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Arjen Robben

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 16:45, 24 September 2007 (UTC).2 National team caps and goals correctas of 28 March 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Arjen Robben (born January 23, 1984 in Bedum) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a winger for Real Madrid. He is also a part of the Netherlands national football team and has appeared in the UEFA Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

During his first season for PSV Eindhoven, the 2002-03 season, Robben played 33 matches and scored 12 goals. He was named "PSV co-player of the year" along with striker Mateja Kežman, with whom he formed an attacking partnership still fondly referred to by PSV fans as "Batman And Robben", as Kezman was nicknamed 'Batman'. He helped lead PSV to their 17th Dutch title, and won the Talented Player of the Year award.

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 him out for at least four weeks. Robben made his return in a 2006-07 UEFA Champions League semi final encounter against Liverpool. Robben played a brief role in the FA Cup final against Manchester United on May 19, which Chelsea won. After the final, Robben cleared up speculation on his future at the club in an interview: "I've always said I want to stay. I will be here next season, that's for sure". Then, on August 4, Spanish media reported that Real Madrid was close to signing Robben and/or his Chelsea teammate Michael Ballack. Madrid coach Bernd Schuster told Spanish radio, "Hopefully, we'll be able to announce the signing of one or two big players soon." Schuster is said to have demanded Ballack, while Madrid's president, Ramon Calderon, is known to favor Robben. Robben has said to reporters of spanish newspaper AS: "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."

Robben completed his move to Real Madrid on a five-year deal on 22 August 2007, with the transfer fee reported as €36,55 million, £24 million,. He became the fourth most expensive signing in Real Madrid's history, after Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo, and Ronaldo. He made his debut on September 18th, in the first Champions League game of the season against Werder Bremen.

Robben has played in 27 games for the Netherlands, scoring 8 goals. The first international experience of Robben's career came in Euro 2004, as the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. During Euro 2004 Dutch coach Dick Advocaat substituted Robben in the 66th minute with a 2-1 lead over the Czech Republic. The Czech team then scored two goals and won 3-2, which led to criticism about Advocaat's decision. In the same tournament, it was Robben who scored the deciding penalty in the shootout between Holland and Sweden, which ensured that at the fifth attempt, the Dutch finally won a penalty shootout.

Arjen Robben wed Bernadien Eillert on 9 June 2007 in Groningen, whom he met at high school in Groningen at the Kamerlingh Onnes. His father, Hans, acts as his agent.



 


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