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


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 01/07/2015 18:16 CET
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands3-0AndorraAndorra7110
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundRomaniaRomania1-4NetherlandsNetherlands7611
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands3-0EstoniaEstonia5410
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands4-0RomaniaRomania7910
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands8-1HungaryHungary9010
18.08.2014German DFB CupFirst roundEnergieEnergie2-2
23.08.2014German BundesligaKölnKöln0-0HamburgHamburg9000
30.08.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-3PaderbornPaderborn3700
19.10.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-1HoffenheimHoffenheim6600
25.10.2014German BundesligaHerthaHertha3-0HamburgHamburg6500
29.10.2014German DFB CupSecond roundHamburgHamburg1-3BayernBayern2101
01.11.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-0LeverkusenLeverkusen6310
09.11.2014German BundesligaWolfsburgWolfsburg2-0HamburgHamburg7900
23.11.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-0BremenBremen8600
29.11.2014German BundesligaAugsburgAugsburg3-1HamburgHamburg7510
07.12.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-1MainzMainz8310
13.12.2014German BundesligaFreiburgFreiburg0-0HamburgHamburg6500
16.12.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-1StuttgartStuttgart9000
31.01.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-2KölnKöln9000
04.02.2015German BundesligaPaderbornPaderborn0-3HamburgHamburg6610
07.02.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-1HannoverHannover4500
14.02.2015German BundesligaBayernBayern8-0HamburgHamburg5700
28.02.2015German BundesligaFrankfurtFrankfurt2-1HamburgHamburg1100
07.03.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-0DortmundDortmund800
20.03.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-1HerthaHertha7500
11.04.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-2WolfsburgWolfsburg6200
19.04.2015German BundesligaBremenBremen1-0HamburgHamburg8600
25.04.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg3-2AugsburgAugsburg7500
03.05.2015German BundesligaMainzMainz1-2HamburgHamburg9000
08.05.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-1FreiburgFreiburg9000
16.05.2015German BundesligaStuttgartStuttgart2-1HamburgHamburg9001

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General info

  • Name: Rafael van der Vaart
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 11/02/1983 (32)
  • Country: Netherlands

  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 74kg

  • 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

Netherlands U-2142
Netherlands U-1882
Netherlands U-16135

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid100
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 16/10/2013 01:55 CET
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