For Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries – arguably Netherlands’ best player this tournament. Check out his stats, Scottish and red card.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

Denzel Justus Morris Dumfries is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Netherlands national team.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

Personal information
Full name Denzel Justus Morris Dumfries     
Date of birth 18 April 1996 (age 26)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Right-back, Center-back

Dumfries began his senior career in 2014 at Sparta Rotterdam, helping them gain promotion to the Eredivisie in 2016 as the Eerste Divisie Talent of the Year.

In 2017, he joined Heerenveen, before moving to PSV the following year, eventually becoming the club captain. In 2021, Dumfries joined Serie A side Inter Milan.

Born in the Netherlands to an Aruban father, Dumfries initially represented Aruba internationally in 2014, before switching allegiance to the Netherlands. 

Denzel Dumfries Scottish 

The World Cup 2022 star first caught out attention at Euro 2020 but is back with a burst of energy under Louis van Gaal a year later. 

Dumfries is a market town in southwest Scotland, home – or indeed “doon hame”, as the locals would have it – to almost 50,000, some of whom are followers of the local team Queen of the South.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

Denzel’s father, Boris Dumfries, originates from Aruba – a 20-mile long Caribbean island, just off the top of South America.

Aruba was colonised initially by the Spanish (it was “discovered” by Amerigo Vespucci, after whom the Americas are named) and briefly by the British but, for the most part, by the Dutch. It is still part of the family: Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Turns out Dumfries is not a particularly unusual name in Aruba: online genealogy resource lists the island as having the world’s highest prevalence of the surname.

Indeed, Siegfried Dumfries is the director of the Aruban government’s Department of Culture, while Samuel Dumfries advises the Environment Ministry.


Denzel Justus Morris Dumfries was born on 18 April 1996 in Rotterdam, South Holland, to a Surinamese mother and Aruban father. His parents named him after American actor Denzel Washington.

Growing up, Dumfries said he was determined to make it as a professional footballer, for which he was ridiculed and mocked by his peers, due to his lack of technical skills at the time.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

But Dumfries proved his doubters wrong, saying in an interview with Voetbal International: “I knew I would become a professional football player and I said it to everyone: I’m sure I’ll make the Dutch national team. I knew that they all thought that doesn’t make sense. But I have always proclaimed it.

The people who have not seen it in me have been limited in their vision. They only looked at me at the time, but they should have looked further.

How can he develop? I think everyone should look at themselves that way, not limit yourself to someone small.

You have to look up, not down. What can I achieve, what is my potential and how am I going to get there? I knew exactly what I had to do to take certain steps.”

Denzel dumfries red card

Denzel Dumfries ‘completely lost his head’ in Netherlands’ ill-tempered World Cup quarter-final clash with Argentina.

The Dutch fought back from 2-0 down to take the match to a penalty shootout, however it was Lionel Messi and co who progressed to the semi-finals in the most dramatic fashion.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

However, Dumfries was less-than impressed after the end of the match, with talkSPORT commentator Ian Danter witnessing his fury as he was sent off after the final whistle.

Commentating after the conclusion of the shootout, he said: “There are still some angry Dutch players out there, Dumfries out there is still wanting words with some of those players.

“It’s looking rather unseemly out there.

“An incredible, incredible football match. Plenty of argy-bargy with the Argies barging the Dutch out of this World Cup.”

Dumfries, though, did get a red in the aftermath of his furious outburst, and his conduct certainly warranted one.

It was a busy game for the referee, who handed out a total of 18 yellow cards across the 120 minutes, and even after the shootout had finished – a new record for a World Cup game.


Dumfries was eligible to play for Aruba through his father, Boris; Suriname through his mother, Marleen; and Netherlands, his birthplace. While still at Barendrecht, Dumfries received a call-up to play for the Aruba national football team.

Denzel Dumfries : Scottish | Name | Red card | Stats

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
      2014–2017       Sparta Rotterdam 65 (2)
2017–2018 Heerenveen 33 (3)
2018–2021 PSV 89 (13)
2021– Inter Milan 48 (6)
International career
2014 Aruba 2 (1)
2016 Netherlands U20 4 (0)
2016–2018 Netherlands U21 5 (0)
2018– Netherlands 41 (6)

Ronald Koeman named Dumfries in the Netherlands squad for the first time in October 2018. He played his first international match against Germany on 13 October 2018, as the Oranje national team won 3–0.

After the match, Dumfries reflected on his debut, saying: “On the way to the game I had a moment of: this is really what I wanted and in which no one believed in. At that moment you are really proud of yourself. A fantastic moment for me, I worked hard for this.”

Although he was featured in a 2–0 win against France, Netherlands qualified for League A in the UEFA Nations League where they would qualify to the final four after drawing with Germany on the final match day, beating France by head-to-head records.

During a 4–0 win against Belarus on 21 March 2019, Dumfries started in a European qualifier match and played 68 minutes before being substituted, due to suffering from a groin injury.

But he quickly recovered and was featured in a match against Germany on 24 March 2019, as Netherlands lost 3–2.

By Rishabh

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