Arjen Robben

Seals at the UEFA Champions League 2012 Final

Arjen Robben ( born January 23, 1984 in Bedum, Groningen ) is a Dutch football player. Since 2009 he is under contract with FC Bayern Munich.


Beginnings and Groningen

Robben started his career in the youth of his home club VV Bedum, but already changed the age of twelve to FC Groningen. On 3 December 2000, only 16 years, he played - with Substitutes in the 77th minute - in the Away encounter in Waalwijk his first game in the Eredivisie; followed by 17 more missions, in which he scored two goals. Robben was selected in the club in his first season player of the year. Together with Jordi Hoogstrate he demonstrated the strength of Groningen youth academy. The following season, he was first-team regular, scoring six goals in 28 games.

PSV Eindhoven

There the three big clubs Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven were aware of the " Super Talent " seals. Long time it seemed as if seals move to Ajax, but when his name was misspelled in the Contract Form, Robben's father decided that Ajax is not the right club for him. He signed with PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2001, a contract from the 2002/03 season. For the 2002/03 season Robben moved to PSV Eindhoven, where he knew also to maintain and contributed with 12 goals in 33 games mainly for the 17th championship. His strike partner Mateja Kezman and he were called by the PSV fans affectionately known as " Batman and Robben ". He won among others the title of " the most talented player of the year ". After this good year, however, PSV could not keep up in the following season with Ajax, and so it went in the league only for second place. For seals the season was disappointing. He had several muscle injuries and came to a total of only 5 goals in 23 games.

Chelsea FC

Despite a long break due to injury early in the season 2004/ 05 Robben came on 23 October 2004 in the game against Blackburn Rovers on his debut for Chelsea when he came on in the 65th minute for the game Aleksei Smertin. This year Robben came then to 17 more appearances in the league and five games in the Champions League. With Chelsea in 2005 he was English champion. In the following season, this success could be repeated. On the way to renewed championship title shot seals in 28 games 6 goals. In the 2006/07 season he scored 2 goals in 21 league games. In the course of the season Real Madrid reported to be interested in signing of seals. In his three years in London Robben won all possible titles nationally.

Real Madrid

On 22 August 2007 Robben moved to Real Madrid, where he signed a five-year contract. His debut celebrated on September 18 in the Champions League match against Werder Bremen.

He quickly became an integral part of the team and won in the first year, the Spanish Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. In 21 league games, he scored four goals. The following season he remained, however Titellos; He scored seven goals in 29 games. For the 2009/10 season the players Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká were committed and Robben thus suggested a change.

FC Bayern Munich


On 28 August 2009 changed Robben to Bayern Munich and received the shirt number 10 He signed a four-year contract and was already a day later in the home game against VfL Wolfsburg - a substitute for the second half - characterized as a two-time scorer. In the 2009/10 Champions League season, Robben was marked by two important goals that prevented a leaving Bayern Munich: The 2:3 at the ACF Florence secured the quarter-finals and the 2:3 enabled Manchester United to participate at the semi-finals. Bayern reached the final in Madrid, but lost this 0-2 against Inter Milan. In the DFB Cup semi-final seals also caused by the decisive goal to 1:0 nV FC Schalke 04 for the finals. At the end of the season Robben could celebrate with his team double in German championship and DFB Cup. After the season Robben was selected by the Association of Contract football players player of the season 2009/10. The choice of Germany's footballer of the year he could decide for themselves.


In a test match against Hungary just before the 2010 World Cup Robben suffered a severe hamstring. Since he was still used during the World Cup, the injury, which he turned out for the entire first half of the 2010/11 season got worse. Subsequently, a dispute erupted between FC Bayern and the Dutch Football Association on the question of guilt. The association finally agreed to contest a friendly match at Bayern in May 2012. With the income of the Association shall be indemnified for the loss Robben.

On January 15, 2011, seals his comeback against VfL Wolfsburg. He came on for Franck Ribery in the 25th minute. In the following match against 1.FC Kaiserslautern he belonged to the starting eleven and wore with his goal to make it 1-0 in the 5-1 win. At the end of the season he came, even though he missed the entire season so far, an impressive track record of 12 goals and 10 assists in 14 games.


At the beginning of 2012 Reserve left FCB coach Jupp Heynckes seals, partly due to injuries, sometimes on the bench.

On April 11, 2012 missed seals in the Bundesliga top match at Borussia Dortmund a penalty and missed another scoring opportunity. With a 1-0 victory came Dortmund winning the German championship in 2012 a lot closer. 3 May 2012 Robben extended his contract with Bayern ahead by two years until 2015. On April 25, Robben scored a penalty kick in the semi-final of the Champions League against Real Madrid in Madrid. With this goal Bayern reached the extension and could ultimately win on penalties. With Robben Bayern reached the final of this season 's UEFA Champions League. He missed the score at 1-1 in the first half of extra time again a major penalty. His team eventually lost on penalties 3:4 against Chelsea.


At the beginning of the 2012/13 season Robben suffered multiple injuries, so he did not make it past the role of the complement player. On 27 February 2013, moved in the DFB Cup quarter-finals but for the rotgesperrten Franck Ribéry in the starting lineup and scored in the 43rd minute goal in a 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Also in the Champions League final, he scored the 2-1 winning goal in the 89th minute against Dortmund, after he had already prepared the 1-0 by Mario Mandzukic. By winning the DFB Cup against Stuttgart on 1 June, he secured with Bayern Triple. This was previously still no German team succeeded.


At the beginning of the 2013/14 season won Robben with Bayern on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup against his former club Chelsea. On October 2, 2013 posted seals in the UEFA Champions League 2013/14 in a 3-1 win against Manchester City to score and thus met for five consecutive Champions League games. On November 30, 2013 Arjen Robben hit in the game against Eintracht Braunschweig twice, scoring with the goal to make it 1-0 his 50th Bundesliga goal in his 90th Bundesliga game.

In the DFB Cup quarter- final against FC Augsburg on December 4, 2013 he retired shortly after his 1-0 lead with a severe laceration to. He fell out of six weeks, and was thus among others not participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2013 in Morocco. Until his injury, he was directly involved in 27 consecutive games on 29 goals. When choosing World Player 2013 Robben was elected on the 7th Place. On January 24, 2014 Robben made ​​his comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach. On March 19, 2014 he extended his contract with Bayern Munich ahead to 2017.


On 30 April 2003, Robben gave his senior team debut in a 1-1 draw against Portugal under the former Bond coach Dick Advocaat. At the European Championships in 2004 he came to four inserts and displaced Marc Overmars from the starting eleven. He also scored the winning penalty against Sweden and ensured the Dutchmen the semi-finals, which they lost 1-2 against Portugal.

In the 2006 World Cup in Germany Robben was a player of the Dutch team for the three games he graduated as a regular player, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 group stage match against Serbia / Montenegro. Also at the European Championships in 2008, he belonged to the squad of the Netherlands, was used in two games and scored one goal.

In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was part of the squad and came up with the team to the final. He could not play in the first few games because of his suffered in the World Cup preparatory muscle injury and was first in the final group game against Cameroon for use. He had his first starting - use in the second round against Slovakia in which he also scored the 1-0. On the way to the final he still succeeded in the semifinal against Uruguay with a header with the 3-1 a goal. In the final, however, he failed in a promising position to Iker Casillas, so this was eventually lost 0-1 after extra time against Spain.

In the Euro 2012 Robben difference with the Dutch team after three defeats in the group stage.


Robben is a classic wing player who can be used on both wings. He plays for Bayern Munich on the right wing, while he was employed in the national team for a long time on the left, before he also came at the 2010 World Cup at his own request on right for use. Due to its speed, its exceptional technology, the very close ball control and eye for goal he is currently one of the best winger in the world.


Arjen Robben was among the 23 nominated players for the World Footballer of the Year 2010. Since he missed due to his injury due to its terrific first half of the year until the final game of the 2010 World Cup but the entire second half of the year, he was able to occupy the 14th place "only" in the end.


Robben is since June 2007, married to Berna diene and the father of three children. His father Hans Robben also acts as his advisor.


  • UEFA Champions League: 2013
  • UEFA Champions League finalists: 2010, 2012
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • Vice World Champion: 2010
  • Dutch master: 2003
  • Johan Cruyff Schaal: 2003
  • English Champion: 2005, 2006
  • English Cup: 2007
  • English League Cup: 2005, 2007
  • FA Community Shield: 2005
  • Spanish Champion: 2008
  • Spanish Supercup: 2008
  • German champion: 2010, 2013, 2014
  • German Cup: 2010, 2013
  • German Supercup: 2010, 2012


  • Talent of the Year in the Netherlands: 2003
  • Johan Cruijff Prijs: 2003
  • England Player of the Month: November 2004
  • Europe's Young Player of the Year: 2005
  • Scorer of the month: January 2010, March 2010, April 2010, February 2013
  • Player of the Season 2009/2010, elected by the German Bundesliga professionals
  • Germany's Footballer of the Year: 2010
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2011
  • UEFA Man of the Match: UEFA Champions League final in 2013