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Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie
Personal information
Full nameRobin van Persie
Date of birth6 August 1983(age 33)
Place of birthRotterdam, Netherlands
Height1.83 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubArsenal

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Robin van Persie (-nlˈrɔbɪn vɐn ˈpɛrsi-Nl-Robin van Persie is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Arsenal and the Dutch national team. He is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal in 2004, Van Persie has since become the club captain on 16 August 2011. His playing style and ability have drawn comparison to Dutch legend Marco van Basten.

The son of two artists, Van Persie was encouraged to follow in his parents' footsteps, but he instead preferred football and joined SBV Excelsior's youth squad.He made his breakthrough at his hometown club Feyenoord, where he spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup. He was named the Dutch Football Talent of the Year for the 2001 02 season. Disagreements with coach Bert van Marwijk culminated in a change of club and Van Persie moved to Premier League side Arsenal for £2.75 million in 2004 as a long-term replacement for Dennis Bergkamp He won the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup in his first season with the London club and went on to win the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year award. Van Persie has been named Premier League Player of the Month twice. Van Persie topped the goal assists leader board with 11 assists in the 2008 09 Premier League.

Prior to playing for the senior team, Van Persie was a Dutch Youth International. He played for Netherlands at 2004 and 2006 European U-21 Championship qualifying. Van Persie made his senior international debut in 2005 in a friendly match against Romania.One month later, he netted his first senior international goal in a 4 0 win over Finland. Van Persie has over 50 caps and has scored 25 goals for the Netherlands. He has participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2008.

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