007, replacing Leon Osman in the 73rd minute as a substitute. Pienaar scored Steven Pienaar first Everton goal in a 2–0 home victory over Middlesbrough F.C. on 30 September.

Despite missing eleven games through injury, Pienaar was named Everton's Player of the Season for 2009–10. Steven Pienaar made Steven Pienaar Tottenham debut in a 1–1 draw away to . In August 2011, Pienaar suffered a groin injury, which ruled Steven Pienaar out for six weeks. Pienaar scored Steven Pienaar first goal for Tottenham, in a 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

Loan return to Everton

On transfer deadline day in January 2012, Pienaar completed a late return to Everton on a six-month loan deal. Steven Pienaar made Steven Pienaar second debut for the club away to Wigan Athletic, in a 1-1 draw. Steven Pienaar opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over Chelsea F.C. a week later.

International career

A former under-17 international, Steven Pienaar made Steven Pienaar international debut for South Africa national football team in a 2–0 win against Turkey national football team in 2002 and has since accumulated 46 caps and scored two goals. Steven Pienaar participated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pienaar

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