Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart is a Dutch footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV and the Dutch national team. He is usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, but can also operate in other positions, such as second striker. Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax' famous youth academy and worked his way into the first team, debuting as a 17-year-old. He was voted as European Talent of the Year by Italian football website CalcioManager. In 2002–03, Ajax won the Amsterdam Tournament, though injury limited Van der Vaart to 21 league appearances, in which he scored 18 goals. He also scored a vital goal in the UEFA Champions League away to Olympique Lyonnais, which propelled Ajax into the knockout stages. Van der Vaart was named team captain by coach Ronald Koeman for the 2004–05 season. In the summer of 2005, he signed for Bundesliga outfit Hamburger SV in Germany for Vaart's €5.5 million. Van der Vaart finished his first season as the team's top scorer as Hamburg finished third in the league and won the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. He assumed the team captaincy for the 2006–07 season. On 4 August 2008, Real Madrid and Hamburg reached a €13 million agreement for Van der Vaart's transfer. He signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed amount. On 31 August 2010, Van der Vaart transferred to Tottenham Hotspur for £8 million. Van der Vaart was named Goal.com World Player of the Week on 4 October 2010. He was later named Premier League Player of the Month for October. The following year, he returned to his former club Hamburger SV.