Arjen Robben
Dutch footballer
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben is a Dutch footballer who plays for the German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Though often classified as a forward, he usually plays behind the forwards (inside position) as a winger, and he is also known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ability and his accurate long-range shot. He is also a part of the Netherlands national team and has appeared at Euro 2004, the 2006 World Cup, Euro 2008 and at the 2010 World Cup.
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Thiago-inspired Bayern hand Arsenal 5-1 rout - eNCA
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eNCA Thiago-inspired Bayern hand Arsenal 5-1 rout eNCA Arjen Robben (R) of Bayern Munich celebrates with Mats Hummels of Bayern Munich (L) after scoring the 1-0 lead during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Arsenal FC at the Allianz Arena, in Munich ... Ancelotti praises Bayern 'fantastic' footballSuperSport Arsenal's latest emphatic UCL defeat should spell the end for Arsene WengerESPN FC (blog) Arsenal are The Exiteers again, up against themselves as much as established world-class The Independent -The Guardian all 1,329 news articles »
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Soccer-Bayern look to tighten grip on fifth straight title
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Bayern Munich travel to Freiburg on Friday as the Bundesliga leaders, but the champions know they must kick it up a notch following the winter break if they are to earn a record-extending fifth straight title. Bayern secured top spot going into the break in December with a 3-0 win over second-placed RB Leipzig, although Carlo Ancelotti's team have looked less dominant than in past seasons. "We want to win the first game and set a marker early," winger Arjen Robben, who this week extended his contract to 2018, said.
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Soccer-Bundesliga summaries
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Dec 10 (Gracenote) - Summaries from the Bundesliga matches on Saturday Saturday, December 10Hertha Berlin 0 Werder Bremen 1 Max Kruse 41 Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 51,337- - -Freiburg 1 Nils Petersen 86pen SV Darmstadt 98 0 Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 24,000- - -FC Ingolstadt 04 1 Roger 12 Red Card: Mathew Leckie 90+5RB Leipzig 0 Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 15,200- - -Bayern Munich 5 Arjen Robben 18, Robert Lewandowski 21,58, Thomas Mueller 76, Douglas Costa 86 VfL Wolfsburg 0 Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 75,000- - -Cologne 1 Artjoms Rudnevs 28 Red Card: Salih OEzcan 90+4Borussia Dortmund 1 Marco Reus ...
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Arjen Robben
Yahoo News - 3 months
As a Real Madrid winger and a member of the Netherlands side that faced Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, Puyol faced off against the flying dutchman many times over the years.  Although Spain overcame the Dutch in South Africa to claim the World Cup in 2010, Puyol was occasionally terrorised by Robben's blistering pace and change of direction.  Robben was angered by Puyol's performance in the World Cup final, saying the defender should have been sent off for fouling him while he was already booked. 
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Soccer-Bayern's Robben, Boateng on the bench against Hamburg
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Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng will not be in the starting lineup for Saturday's league game at strugglers Hamburg SV, the German champions' coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Dutch winger Robben played his first competitive game following a six-month injury layoff on Tuesday, coming on as a substitute and netting the third goal in a 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin. "I talked with Robben.
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Bayern carve out two-point lead at top with Hertha win
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Champions Bayern Munich eased past Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Wednesday to open up a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga and inflict the first defeat for their opponents after three straight wins this season. Bayern gave Hertha no chance, with Arjen Robben scoring on his league comeback from injury last season after goals from Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara. The two teams were the only ones with a perfect record but Bayern ran roughshod over Hertha from the start.
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Bundesliga notes: Robben on 'No Era Penal'; Schalke eyes third American teen
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Arjen Robben speaks about his comeback from injury and the famous penalty he draw on Mexico at the 2014 World Cup.
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Arjen Robben - Diving
Yahoo News - 7 months
​One of the world's more prominent 'simulation' artists, perhaps Bayern Munich and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben could try his hand at diving from a 10m platform or a 3m springboard rather than in penalty areas all over the world. His multiple exaggerated falls against Mexico in the 2014 World Cup gained particular global notoriety, with the popular Mexican team ultimately going home as a result.
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Spain, 2014 World Cup
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​This one just made no sense whatsoever. Spain were still considered the most fearsome and creative side on the planet, having won their last three major international tournaments. Things got off to a flyer in their first game against the Netherlands when Xabi Alonso slotted home a 27th minute penalty. And after watching Manchester United bore Old Trafford to death over the past two seasons, we're still unsure as to how Louis van Gaal masterminded a sensational Dutch comeback to thrash the Spaniards 5-1. It all started with 'that' Robin van Persie header, continuing into an Arjen Robben masterclass. All confidence from Vicente Del Bosque's side seemed to dissipate, being beaten by Chile in their next game and being eliminated from the tournament. They did manage to defeat Australia, though by then their chances of progressing from the group had already been lost.
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Robben sinks Wales as Holland bounce back
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Arjen Robben scored his first international goals in a year as Wales' Euro 2016 preparations began with an entertaining 3-2 friendly defeat by the Netherlands in Cardiff on Friday. Robben, Holland's captain, had missed his side's three previous games with a groin injury, but he struck twice in the second half at a squally Cardiff City Stadium to give the Netherlands victory in their first game since they missed out on a place at next year's tournament in France. Wales, missing the injured Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, equalised twice, with Joe Ledley and substitute Emyr Huws cancelling out efforts from Bas Dost and Robben, but the Bayern Munich winger's second goal condemned Chris Coleman's team to only a second defeat in 11 games.
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Soccer-Robben will play against Wales but skip Germany game
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AMSTERDAM, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Netherlands captain Arjen Robben will play in Friday's friendly against Wales in Cardiff before skipping the game against Germany in Hanover four days later. "He has spoken to his club and agreed it is the best thing in his situation," coach Danny Blind told reporters. "It means he will have a full week to be ready for Bayern Munich's next game." Bayern forward Robben has only just returned for the German champions after being sidelined with a thigh injury sustained in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland in September. ...
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Bayern run riot as Arsenal suffer record defeat
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Arsenal are on the verge of exiting the Champions League after crashing to a record 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday as Thomas Mueller netted twice. Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Arjen Robben were also on target as Pep Guardiola's Bayern emphatically avenged their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago, their only loss of the season.
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Roundup: Arjen Robben Returns and Helps Bayern to a Milestone
NYTimes - over 1 year
Arjen Robben scored on his return from injury Saturday as Bayern Munich defeated visiting Cologne, 4-0, for the club’s 1,000th Bundesliga victory.
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Soccer-Dutch call up uncapped Berghuis, Chery
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AMSTERDAM, May 15 (Reuters) - Steven Berghuis of AZ Alkmaar and Groningen's Tjaronn Chery were called up for the first time as the Netherlands named 30 players on Friday for a training camp ahead of next month's vital Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia. Champions PSV Eindhoven have eight players in the squad named by coach Guus Hiddink and captain Robin van Persie returns after injury ruled him out of the last game in March. Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, however, was ruled out through injury. The players will assemble, dependent on club commitments, from May 25. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arjen Robben
  • 2016
    Age 32
    Robben remained on the bench for the other Bayern fixtures including Bayern's loss 1-0 against Athletico Madrid in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League.
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  • 2015
    Age 31
    On 28 August 2015, Robben was named captain of the Netherlands national team, replacing Robin van Persie.
    More Details Hide Details Robben's first participation at an international tournament came at UEFA Euro 2004 when manager Dick Advocaat called up younger players, such as Wesley Sneijder and John Heitinga. During the group stage of the tournament, Advocaat substituted Robben in the 66th minute to defend a 2–1 lead over the Czech Republic. However, the Czech team then scored two goals and won 3–2, which led to criticism about Advocaat's decision. In the quarter-finals, Robben scored the deciding kick in the penalty shootout between the Netherlands and Sweden, which ensured that at the fifth attempt, the Dutch finally won a shootout. Robben played in his first 2006 World Cup qualifier in 2006. In six games for the Netherlands, Robben scored two goals. The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and in the Netherlands opening match against Serbia and Montenegro, Robben scored the winning goal in the 18th minute, and was named the Man of the match. In the match against Côte d'Ivoire, Robben received this award the second time, thus becoming one of the eight players in the tournament to have won the Man of the Match Award more than once.
    Robben started his 2015–16 season by scoring the opening goal of the DFL–Supercup against Wolfsburg.
    More Details Hide Details The match finished in a 1–1 draw, and Robben scored in the subsequent shootout, however Bayern were defeated. Robben's first goal of the Bundesliga season came from a penalty kick in a 3–0 defeat of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 29 August. However, an injury suffered six days later when playing for the Netherlands against Iceland in qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 kept him out of Bayern's next nine fixtures. On 24 October, Robben returned to the Bayern team, playing 65 minutes and scoring the opening goal of a 4–0 win against 1. FC Köln, the club's 1,000th Bundesliga victory. He made his first UEFA Champions League appearance of the season on 4 November, scoring after coming on as a substitute in Bayern's 5–1 win over Arsenal. Robben, recovering from his injury was chosen for a friendly against SV Lippstadt 08. He scored a goal, shortly before being substituted because of another injury in the 36th minute. Robben's six-week injury caused him to miss several matches. But he returned to training and remained on the bench, until the 21 September league game against Hertha Berlin where he came on instead of Thomas Müller and scored in the 3–0 victory.
    On 21 February 2015, Robben scored twice in a 6–0 win against SC Paderborn 07, giving him the record of having scored against every Bundesliga team he had faced.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    In July 2014, Robben admitted to diving in the first half of Netherlands' match against Mexico in the last 16 round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but maintained that he had not dived for the decisive penalty he won in stoppage time which Netherlands converted to win 2–1.
    More Details Hide Details Following the incident, Robben's former manager at Chelsea, José Mourinho, claimed that Robben's speed and creativity cause opponents who cannot stop him to foul him, but "sometimes Robben tries to get an advantage, or to get a penalty".
    In the Netherlands' first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Robben scored two goals in a 5–1 win over Spain.
    More Details Hide Details In the Netherlands' second group stage match, a 3–2 win over Australia, Robben scored the team's opening goal as they qualified for the knockout stage. In the Round of 16 knock-out game with Mexico, the Netherlands won on a penalty awarded after Robben went down following a challenge from Rafael Márquez. The Associated Press said that Robben's "theatrical" fall "did little to defuse the debate about his reputation for diving." Robben maintained that the penalty was correct but admitted to falling easily earlier in the match, telling a Dutch TV channel that "the one the end was a penalty, but the other one was a dive in the first half. I shouldn't be doing that." In the quarter-final, Robben scored the Netherlands' second kick in a 4–3 penalty shootout defeat of Costa Rica. On 11 July, Robben was named on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA's Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player.
    He ended 2014–15 alongside teammate Robert Lewandowski as joint second-top goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 17 goals.
    More Details Hide Details This was in spite of the player missing the last two months of the season through injury.
    On 16 December 2014, Robben scored his 100th competitive goal for Bayern Munich in a home match against SC Freiburg.
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    In Bayern's opening match of the 2014–15 Bundesliga season, Robben scored one goal and assisted the other as the team defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2–1 on 22 August 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 November, he scored the winning goal from a penalty kick against Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker.
    On 13 July, after winning the third place match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Louis van Gaal invited Robben to follow him to Manchester United, but the latter ruled out the move.
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    On 17 May, Robben scored Bayern's opening goal in a 2–0 extra-time defeat of Borussia Dortmund in the 2014 DFB-Pokal Final, giving him his third league and cup double in five seasons with the club.
    More Details Hide Details His goal made him the first player to score in three separate DFB-Pokal finals.
    On 1 March 2014, Robben scored a hat-trick in Bayern's 5–1 win over FC Schalke 04.
    More Details Hide Details On 19 March, he signed a contract extension with Bayern, which will keep him at the club until 2017. On 9 April, Robben scored Bayern's third goal in a 3–1 Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United, to secure qualification to the semi-finals.
    In 2014, Robben was ranked the fourth-best footballer in the world by The Guardian.
    More Details Hide Details Robben was born in Bedum, a satellite town of Groningen, in the north-eastern Netherlands. He took to football from an early age, becoming an adherent of the Coerver Method. Robben's skill in ball control and technical footwork made him a valuable player, and he was quickly signed by regional club FC Groningen. Here, he developed his distinctive style of cutting inside from the right onto his left foot to score some quite spectacular goals.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    On 4 December, Robben was substituted with a deep cut on his right knee in a 2–0 DFB-Pokal win away to FC Augsburg which prevented him from taking part in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
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    On 9 August 2013, his opening goal helped Bayern to a 3–1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach in their first match of the Bundesliga campaign.
    More Details Hide Details On 17 September, he scored in Bayern's Champions League opener against CSKA Moskva at the Allianz Arena. He went on to score two further goals during the Champions League group stage; in away wins against Manchester City and CSKA as Bayern finished as group winners. On 23 November, Robben was one of three scorers as Bayern beat title rivals Borussia Dortmund 3–0 at the Westfalenstadion.
    Robben scored his first goals of the 2013–14 season in the 2013 DFL-Supercup, where Bayern were beaten 4–2 by Borussia Dortmund.
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    In his first season in Munich, Bayern won the league title, Robben's fifth league title in eight years, and Robben scored the winning goal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.
    More Details Hide Details After his first season with Bayern, Robben was also named Footballer of the Year in Germany.
  • 2012
    Age 28
    Robben was selected to play for the Netherlands at UEFA Euro 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He started in the first group stage match, a 1–0 loss to Denmark, in which he hit the post with a curled effort. In the next match, a 2–1 loss to Germany, he hopped over the advertising boards and walked the long way round after being subbed off for Dirk Kuyt because he thought he could have inspired the Netherlands to a win. After a 2–1 loss to Portugal, the Netherlands were knocked out with three straight defeats.
    In the 2012–13 season, Robben had started the season on the bench, as manager Jupp Heynckes preferred to start Thomas Müller on the right wing, with Toni Kroos at the attacking midfielder position.
    More Details Hide Details Robben had played through the season as a substitute, but earned his chance to start again after Kroos was injured during the Champions League tie against Juventus. He started on the right wing for the rest of the season, having moved Müller back to the middle. Robben started against Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal and scored the game's lone goal in the 43rd minute. In the Champions League semi-final against FC Barcelona, Robben started both games and scored in both games, including the go-ahead goal in the second leg. Bayern would then go on to return to the Final. Robben atoned for his penalty miss the previous season by setting up teammate Mario Mandžukić's goal to open the scoring in the 60th minute then netting an 89th-minute winner in a 2–1 victory over Borussia Dortmund to give Bayern their fifth European Cup. During the presentation he was named Man of the Match by UEFA.
    Robben had an extra-time penalty saved by former teammate Petr Čech in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena against Chelsea.
    More Details Hide Details Had he scored, Bayern Munich would have led Chelsea 2–1. However the match ended in a penalty shootout which Chelsea won. That was the fourth major cup final that he had been on the losing side during the last two years (World Cup final, two Champions League finals and the DFB Pokal). Three days later in the same stadium while playing as a second-half substitute for the Netherlands in a friendly against Bayern Munich, he was jeered by some disgruntled Bayern Munich fans every time he touched the ball (due to his penalty miss in the Champions League final, and as he did not play on Bayern's side during that match due to a decision taken by Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk). The match had been organized to compensate Bayern, since Robben aggravated an injury playing for the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup, and went on to miss several months of the 2010–11 season.
    On 3 May 2012 it was reported that Robben has signed a new contract with Bayern which would last until 2015.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    Robben has been often accused of diving, and he has at times openly admitted to the charges. In December 2011, Robben apologised for a dive against VfL Bochum in a DFB-Pokal match which earned him a yellow card, saying "I must not do things like this".
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    In the second leg of the semi-finals of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, against his former club Real Madrid which was now managed by José Mourinho (who had been his manager at Chelsea), after Bayern fell behind 2–0, Robben converted a penalty to level the tie at 3–3.
    More Details Hide Details Bayern advanced to the final after winning the resulting penalty shootout.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    Robben was selected by the Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk for the final squad of 23 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details In the team's last friendly match against Hungary, just before its flight to South Africa on 4 June, Robben fell awkwardly, and picked up a hamstring injury which caused concern over his fitness for the tournament. On 5 June, Van Marwijk announced that he'd "decided not to summon any substitute for Arjen. I want to give him every chance to still participate in the World Cup." On 12 June 2010, Robben arrived in South Africa to join the team. He was an unused substitute for the opening game against Denmark as they coasted to a 2–0 victory, and again in the 1–0 victory against Japan. He came on in the 73rd minute against Cameroon in their 2–1 victory, hitting the post from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored from the rebound. On 28 June 2010, he started his first match against Slovakia in which he went on to score the first goal in the second round as the Netherlands won 2–1. He also went on to pick up the man of the match award. Robben scored the third goal with a well-placed header in the semi-finals against Uruguay which the Netherlands won 3–2 to reach the final. Robben played for the full match in the final as the Netherlands lost 1–0 to Spain. Robben had Netherlands's best opportunity of the match when played in on goal by Wesley Sneijder in the 62nd minute of the match, but was denied by Iker Casillas.
    Robben was nominated for the "UEFA Champions League Best Midfielder," but the award went to his international compatriot Wesley Sneijder. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, and the FIFA Puskás Award, which goes to the best goal of the year, and he has also been nominated for FIFA’s "FIFPro World XI 2010" squad, thanks to his fantastic season with Bayern Munich.
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    The 2010–11 started badly for Robben, after medical tests confirmed that his hamstring had not properly healed and that he would be out for two months.
    More Details Hide Details Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that "Of course, Bayern Munich are very angry" with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), and would be seeking compensation from them, continuing. "Once again we must pay the bill as a club after a player is seriously injured playing for a national team." On 15 January 2011, he returned to first team action, coming on as a substitute in the 1–1 away draw with Wolfsburg.
    On 25 May 2010, Robben was named Footballer of the Year in Germany for 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He won the award by attaining a record 72.1% of the vote and was the first Dutch person to win the title.
    On 8 May 2010, he won his first Bundesliga title with Bayern after scoring two goals in their 3–1 victory over Hertha BSC, finishing as Bayern's top scorer in the process.
    More Details Hide Details A week later, Bayern played in the DFB-Pokal Final against the previous champions of the tournament, Werder Bremen, in Berlin's Olympiastadion. Bayern won the game by 4–0, with Robben scoring the first of his team's goals from a penalty kick. Robben thus helped the Bavarians achieve their 15th DFB-Pokal title.
    On 17 April 2010, he scored his first hat-trick in the Bundesliga against Hannover 96 in the Allianz Arena.
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    On 7 April 2010, Robben sent Bayern into the semi-finals of the Champions League with a stunning volley against Manchester United from the edge of the area into the corner of the net.
    More Details Hide Details The game ended 3–2 to United (4–4 on aggregate), with Bayern advancing again due to away goals.
    On 9 March 2010, Robben scored the deciding goal in Bayern's 2–3 defeat (4–4 on aggregate over two legs) against Fiorentina, taking them through to the quarter-finals of the 2009–10 Champions League on away goals.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    He came on as a half-time substitute against VfL Wolfsburg, scored two goals, and helped his team beat last season's champions in Bayern's first win of the 2009–10 season.
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    On 28 August 2009, Robben moved to Bayern Munich for around €25 million.
    More Details Hide Details He was given the number 10 shirt, last worn by his fellow Dutchman, Roy Makaay. His debut came the day after.
    In August 2009, Robben transferred to Bayern Munich for a fee of around €25 million, scoring two goals on his debut.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    He retained his key role in the Real Madrid midfield during the 2008–09 season, playing 35 times and scoring eight goals.
    More Details Hide Details Although the Dutchman was one of the Spanish side's most important players in the pre-season games leading up to the 2009–10 season, having scored three goals and help set up another four, he was among the players whose place in the first team became threatened following the arrival of Florentino Pérez and the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká. Real Madrid accepted a bid of around €25 million for Robben from Bayern Munich. Robben claimed he was "forced" to leave Real Madrid, saying that he "didn't want to go, but the club wanted to sell him."
    Real Madrid won the league title with some games to spare, and were already the champions of Spain when they played their arch-rivals Barcelona on 7 May 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The Barcelona players formed a guard of honor as the Madrid team came onto the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu, and Robben played an important part in Real Madrid's subsequent 4–1 victory, scoring the champions' second goal.
    On 10 February 2008, Robben scored his first goal, this time at home in a 7–0 victory against Valladolid.
    More Details Hide Details Robben proved crucial for many Real Madrid matches, making his famous runs down the left wing and quickly became a first choice for the left midfield position, making 28 appearances during his debut season and scoring five goals.
  • 2007
    Age 23
    Robben completed his move to Real Madrid on a five-year deal on 22 August 2007, with the transfer fee reported as £24 million (€35 million).
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut on 18 September as a substitute for Raúl during a Champions League match against Werder Bremen, which Real Madrid won 2–1. His league debut came on 23 September, this time as a substitute for Royston Drenthe in a 1–1 away draw against Real Valladolid.
    Real Madrid eventually secured Robben's services in August 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He told Chelsea's official club website, "It was difficult to leave because I had a great time in my three years at Chelsea and I made a lot of friends. There was no time to say goodbye because the deal was closed on the Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the evening and the following morning I had to fly. If I have one day off I would want to come back and say goodbye because to the fans I owe a big thank you because they were always good to me. In my three years I won all the prizes there are to win in England."
    Robben married his girlfriend Bernadien Eillert on 9 June 2007 in Groningen.
    More Details Hide Details The two met while in high school in the city, at the Kamerlingh Onnes, and have two sons, Luka (born 2008) and Kai (born 2012) and a daughter, Lynn (born 2010). Robben's father, Hans, works as his agent. The circumstances of Arjen and Bernadien's first meeting have been reported by his former youth coach, Barend Beltman. 'Arjen was driven and determined at a young age. He was always on time, never late. But one Friday afternoon he showed up 15 minutes past the start of practice. I asked him what was going on. "We were at the market square, having fun", he said. There were some girls with him and his friends, so I asked, "Was she worth it?" "Yes, trainer, she was", he told me. I told him to get his gear and join the training session. At his wedding, I heard the woman he met that day was now his wife and mother of his children. Bernadien is her name.'
    His final appearance for the club came against Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details Robben replaced Joe Cole at half time, but was then subsequently substituted himself for Ashley Cole in extra time as Chelsea emerged victorious. Spanish club Real Madrid were interested in two of Chelsea's players. Then-manager Bernd Schuster is said to have demanded Michael Ballack, while Madrid's former president, Ramón Calderón, was known to favour Robben. Robben 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."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He only made two further appearances for Chelsea, both of which were as a substitute and both of which would prove to be key games for the club. His first appearance since returning from injury was against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg which went to penalties. Robben went on to have his penalty saved by Pepe Reina, and Chelsea ultimately lost.
    He came on as a substitute for Claude Makélélé in the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal and set up the winning goal for Didier Drogba.
    More Details Hide Details Robben scored a goal in the second round of the UEFA Champions League against Porto, which led to Chelsea winning the tie 3–2 on aggregate.
    Robben was inflicted with yet another injury in a match against Liverpool on 20 January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Robben made his return in a 3–0 victory against Middlesbrough in February, driving in a shot that took a deflection past Mark Schwarzer for an own goal by Abel Xavier.
  • 2006
    Age 22
    Robben was later named man of the match on 23 December 2006 against Wigan Athletic, a match where he got two assists and the winning goal.
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  • 2005
    Age 21
    The 2005–06 season saw Robben involved in an unsporting incident with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
    More Details Hide Details Towards the end of a league game between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 2–0, Reina shoved his hand in Robben's face after some provocative words from Robben. Robben fell theatrically to the turf, and Reina received a red card for "violent behaviour," as violent conduct is illegal. As a result of the incident Reina commented that Robben "did well enough to win an Oscar" for his theatrics. Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez later joked in a post-match interview that he "would soon be going to hospital to check on Robben's condition." Reina's red card was not rescinded.
    Back to fitness for 2005–06, Robben was an integral part of the Chelsea left wing.
    More Details Hide Details In 28 matches, Robben contributed six goals as Chelsea won a second consecutive Premier League championship, the first back-to-back titles for the west London club.
    Robben's Chelsea debut was delayed through injury, but upon returning to fitness he helped Chelsea bring home two consecutive Premier League titles, and was the FA Premier League Player of the Month in November 2005.
    More Details Hide Details After a third season in England which was punctuated by injury, Robben moved to Spanish club Real Madrid for €35 million.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    Robben ended the 2004–05 season with seven goals, his second highest professional total.
    More Details Hide Details He was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year, but was beaten by Wayne Rooney of Manchester United. Robben was badly injured in a league game away to Blackburn Rovers and forced to sit out Chelsea's title run-in and progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
    Robben proved to be a crucial player for the 2004–05 season; in November 2004, he was awarded the FA Premier League "Player of the Month" award.
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    Robben did not make his competitive debut for Chelsea until November 2004, as he was injured in a pre-season friendly match against Roma, breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot in a challenge from Olivier Dacourt.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he told club doctors that he had noticed an unfamiliar growth on one of his testicles. The medical team quickly did tests to check for testicular cancer, but he was subsequently given the all clear.
    Robben has appeared at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 UEFA European Championships, and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
    More Details Hide Details He is a forward who usually plays as a left or right sided winger. Robben is known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ability and his accurate left foot long-range shots from the right wing. Robben first came to prominence with Groningen, for whom he was player of the year for the 2000–01 Eredivisie season. Two years later he signed for PSV, where he became the Netherlands' Young Player of the Year and won an Eredivisie title. The following season Robben's signature was pursued by leading English clubs, and after protracted transfer negotiations he joined Chelsea in 2004.
  • 2003
    Age 19
    In April 2003, he made his international debut in a friendly match against Portugal at the age of 19.
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  • 2002
    Age 18
    During his first season for PSV, the 2002–03 season, Robben played 33 matches and scored 12 goals.
    More Details Hide Details 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." He helped lead PSV to their 17th Dutch title, and won the Talented Player of the Year award. After this good start, PSV could not keep up with rival Ajax and were forced into a fight for second place in the Eredivisie. Robben travelled to London and met with Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson's offer came in much too low for PSV's and Robben's liking; PSV chairman Harry van Raaij told Manchester United the most that their €7 million offer would buy them was a shirt with Robben's autograph. Almost immediately, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich offered €18 million (£12.1 million), and PSV accepted. The rest of his season with PSV was disappointing. He injured his hamstring twice and missed several games. By the end of the season, Robben scored five times in 23 Eredivisie matches.
    Robben transferred to PSV for €3.9 million before the 2002–03 season.
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  • 2001
    Age 17
    Robben stayed with Groningen and improved steadily during the 2001–02 season, playing in 28 matches and scoring six goals.
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  • 2000
    Age 16
    In 18 starts for Groningen over the 2000–01 season, he scored two goals.
    More Details Hide Details Robben was named player of the year for his first season with the club, and with teammate Jordi Hoogstrate, he demonstrated the strength of the Groningen youth academy.
    Manager Jan van Dijk added the winger to the first team before Groningen's November 2000 away game against Twente, but he did not play until 3 December 2000 against RKC Waalwijk as a substitute for the injured Leonardo dos Santos in the 79th minute.
    More Details Hide Details During the winter, Robben managed to play himself into the starting lineup.
  • 1999
    Age 15
    Groningen placed Robben in their first team for the 1999–2000 season.
    More Details Hide Details He scored three goals in league play.
  • 1984
    Age 0
    Born on January 23, 1984.
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