Kevin Strootman is a Dutch footballer who plays for Italian outfit AS Roma and the Netherlands national football team. Known for his world class passing and playmaking abilities Strootman is regarded as one of the best Dutch midfielders in the game.
Born in Ridderkerk, Strootman began his career with Sparta Rotterdam, making his professional debut during the 2007Ã¢â‚¬â€œ08 season. After they were relegated at the end of the 2009Ã¢â‚¬â€œ10 Eredivisie season, he played with Sparta in the Eerste Divisie. In the January transfer window of 2011, Strootman was signed by FC Utrecht. He played with Utrecht in the second half of the 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 season before moving to PSV in June 2011.
Strootman was joined at PSV with fellow Utrecht recruit Dries Mertens. Strootman made his PSV debut in a 3Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 home win against AZ. He made 88 total appearances for the Eindhoven club. PSV and Roma finalized a deal for Strootman's transfer to the Italian Serie A side in a deal worth Ã¢â€šÂ¬17 million, with the fee potentially rising to Ã¢â€šÂ¬19 million through add-ons. He scored his first goal for Roma in 3-1 victory over Parma. He was part of the Roma side which won 11 games in a row which was an Italian record.
Strootman made his senior international debut for the Netherlands against Austria in 2011 and he has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. Strootman looks to be a key player in the centre midfield position for Netherlands in future years.