|Rafael van der Vaart|
|Full name||Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart|
|Date of birth||February 11, 1983|
|Place of birth||Heemskerk, Netherlands|
|Height||1. Events 660 BC - Traditional founding date of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Heemskerk ( is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands 75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder,Forward|
|Current club||Hamburger SV|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart (born February 11, 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Hamburger SV and plays for the Dutch national team. Events 660 BC - Traditional founding date of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The Bundesliga is the highest level of Germany 's football league system. Hamburger SV is a German multi Sport club ("Traditionsverein" based in Hamburg, its largest branch is the football department. The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association Van der Vaart was born to a Spanish mother (from Chiclana de la Frontera) and a Dutch father in Heemskerk, in North Holland. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Chiclana de la Frontera is a city in southwestern Spain, in the province of Cadiz near the Gulf of Cadiz. Heemskerk ( is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. North Holland ( Dutch: Noord-Holland,, West Frisian: Noôrd-Holland) is a province situated on the North Sea in the He has scored 12 goals in 50 caps for the national team and he is a free kick specialist.
His previous clubs were Ajax and De Kennemers in his hometown of Heemskerk. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam Van der Vaart played for the Netherlands in Euro 2004 and in the 2006 World Cup. The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship (or just Euro 2004) was the twelfth edition of the UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament He married Sylvie Meis, on June 10, 2005, and their first child, Damián Rafael, was born May 28, 2006. Sylvie Françoise van der Vaart-Meis (born 13 April 1978, Breda) is a Dutch actress and presenter and current wife of Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 585 BC - A Solar eclipse occurs as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
At the age of ten, Rafael van der Vaart was enrolled in a youth trial in Amsterdam for Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam. Amsterdam (pronounced) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam His talent was quickly noticed and he eventually joined AFC Ajax on a trial basis. It was soon decided that young Rafael was allowed to continue to stay at the club.
At the age of seventeen, Rafael van der Vaart made his debut for AFC Ajax in a 1-1 draw with FC Den Bosch in the 1999-00 season. FC Den Bosch is a football club from 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
In the 2000-01 season, van der Vaart saw a vast amount of game time compared to his first season at Ajax. The 2000/2001 season in Dutch football was the 45th season in the Eredivisie, where PSV Eindhoven claimed the title while FC Twente won the Dutch National Then Ajax coach Co Adriaanse opted to play Van der Vaart more and more, giving the Dutchman a good spell of game time at Ajax. Jacobson ("Co" Adriaanse (born on July 21, 1947 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland) is a Dutch football manager and Van der Vaart's keen eye for attack was noticed and he was put into the central attacking midfielder position. For the Australian Rules position see Midfielder (Australian Rules. That year, he went on to be elected as Ajax Talent of the Year from the Ajax supporters and was also voted as European Talent of the Year by readers of Italian magazine Calcio Manager. Italy (Italia officially the Italian Republic, (Repubblica Italiana is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest 
The 2001-02 season brought more prestige for Van der Vaart. The 2001/2002 season in Dutch football was the 46th season in the Eredivisie, where Ajax Amsterdam claimed the double (overall title and National Cup He was given the number 23 shirt as a sign of his further growing involvement with Ajax. However, in that season, Van der Vaart suffered a serious knee injury which reqiured an operation. The operation went through and Van der Vaart returned to football, however, the injury plagued the young player even more and on April 2, 2002, Van der Vaart sustained a more serious injury in the same area and required a more important operation, removing his entire meniscus. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Although being plagued by injuries throughout the season, van der Vaart managed to score 14 goals for Ajax.
In the 2002-03 season, Van der Vaart had recovered from his injuries and during the Amsterdam Tournament, he scored two goals in Ajax's magnificent 4-3 victory over FC Barcelona. The 2002/2003 season in Dutch football was the 47th season in the Eredivisie, where PSV Eindhoven claimed the title while FC Utrecht won the Dutch National The Amsterdam Tournament is an annual Association football tournament played in the pre-season hosted by AFC Ajax. Fútbol Club Barcelona ( Catalan fudˈbɔɫ ˌklup bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish ˈfutβol ˌkluβ baɾθeˈlona known familiarly as Barça (Spanish ˈbaɾsa Catalan Ajax went on to win the tournament with a goal from van der Vaart against Internazionale in the finals. Football Club Internazionale Milano, most commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, or Inter, is an Italian professional football club Despite suffering yet another series of injuries through out the season, van der Vaart finished the season with 18 goals to him name in 21 appearances in the Eredivisie. The Eredivisie ( English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands.
In the 2004-05 season, van der Vaart was named team captain by coach Ronald Koeman. Ronald Koeman (born 21 March 1963 in Zaandam) is a former Dutch football defender and current manager During an international match against Sweden national football team on August 18, 2004, van der Vaart was injured by fellow Ajax teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimović, which led the Ajax side to disfunction and also led to Ibrahimović's sudden sale to Juventus on August 31, 2004. The Swedish national football team is the national football team of Sweden and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Zlatan Ibrahimović (born October 3, 1981 in Malmö, Sweden) is a Swedish football Striker of Bosnian Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Upon his return, Ajax, unable to find a replacement striker, gave manager Ronald Koeman no choice but to put van der Vaart into a striking position, especially with, Ajax striker, Wesley Sonck's poor form. Wesley Sonck (born August 9 1978 in Ninove) is a Belgian football Striker playing for Club Brugge. 
Continuing to have a poor season, van der Vaart was stripped from his captaincy by Koeman on December 10, 2004. Events 1041 - Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " His performances drew negative reports from the media, who constantly criticized him for being overweight and spending too much time at glamourous parties with his then fiancée, TMF veejay Sylvie Meis. TMF (The Music Factory is a Pop music Television channel that operates in the Netherlands (TMF Nederland Belgium (TMF Vlaanderen the  Koeman quit the team as head coach, and Danny Blind took over as manager. Dirk Franciscus "Danny" Blind (born August 1, 1961 in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands) is a football coach and Van der Vaart was injured for most of the games left under Blind, and he announced that he did not plan on staying with Ajax, and would leave the following season.
Ajax officially announced the sale of van der Vaart for an estimated fee of €5. Please update other articles as well to avoid contradiction within Wikipedia e 5m to Hamburger SV on June 1, 2005. Hamburger SV is a German multi Sport club ("Traditionsverein" based in Hamburg, its largest branch is the football department. Events 193 - Roman Emperor Didius Julianus is Assassinated 987 - Hugh Capet is elected Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 
Van der Vaart moved to Bundesliga club Hamburg SV on July 1, 2005, where he was positioned as playmaker. The Bundesliga is the highest level of Germany 's football league system. Hamburger SV is a German multi Sport club ("Traditionsverein" based in Hamburg, its largest branch is the football department. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. In Association football, a playmaker is an attacking player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play and is often involved in Passing moves which lead to For a player touted as one of the young stars of Europe, a move to a side passed its greater years came as a shock to most of the footballing world; some even declared it a step backward, and that it was a result of Van der Vaart's poor performances for Ajax.  In his first season in Germany, Van der Vaart began developing the form he used to herald in Ajax. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. He finished the season as Hamburg's topscorer, including a strings of sensational long range efforts, and earned rave reviews for his performances both within Germany, and abroad.
Moving to Germany turned out to be a prudent move for the talented Dutchman, ably leading his new side to victory in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup, following it up with a 3rd place finish in the Bundesliga, which ensured Hamburg a place in the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Intertoto Cup 2005 finals were won by Lens, Marseille, and Hamburg.
The next season, Van der Vaart was appointed as team captain. However, once again, injury was to shroud his contribution to the side. In his injury forced absence, Hamburg spiraled into the relagation zone, only winning once before the winter break. Van der Vaart's return to the side had an immediate impact, especially in the UEFA Champions League where he scored three goals in three games, giving Hamburg hopes of making it to the round of 16. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club However, results elsewhere went against Hamburg and they finished last in their group. Van der Vaart however, received heavy praise for his performances.  With attention squarely focused on domestic matters, Van der Vaart led his team out of the relegation zone with a series of victories over Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and FC Schalke 04; riding Van der Vaart's wave of form through to the end of the season, Hamburg finished in seventh place, and in so doing achieved the unthinkable by qualifying for Europe for another season. FC Bayern München is a German Sports club based in Munich, Bavaria (München Bayern Werder Bremen is a German sports club best known for its football team playing in Bremen, in the northwest German federal state of the FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly FC Schalke 04, is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen
van der Vaart has been in fine form for Hamburg this season, currently leading them to 2nd place in the German Bundesliga thanks to his ten goals and has also played a significant part in Hamburg's UEFA Cup success this season, where they reached the Round of 16. The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA.
His performances this season for Hamburg have drawn the attention of several giants including Chelsea, Internazionale, Juventus and Valencia. Football Club Internazionale Milano, most commonly referred to as simply Internazionale, or Inter, is an Italian professional football club Valencia Club de Fútbol (also known as Valencia or Los Che) is a Spanish professional football club based in Valencia However, van der Vaart has stated that he will stay at Hamburg until the end of this season at least, but has decided not to sign a new contract extension  while he had earlier not ruled out a contract extension with HSV. .
Rafael van der Vaart made his international debut against Andorra on October 6 2001. See also Andorra CF The Andorra national football team is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation. Events 105 BC - Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus He was a member of the squads that participated in Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship (or just Euro 2004) was the twelfth edition of the UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament Despite figuring prominently in a number of qualifying stage matches, Van der Vaart has had a lack of luck when it came to the final tournament. A sub-par performance by the Dutch during their opening game of Euro 2004 persuaded former manager Dick Advocaat to change the side's formation into one which he felt the talented Van der Vaart did not fit in to. Dirk Nicolaas "Dick" Advocaat (born September 27, 1947 in The Hague) is the Dutch coach of the Russian football team FC Zenit With Advocaat's new system seemingly working, Van der Vaart would be reduced to play a bit-part role at EURO 2004, as the Oranje reached the semifinals. The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association Despite that setback, Van der Vaart produced some superlative performances in the Bundesliga the following season, and it seemed that Van der Vaart's turn to shine on the big stage was to finally come -- at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. However, niggling injury problems resurfaced, and Van der Vaart was not risked by Dutch coach Marco van Basten for the opening World Cup encounter against Serbia and Montenegro. Marcel "Marco" van Basten ( 31 October 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager currently The Serbia national football team ( Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia With victory in that opening game, the national team coach would once again decide to continue fielding a van der Vaart-less lineup. And once again, Rafael van der Vaart was reduced to a bit-part role in the squad. He is part of the Netherlands squad that will compete at Euro 2008. The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football
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