Now approaching the veteran stage of his career, Mark van Bommel has been a Dutch international since 2000 but has never appeared at the UEFA European Championship finals. That will be rectified in June 2012 as he has been a midfield mainstay of father-in-law Bert van Marwijk's side over the past four years.
• Born in the province of Limburg, in south-east Netherlands, Van Bommel spent seven seasons with local club Fortuna Sittard, making his debut at 16, before joining PSV Eindhoven in 1999.
• Won the Eredivisie title in his first two seasons, skippering PSV to the second of those triumphs and two further titles, the second of which, in 2004/05, was accompanied by victory in the Dutch Cup, a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and his election as Dutch footballer of the year for the second time.
• Joined FC Barcelona, where fellow Dutchman Frank Rijkaard was the coach, and helped the Catalan club win the Liga and UEFA Champions League in only his season before leaving for FC Bayern München.
• Dropped from the Netherlands team by Marco van Basten in 2005 but recalled for the 2006 FIFA World Cup – his first major tournament after sitting out UEFA EURO 2004 through injury; fell out with Van Basten again and missed UEFA EURO 2008 but restored, with considerable success, by Van Marwijk for the 2010 World Cup.
• Celebrated his seventh top-flight title in 11 years as Bayern won the 2009/10 Bundesliga, adding the German Cup for good measure, and appeared in his second UEFA Champions League final, which ended in defeat against FC Internazionale Milano.
• Influential ever-present for the Netherlands as they finished runners-up to Spain at the 2010 World Cup, after which he was appointed Oranje captain for the start of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying following Giovanni van Bronckhorst's retirement.
• Moved to Milan on a free transfer in January 2011 and was sent off 54 minutes into his Serie A debut, a 2-0 victory at Calcio Catania; ended the season as a Scudetto winner and rejoined PSV on a one-year deal in May 2012.
UEFA Champions League: winner 2006, runner-up 2010
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