Face/Off

June 6, 2012
By Leander Schaerlaeckens






When Nigel de Jong emerged from the illustrious Ajax academy as an 18-year old in 2002, he was a multifunctional midfielder like many before him, his technique sharpened to a fine point, his mind squarely on possession and attacking football.



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