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Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben (; born 23 January 1984) is a Netherlands Association football who plays for the German Fußball-Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich. Though often classified as a forward, Arjen Robben usually plays behind the forwards (inside position) as a Winger (soccer), and Arjen Robben is also known for Arjen Robben dribbling skills. Arjen Robben is also a part of the Netherlands national football team and has appeared at UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Arjen Robben biography

Arjen Robben (; born 23 January 1984) is a Netherlands Association football who plays for the German Fußball-Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich. Though often classified as a forward, Arjen Robben usually plays behind the forwards (inside position) as a Winger (soccer), and Arjen Robben is also known for Arjen Robben dribbling skills. Arjen Robben is also a part of the Netherlands national football team and has appeared at UEFA Euro 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Robben first came to prominence with FC Groningen, for whom Arjen Robben was player of the year for the 2001 in football (soccer) Eredivisie season. Two years later Arjen Robben signed for PSV Eindhoven, where Arjen Robben became the Johan Cruijff Award and won an Eredivisie title. The following season Robben's signature was pursued by leading English clubs, and after protracted transfer negotiations Arjen Robben joined Chelsea F.C. in the 2004 close season.

Robben's Chelsea debut was delayed through injury, but upon returning to fitness Arjen Robben helped Chelsea to consecutive Premier League titles, and was the Premier League Player of the Month 2004–05 in November 2005. After a third season in England which was punctuated by injury, Robben moved to Spanish club Real Madrid for Euro35 million.
In August 2009, Robben transferred to Bayern Munich for a fee of around Euro25 million, scoring two goals on Arjen Robben debut. In Arjen Robben first season in Munich, Bayern won the league title, Robben's fifth league title in eight years, and got to the UEFA Champions League. After Arjen Robben first season with the Bavarian club, the player was also named Footballer of the Year in Germany.

Early football life

Robben was born in Bedum, a satellite town of Groningen (city) in the north-eastern Netherlands. Arjen Robben took to football from an early age, becoming an adherent of the Coerver Method, created and popularised by Dutch football coach Wiel Coerver. Robben's skill in ball control and technical footwork made Arjen Robben a valuable player, and Arjen Robben was quickly signed by regional club FC Groningen. Here, Arjen Robben developed Arjen Robben distinctive style of cutting inside from the right onto Arjen Robben left foot to score some quite spectacular goals.

Club career


Groningen placed Robben in their first team for the 2000 in football (soccer) season. Arjen Robben scored 2 goals in league play. Manager Jan van Dijk (football) added the winger to the first team before Groningen's November 2000 away game against FC Twente, but Arjen Robben did not play until 3 December 2000 against RKC Waalwijk, as a substitute for the injured Leonardo dos Santos Silva in the 79th minute. Over the winter, Robben managed to play himself into the starting lineup. In 18 starts for Groningen over the 2000–01 season, Arjen Robben scored two goals. Robben was named player of the year for Arjen Robben first season with the club, and with teammate Jordi Hoogstrate, Arjen Robben demonstrated the strength of the Groningen youth academy. Robben stayed with Groningen and improved steadily during the 2001–02 season, playing in 28 matches and scoring six goals. Arjen Robben helped lead PSV to their 17th Dutch title, and won the Talented Player of the Year award. After this good start, PSV could not keep up with rival Ajax Amsterdam and were forced into a fight for second place in the Eredivisie. Robben travelled to London and met with Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson's offer came in much too low for PSV's and Robben's liking; PSV chairman Harry van Raaij told Manchester United the most that their Euro7 million offer would buy them was a shirt with Robben's autograph. Almost immediately, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich offered Euro18 million (Pound sterling12.1 million), and PSV accepted. The rest of Arjen Robben season with PSV was disappointing. Arjen Robben injured Arjen Robben hamstring twice and missed several games. By the end of the season, Robben scored five times in 23 Eredivisie matches.

Robben proved to be a crucial player for the 2004–05 season; in November 2004, Arjen Robben was awarded the "Premier League Player of the Month 2004–05" award for the English Premier League. Robben was badly injured in a league game away to Blackburn Rovers F.C. and forced to sit out Chelsea's title run-in and progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2004–05. Back to fitness for 2005-06 in English football, Robben was an integral part of the Chelsea left wing. In 28 matches, Robben contributed six goals as Chelsea won a second consecutive Premier League championship, the first back-to-back titles for the west London club. Arjen Robben was named man of the Match on 23 December 2006 against Wigan Athletic F.C., a match where Arjen Robben got two assists and the winning goal.

Robben was inflicted with yet another injury in a match against Liverpool on 20 January 2007. Robben made Arjen Robben return in a 3–0 victory against Middlesbrough F.C. in February driving in a shot that took a deflection past Mark Schwarzer for an own goal by Abel Xavier. Robben scored a goal in the second round of the UEFA Champions League 2006-07 against Porto, which led to Chelsea winning the tie 3–2 on aggregate. At the end of March 2007, Robben underwent a knee operation after sustaining a knee injury upon returning from international duty that was expected to rule Arjen Robben out for at least four weeks. Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. were interested in two of Chelsea's players. Then manager Bernd Schuster is said to have demanded Michael Ballack, while Madrid's former president, Ramón Calderón, was known to favor Robben. Robben said to reporters of Spanish newspaper AS (newspaper): "I do not know when a deal will be reached. I would like to send a message to the Madrid fans, but I can't until my future is sorted."

Real Madrid eventually secured Robben's services in August 2007. Arjen Robben told Chelsea's official club website: "It was difficult to leave because I had a great time in my three years at Chelsea and I made a lot of friends.
There was no time to say goodbye because the deal was closed on the Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the evening and the following morning I had to fly.
If I have one day off I would want to come back and say goodbye because to the fans I owe a big thank you because they were always good to me.
In my three years I won all the prizes there are to win in England."

Real Madrid

Robben completed Arjen Robben move to Real Madrid on a five-year deal on 22 August 2007, with the transfer fee reported as Pound Sterling24 million (€35 million).
Arjen Robben made Arjen Robben debut on 18 September, during a UEFA Champions League match against Werder Bremen. Robben proved crucial for many Real Madrid matches, making Arjen Robben famous runs down the left wing, and quickly became a first choice for the left midfield position.

Although the Dutchman was one of Spanish side's most important players in the pre-season games of the 2009–10 season, having scored three goals and help set up another four, Arjen Robben was among the players whose place in the first team became threatened following the arrival of Florentino Pérez and the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká. Real Madrid accepted a bid of around €25 million for Robben from FC Bayern Munich. Robben claimed Arjen Robben was "forced" to leave Real Madrid, saying that Arjen Robben "didn't want to go, but the club wanted to sell him".

Bayern Munich

On 28 August 2009, Robben moved to FC Bayern Munich for around €25 million. Arjen Robben was given the number 10 shirt, last worn by Arjen Robben fellow Dutch people, Roy Makaay. Arjen Robben debut came the day after. Arjen Robben came on as a half-time substitute against VfL Wolfsburg, scored two goals, and helped Arjen Robben team beat last season's champions in Bayern's first win of Fußball-Bundesliga 2009–10. On 9 March 2010, Robben scored the deciding goal in Bayern's 2–3 defeat (4–4 on aggregate over two legs) against ACF Fiorentina, taking them through to the quarter finals of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League on Away goals rule.

On 7 April 2010, Robben sent Bayern Munich into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a stunning volley against Manchester United from the edge of the area into the corner of the net. The game ended 3–2 to United (4–4 on Aggregate data with Bayern advancing again due to away goals.

On 17 April 2010, Arjen Robben scored Arjen Robben first hat-trick in the Bundesliga against Hannover 96 in the Allianz Arena. The game ended 7–0 to the Bavarians. On 8 May 2010, Arjen Robben won Arjen Robben first Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich after scoring two goals in their 3–1 victory over Hertha BSC Berlin, finishing as Bayern's top scorer in the process.

A week later, Bayern Munich played in the DFB-Pokal Final against the previous champions of the tournament, Werder Bremen, in Berlin's Olympiastadion. Bayern Munich won the game by 4–0; Arjen Robben scored the first of those four goals from a penalty kick. Robben thus helped the Bavarians achieve their fifteenth DFB Pokal title.
On 25 May 2010 Robben was named Footballer of the Year in Germany for the year 2010. Arjen Robben won the election by attaining a record 72.1% of the vote and was the first Dutch person to win this election.

The 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga started badly for Robben, after medical tests confirmed that Arjen Robben hamstring had not properly healed and that Arjen Robben would be out for two months. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that "Of course, Bayern Munich are very angry" with the KNVB, and would be seeking compensation from them, continuing "Once again we must pay the bill as a club after a player is seriously injured playing for a national team." In the same tournament, it was Robben who scored the deciding penalty in the shootout between the Netherlands and Sweden national football team, which ensured that at the fifth attempt, the Dutch finally won a penalty shootout.

2006 World Cup

Robben played in Arjen Robben first World Cup Qualifiers in 2006. In six games for the Netherlands, Robben scored two goals. The Netherlands qualified for the World Cup in 2006 and in the Netherlands opening match against Serbia national football team, Robben scored the winning goal in the 18th minute, and was named the Man of the match. In the match against Côte d'Ivoire national football team, Robben received this award the second time, thus becoming one of the eight players in the tournament to have won the Man of the Match Award more than once.

Euro 2008

During the Euro 2008, coach Marco van Basten changed the formation to 4–2–3–1, preferring the midfield trio of Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt. Robben was left to battle it out with Robin van Persie for a place on the wing. In the group match against France, which the Netherlands won 4–1, Robben was brought on at half-time. Arjen Robben dragged the ball out of reach of a defender near the half-way line and paced Arjen Robben way ahead of three defenders, then crossed straight to van Persie who powered a shot into the goal past Grégory Coupet, who did well enough to get a hand onto it. At 2–0, Thierry Henry scored a goal, making it 2–1, and almost directly after the restart, Robben was played through by Sneijder and Arjen Robben ran at the France goal and was forced into an acute angle, but despite the angle, Arjen Robben shot the ball into the net past Coupet.

2010 World Cup

Robben was selected by the Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk for the final squad of 23 for the World Cup. In the last friendly match against Hungary, just before the flight to South Africa on 4 June, Robben fell awkwardly towards the end of the match, and picked up a hamstring injury which caused concern over Arjen Robben fitness for the world cup. On 5 June, Van Marwijk announced that he'd "decided not to summon any substitute for Arjen. I want to give Arjen Robben every chance to still participate in the World Cup."
On 12 June 2010, Arjen arrived in South Africa to join the team. Arjen Robben was an unused substitute for the opening game against Denmark national football team as they coasted to a 2–0 victory, and again in the 1–0 victory against Japan national football team. Arjen Robben came on in the 73rd minute against Cameroon national football team in their 2–1 victory, hitting the post from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored from the rebound. On 28 June 2010, Arjen Robben started Arjen Robben first match against Slovakia national football team in which Arjen Robben went on to score the first goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage as the Netherlands won 2–1. Arjen Robben also went on to pick up the man of the match award. Robben scored the third goal with a well-placed header in the semi-finals against Uruguay national football team which the Netherlands won 3–2 to reach the final. Robben played for the full match in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final as the Netherlands lost 1–0 to Spain national football team. Robben was also nominated for the FIFA World Cup awards, the tournament's best player, which was won by Diego Forlán.

International goals

Personal life

Robben marriage Arjen Robben girlfriend Bernadien Eillert on 9 June 2007 in Groningen (city). The two met while in high school in the city, at the Kamerlingh Onnes, and have a son, Luka born in 2008 and a daughter, Lynn born in 2010. Robben's father, Hans, acts as Arjen Robben sports agent.

The circumstances of Arjen and Bernadien's first meeting have been reported by Arjen Robben former youth coach, Barend Beltman. 'Arjen was driven and determined at a young age. Arjen Robben was always on time, never late. But one Friday afternoon Arjen Robben showed up 15 minutes past the start of practice. I asked Arjen Robben what was going on. "We were at the market square, having fun", Arjen Robben said. There were some girls with Arjen Robben and Arjen Robben friends, so I asked, "Was she worth it?" "Yes, trainer, she was", Arjen Robben told me. I told Arjen Robben to get Arjen Robben gear and join the training session. At Arjen Robben wedding, I heard the woman Arjen Robben met that day was now Arjen Robben wife and mother of Arjen Robben children. Bernadien is her name.'

Arjen speaks fluent Dutch language, German language, English language and Spanish language.



PSV Eindhoven
- Eredivisie (1): 2002–03 Eredivisie
- Johan Cruijff Shield (1): 2003
- Peace Cup (1): 2003 Peace Cup

Chelsea F.C.
- Premier League (2): 2004–05 FA Premier League, 2005–06 Premier League
- FA Cup (1): 2007 FA Cup Final
- Football League Cup (2): 2005 Football League Cup Final, 2007 League Cup Final
- FA Community Shield (1): 2005 FA Community Shield

Real Madrid C.F.
- La Liga (1): 2007–08 La Liga
- Supercopa de España (1): 2008 Supercopa de España

FC Bayern Munich
- Fußball-Bundesliga (1): 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal (1): 2010 DFB-Pokal Final
- DFB-Supercup (1): 2010 DFL-Supercup


- FIFA World Cup (Silver Medalist) (1): FIFA World Cup 2010


- Netherlands' Young Player of the Year (1): 2003
- PFA Team of the Year (1): 2005
- Premier League Goal of the Month (1): December 2005
- Goal of the Month in Germany (3): January 2010, March 2010, April 2010
- Bravo Award (1): 2005
- PFA Team of the Year (1): 2005
- Premier League Player of the Month (1): November 2004
- Der Kicker Player Of The Year (1): 2010
- Footballer of the Year in Germany (1): 2010


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