Arjen Robben, Netherlands

Arjen Robben, Netherlands

Arjen Robben, Netherlands

Personal information
Full name Arjen Robben
Date of birth 23 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bedum, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 10
Youth career
1989–1996 vv Bedum
1996–2000 Groningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Groningen 50 (8)
2002–2004 PSV 56 (17)
2004–2007 Chelsea 67 (15)
2007–2009 Real Madrid 50 (11)
2009– Bayern Munich 106 (56)
National team
1999 Netherlands U15 1 (0)
1999–2000 Netherlands U16 11 (4)
2000 Netherlands U17 3 (1)
2001–2002 Netherlands U19 8 (2)
2001–2003 Netherlands U21 8 (1)
2003– Netherlands 73 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:31, 10 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:19, 29 May 2014 (UTC)


Age: 29

Club: Bayern Munich

The Netherlands constructed an unbeaten run through the European qualifying section, winning nine and drawing one of their 10 games in Group D.

Head coach Louis van Gaal has dispensed with former incumbent Bert van Marwijk’s defensive, unattractive football and asked his younger crop to express themselves in the final third.

Promising young players like Kevin Strootman, Bruno Martins Indi, Jordy Clasie and Luciano Narsingh have been given the chance to showcase their talents, but in Brazil, all eyes will be on Arjen Robben.

He’s made an astonishing return from the brink at Bayern Munich and has carried that stupendous form into his Oranje career. Robben combines searing pace and directness with quick feet and an improved decision-making process. His finishing is now bordering on deadly, and his defensive ethic has begun to emerge.

If you let him cut inside onto his left foot, you’ll be down a goal in no time.