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Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
Complete Name: Arjen Robben
Nationality: Dutch
Place of Birth: Bedum, Holland
Date of Birth: 23/01/1984
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 83 kg
National Team: Holland- A, U21
Current club: Chelsea (England)
Position: Left Wing


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Club career history

VV Bedum (Holland), FC Groningen (Holland), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Chelsea FC (England)




Arjen Robben (born January 23, 1984, Bedum, Netherlands) is a striker for the Dutch national team and Chelsea, having recently transferred to the English club from Dutch power PSV Eindhoven.

In his younger years he played for the local footballclub VV Bedum. Later he transferred to FC Groningen. In his first season he won the Player of the Year prize at his club. After 2 seasons in Groningen Robben went to PSV for 4.2 million.

Again after 2 seasons of great football at PSV, he was sold to Chelsea. Manchester United was the first in line to buy Robben. But PSV wasn't happy with the 7 million offer. Chelsea offered 18 million and PSV sold him.

In Euro 2004 during a match against the Czech Republic, the then Dutch team manager Dick Advocaat substituted Robben with Paul Bosvelt. The Dutch team eventually lost that match after leading by two goals. That decision brought severe criticism on Advocaat and as a result, Advocaat resigned from his post.

In another Euro 2004 match, Robben scored the winning goal against Sweden during a penalty shootout in a quarterfinal match. He did not make his competitive debut for Chelsea until November 2004, as he was injured in a pre-season friendly match against A.S. Roma, breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot.

However, since returning from injury, Robben (in combination with Damien Duff) has made an impressive impact with his explosive speed, dribbling skills and finishing; and in November 2004 he was awarded the prestigious player of the month award. In a game against Blackburn Rovers on February 2, 2005 he broke two metatarsal bones in his left foot, ruling him out for two months.

On March 19th, 2005 Robben returned to the Chelsea team. Robben came on for Damien Duff midway through the second half and played an instrumental role in one of Mateja Kezman's two goals. Chelsea went on to defeat Crystal Palace 4-1. But injury soon caught up with him again, he is force to be taken off in a World Cup 2006 Qualifying match for Netherlands, causing him to miss a critical Champions League Match against Bayern Munich.

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