Rafael van der Vaart

Position: Midfielder
Team: Hamburger SV
Born: February 11, 1983 (age 31)
Hometown: Heemskerk, Netherlands
Height: 5ft 9in
Nationality: Dutch
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
Harry Redknapp Manager of Queens Park Rangers ahead of the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on May 12, 2014
Harry Redknapp hints at Rafael van der Vaart move
Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp hints at a move for Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.
Jul 27, 20:15
Mario Gomez of Germany celebrates scoring their second goal with Mesut Ozil of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Netherlands and Germany at Metalist Stadium on June 13, 2012
On this day: Netherlands on brink of elimination after Germany defeat
On this day in 2012, Germany beat Netherlands 2-1 to leave their opponents on the brink of early Euro 2012 elimination.
Jun 13, 09:32
Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal attends a training session of the Dutch national football team in Hoenderloo on May 7, 2014
Louis van Gaal names 23-man Netherlands squad
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal names his final 23-man squad for the World Cup.
May 31, 13:17
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
Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart out of World Cup with calf injury
Rafael van der Vaart is reportedly ruled out of the Netherlands' World Cup campaign with a calf injury.
May 28, 10:57
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: HSV draw with Greuther Furth, escape relegation on away goals
Hamburger SV secure their Bundesliga status with a nail-biting 1-1 draw against Greuther Furth which kept them up on away goals.
May 18, 17:55
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Result: Hamburger SV's Bundesliga safety hangs in the balance
Hamburger SV are held to a goalless draw with Greuther Furth in the Bundesliga relegation playoff first leg to leave their survival hopes hanging in the balance.
May 15, 22:22
Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben celebrates with teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburger SV vs FC Bayern Munich in Hamburg, northern Germany, on May 3, 2014
Result: Bayern Munich thrash lowly Hamburger SV
Hamburger SV's hopes of avoiding relegation are dealt a major blow as they are beaten 4-1 at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
May 3, 16:49
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
Half-Time Report: Bayern Munich leading struggling Hamburger SV at half time
Bayern Munich hold a 1-0 half-time lead over struggling Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga, thanks to Mario Gotze's first-half tap-in.
May 3, 15:22
Bayern Munichs midfielder Toni Kroos celebrates scoring the 0-1 goal past Hertha's goalkeeper Thomas Kraft (R) the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha BSC Berlin vs FC Bayern Munich in Berlin's Olympic Stadium on March 25, 2014
Team News: Toni Kroos gets nod for Bayern Munich against Hamburger SV
Bayern Munich hand a start to Toni Kroos in their clash with relegation strugglers Hamburger SV in week 33 of the German Bundesliga.
May 3, 13:47
Hamburg's Cameroonian defender Jacques Zoua celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hamburger SV in the German city of Monchengladbach on March 30, 2014
Team News: Jacques Zoua leads line for Hamburger SV
Jacques Zoua starts up front for Hamburger SV for their away clash against Hannover.
Apr 12, 14:04
Hamburg's defender Heiko Westermann during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Hamburger SV in the German city of Leverkusen on November 9, 2013
Result: Hamburger SV ease relegation worries
Hamburger SV move out of the Bundesliga's relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Apr 4, 21:23
Louis Saha of Spurs is congratulated by teammates Ryan Nelsen and Gareth Bale after scoring his team's third goal during the FA Cup sixth round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on March 27, 2012
On this day: Tottenham Hotspur reach FA Cup semis
On this day in 2012, Tottenham Hotspur record a 3-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers to progress through to the FA Cup semi-finals.
Mar 27, 10:00
Hamburg's Dutch head coach Bert van Marwijk gestures prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs Hamburger SV in Wolfsburg on November 29, 2013
Result: Hamburger SV and Freiburg settle for a point
Hamburger SV and Freiburg settle for a point each in their relegation six-pointer as they draw 1-1 in the Bundesliga.
Mar 26, 20:52
Stuttgart's head coach Thomas Schneider reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs VfB Stuttgart in the German city of Wolfsburg on December 14, 2013
Result: Stuttgart edge to 1-0 win over Hamburger SV
Stuttgart edge out Hamburger SV with a 1-0 home victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the Bundesliga, thanks to a goal from Alexandru Maxim.
Mar 22, 16:49
Robin van Persie of Holland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifing match between Holland and Hungary at Amsterdam Arena on October 11, 2013
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie doubt for Netherlands due to illness
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for the Netherlands' friendly against France due to illness.
Mar 5, 11:05
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: Rafael van der Vaart on Hamburger SV bench
Rafael van der Vaart only makes the bench for Hamburger SV's away trip to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
Mar 1, 14:14
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Rafael van der Vaart set for early return
Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart could return from an ankle injury in time to face Werder Bremen this Saturday.
Feb 25, 14:40
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: No Rafael van der Vaart for Mirko Slomka's first Hamburger SV game
Mirko Slomka is without captain Rafael van der Vaart for his first game in charge of Hamburger SV against Borussia Dortmund.
Feb 22, 13:49
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Rafael van der Vaart out for up to three weeks?
Hamburger SV captain Rafael van der Vaart is likely to miss up to three weeks of action.
Feb 17, 01:30
Hertha's Adrian Ramos, Tolga Cigerci, and Per-Ciljan Skjelbred celebrate after the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin vs Moenchengladbach on October 19, 2013
Result: Hertha Berlin cruise to Hamburg victory
Hamburger SV remain in trouble in the Bundesliga relegation places after being comprehensively beaten by Hertha Berlin.
Feb 8, 19:25
Mainz' Nicolai Mueller celebrates after scoring against Stuttgart during their Bundesliga match on August 11, 2013
Result: Mainz 05 beat 10-man Hamburger SV late on
Mainz 05 beat Hamburger SV in a five-goal thriller in the Bundesliga.
Dec 21, 16:20
Mainz' Nicolai Mueller is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opening goal against Stuttgart on August 11, 2013
Team News: Shinji Okazaki continues in attack for Mainz 05
Shinji Okazaki continues up front for Mainz for their trip to Hamburger SV.
Dec 21, 14:13
Bayern Munich's players celebrate after scoring the first goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund on November 23, 2013
Team News: Diego Contento starts for Bayern Munich
Diego Contento is handed a Bayern Munich start, with David Alaba named on the bench.
Dec 14, 13:49
Bayern's Franck Ribery celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal against Werder Bremen on December 7, 2013
Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Hamburger SV
Bayern Munich look to maintain their winning run in the Bundesliga as they host Hamburger SV on Saturday.
Dec 12, 14:03
Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu in action against Australia during their World Cup group match on June 28, 2013
Agent: 'Hakan Calhanoglu wants to stay at Hamburger SV'
Hakan Calhanoglu's agent says that there there is no immediate need to leave Hamburger SV, despite interest from Arsenal.
Dec 12, 12:37
FC Basel's forward Raul Bobadilla controls the ball on May 29, 2013
Team News: Raul Bobadilla starts for Augsburg
Raul Bobadilla replaces Arkadiusz Milik up front for Augsburg for their trip to Hamburger SV.
Dec 7, 14:28
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Schalke on August 11, 2013
Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart facing injury spell
Rafael van der Vaart could be sidelined for up to four weeks with ankle ligament damage.
Nov 20, 17:54
Younes Kaboul celebrates his winning goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal on November 20, 2010.
On this day: Tottenham Hotspur battle back for Arsenal win
Three years ago today, Tottenham Hotspur record their first win away at rivals Arsenal since 1993.
Nov 20, 09:52
Netherlands' Memphis Depay and Columbia's Santiago Arias battle for the ball during their international friendly match on November 19, 2013
Result: Colombia held by 10-man Holland
Despite playing for over an hour with just 10 men, the Netherlands hold Colombia to a goalless draw in Amsterdam to extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.
Nov 19, 21:35
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