Luuk de Jong is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for English outfit Newcastle United on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach and the Netherlands national football team. Luuk also has a brother named Siem de Jong who currently plays for Dutch club Ajax.
Born on the 27th of August 1990 de Jong began his professional career at De Graafschap making his Eredivisie debut in a match versus NAC Breda coming on as a substitute in 2008. He made his first Eredivisie goal in a home match against FC Twente he scored the 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1. On 6 April 2009, it was confirmed that de Jong signed a contract for three years with an option for another year with FC Twente. De Jong made his Europa League debut against FC Sheriff Tiraspol replacing Miroslav Stoch. De Jong scored his first Eredivisie goal for FC Twente in the home game against NEC at 28 February 2010. He was very important in the Johan Cruyff Schaal scoring the winning goal against Ajax in the eighth minute.
He finished the 2011-12 season with 25 goals on a joint-second place, seven behind top-scorer Bas Dost. On 18 July 2012, de Jong signed for Bundesliga side Borussia MÃƒÂ¶nchengladbach on a five-year deal, with a fee of Ã¢â€šÂ¬15 million (£12.6m), having revealed it was his dream to join. He made his debut with MÃƒÂ¶nchengladbach in a match against Munich 1860. On 27th January 2014, Borussia MÃƒÂ¶nchengladbach confirmed on their official Twitter account that De Jong had travelled to England to discuss terms and undergo a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to Premier League side Newcastle. He had passed a medical and will remain at Newcastle until the end of the 2013Ã¢â‚¬â€œ14 season.
De Jong received his first call-up for the Netherlands senior team for the friendly against Austria on 9 February 2011 and made his debut in the same match, replacing Dirk Kuyt. He scored his first goal with the national squad on 6 September 2011 in the 2Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 win during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Finland that secured Dutch qualification to the Euro 2012. He was one of the 23 players chosen to represent the Netherlands on Euro 2012, but he did not make any appearance.