Stefanus Johannes "Stijn" Schaars began his career at Vitesse Arnhem and he made his debut at the club on 9 March, 2003 in a 4–1 away defeat to FC Utrecht. In 2005 he transferred to Eredivisie club AZ where he currently plays his football. He also captains his club.
The 26-year-old midfielder, born on 11 January 1984, made his debut for the national team on 16 August 2006, as he started in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland which the Netherlands won 4–0. Earlier that year he was the captain of the Dutch side that won the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006.
An ankle injury prevented Schaars from taking part in most of the 2006/07 season and he didn't play a single Eredivisie game during the following season. This effectively ruled out his chances of taking part in EURO 2008 with the Netherlands, but now that he is fit he will prove vital asset for his country.
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