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Mark van Bommel
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Personal information
Full name Mark Peter Gertuda Andreas van Bommel
Date of birth 22 April 1977 (1977-04-22) (age 32)
Place of birth Maasbracht, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 17
Youth career
RKVV Maasbracht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Fortuna Sittard 153 (13)
1999–2005 PSV 169 (46)
2005–2006 Barcelona 24 (2)
2006– Bayern Munich 102 (11)
National team
2000– Netherlands 54 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 March 2010

Mark Peter Gertuda Andreas van Bommel (born 22 April 1977 in Maasbracht) is a Dutch footballer who plays for and captains Bayern Munich in the German first division. He is also the son-in-law of the coach of the Dutch national team, Bert van Marwijk.

He is a famously combative central midfielder who can also operate as enforcer or playmaker. He is also known for his extremely powerful shot, his seemingly boundless energy, tackling ability, and range of passing. Van Bommel is known to have a short and bad temper that has often landed him in trouble with officials and opposing players.

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Career

Mark van Bommel started his amateur career at local club RKVV Maasbracht before earning a professional contract with Fortuna Sittard in 1992. His other colleagues at Fortuna at that time who would later join PSV alongside him were Wilfred Bouma and Kevin Hofland.

PSV

Van Bommel was signed by PSV in 1999 where he formed a midfield partnership with Swiss international Johann Vogel. He won three Eredivisie titles and two Johan Cruyff Shields with the club. He was also named Dutch Player of the Year in 2001 and 2005.

In his final season with PSV, having assisted the team to the Dutch league title and a Champions League semi-final place, he was expected to join his father-in-law Bert van Marwijk who at the time managed the Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, but van Bommel opted to stay at PSV until the end of the 2004–05 season.

After the Champions League semi-final loss to AC Milan and with the Eredivisie title in PSV's hands at the end of April, he confirmed he would join FC Barcelona in May 2005 after the club won their own domestic league.

Barcelona

Van Bommel with for Barcelona.

With Frank Rijkaard as his new coach at Barcelona, van Bommel played 24 matches, scoring twice in his first season and winning La Liga and the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League.

Bayern Munich

On 26 August 2006, Bayern Munich team manager Uli Hoeneß announced van Bommel would be joining the Bavarian side. Media reports speculated that the move was influenced by the ongoing Owen Hargreaves transfer saga, but Hoeneß insisted the club intended to go forward with both players.[1] Bayern Munich paid 6 million euro to Barcelona in the deal.

Since joining the German side, van Bommel has proved to be a key player for them, scoring six goals in 30 appearances, providing strength in the middle of the pitch. Due to his terrific performances during his first season at Bayern, he was voted the Bayern Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season, beating out long time fan-favorites Roy Makaay and Mehmet Scholl.

After Oliver Kahn retired in 2008, van Bommel was selected as captain. He is the second non-German captain of Bayern Munich after Søren Lerby of Denmark.

International career

His debut for the Dutch national team was on 7 October 2000 against Cyprus, which was won 4–0. However, for the Oranje, he did not make an appearance in a major tournament until 2006, with the Dutch national team failing to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and injury preventing him from playing during UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Dutch national team manager Marco van Basten was dissatisfied with van Bommel's defensive performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Romania and he was subsequently not selected for the rest of the qualification series. With many Dutch football observers believing van Bommel's international career to be over, he was selected back into the Dutch side for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

In the 2006 World Cup, van Bommel played in all the games for his country except the match against Argentina as both teams had already sealed their passage to the knockout stage of the tournament. His position in the team was as right-half. His duties were mainly to play the anchor role in the Dutch three-man midfield in their usual 4-3-3 formation.

He was the first of many players booked in the second-round match Dutch team defeat against Portugal, dubbed "The Battle of Nuremberg" by the press. After the World Cup, van Bommel was not called up for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Belarus. In September 2006, after his move to Bayern, he was added to van Basten's squad to face Bulgaria; however, van Bommel stated (alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy) to no longer intend to play for Oranje as long as van Basten is in charge.[2] After van Basten left to manage AFC Ajax, new Netherlands head coach and father-in-law Bert van Marwijk called up van Bommel again, which led to his return in the Dutch national team. Van Bommel has won 50 caps and has scored nine goals for the Dutch national team.

Mark van Bommel: International Goals[3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 March 2001 Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain  Andorra 0–5 0–5 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 15 August 2001 White Hart Lane, London, England  England 0–1 0–2 Friendly
3. 5 September 2001 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Estonia 2–0 5–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 5 September 2001 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Estonia 4–0 5–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 2 April 2003 Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova  Moldova 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
6. 18 August 2004 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 1–2 2–2 Friendly
7. 3 September 2004 Galgenwaard Stadium, Utrecht, Netherlands  Liechtenstein 1–0 3–0 Friendly
8. 15 October 2008 Ullevål Stadium, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0–1 0–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 6 June 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 0–2 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fortuna Sittard 1992–93 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1993–94 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1994–95 31 7 0 0 0 0 31 7
1995–96 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1996–97 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1997–98 31 1 0 0 0 0 31 1
1998–99 31 5 0 0 0 0 31 5
Total 153 13 0 0 0 0 153 13
PSV Eindhoven 1999–00 33 6 0 0 0 0 33 6
2000–01 32 7 4 0 11 2 47 9
2001–02 23 4 3 0 7 2 33 6
2002–03 28 9 3 0 6 0 37 9
2003–04 23 6 1 0 8 1 32 7
2004–05 30 14 3 1 14 2 47 17
Total 169 46 14 1 46 7 229 54
Barcelona 2005–06 24 2 3 1 9 1 36 4
Total 24 2 3 1 9 1 36 4
Bayern Munich 2006–07 29 3 1 0 8 1 38 4
2007–08 27 2 6 0 13 1 36 3
2008–09 29 2 3 0 9 1 41 3
2009–10 17 1 3 0 6 1 26 2
Total 102 8 13 0 35 3 150 11
Career total 448 69 30 2 90 11 568 82

Statistics accurate as of 6 March 2010[4]

Honours

Fortuna Sittard

PSV

Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Individual

Personal

Van Bommel is married to his wife Andra with whom he has three children: Thomas, and Ruben, Renée.[5]

References

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Simple English

Mark van Bommel
File:Mark van Bommel
Personal information
Full name Mark Peter Gertuda Andreas van Bommel
Date of birth 22 April 1977 (1977-04-22) (age 33)
Place of birth    Maasbracht, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 17
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992-1999
1999-2005
2005-2006
2006-
Fortuna Sittard Combinatie
PSV Eindhoven
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
National team
2000- Netherlands

Mark van Bommel (born 22 April 1977) is a Dutch football player. He plays for Bayern Munich and Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup EuropeTotal
1992/93Fortuna Sittard CombinatieEredivisie1010
1993/94Eerste Divisie130130
1994/95307307
1995/96Eredivisie270270
1996/97190190
1997/98311311
1998/99315315
1999/00PSV EindhovenEredivisie336336
2000/01328401124710
2001/022353072337
2002/032893060379
2003/042361081327
2004/053014311424717
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2005/06BarcelonaLa Liga2423191364
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2006/07Bayern MunichBundesliga2961081387
2007/0827260131463
2008/092923091413
2009/10
CountryNetherlands 3216114146738169
Spain 2423191364
Germany 851010030312513
Total 43073272851153286

International career statistics

Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
200030
200174
200250
200371
200482
200540
200660
200700
200861
200971
2010
Total539

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