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Encyclopedia > Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Personal information
Full name Robin van Persie
Date of birth August 6, 1983 (1983-08-06) (age 24)
Place of birth    Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Striker
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 11
Youth clubs
Excelsior
Feyenoord
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001-2004
2004-
Feyenoord
Arsenal
61 (14)
87 (28)   
National team2
2003
2005-
Netherlands U21
Netherlands
01 0(0)
27 0(9)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of April 13, 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 10, 2008.
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Robin van Persie (born August 6, 1983 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer. He grew up in the Kralingen area of east Rotterdam, beginning his football career at Dutch side Excelsior as a youth player. In 2002 he was signed by Feyenoord, where he made a name for himself as a talented young striker. Following disciplinary problems at his new club, he then signed for English club Arsenal in 2004 for an estimated fee of £3 million. In 2005, he was called up to the Netherlands national squad, with whom he has scored 9 goals in 27 matches. He is currently contracted with Arsenal until 2011. is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Nickname: Motto: Sterker door strijd (Stronger through Struggle) Location of Rotterdam Coordinates: , Country Province Government  - Mayor Ivo Opstelten  - Aldermen Jeannette Baljeu Hamit Karakus Orhan Kaya Lucas Bolsius Jantine Kriens Dominic Schrijer Roelf de Boer Leonard Geluk Area [1]  - Total 319 km² (123. ... Soccer redirects here. ... SBV Excelsior is a professional football club from Rotterdam, in the Kralingen-Crooswijk district. ... Feyenoord team practice session in 2002. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... First international Belgium 1 - 4 Netherlands (Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905) Biggest win Netherlands 9 - 0 Finland (Solna, Sweden; 4 July 1912) Netherlands 9 - 0 Norway (Rotterdam, Netherlands; 1 November 1972) Biggest defeat England Amateur 12 - 2 Netherlands (Darlington, England; 21 December 1907) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1934...

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Biography

Early life

Robin van Persie was born to Dutch parents in the working-class neighborhood Kralingen in Rotterdam. His mother, José Ras, was a painter, and he was raised by his father, Bob, a sculptor.[1] He grew up with his two sisters, Lily and Kiki.[2] As a result of his creative parents, he was frequently encouraged to use his hands creatively as a child. However, it soon became apparent that he had more skill with his feet as he played football on the streets.[1]


Club career

Early career

Van Persie joined Dutch side Excelsior as a youth player; though after clashing with the coaches at the club,[3] he signed for Feyenoord in 2001, again as a youth player. He was quickly drafted into the first team due to injury problems with the rest of the squad, and made his début for the club aged 17, going on to make 15 first team appearances. Following impressive form, most notably his performance in the 3–2 UEFA Cup final victory over Borussia Dortmund on May 8, 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Best Young Talent award given by the KNVB for the 2001–02 season. SBV Excelsior is a professional football club from Rotterdam, in the Kralingen-Crooswijk district. ... Feyenoord team practice session in 2002. ... The 2002 UEFA Cup Final was played on 8 May 2002, between Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Netherlands and Borussia Dortmund of Germany. ... BV Borussia Dortmund is a German football club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the most successful clubs in German football. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Categories: Football (soccer) stubs | Dutch football | Football (soccer) governing bodies ...


During the summer of 2002, Van Persie suffered a serious back injury.[4] He recovered quickly though, and was fit in time for the ensuing 2002—03 season. At the beginning of the season, he signed a professional three-and-a-half year deal with Feyenoord, aged 18. Despite this fact coupled with his previous season's good form, he again fell out with the club manager Bert van Marwijk, after the pair clashed. Van Persie was subsequently relegated to the reserve team. During this time, in the spring of 2003, aged 19, Van Persie played in a notable match between Feyenoord reserves and Ajax reserves. During the game, a group of football hooligans invaded the pitch, and beat up several Feyenoord players, including Van Persie, who suffered several punches and kicks.[3] Despite this, he was not seriously injured. In spite of his difficulties at club level, he earnt several caps for the Netherlands under 19 and under 21 teams. Van Persie's stay in the reserve team was temporary, however, as he went on to play 28 times in the league for the first team, ending the season with eight goals to his name. Feyenoord finished runners-up in the Dutch Cup, and Van Persie also made two appearances in the Champions League. However, on the eve of the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid in Monaco, Van Persie was sent home by his strict disciplinarian manager. Van Marwijk was reported to have been unhappy with Van Persie's body language after being asked to warm up for a recent game.[1] Bert (Lambertus) van Marwijk (19 May 1952, Deventer, Netherlands) is a Dutch former football (soccer) player, and nowayadys a coach. ... A cap is an appearance for a select team, such as a school, county or international team in sports. ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ... The European Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. ... Real Madrid redirects here. ...


During the summer of 2003 which followed, Feyenoord made attempts to extend Van Persie's contract beyond 2005. Contract negotiations failed, and this fact combined with his deteriorating relationship with van Marwijk led to Van Persie being snubbed at Feyenoord for parts of the 2003—04 season. Despite this, he still managed 6 league goals in 28 appearances. It was also during the 2003—04 season that Feyenoord agreed to listen to offers for the unsettled forward. Despite such a low asking price for such a talented player, few clubs showed interest in the player due to his bad disciplinary reputation. Werder Bremen, Sevilla,[4] Valencia, PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal[3] were the only teams who made attempts to sign the player. Arsenal scout Steve Rowley conducted research to find out whether the Dutch rebel was really worth signing, and he concluded that Van Persie was just a misunderstood character, which led to Arsenal making a move to sign Van Persie during the January transfer window of 2004. Despite this, the two clubs were unable to agree to a deal. Arsenal's persistence eventually paid off though during the following summer, as they won the race to sign the player.


Arsenal

On May 17, 2004, Van Persie moved to Arsenal for a fee believed to be in the range of £3 million. He signed a deal which would keep him at The Gunners for four years.[5] Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said of Van Persie, "He can play on the left side of midfield, as a creative player behind the main strikers or as a target man".[4] He was also touted by many as a long-term replacement of Dennis Bergkamp.[3] Arsenal had recently signed another young forward, in the way of Spanish striker José Antonio Reyes,[6] which led to hot competition for places. Despite this, the young Dutchman immediately made his debut as a substitute for the team in the 3–1 FA Community Shield victory over Manchester United on August 8, 2004.[7] is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arsène Wenger OBE[2] (born October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg) is a French football manager, in charge of Arsenal Football Club since 1997. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... José Antonio Reyes Calderón (born September 1, 1983 in Utrera, Seville) is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid. ... For the rugby league competition, see Charity Shield (rugby league) The Football Association Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Van Persie with Thierry Henry.
Van Persie with Thierry Henry.

Van Persie spent most of his time on the bench during earlier parts of the 2004—05 season, though quickly he earned his competitive debut against Manchester City in the League Cup. On October 27, he scored Arsenal's opening goal in the game to secure a 2—1 win.[8] After a run in the first team, February saw his season take a turn for the worse, as he was sent off against Southampton which consequently cost Arsenal two points, and caused Wenger to display uncharacteristic anger in public with a player.[9] It looked as if Van Persie had cemented his place on the bench. However, Van Persie redoubled his efforts in training during his subsequent suspension, and was reintroduced in to the team when injuries to Thierry Henry forced Wenger's hand. His return to the first team saw him score numerous goals, including two important goals in the FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers to secure victory for Arsenal. He also scored the vital breakthrough goal against West Bromwich Albion to help Arsenal secure second place in the Premiership after the Albion defence had proved difficult to break down. Continuing to enjoy good form, his season was interrupted again as he suffered an injury. Despite this, he managed to score 10 goals in 40 appearances in his first season with Arsenal.[10] Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 649 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (698 × 645 pixel, file size: 112 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thierry Henry Robin van Persie Metadata... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 649 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (698 × 645 pixel, file size: 112 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Thierry Henry Robin van Persie Metadata... The 2004-2005 season was the 125th season of competitive football in England. ... The Carling Cup Trophy The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (pronounced , born 17 August 1977) is a French football player. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... West Bromwich Albion Football Club (also known as West Brom, The Baggies, Albion, The Albion, The Throstles or W.B.A.) are an English professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. ...


The summer which followed saw Robin van Persie receive his first full international Dutch cap[11] against Romania on June 4, 2005. Van Persie was subbed on during the second half of the game, helping Holland to a 2—0 win.[12] Four days later, Van Persie played for Holland against Finland. Again, he was used as a second half substitute, but he also managed Holland's fourth goal of the game, sealing a 4—0 victory for his country.[13] is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Van Persie against Chelsea in 2008.
Van Persie against Chelsea in 2008.

Van Persie scored in the first game of the 2005—06 season and he continued to show good form, winning the prestigious Player of the Month award in November after scoring six goals in just four starts.[1] He suffered from a brief knee injury over the Christmas period,[14] but on January 4, 2006, his good form was rewarded in the form of a five-year contract extension until 2011.[15] He finished the season having played in 38 games, and despite largely being used as a substitute, he scored 11 goals. Van Persie became known as a rare player who could make a goal out of nothing.[10] The 2005–06 season was the 126th season of competitive football in England. ... The Player of the Month award is a prize recognising the best Premiership player each month of the association football season. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Van Persie begun the 2006—07 season in great form. Among numerous goals, he scored an outstanding airborne volley against Charlton Athletic,[16] which turned out to be BBC's Goal of the Month.[17] Another notable contribution was made during the 2—1 loss to Fulham FC, in which Van Persie scored a powerful free kick from 30 yards. His good form continued for Holland during the Euro 2008 qualifiers too, as he helped his country to a 1—0 win against Luxembourg on September 2.[18] He also scored Holland's first goal during their 2—1 win against Albania on October 11.[19] These impressive performances led to Van Persie being named Rotterdam Sportsman of the year for 2006. Van Persie continued to illustrate his importance to Arsenal after an impressive run during the Christmas period, in which he scored five goals in four games. However, his season was soon ended by injury. In a match against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on 21 January 2007, Van Persie came on as a substitute and scored the equalizer in the 84th minute. Though in doing so, he fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot while celebrating; an injury that kept him out for the remainder the end of the season. Despite this, he finished as Arsenal's top scorer for the season with 13 goals in 30 appearances.[20] The new Wembley Stadium was completed in time for the 2006-07 seasons FA Cup Final. ... Founded in 1905, Charlton Athletic F.C. play at The Valley, in Charlton, southeast London. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... The Goal of the Month is a monthly competition on BBCs Match of the Day since the 1970/71 season, in honour of the best goal scored each month. ... The 2008 European Football Championship (EURO 2008) will take place in Austria and Switzerland. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rotterdam Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year is an annual election, organised by the citys division for topsport named Rotterdam Topsport. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ...


Following the departure of Arsenal star striker Thierry Henry prior to the 2007—08 season, Van Persie was expected to assume the role as the main striker of the club. He showed good form in the pre-season Emirates Cup, scoring the winning goal in Arsenal's 2–1 victory over Internazionale, a goal described by one journalist as "of sublime execution".[21] He also scored the winning goal against Ajax in the Amsterdam Tournament. Arsenal won 1-0 and lifted the Amsterdam Cup. Following this, he scored in a flurry of games, quickly becoming Arsenal's most important player. In the opening game of the season, Van Persie scored a late penalty to equalize the score against Fulham. In their next premier league match versus Blackburn rovers he scored another goal . He also snatched a goal in Arsenals 1-0 victory over Steau. After scoring a perfect header at Upton Park he broke Arsenal's deadlock against West Ham. He later went on to score two against Sunderland. One of them was a sublime freekick. He later 7 goals in 10 games, he was again struck by another knee injury after falling awkwardly while on international duty with Holland.[22] The injury kept him out for two months, and he eventually made his comeback against Steaua Bucharest on December 12, 2007, setting up Arsenal's second in the process.[23] He then came on in the next game against Chelsea F.C. and had a goal disallowed. It was then confirmed that he would be out for a few more weeks. He made yet another come back in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur but it was clear he was not match fit, and was substituted at half-time. He returned to first team action against Wigan Athletic on March 9, 2008, coming on in the second half for Nicklas Bendtner. After the injury, van Persie finally scored a goal from the penalty spot against Bolton Wanderers F.C. at the Reebok Stadium. The match ended with Arsenal winning 3–2. He then scored another goal at Pride Park against Derby County. The match ended with Arsenal winning 6-2. The 2007–08 season is the 128th season of competitive football in England. ... The Emirates Cup is a two-day pre-season football tournament, to be held on July 28 and July 29, 2007 at Emirates Stadium in London, England. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, which plays in the Serie A. It is more commonly known as Inter, and often named Inter Milan in foreign countries. ... Categories: Romanian football clubs | Stub | Bucharest ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is a North London association football team, also known by the nickname Spurs. ... Wigan Athletic Football Club are a football team based in Wigan, England. ... is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini/Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicklas Bendtner (born 16 January 1988) is a Danish professional footballer, who plays as a striker for English club Arsenal in the Premier League. ... Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Borough of Bolton, England. ... The Reebok Stadium is the home stadium of English Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, and is located on the Middlebrook retail park in Horwich, near Bolton. ... // Pride Park Stadium is a football (soccer) stadium in the Pride Park business park on the outskirts of Derby city centre in the UK. It is owned by and is the home of Derby County F.C. The stadium holds 33,597 spectators. ... Derby County F.C. is an English football club, currently playing in the Football League Championship. ...


International career

2006 World Cup

Van Persie playing for the Netherlands.
Van Persie playing for the Netherlands.

Despite not being an automatic first choice to start for Arsenal, Van Persie was selected as one of the Netherlands' forwards for the 2006 FIFA World Cup by national coach Marco Van Basten. Though Holland were eliminated after four games in the tournament, Van Persie played in each match, [24] even managing a goal in the group match against Côte d'Ivoire,[25] a free kick in the 23rd minute. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 330 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (640 × 1163 pixel, file size: 234 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Please see the file description page for further information. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 330 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (640 × 1163 pixel, file size: 234 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Please see the file description page for further information. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ...


Euro 2008

On June 13, Van Persie came on as a 55th minute substitute in the Nerherlands second Group C match, a 4-1 victory over World Cup finalists France. Within four minutes he had scored to make the game 2-0 for his team after a pirouette and twirl from Ruud van Nistelrooy unleashed a run up the flank from 46th minute substitute Arjen Robben. On June 17, Van Persie was named starter for the group stage closing match against Romania. In the 87th minute, he picked up an elevated pass from the right flank provided by Demy de Zeeuw, passed over Romania's Cosmin Contra and netted a fine close-range volley with his left foot.[26] is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final was contested between Italy and France. ... -1... Arjen Robben (born January 23, 1984 in Bedum) is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a winger for Real Madrid. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Demy de Zeeuw (born May 26, 1983 in Apeldoorn) is a Dutch footballer, currently playing for AZ Alkmaar in Eredivisie. ... Cosmin Contra (born December 15, 1975 in TimiÅŸoara) is a Romanian football player, who currently plays for Getafe CF. He usually plays on the right wing. ...


International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. June 08, 2005 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland Flag of Finland Finland 0–4 0–4 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. June 16, 2006 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany Flag of Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 0–4 0–4 2006 FIFA World Cup
3. August 16, 2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland Flag of Ireland Republic of Ireland 0–4 0–4 Friendly match
4. September 6, 2006 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands Flag of Belarus Belarus 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
5. September 6, 2006 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands Flag of Belarus Belarus 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6. October 7, 2006 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
7. October 11, 2006 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands Flag of Albania Albania 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
8. June 13, 2008 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland Flag of France France 2–0 4–1 UEFA Euro 2008
9. June 17, 2008 Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland Flag of Romania Romania 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008

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Style of play

Van Persie can play as a striker like he normally does for Arsenal or on either wing, as he primarily does for the Netherlands. He is also a free kick specialist. This was demonstrated in the 2006 World Cup group stages match for Netherlands in which he expertly curled a free kick around the Ivory Coast wall into the goal. His left foot is known for the ability to put mass power into the ball when struck and together with his dribbling skills he is considered a massive threat to defenders. While playing on he right flank he usually turns defenders inside out and usually left with the ball at his left foot with a strike at goal. In sports, the term winger is the name of a position, including football, rugby union, rugby league and field hockey. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


Outside football

Robin van Persie is married to Bouchra. They have one child together, a boy named Shaqueel, born on November 16, 2006. They live in Enfield, North London.[3] is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Enfield is the name of several places. ... North London is that part of London which is north of the River Thames. ...


On June 13, 2005, while in Rotterdam with the Dutch national team for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Van Persie was arrested on suspicion of rape by Dutch police.[27] Former Miss Nigeria Holland Sandra Krijgsman claimed she was attacked by Van Persie on Saturday June 11 in a hotel. He was held for fourteen nights in prison while the police investigated the allegations made against him[28] but was then released without charge, though he was still under suspicion.[29] In February 2006, the case against Van Persie was completely dismissed by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service after they completed their investigations. The prosecution stated, after a thorough investigation, that no sexual contact with coercion happened.[30] Van Persie spoke of his ordeal several months later, saying how degrading the experience was and how he was treated like a criminal despite the fact he was completely innocent. He revealed that conditions in the prison were so hot that they caused him to lose consciousness. It also emerged that over 200 Rotterdam police officers had attempted to view his case files, with the vast majority of them unauthorised to do so. [31] is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career statistics

Club performance [4]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Feyenoord 2001–02 8 - - - - - 7 - - 15 - -
2002–03 23 9 - - - - 2 - - 25 9 -
2003–04 28 6 - - - - 3 0 - 31 6 -
Total 71 15 -
Arsenal 2004–05 26 5 1 9 4 0 6 1 0 41 10 1
2005–06 24 5 1 7 4 0 7 2 0 38 11 1
2006–07 22 11 7 1 0 0 8 2 1 31 13 8
2007–08 15 7 3 1 0 0 7 2 2 23 9 5
Total 87 28 12 18 8 0 28 7 3 133 43 15
Career Total 204 58

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International performance[32]
National team Season Apps Goals
The Netherlands 2004–05 2 1
2005–06 12 1
2006–07 5 5
2007–08 8 2
Total 27 9

(International statistics correct as of June 14, 2008)
First international Belgium 1 - 4 Netherlands (Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905) Biggest win Netherlands 9 - 0 Finland (Solna, Sweden; 4 July 1912) Netherlands 9 - 0 Norway (Rotterdam, Netherlands; 1 November 1972) Biggest defeat England Amateur 12 - 2 Netherlands (Darlington, England; 21 December 1907) World Cup Appearances 8 (First in 1934... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini/Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career awards and honours

Club

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Feyenoord team practice session in 2002. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... For the rugby league competition, see Charity Shield (rugby league) The Football Association Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup. ... Arsenal F.C. (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a north London football team founded in 1886. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Arsenal F.C. (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a north London football team founded in 1886. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... Arsenal F.C. (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a north London football team founded in 1886. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The Emirates Cup is a two-day pre-season football tournament, to be held on July 28 and July 29, 2007 at Emirates Stadium in London, England. ... Arsenal F.C. (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a north London football team founded in 1886. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... The Amsterdam Tournament is an annual association football tournament played in the pre-season, hosted by AFC Ajax. ... Arsenal F.C. (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) is a north London football team founded in 1886. ...

Individual

Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The Player of the Month award is a prize recognising the best Premiership player each month of the association football season. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... The Goal of the Month is a monthly competition on BBCs Match of the Day since the 1970/71 season, in honour of the best goal scored each month. ... Current season Charlton Athletic Football Club (also known as The Addicks) is a professional football club based in Charlton, in the London Borough of Greenwich. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c d Young Gunner. The Times.
  2. ^ Robin Van Persie Bio, tv.com. Retrieved November 16, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e Young man’s game. Sunday Times.
  4. ^ a b c d Robin van Persie - History, soccernet.espn.go.com, accessed 29 September 2007.
  5. ^ Arsenal win the race to capture £3m Van Persie, Independent Online Edition, April 29, 2004. Retrieved on 1 December 2007.
  6. ^ CBBC Newsround, Arsenal sign Reyes for record fee, January 27, 2004. Retrieved on November 30, 2007.
  7. ^ BBC Sport, Arsenal 3-1 Man Utd, August 8, 2004. Retrieved on November 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Man City 1-2 Arsenal, BBC Sport, October 27, 2004. Retrieved on November 30, 2007.
  9. ^ Southampton 1-1 Arsenal, BBC Sport, February 26, 2005. Retrieved on November 30.
  10. ^ a b 4thegame Profile, retrieved on November 30.
  11. ^ 17 Robin van Persie Holland Stats, ITV Sport, World Cup 2006. Retrieved on December 11, 2007.
  12. ^ Soccerbase stats for Romania vs. Holland game
  13. ^ Soccerbase stats for Finland vs. Holland game
  14. ^ Arsenal face Van Persie concern, December 22, 2005. Retrieved on November 30.
  15. ^ Van Persie signs new Arsenal deal, BBC Sport, January 6, 2006. Retrieved on November 30, 2007.
  16. ^ Wenger: 'Winner was the goal of a lifetime', Arsenal.com, September 30, 2007. Retrieved on December 10, 2007.
  17. ^ Goal of the month, BBC SPORT, January 8, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2007.
  18. ^ Soccerbase stats for Luxembourg vs. Holland
  19. ^ Soccerbase stats for Albania vs. Holland
  20. ^ Van Persie set to sit out season. BBC Sport. Retrieved on March 30, 2007.
  21. ^ Sky Sports - Magic man Van seals win
  22. ^ Van Persie could be sidelined for a month, Arsenal.com, October 20, 2007. Retrieved on November 30, 2007.
  23. ^ Arsenal 2-1 Steaua Bucharest, BBC SPORT, December 12, 2007. Retrieved on December 12, 2007.
  24. ^ Soccerbase stats for Van Persie's World Cup (see bottom of list)
  25. ^ Soccerbase stats for Holland's 2006 World Cup game against Ivory Coast
  26. ^ Gespeelde wedstrijden. KNVB. Retrieved on 2007-05-16.
  27. ^ Arsenal star held over rape claim, BBC News, June 14, 2007. Retrieved on November 17, 2007.
  28. ^ Rape quiz Arsenal star still held, BBC News, June 16, 2007. Retrieved on November 17, 2007.
  29. ^ Rape claim Arsenal star released, BBC News, June 27, 2007. Retrieved on November 18, 2007.
  30. ^ Van Persie no longer rape suspect | FOOTBALL | SPORT | tvnz.co.nz
  31. ^ "More than 200 officers in Rotterdam attempted to peak at the digital file compiled on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.", Telegraaf, October 12, 2005 (Dutch)
  32. ^ Robin van Persie statistics from voetbalstats.nl. Retrieved on 2007-11-15

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External links

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  • Robin van Persie FIFA competition record
  • Profile at Arsenal.com
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  • Robin van Persie career stats at Soccerbase
  • Profile at 4thegame.com
  • Robin van Persie profile and stats at Wereld van Oranje (Dutch)
Awards
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands Rafael van der Vaart
Dutch Football Talent of the Year
20012002
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands Arjen Robben
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Rotterdam Sportsman of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands Francisco Elson
Persondata
NAME Van Persie, Robin
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Professional football player
DATE OF BIRTH August 7, 1983
PLACE OF BIRTH Rotterdam, Netherlands
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Robin van Persie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1039 words)
Robin van Persie (born August 6, 1983 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch footballer currently playing at English FA Premier League team Arsenal as a striker.
Van Persie completed his move for a fee believed to be in the range of £3 million, to the Premiership on May 17, 2004.
During the 2005 close season van Persie was accused of rape by a Dutch beauty queen.
Robin Van Persie (503 words)
Robin van Persie (born August 6, 1983 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer currently employed by English FA Premier League team Arsenal.
Van Persie completed his move, believed to be in the range of £3 million, to the Premiership on May 17, 2004.
Van Persie scored in the first game of the 2005/06 season and he continued to show good form, winning the prestigious Player of the month award in November after scoring 6 goals in just 4 starts.
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