Dutch Players at Real Madrid

As we wait for 2010 World Cup qualification, I thought I would do an article about the Dutch players playing at the Bernabeu. There are currently six players from the Netherlands plying their trade at Real Madrid, though the club hasn’t boasted a Dutch manager since Guus Hiddink’s one year spell in the 1998/99 season. Ruud van Nistelrooy was the one to start the trend with his move from Manchester United in 2006, but the striker has since retired from international football.

Arjen Robben

The nippy winger has taking to the field in an orange shirt 37 times, scoring 10 goals. Robben played for the Dutch clubs Groningen and PSV Eindhoven before moving to Chelsea. He was very successful at Stamford bridge, but in 2007, he earned a big money move to Madrid. Arjen has been described by some in and around the club as Real’s answer to Lionel Messi, and made his international debut in 2004 at the European Championships. He has made a huge impact since then, and was one of Holland’s key players at Euro 2008.

Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder also signed for the Spanish giants in the summer of 2007, and has made a name for himself as one of the best playmakers on the international stage. He has made 52 appearances for his native Holland, scoring eleven goals. In the five years he was at Ajax, Sneijder first broke onto the scene, and went on to appear 126 times for the club. As with Robben, Sneijder was also a pivotal part of the Netherlands’ progression to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, despite being drawn in a group with France and Italy.

Roysten Drenthe

Drenthe is yet to make his international debut; but is, however, widely regarded as a major part of Holland’s future. The left-sided player became the third Dutch player to sign for Real Madrid in the same transfer window when he was presented as part of a double-signing along with Wesley Sneijder. Drenthe was one of the, if not the, player of the tournament at the 2007 European Under-21 Championships, as he was a major part of the team that went on to win the competition. This was reflected by the fact that he was acknowledged by UEFA as player of the tournament. The winger started his La Liga promisingly during the 2007/08 season, with many good performances. However, he has had less of a good time this season, being booed by his own supporters in Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeating of Deportivo, and has often found himself losing the fight for the left-back position to Brazilian Marcelo.

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart’s situation was considered the epitome of the ‘big fish in small pond’ analogy during his three years at Hamburg. Though a succession of fine performancesduring Euro 2008 earned the midfielder a move to Real Madrid; with a whole host of top European clubs also in the race for his signature. Making no less than 66 appearances for his country, van der Vaart has netted 14 times since making his debut as an 18-year-old back in 2001. Despite this, the 26-year-old hasn’t had the greatest of times since his move to Spain.

One Response to “Dutch Players at Real Madrid”

  1. blah Says:

    you forgot bout Klass Jan huntelar

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