Rafael van der Vaart

  • Date of birth : 11/02/1983
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Netherlands Netherlands
 
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Rafael van der Vaart

Clubs: AFC Ajax, Hamburger SV, Real Madrid CF, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Hamburger SV

• A graduate of Ajax's famed youth system, Van der Vaart made his first-team debut at 17, against FC Den Bosch in April 2000.

• Made his national team debut at 18 − against Andorra − during a brilliant first half of Ajax's 2001/02 title-winning season when he led the Eredivisie charts with 14 goals in 20 games; however, a right knee injury ended his campaign prematurely.

• The left-footed playmaker returned with 18 Eredivisie goals in 2002/03 and found the net on his UEFA Champions League debut against Olympique Lyonnais; was less prominent as Ajax regained the title in 2003/04 but was named club captain for the following campaign, his last before joining Hamburg.

• Scored in three successive UEFA EURO 2004 qualifiers but was out of form at the finals; it was a similar story at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he was not fully fit after an injury-wrecked debut Bundesliga campaign (though he still managed nine league goals and five in the UEFA Cup).

• Came good for the Oranje at UEFA EURO 2008 prior to leaving Hamburg for Madrid, where he was often a substitute in his debut campaign; made five appearances at the 2010 World Cup, coming on as a substitute in the final against Spain.

• After failing to cement his place in the Madrid side, he signed for Tottenham in an €11m move on 1 September 2010 and finished that season as the north London club's 13-goal top scorer in the Premier League.

• Made his 100th appearance for the Netherlands in a friendly against Belgium on 15 August 2012, a couple of weeks before he rejoined Hamburg. 

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.12CET

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General info

  • Name: Rafael van der Vaart
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 11/02/1983 (31)
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Squad number: 23
  • Club: Hamburg ( GER)

  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 74kg

  • Currently playing:
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    12/09/00: Gent 0-6 Ajax
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    26/10/98: Iceland 0-0 Netherlands

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Netherlands325
Netherlands U-2142
Netherlands U-1882
Netherlands U-16135
Total5714

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Hamburg53
Tottenham72
Real Madrid100
Ajax214
Total439
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Ajax83
Tottenham11
Hamburg178
Total2612
UEFA Intertoto Cup
ClubPGS
Hamburg94
Total94
Last updated: 16/10/2013 01:55 CET
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