Steven Pienaar is a midfielder currently playing for Everton FC in the Premier League. The midfielder spent his youth career playing in his homeland for Ajax Cape Town. In 1999, Pienaar made his senior debut and made 24 appearances in total for the club. During his time there, he also scored six goals which alerted several European clubs of his presence. Ironically, in 2001, Pienaar moved to another club called Ajax, this time in Holland.
He made his Eredivisie debut in February 2002 and became a pivotal member of the team that won the Dutch league in 2002 and 2004. Pienaar spent five seasons in the Netherlands and managed to score 15 times in 94 appearances.
In January 2006, Pienaar was purchased by Borussia Dortmund who saw the creative midfielder as a replacement for Arsenal bound Tomas Rosicky. Nevertheless, his time at the club was unmemorable and he never really settled in Germany. In two seasons, he only made 25 appearances and failed to score. It came as no surprise when he exited the club at the beginning of the 2007/08 campaign. Everton was Pienaar's destination as he joined the club on loan for the season. He impressed significantly during his loan spell which saw him make 28 appearances whilst notching twice. These performances led to Everton making his move a permanent one for £2 million at the start of the 2008/09 season. Pienaar signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 2010 staying for two years before moving back to Everton in 2011, on loan at first and a permanent transfer was made in 2012.
Pienaar has also become a regular for the South African national team in the last number of years. He made his debut in 2002 against Turkey which saw the team win 2-0. He currently has 46 caps and has managed two goals to date for his country. His finest moments so far have been participating in the 2002 World Cup and the 2009 Confederations Cup. He will hope to star in the 2010 World Cup which will be hosted in his own country.