Anita in 2010
|Full name||Vurnon San Benito Anita|
|Date of birth||4 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Willemstad, Curaçao|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Full back, defensive midfielder|
|2018–2019||→ Willem II (loan)||27||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:26, 31 August 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2018
Vurnon San Benito Anita (born 4 April 1989) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or full-back for RKC Waalwijk. He has also represented Netherlands at international level.
In his youth years on Curaçao, Anita started to play football at local team CVV Willemstad. After he and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1997, he started playing for amateur side VV Maarssen. Later he was scouted by Ajax and he joined their world-famous youth program in 1999.
As of the 2005–06 season he was promoted to the first team of Ajax and on 19 March 2006 he made his Eredivisie debut in a 3–2 away loss against FC Groningen. That year he also participated in the KNVB Cup semi-final against Roda JC. Ajax went on to win the KNVB Cup that year.
The following season he added another match to his Eredivisie total, bringing it to two appearances. He also made his European debut in the 3–0 away loss against Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup. In the 2007–08 season Anita did not play any matches for the first team, but in the 2008–09 he returned to the first team squad. He played a total of 16 matches, mainly as a replacement for injured or suspended teammates.
In the 2009–10 season Anita became a first team regular under new head coach Martin Jol. Because of a suspension of Urby Emanuelson and a long-time injury of Thimothée Atouba, Anita was posted as a left back. Jol was satisfied with his performance and continued to let him play as a left back for most of the season. He also played in the KNVB Cup final against Feyenoord and won his second KNVB Cup. His good performances also led to his debut at the Dutch national team. However, he was not selected for the squad for 2010 FIFA World Cup by coach Bert van Marwijk.
The 2010–11 season started as the previous season ended with Anita playing most matches as a left back. Ajax managed to qualify for the Group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2005–06. Because of the poor team performances during the first half of the season, Martin Jol left Ajax in December 2010 and was replaced by Frank de Boer. He believed Anita should play as a defensive midfielder rather than left back. As a consequence, Anita had to compete with other midfielders for his place in the starting line-up. He successfully did so and managed to play most matches. The season ended with two finals against FC Twente. Twente won the KNVB Cup final with 3–2, but Ajax secured the Eredivisie championship at the last matchday by winning 3–1. It was the first league title of Anita. In April 2011 it was announced that Anita signed a new contract at Ajax, binding him to the club until 2014.
After Ajax had rejected Newcastle's first bid, the clubs eventually came to an agreement after the second offer from the English club of an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £6.2 million. He signed a five-year deal and took the number 8 shirt, last worn by Danny Guthrie. Anita made his debut on 18 August 2012, replacing Yohan Cabaye, as the Magpies defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 on the opening day of the Premier League season. He made his first start for the club against Atromitos F.C. in the Europa League on 23 August, the game finished 1–1. He scored his first goal for Newcastle in a Europa League fixture against Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium on 8 November.
Anita scored his first league goal for Newcastle on 1 March 2014 in a comfortable 4–1 win away from home over Hull City, but the match was marred by controversy as manager Alan Pardew headbutted Hull player David Meyler. After Siem de Jong signed for Newcastle on 1 July 2014, the player revealed that both Anita and Tim Krul were very influential in persuading him to leave Ajax and join Tyneside.
Under new Manager Steve McClaren, Anita became a regular in centre midfield during the 2015–16 season. In the first half of the season he played eighteen of the first nineteen games before on 28 December 2015 he picked up a hamstring injury against West Bromwich Albion, which would keep him out for a lengthy period, the season saw Newcastle relegated to The Championship with Anita playing 28 games.
He was played mostly at right back during the 2016–17 season, playing 31 games in all competitions, which saw Anita win the EFL Championship 2016–17 season and gain promotion to the Premier League On 9 June 2017, Anita left Newcastle when his contract expired at the end of the 2016–17 season.
On 6 July 2017, Anita signed a three-year contract with Leeds United. On 6 August 2017, Anita made his Leeds United debut at left back coming on as a first half substitute for the injured Gaetano Berardi in the 3–2 victory against Bolton Wanderers. His first start came in the following game on 9 August 2017 in the League Cup 4–1 victory against Port Vale.
Due to injuries to regular fullbacks including Luke Ayling, Gaetano Berardi and Laurens De Bock during the season, Anita was used as right-back or left-back during the 2017–18 season, with Talksport's Billy Hawkins opining that Anita and De Bock "made appearances on the left of defence to little success".
On 2 September 2019, Anita's contract with Leeds was terminated by mutual consent.
Willem II loan
On 31 August 2018, he joined Dutch club Willem II on a season-long loan. He made his debut on 1 September 2018 in a defeat to PSV Eindhoven. In total, he made 27 appearances for Willem II in Eredivisie.
Anita joined Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia in late February 2020, but only made two league and one Cup appearances for the team, as the championship was suspended in mid March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He cancelled his contract with the club prior to the resumption of the matches in June.
On 31 August 2020, Anita joined Dutch club RKC Waalwijk for free.
On 26 May 2010, Anita made his full international debut for the Netherlands, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 friendly victory over Mexico. He made his first appearance in the starting eleven in a 1–1 friendly draw with Ukraine on 12 August 2010, being substituted at half-time by PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters.
2010 World Cup
Anita was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. However, on 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would not be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition.
- As of match played 13 September 2020
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Newcastle United||2012–13||Premier League||25||0||1||0||0||0||11[b]||1||—||37||1|
|Willem II (loan)||2018–19||Eredivisie||27||0||4||0||—||31||0|
|CSKA Sofia||2019–20||First League||2||0||1||0||—||3||0|
- As of match played 7 September 2010 
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