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Rafael van der Vaart Biography

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.  

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Ajax Amsterdam's title winning team of 2003/04: Where are they now?
Ajax Amsterdam's title winning team of 2003/04: Where are they now?
Ajax had a side brimming with potential in the 2003/04 season.
7 teammates who hated each other
7 teammates who hated each other
There are players who look at each other like brothers and then there are players who just can't co-exist with others.
5 teams that sell their star players and still do well
5 teams that sell their star players and still do well
Some European clubs overcome the loss of players adroitly and maintain their status in their respective leagues.
Former Real Madrid man Rafael Van Der Vaart claims he snubbed Barcelona
Former Real Madrid man Rafael Van Der Vaart claims he snubbed Barcelona
The 33-year-old currently plays for FC Midtjylland
10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversies that shocked the world
10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversies that shocked the world
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 156 goals in just 180 games for Paris Saint-Germain.
What if Ajax had retained their best players in the last decade?
What if Ajax had retained their best players in the last decade?
An Ajax XI of former players looks like a Champions League pedigree team
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6 Things that could happen as the transfer window closes
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Top 5 transfers in the modern era that failed to click
Top 5 transfers in the modern era that failed to click
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5 Golden Boy award winners who are struggling to live up to their hype
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10 talented players who were too stubborn to succeed
10 talented players who were too stubborn to succeed
Hamburg earn vital points, Frankfurt crush Werder Bremen in Bundesliga
Hamburg earn vital points, Frankfurt crush Werder Bremen in Bundesliga
Hamburg earn vital points, Frankfurt crush Werder Bremen in Bundesliga
10 Real Madrid transfers in the last decade that failed to impress
10 Real Madrid transfers in the last decade that failed to impress
The Galacticos transfer policy didn't always work for Real Madrid
Injured XI to miss the 2014 World Cup
Injured XI to miss the 2014 World Cup
Injured players who will miss the upcoming World Cup in Brazil
Netherlands announce 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup 2014
Netherlands announce 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup 2014
Louis van Gaal has announced the final 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.
Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart out of the World Cup
Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart out of the World Cup
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a calf injury in training.
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