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Marvin
Zeegelaar

22

14
Career goals

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Born

August 12, 1990

Height

186 cm

Join Date

September 15th 2017

Marvin Zeegelaar joined the Hornets from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal in August 2017.

The full-back has a good pedigree as he came through the famed youth system at Ajax. He made his professional debut for Ajax at the age of 18 in a cup match against FC Volendam, sharing the field with Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld.

After spells at Excelsior, on loan, and Espanyol, Zeegelaar’s career started to take off at Elazigspor, although he did pick up two red cards within the space of nine matches with the Turkish club.
 
He joined Blackpool, who were then top of the Championship, on a six-month loan in September 2013 but he managed just 13 minutes in two substitute appearances under Paul Ince. 
 
A flying left-winger in his early days, the Dutchman began his conversion to left-back at Elazigspor and quickly caught the attention of Rio Ave, a less heralded club in Portugal and moved there. After 52 appearances in two seasons, and four goals, including three in successive games, he was snapped up by one of the big boys. Sporting Lisbon, midway through the 2015/16 season.
 
Helping Sporting to finish just two points and one spot behind champions Benfica, Zeegelaar got his first taste of the Champions League the following season, playing against Dortmund and Real Madrid. 
 
Playing in Europe’s premier knockout cup competition meant he caught the eye of the then Holland head coach Danny Blind and he was called up in November 2016 for a friendly against Belgium and a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.

Career history

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watford

Watford FC
2017-

13

club-Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon
2016 - 2017

39

club-Rio Ave

Rio Ave
2014 - 2016

52

club-Blackpool (loan)

Blackpool (loan)
2013 - 2014

2

club-Elazigspor

Elazigspor
2012 - 2014

39

club-Espanyol B

Espanyol B
2011 - 2012

5

club-SBV Excelsior (loan)

SBV Excelsior (loan)
2011

12

club-Ajax Amsterdam

Ajax Amsterdam
2009 - 2011

6