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Rafael van der Vaart
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Personal information
Full name Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Date of birth 11 February 1983 (1983-02-11) (age 37)
Place of birth    Heemskerk, Netherlands Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Flag of Norway Esbjerg fB
Number 10
Youth clubs
1987-1993
1993–2000
Netherlands De Kennemers
Netherlands AFC Ajax
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2000-2005
2005-2008
2008-2010
2010-2012
2012-2015
2015-2016
2016-2018
2018
Netherlands Ajax
Germany Hamburger SV
Flag of Spain Real Madrid
England Tottenham Hotspur
Germany Hamburger SV
Flag of Spain Real Betis Balompié
Flag of Denmark Midtjylland
Flag of Norway Esbjerg fB
117 0(52)
074 0(29)
058 0(11)
063 0(24)
067 0(16)
0000(0)
017 00(2)
0000(0)   
National team
2001-2013 Netherlands Netherlands 109 0(25)

Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart (born 11 February 1983) is a former Dutch professional footballer who was under contract with the Danish football club Esbjerg fB as an attacking midfielder.

Van der Vaart began his career at Ajax's youth academy and worked his way into the first team, debuting as a 17-year-old. Known for his playmaking skills, he drew comparisons to Johan Cruyff. He was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and became the first recipient of the Golden Boy Award while at the club. He moved to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Hamburg in 2012. He currently plays for Midtjylland, after a brief spell at Betis.

Van der Vaart earned 109 caps for the Netherlands between 2001 and 2013. He represented the nation at three UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups.

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Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2004

1. van der Sar 2. Reiziger 3. Stam 4. Bouma 5. van Bronckhorst 6. Cocu 7. van der Meyde 8. Davids 9. Kluivert 10. van Nistelrooy 11. van der Vaart 12. Makaay 13. Westerveld 14. Sneijder 15. F. de Boer 16. Overmars 17. van Hooijdonk 18. Heitinga 19. Robben 20. Seedorf 21. Bosvelt 22. Zenden 23. Waterreus

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Netherlands – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. van der Sar 2. Jaliens 3. Boulahrouz 4. Mathijsen 5. van Bronckhorst 6. Landzaat 7. Kuyt 8. Cocu 9. van Nistelrooy 10. van der Vaart 11. Robben 12. Kromkamp 13. Ooijer 14. Heitinga 15. de Cler 16. Maduro 17. van Persie 18. van Bommel 19. Vennegoor of Hesselink 20. Sneijder 21. Babel 22. Timmer 23. Stekelenburg

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Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2008

1. van der Sar 2. Ooijer 3. Heitinga 4. Mathijsen 5. van Bronckhorst 6. De Zeeuw 7. van Persie 8. Engelaar 9. van Nistelrooy 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Melchiot 13. Timmer 14. Bouma 15. De Cler 16. Stekelenburg 17. De Jong 18. Kuyt 19. Huntelaar 20. Afellay 21. Boulahrouz 22. Vennegoor of Hesselink 23. van der Vaart

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Netherlands – 2010 FIFA World Cup - Runners-up

1. Stekelenburg 2. van der Wiel 3. Heitinga 4. Mathijsen 5. van Bronckhorst 6. van Bommel 7. Kuyt 8. de Jong 9. van Persie 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Boulahrouz 13. Ooijer 14. de Zeeuw 15. Braafheid 16. Vorm 17. Elia 18. Schaars 19. Babel 20. Afellay 21. Huntelaar 22. Boschker 23. van der Vaart

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Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2012

1. Stekelenburg 2. Van der Wiel 3. Heitinga 4. Mathijsen 5. Bouma 6. Van Bommel (c) 7. Kuyt 8. N. De Jong 9. Huntelaar 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Vorm 13. Vlaar 14. Schaars 15. Willems 16. Van Persie 17. Strootman 18. L. De Jong 19. Narsingh 20. Afellay 21. Boulahrouz 22. Krul 23. Van der Vaart

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