Steven Pienaar

2010-05-13 18:07
Age: 27
Position: Midfielder
Club: Everton

The diminutive Johannesburg-born midfielder is a world class performer, with outstanding pace and vision out wide for both his club and country.

Pienaar joined English club Everton 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. He made his Premier League debut for Everton in the latter stages of the 2–1 home victory against Wigan Athletic. He scored his first Everton goal in the 2–0 home victory over Middlesbrough in September 2007.

Since then, Steven has gone on to become Everton's principal creative driving force, picking up the responsibility from Mikel Arteta, who was sidelined through injury in February 2009. His industrious style and unique style has endeared him to the Evertonian faithful, who are hoping he puts pen-to-paper on an improved contract offer to keep him away from the prying eyes of some of Europe's elite.

On the 4th of May 2010, Steven received recognition for his efforts in the form of an award for Everton's Player of the Season, which he said he was "really honoured" to receive.

He is one of few South Africans regularly playing in a major European league, and was a squad member at the 2002 World Cup finals but did not play. He has since become his country's most valuable player.


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