Calvin Jong-a-Pin

Calvin Jong-a-Pin

Jong-a-Pin in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
FC Machida Zelvia
Number 37
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Volendam 6 (1)
2006–2011 Heerenveen 73 (0)
2009–2010Vitesse Arnhem (loan) 30 (0)
2011–2015 Shimizu S-Pulse 93 (1)
2016– FC Machida Zelvia
National team
2007–2008 Netherlands U21 10 (0)
2008 Netherlands Olympic 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2014.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 June 2008

Calvin Jong-a-Pin (born 18 July 1986) is a Dutch footballer plays as a left back who plays for the Japanese club FC Machida Zelvia.

Primarily considered a central defender, Jong-a-Pin has proved extremely versatile and has been deployed as a left back and a defensive midfielder at various spells in his career.

His ancestor came from China and moved to Surinam – "Jong-A-Pin" is his ancestor's full name and in fact, in accordance with the habits of the Chinese people, his real last name is Jong.


Jong-a-Pin with Shimizu in 2012

Jong-a-Pin was born in Amsterdam and started his professional career at FC Volendam. Jong-a-Pin made his debut for Volendam against N.E.C.. Jong-a-Pin scored his first goal for Volendam the following against Jong-a-Pin. In 2006 Jong-a-Pin signed for Heerenveen.


In 2006 Jong-a-Pin signed a five-year deal with Heerenveen. He made his debut against FC Groningen being the youngest starting player at the age of 19 in the match. In his first season Jong-a-Pin was backup to Kristian Bak Nielsen as Left Back. In the 2007-08 season, Jong-a-Pin became a regular due to the departure of Nielsen playing 23 matches in the Eredivisie. Due to Jong-a-Pin's impressive performances in 2007, he was selected by Foppe de Haan in the 18-man squad to participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics for Netherlands, playing in three matches in the tournament. In 2009 Jong-a-Pin joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan. After a very impressive season with Vitesse playing 30 matches scoring one goal, Heerenveen were convinced he was going to return as a starter in the Heerenveen line-up. Jong-a-Pin returned and was played as starting Left Back in the 2010-11 season and has played 29 matches for Heerenveen. Jong-a-Pin contract expires in the Summer 2011 and many teams such as Ajax and Feyenoord have been attracted due to his consistent performances.

Vitesse (loan)

In 2009 Jong-a-Pin joined Vitesse on a one-year loan. He made his debut for Vitesse against FC Utrecht. Jong-a-Pin scored his first goal for Vitesse against RKC Waalwijk and scored the only goal of the match. Jong-a-Pin was a starting player in the Vitesse line-up and played 30 matches scoring 1 goal.


On 17 August 2011, Jong-a-Pin moved to Japan, signing a contract with J1 League side Shimizu S-Pulse. Following Shinji Ono's departure in October 2012, Jong-a-Pin was appointed the new vice captain.

On 21 February 2016, Jong-a-Pin signed for J2 League side FC Machida Zelvia, arriving on a free transfer.[1]


In 2007 Jong-a-Pin was called up by Jong Oranje coach Foppe de Haan to be part of his squad for the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship held in the Netherlands. Jong-a-Pin participated in both of their first round group matches against Israel (1–0 win) and Portugal (2–1 win) to secure a semi final spot and to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Later the final was reached with a 1–1, 13–12 win after a penalty shootout with 32 penalty kicks taken against England. The Dutch went on to retain their 2006 title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final. Jong-a-Pin played 3 games in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

His family is from Suriname, with some Chinese ancestry from his father's side.[2]

Club statistics

As of 06:52, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Total
2005–06VolendamEerste Divisie610061
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
2011Shimizu S-PulseJ1 League1102030160
Netherlands 1091401131
Japan 931802401251
Career total 20221202402382




  1. "Defender Jong-a-Pin joins Zelvia". J. League. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  2. Berend Scholten (15 June 2007). "Jong-A-Pin's Chinese connection". Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13.

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