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Rafael van der Vaart

Born: February 11, 1983 (age 38)

Height: 5' 8.5" (175cm)

Hometown: Heemskerk, Netherlands
Nationality: Netherlands Dutch

Position: Midfielder
Team: Hamburger SV (no. 23)
Rafael van der Vaart
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Career History
Senior2010-2012Tottenham Hotspur
2012-Hamburger SV
Sports Mole has 378 articles about Rafael van der Vaart. Articles 1 to 40:
Fulham manager Scott Parker pictured on November 22, 2020
Scott Parker insists Jose Mourinho still has "charisma" from Chelsea days
Fulham manager Scott Parker worked under now Spurs boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge more than 15 years ago.
Dec 29, 22:36
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile pictured in September 2018
Friday's Transfer Talk Update: Ciro Immobile, Paul Pogba
Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.
Mar 27, 06:57
Steven Berghuis pictured in 2019
Rafael van der Vaart warns Steven Berghuis against Everton move
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart warns Feyenoord's Steven Berghuis against joining Everton and risking being replaced by a "clumsy Englishman".
Mar 26, 16:25
Steven Gerrard pictured in 2014
All-time Premier League combined XI: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool
Ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the Premier League era.
Jan 9, 08:00
Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid on October 5, 2019
Tuesday's papers: Gareth Bale, Jan Vertonghen, James Milner
Could Gareth Bale still be unhappy at Real Madrid and will Jan Vertonghen leave north London for Serie A?
Oct 29, 09:00
Ajax's Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Real Madrid in February 2019
Rafael van der Vaart: 'Tottenham Hotspur should sign Hakim Ziyech'
Rafael van der Vaart claims that Tottenham Hotspur should prioritise the signing of Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech next summer.
Oct 28, 18:13
Rafael van der Vaart pictured on April 29, 2019
Former Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart wins darts match at BDO event
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart wins his first-round match at the BDO-sanctioned Denmark Open.
May 4, 11:13
Rafael van der Vaart pictured on April 29, 2019
Rafael van der Vaart set for darts debut
Former Holland midfielder hung up his boots in November is now focusing on a new sports career.
May 2, 17:23
Harry Redknapp pictured at the Soccer Aid match on June 10, 2018
Harry Redknapp blasts Gary Neville comments
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp brands Gary Neville's recent comments on Spurs "an absolute disgrace".
Oct 31, 12:51
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Preview: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Sports Mole previews the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Nov 17, 14:41
Harry Kane in action during the Premier League game between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur on September 30, 2017
Rafael van der Vaart: 'Harry Kane would not be able to turn down Real Madrid'
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes that Harry Kane would find it difficult to turn down a possible move to the Bernabeu.
Oct 16, 13:25
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Mauricio Pochettino: 'Dele Alli was fantastic against Chelsea'
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino praises the "fantastic" performance of Dele Alli during his side's 2-0 win over league leaders Chelsea.
Jan 4, 23:01
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Rafael van der Vaart: 'I turned down Barcelona at 16'
Experienced Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart reveals that he had the chance to join Barcelona at the age of 16 while he was at Ajax.
Dec 27, 18:55
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Jaap Stam: 'Rafael van der Vaart phoned Reading'
Reading manager Jaap Stam says that Real Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart "phoned" the Championship outfit this summer offering his services.
Jul 27, 22:07
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Report: Reading to swoop for Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart
Championship side Reading are exploring a move for former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael van der Vaart, according to reports.
Jul 25, 14:32
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Preview: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Mar 31, 17:12
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Agent: 'Brazilian clubs want Rafael van der Vaart'
Real Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is wanted by two Brazilian clubs, according to the experienced Dutchman's agent Marcos Leite.
Mar 10, 15:25
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Rafael van der Vaart transfer details leaked
The Football Leaks website publishes a copy of Rafael van der Vaart's 2010 transfer document from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur.
Jan 23, 21:39
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Result: Early Ruben Castro strike earns Real Betis win
Ruben Castro scores inside the opening five minutes to hand Real Betis a 1-0 win over Levante in La Liga.
Nov 27, 21:21
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Team News: Fernando Torres leads Atletico Madrid line at Real Betis
Fernando Torres is given the nod to start Atletico Madrid's La Liga meeting with Real Betis at ​Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Nov 22, 18:45
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Rafael van der Vaart: 'I never thought Gareth Bale would play for Real Madrid'
Rafael van der Vaart admits that he was left surprised by Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid as he does not play at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Nov 10, 19:28
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Result: Ruben Castro strike enough for Real Betis win over Malaga
Real Betis secure a narrow away win over Malaga in their La Liga clash at the Estadio La Rosaleda as a second-half strike from Ruben Castro seals the three points.
Nov 7, 22:59
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Rafael van der Vaart: 'Son Heung-min will be a success at Tottenham Hotspur'
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes that Son Heung-min has everything to become a success at the Premier League club.
Sep 11, 09:38
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Report: Porto forward Adrian Lopez to join Real Betis on loan
Porto forward Adrian Lopez will return to La Liga with Real Betis on loan, according to reports in Portugal.
Aug 28, 06:34
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Real Betis
Sports Mole previews the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Real Betis at the Bernabeu.
Aug 27, 18:57
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Hamburger SV
Sports Mole looks ahead to opening 2015-16 Bundesliga clash between champions Bayern Munich and Hamburger SV at the Allianz Arena.
Aug 12, 17:04
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Top six free signings in La Liga
Sports Mole picks out what we believe to be the top six free signings in La Liga this summer.
Aug 9, 11:50
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Celtic chasing Rafael van der Vaart?
Celtic are interested in signing Netherlands international Rafael van der Vaart, according to reports.
Apr 25, 14:38
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
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

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ChinaChina32211669
United StatesUnited States25292276
JapanJapan2071239
AustraliaAustralia1541635
Great BritainGreat Britain14181547
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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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