Kyle Ebecilio

Kyle Ebecilio
Personal information
Full name Kyle Stephen Joel Ebecilio[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-17) 17 February 1994
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Twente
Number 21
Youth career
2001–2010 Feyenoord
2010–2013 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– FC Twente 60 (10)
2015–2016Nottingham Forest (loan) 5 (0)
2016ADO Den Haag (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Netherlands U16 9 (2)
2010–2011 Netherlands U17 13 (5)
2011–2013 Netherlands U19 16 (4)
2013– Netherlands U21 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:58, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Kyle Stephen Joel Ebecilio (born 17 February 1994) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. Ebecilio has featured for Arsenal, Nottingham Forest as well as Eredivisie sides ADO Den Haag and FC Twente throughout his career.[2][3]

Club career


Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ebecilio started his youth career at Feyenoord when he was seven.[4] Ebecilio soon attracted interest from Premier League clubs[5] and eventually joined Arsenal in 2010.[6] In 2011, Ebecilio signed his first professional contract with the club.[7] In November 2011, Ebecilio felt it was time for him to make his breakthrough at Arsenal.[8]

In May 2013, Ebecilio was offered a new contract with the club after years at the club's academy.[1] Meanwhile, other clubs were interested in signing Ebecilio.[9][10]


In May 2013, Ebecilio signed a five-year contract with FC Twente, returning to his homeland after three years in England.[11]

Ebecilio made his professional debut on 3 August 2013, coming on as a substitute for Dario Tanda in the 60th minutes, in a 0–0 draw against RKC Waalwijk.[12] Ebecilio scored his first professional goal in the next game, in a 4–1 win over Feyenoord.[13] Later in his first season, having been ever-present in this season, Ebecilio scored six more goals against Heracles,[14] NAC Breda,[15] PSV Eindhoven,[16] Roda JC Kerkrade,[17] N.E.C.[18] and PEC Zwolle.[19]

In his second season at Twente, Ebecilio added two more goals against Utrecht on 28 September 2013[20] and AZ Alkmaar on 5 October 2014.[21] In December 2014, Ebecilio clashed with Manager Alfred Schreuder resulting in him being left out of the squad for four matches.[22] Ebecilio scored on his return, in a 2–1 win over Cambuur on 31 January 2015.[23]

Nottingham Forest

On 20 August 2015, Ebecilio joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.[24] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw away at Bolton Wanderers on 22 August 2015. However, having made only five first-team appearances for the club due to injury, Ebecilio's loan deal at Nottingham was terminated on 31 January 2016; the last day of the English and Dutch winter transfer window. He was instantly loaned out to ADO Den Haag.[25]

International career

Ebecilio has represented The Netherlands at various youth levels, from under 16 to under 21 levels.[26]

At the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Serbia, Ebecilio scored three goals in the 2011 tournament which the Dutch won for the first time. He stood out earning the Golden Boot and Best Player awards.[27]

Personal life

Ebecilio grew up supporting Feyenoord[3] and his cousins are fellow footballers Jeffrey Bruma and Marciano Bruma.[4]

In July 2016, Ebecilio was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome.[28]

Career statistics

As of match played 8 May 2016[29]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
FC Twente 2013–14 Eredivisie 34710357
2014–15 Eredivisie 2633020313
Total 601040206610
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2015–16 Championship 50000050
ADO Den Haag (loan) 2015–16 Eredivisie 60000060
Career total 71104000207710


  1. 1 2 "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. "Kyle Ebecilio: Profile". Eurosport.
  3. 1 2 "Young Guns: Kyle Ebecilio". Arsenal F.C. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Strijd tussen neven Bruma, Ebecilio". OnsOrange. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. "Kyle Ebecilio set for Arsenal transfer after snubbing Chelsea move". Metro. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. "Arsenal sign Dutch starlet Kyle Ebecilio from Feyenoord". 17 June 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  7. "Kyle Ebecilio signs professional contract". Arsenal F.C. 21 February 2011. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. "Ebecilio hoopt volgend seizoen op speeltijd bij Arsenal" (in Dutch). 11 November 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. "PSV en Twente azen op Arsenal-talent Ebecilio" (in Dutch). 5 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  10. "Ook Fulham en Anderlecht willen Ebecilio" (in Dutch). 9 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  11. "Kyle Ebecilio agrees FC Twente move | News Archive | News". 28 May 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014.
  12. "'Lelijk eendje' RKC blijft simpel op de been bij pover Twente" (in Dutch). 3 August 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  13. "Kyle Ebecilio na afstraffing Feyenoord niet eens verrast" (in Dutch). 11 August 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  14. "FC Twente heeft geen kind aan Heracles in harde derby" (in Dutch). 21 September 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  15. "Veerkrachtig NAC maakt het FC Twente lang moeilijk" (in Dutch). 24 November 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  16. "PSV troeft titelkandidaat FC Twente af" (in Dutch). 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  17. "Spanning in Eredivisie nog niet verdwenen" (in Dutch). 13 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  18. "FC Twente geeft zwak en angstig NEC pak slaag" (in Dutch). 27 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  19. "FC Twente en PEC vermaken publiek op slotdag" (in Dutch). 3 May 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  20. "Inspiratieloos Twente ontsnapt tegen FC Utrecht" (in Dutch). 28 September 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  21. "Vermakelijke strijd tussen AZ en Twente onbeslist" (in Dutch). 5 October 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  22. "Kyle Ebecilio reageert 'onprofessioneel'" (in Dutch). 18 December 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  23. "De Jong baalt van Cambuur: 'We zijn veel te lief'" (in Dutch). 31 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  24. "Reds land Dutch midfielder". Nottingham Forest. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  25. "Kyle Ebecilio: Nottingham Forest terminate midfielder's loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  26. "Kyle Ebecilio - Player Profile - Eurosport UK".
  27. "Netherlands beat Germany to win Under-17 Euro title". Eurosport. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  28. "Former Nottingham Forest loan signing Kyle Ebecilio diagnosed with rare disease". Nottingham
  29. "K.Ebecilio". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
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