Ryan Babel
Dutch footballer
Ryan Babel
Ryan Guno Babel is a Dutch football player who currently plays for Ajax in the Eredivisie. He can play as a striker or left winger. Babel began his career at Ajax in 1998, working his way up through the youth team and into the senior squad. He played three seasons for the first team before he was transferred to Liverpool in mid-2007, where under three successive managers he failed to secure a regular first team position.
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Soccer-La Liga summaries
Yahoo News - 3 months
Nov 19 (Gracenote) - Summaries from the La Liga matches on Saturday Saturday, November 19Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 3 Cristiano Ronaldo 23,71pen,77 Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 53,741- - -Eibar 1 Fran Rico 10 Celta Vigo 0 Red Card: Sergio Alvarez 90, Hugo Mallo AEHalftime: 1-0;Attendance: 5,503- - -Barcelona 0 Malaga 0 Red Card: Diego Llorente 68, Juan Carlos 90+7Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 83,439- - -Deportivo Coruna 2 Ryan Babel 1, Florin Andone 42 Sevilla 3 Steven N'Zonzi 44, Vitolo 87, Gabriel Mercado 90+2 Halftime: 2-1;Attendance: 21,096- - -Friday, November 18Real Betis 2 Bruno Gonzalez ...
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Soccer-La Liga summaries
Yahoo News - 5 months
Oct 2 (Gracenote) - Summaries from the La Liga matches on Sunday Sunday, October 2Valencia 0 Atletico Madrid 2 Antoine Griezmann 63, Kevin Gameiro 90+3 Missed penalty: Antoine Griezmann 44, Gabi 69Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 43,276- - -Saturday, October 1Deportivo Coruna 2 Celso Borges 35, Ryan Babel 90+2 Sporting Gijon 1 Sergio Alvarez 66 Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 24,957- - -Osasuna 2 Roberto Torres 7pen, Sergio Leon 45+2 Las Palmas 2 Vicente Gomez 57, David Garcia 90+1 Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 15,415- - -Sevilla 2 Wissam Ben Yedder 74,90 Alaves 1 Victor Laguardia 84 Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: ...
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Ajax forward Babel dislocates shoulder
Fox News - over 4 years
Ajax forward Ryan Babel suffered a dislocated shoulder Sunday and will sidelined "several weeks," the Dutch club announced Tuesday.The 25-year-old Babel was injured in a 3-2 win over Zwolle in the Eredivisie, and will not need surgery, but is now set to miss the crucial Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Nov
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Ajax V Manchester City Champions League Preview: Ryan Babel's Back
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
One Ajax player who will be familiar to Manchester City tonight in their third Champions League group stage match is former Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel, whose underachieving career has lead him back to where he began and now belongs. Babel left Amsterdam in 2007 after he excelled, with several others, in one of the most exciting Holland Under-21 teams at that summer's European Championship. Naturally Premier League clubs formed the queue of suitors, as Daniel de Ridder joined Birmingham City on a free, Maceo Rigters headed further north to Blackburn Rovers for £500,000 and Babel swiftly reneged on his pledge to stay with Ajax for another year to sign for Liverpool in a deal worth £14m. More...
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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Dutch championship summaries
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Sept 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Dutch championship matches on Sunday Sunday, September 23 Twente Enschede 1 Dusan Tadic 59pen Heerenveen 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 29,200 - - - NAC Breda 2 Kees Luijckx 66, Sepp De Roover 73 AZ Alkmaar 1 Adam Maher 35 Halftime: 0-1; Attendance: 17,000 - - - ADO Den Haag 1 Tom Beugelsdijk 14 Ajax Amsterdam 1 Ryan Babel 62 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 14,009 - - - Saturday, September 22 NEC Nijmegen 0 Red Card: Kevin Conboy 88 Willem II Tilburg 0 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 11,125 - - - RKC Waalwijk 1 Teddy Chevalier 56 VVV-Venlo 1 Marcel Seip 6 ...
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Ajax Amsterdam sign Ryan Babel on a free transfer
Bettor - over 4 years
The former Liverpool forward’s contract at Hoffenheim was terminated by the club management, and the player representative Winny Haatrecht revealed that his client turned down several clubs in order to return to Amsterdam Arena. Ajax Amsterdam have reportedly acquired the services of Ryan Babel on a Bosman move following the 25-year-old’s contract at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was terminated by the club management on mutual consent. The talented forward, who started his professional career at De Jo...
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Ajax signs Dutch attacker Babel to one-year deal
Fox News - over 4 years
Ajax added Netherlands attacker Ryan Babel on a one-year deal on Friday.Babel 25, was released by former club Hoffenheim on Thursday night, and signed a deal to return to the Netherlands with Ajax, pending a physical
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Ryan Babel undecided on future at Hoffenheim
Bettor - almost 5 years
The Hoffenheim striker is forced to consider his future in Germany after his side’s humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich on Saturday. <a class="fplink fp-244177" href="/Ryan+Babel+1">Ryan Babel</a> has revealed that he might part ways with Hoffenheim at the end of this campaign. The attacker was talking in the wake of his side’s 7-1 loss to the Munich giants on Saturday, March 10. He opined that Hoffenheim are an average side and it is extremely hard to win silverware with such a young and inexperienced unit. The former Liverpool strike...
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Ryan Babel eyeing a place in Dutch squad for Euro 2012
Bettor - about 5 years
The Hoffenheim attacker is hoping to find a place in the Dutch national side for the upcoming European championships in Poland and Ukraine. <a class="fplink fp-244177" href="/ryan+babel+1">Ryan Babel</a> has expressed desire to be a part of the Netherlands squad for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine later this year. Babel is confident that national team manager, Bert van Marwijk, will consider him after his impressive form with the German outfit this season. Babel has been a first team regular for Hoffenheim so far this season...
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'Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, QPR & Stoke City are my ... - Goal.com
Google News - over 5 years
Everyone talks about the money that Kenny has spent but if you throw the sale of Fernando Torres, Ryan Babel, David Ngog, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and the rest he has actually recouped quite a lot of money, well over £80m
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Excitement will continue past deadline day - Anfield Road
Google News - over 5 years
The sale of Torres was preceded by the sale of Ryan Babel and the two fees more or less paid for Suarez and Carroll – meaning the summer was set up for Liverpool to spend just about all the available transfer budget. And that budget was always going to
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The 6 Best Transfer Deadline Day Moments - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
Babel goes for a ride On a relatively slow deadline day the news that Ryan Babel had been spotted leaving John Lennon airport in a helicopter bound for London was given the full hyperbolic coverage by Jim and the boys in the Sky studio
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Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 6 Players Who Could Join the Reds in January - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
After three-and-a-half seasons with the Reds, forward Ryan Babel took the opportunity to move on. He made 146 appearances for Liverpool scoring 22 goals. Most of us will never forget his belter against Chelsea in the 2007-08 Champions League semifinal
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Bayern drops five goals on helpless Hamburg - Sports Network
Google News - over 5 years
Ryan Babel also scored for Hoffenheim, which sits among a group of seven sides on six points behind surprise leader Monchengladbach. Augsburg, which tied its first two games, lost for the first time in its first year in the Bundesliga. ...&nbsp;-
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Have Liverpool built a team around Andy Carroll? - Our Kop
Google News - over 5 years
In the January transfer window, Liverpool football club was involved in four player transfers, two came in and two went out, the players that went out being Ryan Babel and Fernando Torres. Whilst those that came in were Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll
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Liverpool Strikers: What Is the Best Combination Up Front for Kenny Dalglish? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
... in the manager&#39;s seat, Kenny Dalglish has been able to splash out close to £100 million on reinforcements, financed of course in part by the sale of forwards Fernando Torres (Chelsea, £50 million) and Ryan Babel (Hoffenheim, £6 million) in January
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Babel
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In December 2015, Al Ain and Babel were involved in a conflict over Babel's disciplinary issues with the club’s hierarchy and regarding his use of social media.
    More Details Hide Details The club demoted him to the reserves citing poor performance. Babel took part in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Babel scored two goals in four games as the Netherlands reached the quarter-finals. There they were defeated by Nigeria, 10–9 in a penalty shoot-out (Babel scored his penalty).
    Babel signed a contract with UAE Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain to replace the outgoing Miroslav Stoch. He signed the contract after passing a medical test on 2 July 2015.
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    Babel often was linked to a return to the Premier League during his time in Turkey, before ending rumours by signing for UAE side Al Ain FC in July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Babel has been part of the Dutch national football team since 2005, and has represented his country at all youth team levels. He played in two World Cups, 2006 and 2010, reaching the final of the latter.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    He also made four appearances in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, as well as two more appearances in the 2012–13 KNVB Cup, where he scored the second goal in the '15 minute of the second round fixture against FC Utrecht, with the match ending 3–0 for the Amsterdam side prior to his injury.
    More Details Hide Details He would return to action after being sidelined to help his side secure their 3rd consecutive national title and 32nd overall. Opting not to extend his contract with Ajax in order to make way for the next generation, Babel decided to join Turkish side Kasımpaşa where former Ajax player Shota Arveladze was the current manager. He was joined in Turkey by fellow Amsterdam born defender Ryan Donk who made the transfer from Belgian side Club Brugge.
    He scored his first goal since returning to Ajax in a match against ADO Den Haag on 23 September 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Struggling with a slight injury midway through the season, Babel managed to play a total of 16 league matches for Ajax, scoring four goals in total in the Eredivisie.
    After personally buying off the remaining year of his contract with Hoffenheim, he returned to his old club Ajax on a one-year deal. Wearing shirt number 49, the same number he wore when he made his first ever appearance for the first team at Ajax, he made his debut with Ajax for the 2012–13 season on 15 September 2012, in a regular season match against RKC Waalwijk.
    More Details Hide Details He came on as a substitute for Derk Boerrigter in the second half, assisting Jody Lukoki on the second goal in the 2–0 home win for the Amsterdam side.
    After playing for Hoffenheim for 18 months, scoring six goals in 51 matches, he was released by the club on 31 August 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 24
    On 10 September 2011, he scored his first brace for 1899 Hoffenheim in a 4–0 win against Mainz 05 and scored again in the next game on 17 September in a 3–1 win over VfL Wolfsburg.
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    In the 2011–12 Bundesliga season, Babel netted his first league goal of the season on 20 August 2011 against Augsburg in a 2–0 away win.
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    On 9 April 2011, Babel scored his first goal for Hoffenheim, in a 3–2 loss to SC Freiburg.
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    His first competitive match was on 26 January 2011 in the DFB Cup quarter final match against FC Energie Cottbus.
    More Details Hide Details He is well known for his 'left little finger out' celebration, in support of disadvantaged youths in Amsterdam.
    On 25 January 2011, it was confirmed that Babel had left Liverpool to join German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for a reported fee of £8 million, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.
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    One of the first Premier League players to use Twitter to communicate with fans, in January 2011, Babel posted an photoshopped image on Twitter of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt following Liverpool's 1–0 defeat to United in the FA Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He was subsequently charged by the F.A. with improper conduct and fined £10,000. On 18 January, Liverpool agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million for Babel from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On 24 January, Kenny Dalglish said that Babel would be staying at Liverpool, but the next day Babel flew to Germany to finalize the deal to sign with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    Babel gained further notoriety amongst fans when, on transfer deadline day 31 August 2010, it was reported that the player was travelling by helicopter between Liverpool and an unspecified London location as possible transfer talks with Tottenham and West Ham were ongoing, and there was speculation about his true destination.
    More Details Hide Details No transfer actually occurred and the helicopter story may be apocryphal, but the image stuck and the term "Babelcopter" became a metaphor for players with an uncertain destination on future transfer deadline days, with the player himself promoting the use of the hashtag #BabelCopter.
    On 19 August 2010, Babel scored the winner against Trabzonspor in the Europa League qualifier first leg, it was his first game of the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details He started his first match in the Premier League at Anfield against Aston Villa and scored his first goal in the Premier League with a right-footed volley that beat former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
    On 1 April 2010, he was sent off for the first time in his Liverpool career in the 30th minute of the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final against S.L. Benfica after an altercation with Luisão.
    More Details Hide Details He scored in Liverpool's 4–0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor, subsequently relegating Burnley to the Championship.
    On 15 March 2010 he scored against Portsmouth in a 4–1 win.
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    On 6 January 2010, it was reported that Liverpool rejected an £8 million offer from Birmingham City for Babel.
    More Details Hide Details Babel was then disciplined by manager Benitez, over stating on his Twitter page that he had been dropped for the game against Stoke City, and was fined two weeks wages of £120,000. He was frequently linked with a move away from Anfield but Rafael Benitez stated his desire for Babel to stay.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    On 4 November 2009, Babel scored the opening goal against Lyon in a Champions League game, a strike from 25 yards in a 1–1 draw.
    More Details Hide Details Former Liverpool player Alan Hansen called upon Babel to play like he did against Lyon, as he still possessed the ability to be a 'top player'.
    On 27 September 2009, Babel scored two goals against Hull City coming off the bench for Fernando Torres to round up a match which ended 6–1 for Liverpool.
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    On 20 September 2009, against West Ham, Babel came off the bench for Dirk Kuyt.
    More Details Hide Details At this stage the score was 2–2. Babel picked up the ball and did well to beat the full-back and sent in a delightful cross for Fernando Torres to head home the winner. Babel, who has been criticized in the past for his work rate and attitude, earned praise for his efforts in the West Ham game.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Former Liverpool and Celtic player Kenny Dalglish has said that Babel has the ability to terrorise defenders in the Premier League with his pace and trickery with the ball. On 13 September 2008, Babel came off the bench to score the winner for Liverpool in a 2–1 victory over Manchester United, his first goal of the 2008–09 season Babel scored his second goal of the season in Liverpool's 5–1 victory over Newcastle United on 28 December 2008.
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    In May 2008, Babel was selected for the Dutch squad which will compete in the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament.
    More Details Hide Details On 31 May, it was announced that Babel had been withdrawn from the squad after tearing ankle ligaments in training. Van Basten added then-Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz to his squad in place of Babel. Babel was included in the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On 27 May 2010, Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk announced that the player would be part of the final squad of 23 participating in the competition. Though the Netherlands reached the final, Babel did not appear in any of the matches during the tournament. Babel returned in Oranje after an absence of almost a year on 11 November 2011 as a starter in the pre Euro 2012 0–0 drawn friendly against Switzerland. Ajax Al Ain Netherlands under-21 Netherlands
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In June 2007, Babel was part of the Netherlands under-21 team competing in the UEFA Under-21 Championship, being held in the Netherlands.
    More Details Hide Details In the group stage, Babel scored a penalty against Portugal, helping the Dutch to secure a semi-final spot and thus qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. His second tournament goal came during his man of the match performance in the final as the Netherlands defeated Serbia 4–1 to retain their title.
    Babel scored the fourth and last goal in Liverpool's 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage match against Olympique de Marseille, which they needed to win.
    More Details Hide Details He came off the bench in the second leg of the quarter final against Arsenal in the Champions League and won a penalty and scored a goal, with Liverpool winning the game 4–2 (5–3 on aggregate). He also came on as a substitute against Chelsea in the semi-final and despite scoring a goal, Liverpool lost 3–2 in extra time.
    He made his Premier League debut in the 2007–08 Premier League curtain raiser against Aston Villa away after coming on off the bench.
    More Details Hide Details A week later and he made his Anfield debut, coming off the bench against Chelsea. On 1 September Babel scored his first goal for Liverpool against Derby County. Babel scored his first Champions League goal for Liverpool on 6 November against Beşiktaş J.K. after coming on as a substitute. He netted twice in the game and almost completed a hat-trick, with a header from a Harry Kewell cross, but was denied by the crossbar.
    He was due to play in the first round of the Barclays Asia Trophy 2007 but had a delay in the granting of international clearance.
    More Details Hide Details This was sorted out in time for the final against Portsmouth.
    Amidst the transfer speculation, Babel agreed to a new three-year deal with Ajax on 2 February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In May, Babel got another Dutch Cup winners medal as Ajax successfully defended the title. The match against AZ went to a penalty shoot-out, but Babel was substituted off after 120 minutes. On 10 July 2007 it was reported that Liverpool had made a £14 million offer to the Amsterdam club. On 12 July it was reported that Liverpool and Ajax had agreed a fee in the region of £11.5 million, and later Liverpool confirmed that Babel would sign a five-year contract on 13 July. He was unveiled on 13 July with Yossi Benayoun. Babel was handed the number 19 shirt. He made his debut on 17 July against Werder Bremen in a friendly.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    Babel was linked with Arsenal and Newcastle United during the January transfer window of the 2006–07 season but no move materialised.
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    Babel marked the start of 2006–07 with another Dutch Super Cup winners medal, as Ajax defeated PSV 3–1.
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  • 2005
    Age 18
    Later that season, Babel made his international debut on 26 March 2005, away against Romania.
    More Details Hide Details He entered the game as a first-half substitute for Arjen Robben and went on to score the second goal in a 2–0 victory. The goal made Babel the youngest goalscorer in 68 years for the Netherlands and the fourth-youngest of all time. Babel had been a first team regular with Ajax in 2004–05 and finished with seven league goals in 22 appearances. In 2006, Marco van Basten included Babel in the Dutch squad for 2006 FIFA World Cup. Due to a knee injury however, Babel only featured once, as a second-half substitute for Ruud van Nistelrooy in the group match against Argentina. Van Basten has been quoted as saying Babel "has all the potential to become the next Thierry Henry".
    Babel scored in both legs of the Champions League third qualifying round against Brøndby as Ajax made it to the group stage. 2005–06 was a tougher season for Babel in general though as he managed only two league goals.
    More Details Hide Details He did however continue to feature for the national team, and scored his second goal against Italy in November. At the end of the season, Babel came on as a second-half substitute in Ajax's 2–1 victory over PSV in the Dutch Cup final.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    Nine months later, on 20 November 2004 Babel scored his first senior goal against De Graafschap in a 5–0 victory.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2003, Babel signed a new contract with Ajax. He started the new season by scoring the winning goal in Ajax's 2–1 defeat of PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Super Cup.
    Playing as a striker, on 1 February 2004, just one and a half months after his 17th birthday, Ajax coach Ronald Koeman gave Babel his first team debut in Ajax's 4–0 home win over ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie.
    More Details Hide Details Ajax went on to win the Dutch league title, but Babel didn't feature again that season.
    After having graduated through the C1, B1 and A1 teams, Babel signed his first professional contract in January 2004.
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  • 1999
    Age 12
    However, the next year Ajax accepted him and he played the 1999–2000 season for their D1 team.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 10
    Babel was born in Amsterdam. Inspired by the local footballing talent, including Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard, Babel played for nearby youth-teams S.V Diemen, then Fortius. In 1997, he attended a youth selection day with AFC Ajax.
    More Details Hide Details He made it through the first selection round, but failed to progress any further.
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on December 19, 1986.
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