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Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart
Date of Birth:11 Feb 1983 (Age 31)
Place of Birth:Heemskerk
Nationality:Netherlands
Height:175 cm.
Weight:75 Kg.
Position:Midfielder
Squad Number:23
Euro 08: Rafael van der Vaart - Netherlands (PA)
Blessed with a fantastic technique, great vision and outstanding passing qualities, the versatile Rafael van der Vaart also showed at Ajax to have the goalscorer element in himself. However, when coach Ronald Koeman wanted Van der Vaart to play on the left wing in a free role in the game against Bayern Munich, the talented midfielder admitted that he did not like that idea. Van der Vaart lost his captaincy and there were troubles between him and Koeman that could not be resolved.  

Hamburger SV solves his problem and signed Van der Vaart after the 2004/2005 season. The Dutchman made a big impression in the Bundesliga. As a playmaker, Van der Vaart scored seven times in a row in the 2007/2008 season, equalling the club record of legendary Uwe Seeler (1963/1964).

Real Madrid succeeded in signing him in 2008. His first season went quite well, but in the summer of 2009 it looked like his time was up. While Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Klaas Jan Huntelaar signed contracts elsewhere, Van der Vaart decided to stay in Madrid due personal reasons.  

Making his debut at the age of 18, Van der Vaart has been a part of the Dutch national team since the 2002/2003 season. All though only being 27 at this moment, Van der Vaart has the experience of 74 caps and could end high in the ranks of most capped players.  

Did you know that:

Rafael Van der Vaart has a Spanish mother? The family of his mother is from Andalusia. It has always been a wish of Van der Vaart to play in Spain. 

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