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Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart
Personal information
Full nameRafael van der Vaart
Date of birth11 February 1983(age 33)
Place of birthHeemskerk, Netherlands
Height1.75 m (5 ft 8.9 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder
Club information
Current clubTottenham Hotspur
Number11

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Rafael van der Vaart (-nlˈraːfa.ɛl vɑn dɛr ˈvaːrt-Nl-Rafael van der Vaart (born 11 February 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Dutch national team. His preferred position is as an attacking midfielder; he can, however, also operate in other positions, such as second striker. Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax' famous youth academy and worked his way into the first team, debuting as a 17-year-old. He was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and became the first recipient of the Golden Boy Award while at the club. He moved to German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 2010 11 Premier League summer transfer window.

Van der Vaart is well known for his passing, the capacity to use both feet as well as his sometimes aggressive attitude on the Football pitch. Following his performances in the Premier League in the 2010-11 season with Tottenham Hotspur, van der Vaart was nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, along with team-mate and eventual winner, Gareth Bale.


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