A classic winger with tremendous skill and dribbling ability, Arjen Robben has suffered terribly with injuries and has not played a competitive match for the Netherlands since the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. However, as he has demonstrated at four previous major tournaments, he can be a vibrant match-winner when the mood takes him.
• Demonstrated considerable early talent at FC Groningen and though bought by PSV Eindhoven in 2001, he remained with his first club for another 12 months.
• Won the Eredivisie in his first season at PSV, scoring 12 goals; voted Talent of the Year at the 2003 Dutch PFA awards, ahead of Wesley Sneijder.
• Made his Netherlands debut in the same game as Sneijder – a friendly against Portugal on 30 April 2003; his major tournament bow came at UEFA EURO 2004, where he scored the winning penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out with Sweden, and was also on song for Oranje at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008.
• Joined Chelsea FC in 2004 and though his debut was delayed due to injury, he made a major impact when fit, winning two Premier League titles and three domestic cups.
• Became Real Madrid CF's fourth most expensive signing after arriving for €35m in 2007; won the Spanish title in his first season but departed at the end of the second, transferring to FC Bayern München for €25m.
• Scored a career-best 16 league goals in his first campaign, winning the Bundesliga and German Cup but losing to FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League final.
• Played five games, scoring two goals, as the Netherlands reached the 2010 World Cup final, losing to Spain in the Johannesburg showpiece; a torn thigh muscle diagnosed upon his return to Bayern in August ruled him out until early 2011.
• Had an extra-time penalty, which would have given his team the lead, saved by Chelsea's Petr Čech in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final; Bayern lost in the subsequent shoot-out.
UEFA Champions League: runner-up 2010, 2012
UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 2011
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