Van Der Vaart On Spain?

Van Der Vaart On Spain
Van der Vaart digs out Spain However, this time Van der Vaart has progressed from calling out a single player to throwing an entire nation in the meat grinder, revealing his scathing thoughts on Spain’s displays at Euro 2020. According to the Daily Mail, Van der Vaart ranted during an appearance for Dutch broadcasters NOS: ‘Spain is horrible.

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Rafael van der Vaart

Van der Vaart at practice with Hamburger SV in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Date of birth 11 February 1983 (age 39)
Place of birth Heemskerk , Netherlands
Height 1. 76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team Esbjerg fB (assistant)
Youth career
1987–1993 De Kennemers
1993–2000 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps ( Gls )
2000–2005 Ajax 117 (52)
2005–2008 Hamburger SV 74 (30)
2008–2010 Real Madrid 58 (11)
2010–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 63 (24)
2012–2015 Hamburger SV 78 (16)
2015–2016 Betis 7 (0)
2016–2018 Midtjylland 17 (2)
2018 Esbjerg fB 3 (0)
Total 417 (135)
National team
1998–1999 Netherlands U17 13 (5)
1999–2000 Netherlands U19 8 (2)
2000–2001 Netherlands U21 4 (2)
2001–2013 Netherlands 109 (25)
Teams managed
2021– Esbjerg fB (assistant)
2022 Esbjerg fB (interim)
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*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart (born 11 February 1983) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder , and is currently the assistant manager of Danish 1st Division club Esbjerg fB. Van der Vaart began his career at Ajax ‘s youth academy and worked his way into the first team, debuting as a 17-year-old. Known for his playmaking skills, he drew comparisons to Johan Cruyff. He was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and became the first recipient of the Golden Boy Award while at the club.

  1. He moved to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV , then to Real Madrid , then on to Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Hamburg in 2012;
  2. In the latter stages of his career, Van der Vaart had brief spells playing in Spain and Denmark before announcing his retirement in 2018, and return in 2019 with a testimonial match;

Van der Vaart earned 109 caps for the Netherlands between 2001 and 2013. He represented the country at three UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups , reaching the final in 2010. In 2019, Van der Vaart began his darts career, joining the British Darts Organisation.

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Who is Rafael van der Vaart?

Real Madrid [ edit ] – “Rafael van der Vaart is a player of great quality, vision and talent. We are certain that he will be a player who will help us complement the already very strong squad we have. ” – Ramón Calderón on Van der Vaart following his arrival at Real Madrid in August 2008. Van der Vaart in action for Real Madrid Towards the end of the 2007–08 season, Van der Vaart was linked to a move to several clubs including Atlético Madrid and Juventus. Atlético made a €15 million bid for the Dutchman, which Hamburg rejected, and in the end, it was their cross-town rivals who got Van der Vaart’s signature instead. On 4 August 2008, Real Madrid and Hamburg reached a €13 million agreement for Van der Vaart’s transfer, Real Madrid’s only summer signing.

He signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed amount. Van der Vaart debuted in a 2–1 pre-season win four days later, against Colombian side Independiente Santa Fé , where he scored the equalising goal and provided an assist for the winner.

He changed his squad number from 19 to his favoured number 23 after teammate Wesley Sneijder took number 10 following Robinho ‘s departure to Manchester City on 31 August. He marked his league debut for Real Madrid with a strike against Numancia in a 4–3 victory.

On 24 September, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 7–1 thrashing of Sporting de Gijón. In October 2008, Van der Vaart was one of the many La Liga players to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or , but the award eventually went to Manchester United forward and future teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

For the latter part of the 2008–09 season , Van der Vaart was mostly utilised as an impact substitute by coach Juande Ramos , which led to speculations of a fall-out between coach and player. Despite transfer rumours linking him with Arsenal , Chelsea and Liverpool , he denied having any links with the English clubs.

  • During the summer of 2009, it was speculated that van der Vaart would leave Real Madrid after being told he was not going to be part of the team’s plans by coach Manuel Pellegrini;
  • His number 23 jersey was even handed to Esteban Granero in preseason, leaving him without a squad number;
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Towards the end of the summer transfer window , however, he eventually came to an agreement with Real Madrid to stay with the club after the squad size had been reduced to 25 players as Dutch compatriots Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were forced to leave the club.

Van der Vaart was handed his original number 23 jersey while Granero was given number 24. After a wait of four games, Van der Vaart was finally included in Pellegrini’s squad list to face Villarreal on 23 September.

An injury to Kaká gave Van der Vaart a chance to establish himself as a key player for Los Blancos again. On 20 December, he scored two goals in a 6–0 win against Real Zaragoza. He scored his last goal for Real Madrid against Málaga on 16 May 2010. Van der Vaart stated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, at least until the end of his contract.

When did van der Vaart sign for Real Madrid?

Real Madrid [ edit ] – “Rafael van der Vaart is a player of great quality, vision and talent. We are certain that he will be a player who will help us complement the already very strong squad we have. ” – Ramón Calderón on Van der Vaart following his arrival at Real Madrid in August 2008. Van der Vaart in action for Real Madrid Towards the end of the 2007–08 season, Van der Vaart was linked to a move to several clubs including Atlético Madrid and Juventus. Atlético made a €15 million bid for the Dutchman, which Hamburg rejected, and in the end, it was their cross-town rivals who got Van der Vaart’s signature instead. On 4 August 2008, Real Madrid and Hamburg reached a €13 million agreement for Van der Vaart’s transfer, Real Madrid’s only summer signing.

  • He signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed amount;
  • Van der Vaart debuted in a 2–1 pre-season win four days later, against Colombian side Independiente Santa Fé , where he scored the equalising goal and provided an assist for the winner;

He changed his squad number from 19 to his favoured number 23 after teammate Wesley Sneijder took number 10 following Robinho ‘s departure to Manchester City on 31 August. He marked his league debut for Real Madrid with a strike against Numancia in a 4–3 victory.

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On 24 September, he scored his first career hat-trick in a 7–1 thrashing of Sporting de Gijón. In October 2008, Van der Vaart was one of the many La Liga players to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or , but the award eventually went to Manchester United forward and future teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

For the latter part of the 2008–09 season , Van der Vaart was mostly utilised as an impact substitute by coach Juande Ramos , which led to speculations of a fall-out between coach and player. Despite transfer rumours linking him with Arsenal , Chelsea and Liverpool , he denied having any links with the English clubs.

During the summer of 2009, it was speculated that van der Vaart would leave Real Madrid after being told he was not going to be part of the team’s plans by coach Manuel Pellegrini. His number 23 jersey was even handed to Esteban Granero in preseason, leaving him without a squad number.

Towards the end of the summer transfer window , however, he eventually came to an agreement with Real Madrid to stay with the club after the squad size had been reduced to 25 players as Dutch compatriots Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were forced to leave the club.

Van der Vaart was handed his original number 23 jersey while Granero was given number 24. After a wait of four games, Van der Vaart was finally included in Pellegrini’s squad list to face Villarreal on 23 September.

An injury to Kaká gave Van der Vaart a chance to establish himself as a key player for Los Blancos again. On 20 December, he scored two goals in a 6–0 win against Real Zaragoza. He scored his last goal for Real Madrid against Málaga on 16 May 2010. Van der Vaart stated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, at least until the end of his contract.

Why did van der Vaart live in Esbjerg?

Darts career [ edit ] – In April 2019, Van der Vaart began a professional darts career, joining the British Darts Organisation. On 4 May, Van der Vaart made his debut at the Denmark Open , winning his first round match 4–2 against Thomas Anderson before being knocked out in the second round 4–0 by Mogens Christensen.