Rafael van der Vaart and his son Damian.
The 35-year-old lefty had already decided that this is his last season in professional football, but this young year was until now, especially in the character of rehabilitation, as are fit and then recurring injuries. It stings him that he was thus not sufficiently able to contribute to the performance of his team. The decision is a heavy burden, but stop for him is the right decision, ” he says.
Until the last moment, he has fun in the voetbalvak held. “I must now just stop. I’m not here to rehabilitate, but to play football. The fun will be completely different and that’s what I want for it. I had to talk grandpa want to be, but that is unfortunately not in. Currently I can only be grateful for all the years that I was allowed to play football. All the players, staff and fans, the ArenA, Volksparkstadion, White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, I only have warm feelings about. It was a great time.”
Rafael van der Vaart as a player at Tottenham Hotspur, appropriate before Alexandre Song of Arsenal action.
Van der Vaart says to look back on a wonderful career, which 25 years ago started to take shape when he at the age of 10 was included in the Ajax youth. Looking back, he says: “I have prices are allowed to win and championships played both with my clubs, the Dutch national team as well as individually. I have in all those years with and against so many great players are allowed to play football in the most beautiful stadiums. I had that once as a small boy, never dare to dream of.”
Rafael van der Vaart made his debut in the year 2000 for Ajax.
The Heemskerker came after Ajax (where he made his debut in professional football) for Hamburger SV, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, again HSV, Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg fB. With Ajax, the midfielder has twice won the national championship.
Five tournaments end with Orange
Under Louis van Gaal debuted Van der Vaart at the age of 18 for the Dutch national team, for which he was eventually to 109 international matches would come up. Recently, Van der Vaart, along with Dirk Kuyt, waved goodbye and honored around the Nations League match of Orange against Germany. With the Dutch national team he played three european CHAMPIONSHIPS (2004, 2008 and 2012) and two world CHAMPIONSHIPS (2006 and 2010). After the failure of Giovanni van Bronckhorst discontinued Van der Vaart, the lost world cup final in 2010 against Spain as captain.
Rafael van der Vaart could not prevent Andres Iniesta the world cup final of 2010.