Rafael van der Vaart

Born: February 11, 1983 (age 32)

Height: 5'8.5" (175cm)

Hometown: Heemskerk, Netherlands
Nationality: Netherlands Dutch

Position: Midfielder
Team: Hamburger SV (no. 23)
Career History
Senior2010-2012Tottenham Hotspur
2012-Hamburger SV
Sports Mole has 352 articles about Rafael van der Vaart. Articles 1 to 40:
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring during the friendly football match between Japan and Netherlands at the Fenix Stadium, on November 16, 2013 in Genk
Rafael van der Vaart: 'I'll play Xavi role for Real Betis'
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart reveals that his role with Real Betis this season will involve being given "a lot of freedom".
Jul 28, 15:28
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Rafael van der Vaart: 'I regret leaving Tottenham Hotspur'
Rafael van der Vaart admits his regret at leaving Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.
Jul 22, 14:53
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
Rafael van der Vaart: 'Real Betis move a dream'
Rafael van der Vaart declares his move to Real Betis as a "dream" after leaving Hamburger SV.
Jun 16, 01:27
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Rafael van der Vaart completes Real Betis switch
Free agent Rafael van der Vaart, formerly of Hamburger SV, joins newly-promoted La Liga side Real Betis.
Jun 15, 16:28
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
Real Betis confirm interest in Rafael van der Vaart
Real Betis president Juan Carlos Ollero confirms that the club are closing in on the signing of Rafael van der Vaart.
Jun 8, 18:01
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring during the friendly football match between Japan and Netherlands at the Fenix Stadium, on November 16, 2013 in Genk
Report: Real Betis, Malaga in for Rafael van der Vaart
A report claims that Real Betis and Malaga will go head-to-head for the signature of Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart this summer.
Jun 2, 15:16
Hamburg's midfielder Lewis Holtby and Bayern Munich's Danish midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburger SV vs FC Bayern Munich at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, northern Germany on Septem
Team News: Lewis Holtby starts for Hamburger SV against Schalke 04
Hamburger SV name Lewis Holtby in their side for the final game of the season against Schalke 04.
May 23, 13:50
Tottenham Hotspur's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko celebrates scoring his first goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City at White Hart Lane in north London, England on May 22, 2011
On this day: Roman Pavlyuchenko double ends Birmingham City's survival hopes
On this day in 2011, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur to send Birmingham City back down to the Championship.
May 22, 08:00
Hamburg's defender Heiko Westermann reacts after the German first division Bundesliga football match SV Werder Bremen vs Hamburger SV in Bremen, northern Germany, on April 19, 2015
Preview: Hamburger SV vs. Schalke 04
Sports Mole looks ahead to the final day of the Bundesliga season as Hamburger SV bid to avoid relegation against Schalke 04.
May 21, 19:04
Hamburg's forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga celebrates after scoring the 1-1 during the German first division Bundesliga football match FSV Mainz 05 vs Hamburger SV, in Mainz western Germany, on May 10, 2014
Result: Hamburger SV stun Augsburg with vital win
Pierre-Michel Lasogga scores twice as Hamburg climb off the bottom of the table with a 3-2 win over Augsburg.
Apr 25, 16:24
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring during the friendly football match between Japan and Netherlands at the Fenix Stadium, on November 16, 2013 in Genk
Celtic chasing Rafael van der Vaart?
Celtic are interested in signing Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart, according to reports.
Apr 25, 14:38
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Rafael van der Vaart not joining Sporting Kansas City?
Peter Vermes reveals that financial demands mean that Rafael van der Vaart will not be joining Sporting Kansas City.
Apr 4, 00:21
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
Rafael van der Vaart to leave Hamburger SV in the summer
Rafael van der Vaart is to leave Hamburger SV in the summer after the Dutchman was told that his current deal would not be renewed.
Mar 28, 14:27
Hertha's defender Sebastian Langkamp and Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha BSC Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund in Berlin on May 10, 2014
Result: Late Sebastian Langkamp goal downs 10-man Hamburger SV
Sebastian Langkamp nets a late winner as Hertha Berlin boost their survival hopes with a 1-0 win at Hamburger SV.
Mar 20, 21:23
Dortmund's midfielder Marco Reus celebrates scoring the 0-1 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund in Augsburg, southern Germany, on August 29, 2014
Team News: Marco Reus recovers from injury to start for Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus recovers from a midweek knock to start for Borussia Dortmund against Hamburger SV.
Mar 7, 14:11
Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v 1 FSV Mainz 05 in Dortmund, Germany, on February 13, 2015
Preview: Hamburger SV vs. Borussia Dortmund
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the form of both sides ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund.
Mar 5, 19:08
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Report: MLS clubs eye Rafael van der Vaart
A report claims that a number of MLS clubs, including Sporting Kansas City, want to sign Hamburger SV midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
Mar 2, 14:48
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Report: Ajax want Rafael van der Vaart return
A report claims that Ajax want to re-sign Hamburger SV midfielder Rafael van der Vaart this summer.
Feb 16, 13:18
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben celebrates scoring the first goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match against VfB Stuttgart on February 7, 2015
Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Hamburger SV
Sports Mole previews Hamburger SV's trip to the Allianz Arena to take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Feb 12, 16:32
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Result: Hamburger SV beat Hannover to climb away from danger
Hamburg beat Hannover 2-1 at the Imtech Arena to climb five points clear of the Bundesliga drop zone.
Feb 7, 19:22
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
Result: Hamburger SV ease past Paderborn
Hamburger SV beat SC Paderborn 3-0 to climb out of the relegation zone on an important evening for Josef Zinnbauer's side in the Bundesliga.
Feb 4, 21:40
Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the winning goal with Jan Vertonghen during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at KC Stadium on November 23, 2014
Jan Vertonghen: 'Christian Eriksen can be like Gazza'
Defender Jan Vertonghen says that his Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen can emulate Paul Gascoigne and Glenn Hoddle at the club.
Dec 18, 14:28
Stuttgart's Dutch headcoach Huub Stevens is pictured prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match VfB Stuttgart vs VfL Wolfsburg in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on May 3, 2014
Result: Stuttgart off bottom with Hamburg win
Florian Klein's first goal for Stuttgart gives them a 1-0 victory over Hamburger SV that lifts them off the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Dec 16, 20:54
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Result: Hamburger SV survive late Mainz 05 siege to seal narrow victory
Hamburger SV narrowly beat Mainz 05 2-1 their Bundesliga clash at the Imtech Arena.
Dec 7, 16:26
FC Augsburg's players celebrate after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg in the German city of Dortmund on January 25, 2014
Result: Augsburg beat Hamburger SV to extend run
Augsburg continue their fine form by coming from behind to beat Hamburger SV 3-1 at the SGL Arena.
Nov 29, 16:48
Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014
Result: Rafael van der Vaart penalty takes Hamburger SV past Bayer Leverkusen
Rafael van der Vaart's penalty takes Hamburger SV out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Nov 1, 16:26
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
Team News: Rafael van der Vaart starts for Hamburger SV against Bayer Leverkusen
Hamburger SV captain Rafael van der Vaart returns to the side for the Bundesliga meeting with Bayer Leverkusen.
Nov 1, 13:49
Salomon Kalou of Hertha BSC celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the Hertha BSC v VfL Wolfsburg - Bundesliga match at Olympiastadion on September 24, 2014
Result: Hertha Berlin cruise to victory over Hamburger SV
Hamburger SV suffer another disappointment in the Bundesliga as Hertha Berlin record a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Oct 25, 16:26
Hamburg's midfielder Lewis Holtby and Bayern Munich's Danish midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburger SV vs FC Bayern Munich at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, northern Germany on Septem
Team News: Lewis Holtby named on Hamburger SV bench for trip to Hertha Berlin
Lewis Holtby drops to the bench for Hamburger SV's Bundesliga clash with Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Oct 25, 14:03
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben celebrates scoring during the extra-time of the DFB German Cup final football match BVB Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 17, 2014
Team News: Arjen Robben returns to start against Hamburger SV
Arjen Robben returns to the starting lineup for Bayern Munich's clash with Hamburger SV on Saturday afternoon.
Sep 20, 13:45
Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola (L) looks on during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Bayern Munchen at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2014
Preview: Hamburger SV vs. Bayern Munich
Sports Mole previews Bayern Munich's trip to face struggling Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.
Sep 19, 03:21
Bernd Schuster is unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid.
On this day: Real Madrid reach 5,000-goal landmark
Six years ago today, Guti scores Real Madrid's 5,000th La Liga goal in a 4-3 victory over newly-promoted Numancia.
Sep 14, 10:05
Lewis Holtby of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg between Tottenham Hotspur and Dinamo Tbilisi at White Hart Lane on August 29, 2013
Rafael van der Vaart expects Lewis Holtby impact
Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart is confident that loan signing Lewis Holtby will be a success at the club this season.
Sep 13, 12:34
Hanover's head coach Mirko Slomka reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96 in Munich, southern Germany, on September 14, 2013
Team News: Hamburger SV unchanged for Paderborn test
Mirko Slomka resists the temptation to make changes as Hamburger SV take on SC Paderborn in the Bundesliga.
Aug 30, 13:45
Hamburg's goalkeeper Rene Adler reacts during the German Cup quarter final football match Hamburger SV vs Bayern Munich in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 12, 2014
Result: FC Koln, Hamburger SV settle for draw
FC Koln and Hamburger SV start their respective Bundesliga campaigns with a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.
Aug 23, 16:31
Johan Djourou of Switzerland lines up ahead of the International Friendly match between Greece and Switzerland at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 6, 2013
Team News: Valon Behrami, Johan Djourou named in Hamburger SV side
Valon Behrami makes his Bundesliga debut for Hamburger SV, while Johan Djourou also starts against FC Koln on the opening weekend of the season.
Aug 23, 14:23
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Result: Hamburger SV need penalties to beat Energie Cottbus in DFB-Pokal
Hamburger SV reach the second round of the DFB-Pokal by beating third-tier side Energie Cottbus on penalties.
Aug 18, 20:15
Manchester United's Danny Welbeck celebrates his opening goal against the LA Galaxy during their Chevrolet Cup match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on July 23, 2014
Steve Bruce rubbishes rumours Hull City are interested in Danny Welbeck
Hull City manager Steve Bruce rubbishes talk that he is interested in signing Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck and Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart.
Aug 15, 10:28
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Hamburger SV rule out Rafael van der Vaart sale
Hamburger SV chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer denies that Rafael van der Vaart could depart the club this summer amid reported interest from Queens Park Rangers.
Aug 13, 13:18
Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring during the friendly football match between Japan and Netherlands at the Fenix Stadium, on November 16, 2013 in Genk
Rafael van der Vaart coy over Queens Park Rangers switch
Hamburger SV midfielder Rafael van der Vaart reveals that he is on good terms with Harry Redknapp as reports link him with a move to Queens Park Rangers.
Aug 1, 09:54
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