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: 29/05/2014 09:21 CET
15.08.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundBelgiumBelgium4-2NetherlandsNetherlands4600
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands3-0AndorraAndorra7110
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundRomaniaRomania1-4NetherlandsNetherlands7611
14.11.2012Friendlies 2014-16First roundNetherlandsNetherlands0-0GermanyGermany7200
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands3-0EstoniaEstonia5410
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands4-0RomaniaRomania7910
04.08.2013German DFB CupFirst roundSV Schott JenaSV Schott Jena0-4HamburgHamburg9010
11.08.2013German BundesligaSchalkeSchalke3-3HamburgHamburg9011
14.08.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundPortugalPortugal1-1NetherlandsNetherlands4600
17.08.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-5HoffenheimHoffenheim8410
24.08.2013German BundesligaHerthaHertha1-0HamburgHamburg9000
31.08.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg4-0BraunschweigBraunschweig7910
14.09.2013German BundesligaDortmundDortmund6-2HamburgHamburg001
21.09.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-2BremenBremen9000
24.09.2013German DFB CupSecond roundHamburgHamburg1-0FürthFürth9000
28.09.2013German BundesligaEintracht FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt2-2HamburgHamburg9000
06.10.2013German BundesligaNürnbergNürnberg0-5HamburgHamburg9012
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands8-1HungaryHungary9010
20.10.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg3-3StuttgartStuttgart9010
27.10.2013German BundesligaFreiburgFreiburg0-3HamburgHamburg9010
02.11.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-2MönchengladbachMönchengladbach9000
09.11.2013German BundesligaLeverkusenLeverkusen5-3HamburgHamburg9001
16.11.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundNetherlandsNetherlands2-2JapanJapan7810
19.11.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundNetherlandsNetherlands0-0ColombiaColombia4500
14.12.2013German BundesligaBayernBayern3-1HamburgHamburg9000
21.12.2013German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-3MainzMainz9010
26.01.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-3SchalkeSchalke9000
01.02.2014German BundesligaHoffenheimHoffenheim3-0HamburgHamburg9000
08.02.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg0-3HerthaHertha9000
12.02.2014German DFB CupQuarter-finalsHamburgHamburg0-5BayernBayern4000
15.02.2014German BundesligaBraunschweigBraunschweig4-2HamburgHamburg5200
01.03.2014German BundesligaBremenBremen1-0HamburgHamburg4500
16.03.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-1NürnbergNürnberg8200
22.03.2014German BundesligaStuttgartStuttgart1-0HamburgHamburg5800
26.03.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-1FreiburgFreiburg9000
30.03.2014German BundesligaMönchengladbachMönchengladbach3-1HamburgHamburg9000
04.04.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg2-1LeverkusenLeverkusen6801
12.04.2014German BundesligaHannoverHannover2-1HamburgHamburg4500
03.05.2014German BundesligaHamburgHamburg1-4BayernBayern9000
10.05.2014German BundesligaMainzMainz3-2HamburgHamburg8300

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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

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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