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Rafael Van der Vaart, born in 1983 the 27 year old started his career as a product of the Ajax youth academy. He made his debut for Ajax in 2000 as a 17 year old, he stayed in the Ajax team for the next 5 years and scored 52 goals in 117 appearances. You could say he was as prolific goalscorer as a midfielder can be, some will argue the level of football is not as high in the Dutch league as it is here in England. He captained the side in his final season at the club in 2004/05.

In 2005 he moved to German side Hamburg, it was a bit of a surprise because he was highly tipped to move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Van der Vaart finished his first season with his new club as the teams top scorer, the following year just like Ajax had done, Hamburg gave Rafael the captains armband. Van der Vaart spent 3 years in Germany scoring 29 goals in 74 appearances, again not a bad record.

In the summer of 2008 Van der Vaart got his big move as he signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid to become a new galactico. During his first season with Real he scored his first ever hat-trick, he later fell out with ex Spurs and current Real boss Juande Ramos after the manager said he felt Van der Vaart was more of an impact player, this lead to some top Premiership clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea waiting in the wings should he be transfer listed. The following season in 2009 it was speculated that Rafael would be leaving Real as new manager Manuel Pellegrini told the Dutch midfielder that he did not feature in his current team plans. By this time Real had signed Kaka and Christiano Ronaldo who both play similar roles. He did get his chance in the team following the sales of Robben and Sneijder, following an injury to Kaka he was given a chance in the team once again and proved to be a key player for Real during his spell back in the team, scoring some crucial goals as Real made a push for the La Liga title. Van der Vaart only scored 11 goals in 58 games for Real but you have to remember a lot of his appearances for Real were made from the bench.

Van der Vaart made his international debut for Holland as an 18 year old against Andorra, he has since played in 2 European Championships and 2 World Cups for Holland. His international goal scoring record isn’t too bad either, 16 goals in 83 caps, he also featured in this year’s World Cup Final against Spain.

Well you know the rest, on 31st August 2010 Rafael Van der Vaart signed for Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day in a move worth around £8million. Personally, having watched this guy for a lot of his career I would consider that a bargain. Real Madrid had no plans to include him in their squad which meant they were desperate to offload him. Their loss is our gain, I don’t doubt his ability for a minute, he was behind Kaka, Ronaldo and Ozil at Real who are arguably some of the best players around. So we have gained a player who has played at the highest level and brings with him bags of experience. Martin Jol once claimed that Van der Vaart was one of the best playmakers in the world. Rafael will bring something special to Tottenham and I am talking about his fit wife.

I look forward to seeing this guy in a Spurs shirt, yeah we might not have really needed another midfielder but when you can pick up a bargain like this which can only improve the team then why not? He will add goals to our midfield which will mask the fact we lack a world class striker, it means that not signing a top striker at the moment isn’t as important as it was because he will be getting himself in the box like Lampard does. For any doubters, watch the video below at the type of quality this guy has.

  11 Responses to “Rafael Van Der Vaart – A Few Facts”

  1. He has never played for Wolfsberg, I think you mean Hamburg, but hey ho. World class player who will score the goals from midfield that will make up for our lack of a world class striker.

  2. One point, it was hamburg he played for not wolfsburg.

  3. I won’t mention the obvious! what does everyone think is spurs best line up now? Also does anyone else share my opnion that we now have a very large high quality squad…maybe too large. Fringe first team players but more importantly the youngerlads like Rose, Townsend walker and naughton aren’t likely to get any minutes in league matches, only maybe a few carling cup appearances. I think with the size of our squad and also players like sandro bale gio and walker all being over 21 by next summers transfer windo, we’ll definitely need to trim the squad to meet the quota…firesale?? Likely suspects:- Jenas 6m, Hutton 3m, keane 7m, woodgate free, Ohara 4m, pav 9m, bentley 7m. That’s £36m on a new striker plus maybe a young up and coming striker for the future lukaku or wickham?? Perhaps also a permanent replacement for king. Two transfer windows to complete team!!!

  4. Not sure if this has been said, but it was Hamburg not Wolfsburg. 😉

  5. Until we see how good VDV, Gallas and Sandro are compared to what we already have, I don’t think anyone can say what our best squad is. I think Harry has done a good job in addressing the centre of midfield as despite Hudds performances, it is still the weakest part of our team and prevents us from dominating games as hudd is too slow and Modd is too weak….Hopefully we’ll start to see some goals from the middle of the park!!

  6. Correction-Best team…

  7. torres is a world class striker but not performed well in the last year?

    we have great strikers who can pull important goals out of nothing……..Pav the second goal away to boys crouch at man c for example……….

    get the feeling Keanes hunger will sort himself into the new spurs period………
    defoe will shine in the champions……crouch will scare euro defences! who else would you want on set pieces as the clock ticks down??

    to have the bench we have is great…….and with sandro and vaart……waiting to do their work


  8. That was a very informative piece Coxie,and like many others I’m pleased that we have signed this lad as he will only move us on another level.

  9. a goal scoring midfield playmaker at long last everyone has been saying that a top end striker was the missing piece of our jigsaw….. i beg to differ this signing is exactly what we need we have relied on our strikers for far too long Van der Vaart offers us something different the ability too do the sublime which we have been lacking since Ginola left. on our other signings Gallas is a great bit of business a proven top level centre back to compliment our current line up how often have bassong or daws looked out of their depth without king or woody? gallas will ensure we always have that experience around the back four and he likes to talk as well! A WINNER.
    Sandro – much has been said that he is unproven , the jury is still out etc Fuck Off this kid is the mutts anybody who has watched him (albeit on the goggle box) a few times will tell you, best described as a mixture of hudd and palacios (think essien with the ability to hit a 60yrd pass) he is going to be a legend. Pletikosa croatias number 1 a good addition to give genuine competition to gomes loads of experience over 250 appearances for 3 clubs hajduk split (162), shakhtar donetsk(29) and spartak moscow(63) and 80 senior caps for croatia,. All in all a good transfer window in my opinion not a revolution just evolution.

  10. Forget Wolfsberg/Hamburg – Juande Ramos is not Real Madrid’s manager (he left after a matter of months. Some unknown mug, Jose Mou-something is there now. Minor manager, no reason anyone would have heard of him).

  11. Poor Jenas, I think he is way down the pecking order….

    i would go for the following first XI

    Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, BAE, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Huddlestone, Moric, Bale, Paluvychenko
    subs- Pletikosa, Gallas, Sandro, Naughton, Krancjar, Rose, Defoe

    A huge admirer for Danny Rose 🙂


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