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Robin van Persie
Robin Van Persie 2009.jpg
Van Persie in an Arsenal jersey.
Personal information
Full name Robin van Persie[1]
Date of birth 6 August 1983 (1983-08-06) (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 11
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Feyenoord 59 (15)
2004– Arsenal 126 (46)
National team
2004– Netherlands 41 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:14, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:27, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Robin van Persie (born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch footballer who plays for Arsenal and the Netherlands national team as a striker. In the national team he is occasionally deployed as a left/right winger as well.

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 hometown club Feyenoord, where he spent three seasons and won the 2002 UEFA Cup. 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. He won the FA Community Shield and the FA Cup in his first season with the London club and won the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the year award.

Van Persie has 40 caps and 14 goals with the Netherlands and made his senior international debut in 2005. He has participated in the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008. He also assisted with the Netherlands' qualification for the 2010 World Cup.


Early life

Robin van Persie was raised in the Kralingen section of east Rotterdam. His mother, José Ras, was a painter, and his father, Bob, a sculptor.[3] He has two sisters, Lilly and Kikai.[4] He was frequently encouraged to become involved in the arts like his parents, but he gravitated toward football instead.

Club career


Van Persie joined Dutch side SBV Excelsior's youth squad at the age of 14, but left due to conflicts with the coaching staff and signed for Feyenoord.[5] He was quickly promoted into the third team due to injury problems among the squad, and made his debut for the club at seventeen, which was the first of 15 total starts. He received the KNVB Best Young Talent award at the end of the 2001–02 season.

He signed a professional three-and-a-half year deal with Feyenoord at the start of the next season, and scored five goals in a 6–1 Amstel Cup thrashing of AGOVV on 6 February 2003.[6] However, clashes with manager Bert van Marwijk saw Van Persie demoted to the reserve squad, and an irate Van Marwijk told reporters, "His behaviour made it impossible for him to remain in the squad any longer so he will join the reserve side for the time being."[7] During a match featuring the Feyenoord and Ajax reserves, he was one of several Feyenoord players assaulted by hooligans who had invaded the pitch.[5]

Van Persie's rift with Van Marwijk continued when he was sent home on the eve of the 2003 UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid after the coach was reportedly displeased with Van Persie's body language upon his being asked to warm up for a recent league game.[3] Van Persie finished his tumultuous debut season on the first team, making a total of 28 appearances and scoring eight goals, in addition to finishing runner-up in the KNVB Cup.

Feyenoord unsuccessfully attempted to extend Van Persie's contract during the offseason, and his deteriorating relationship with Van Marwijk led to his spending most of 2003–04 on the bench. He again played 28 matches, but finished with two fewer goals than the previous season. Feyenoord shopped him at the end of the campaign but found few takers due to Van Persie's past disciplinary issues. During the January transfer window, the Eredivisie club opened negotiations with Arsenal, who were seeking a long-term replacement for aging veteran Dennis Bergkamp. Both parties could not agree to terms, and five months later, a deal was finalized and Van Persie was sold to Arsenal for £2.75 million, just over half of Feyenoord's original asking price of £5 million.[5][8]

Van Persie revealed in 2009 that he had hoped to join Rangers following his decision to leave Feyenoord, but did not receive an offer from the Scottish club.[9]


On 17 May 2004, Van Persie signed a four-year deal with Arsenal.[10] Manager Arsène Wenger, who planned to convert Van Persie from a left winger to a center forward as he had successfully done with star player Thierry Henry,[11] said of his new acquisition, "He can play on the left side of midfield, as a creative player behind the main strikers or as a target man."[12] Arsenal had further padded their stable of strikers in January by signing Spanish forward José Antonio Reyes,[13] leaving the two to battle for playing time. Van Persie made his debut and won a trophy in the process, as he came on as a substitute in the 3–1 FA Community Shield victory over Manchester United on 8 August 2004.[14] Van Persie spent most of his time on the bench during earlier parts of the 2004–05 season, and made his competitive debut on 27 October by scoring Arsenal's opening goal in a 2–1 League Cup win over Manchester City.[15] However, he was sent off for the first time in an Arsenal uniform on 26 February during a 1–1 road draw with Southampton, following a lunge at left back Graeme Le Saux,[16] for which Wenger was seen yelling an obscenity at Van Persie from the sidelines. He then later lambasted his charge in the press. "I do not support Van Persie today, but he did not look out of control at half-time. When the referee has sent off a home player, he is under pressure, so, if any player had to behave, it was him." Meanwhile, Telegraph sportswriter Clive White described Van Persie in his match report as "21 going on nine."[17] Van Persie was consequently benched for a number of games, starting with Arsenal's upcoming FA Cup replay against Sheffield United,[18] and he was reintroduced into the squad only after Henry was out with a calf injury, and his return to the first team saw him score twice in a FA Cup semi-final win over Blackburn Rovers. The rest of Van Persie's season was cut short by injury, and he finished with ten goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.[19]

Van Persie with Thierry Henry

Van Persie's good form at the start of the 2005–06 season earned him the Player of the Month award for November 2005 after eight goals in eight starts,[11] and he was rewarded with a five-year contract extension until 2011 on 4 January.[20] However, two days after signing the contract, Van Persie was again wracked with injury after an opponent stepped on his foot and broke his toe during an FA Cup match against Cardiff.[21] Van Persie played the next three matches with a hole cut into his shoe to alleviate the pain until he was finally rested for Arsenal's Premiership match against West Ham United on 1 February.[3] He was an unused substitute in Arsenal's first Champions League final appearance, a 2–1 loss to Barcelona.[22]

Van Persie and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in 2008

The beginning of the 2006–07 season included an airborne volley against Charlton Athletic that Wenger called "the goal of a lifetime"[23] and was later named BBC's Goal of the Month for September,[24] and he capped off the calendar year by being named the 2006 Rotterdam Sportsman of the Year. However, his season ended early for the second time in his career on 21 January, when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot while celebrating his late equalizer in a match against Manchester United.[25] Although Van Persie was injured for a large part of the season he still managed to finish as Arsenal's top goalscorer with 13 goals in all competitions.

After Henry departed for Barcelona prior to the 2007–08 season, Van Persie assumed the role as Arsenal's main striker. Following a streak of seven goals in ten regular-season games, Van Persie was sidelined for two months with a knee injury suffered on international duty.[26] He made his comeback in Arsenal's Champions League group stage win over Steaua Bucureşti on 12 December and made his Premier League return in the win against Chelsea over the weekend. However, he picked up a recurrent injury that kept him sidelined until January when he played 45 minutes in a League Cup game against Tottenham. He was withdrawn at half-time following another injury scare and featured sporadically throughout the rest of the campaign.[27]

Van Persie in 2009

Van Persie opened his 2008–09 account on 31 August with a brace in Arsenal's 3–0 league victory over Newcastle United.[28] On 29 October, he scored his fiftieth career Arsenal goal in a 4–4 home draw with North London derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but was hit with his first red card of the season on 1 November after knocking down goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen with a shoulder charge in a 2–1 loss to Stoke City. Sorensen later admitted to "teasing" Van Persie in an attempt to provoke a reaction.[29] Later on the last day of November he scored a brace against Chelsea to help Arsenal to a 2–1 victory, which they had to come from behind. On 21 December 2008, he scored a spectacular goal against Liverpool which became his second-career BBC Goal of the Month.[citation needed] With captain Cesc Fàbregas injured and regular stand-in skipper Manuel Almunia rested, Van Persie captained Arsenal for the first time on 3 January 2009 for the club's 3–1 third-round FA Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle.[30] Van Persie scored Arsenal's first and third goals, while the second was a result of his cross being deflected into the net by a Plymouth player for an own goal.[31] In January 2009, every Arsenal goal that month was either scored or assisted by Van Persie, which earned him the club's player-of-the-month award.[32] His most inspirational display being against Hull City, where he struck the post with a freekick, and provided three assists to his teammates, he later received the man-of-the-match award. On 24 February, Van Persie scored a crucial penalty that earned Arsenal a 1–0 win over A.S. Roma in the Champions League round of sixteen encounter, after he was fouled by defender Philippe Mexès.[33] He followed it up with a fifth Champions League goal by converting another penalty against Villareal in a 3–0 victory. On the final day of the Premier League, Van Persie scored a brace against Stoke City which guaranteed him for the second time in his career as Arsenal's top scorer. He had his best season overall for Arsenal as he scored eleven Premier League goals, along with a league-leading eleven assists and a career-best of 20 goals in all competitions. Van Persie was named the 2008–09 Player of the Season.[34]

With only one year remaining of his contract, Van Persie was in negotiations with Arsenal about an extension for several months in 2009. Finally it was announced in July that he had signed a new long-term contract with his club, stating "My heart is with Arsenal and I just can't picture myself in a different shirt".[35] The departure of Emmanuel Adebayor also meant that the Dutchman was now the main striker in Wenger's 4–3–3 system. Van Persie started the 2009–10 season with two assists in the first match against Everton, which led to a 6–1 victory. As one of the first choice penalty and corner takers, he has set up many of Arsenal's goals, including Vermaelen's debut goal against Everton. He scored his first goal of the season in the 4–2 loss at Eastlands to Man City where he was later kicked by Adebayor.[36] He then scored goals against Olympiacos, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham, West Ham and Tottenham. Van Persie's excellent form in October did not go unrecognised as he was named Barclays Player of the Month for October, his second such award.[37] On 14 November, however, he injured his ankle in an international friendly and was initially expected to be out for six weeks,[38] but further tests showed that he might be out for five months.

International career

Van Persie (right) and Ruud van Nistelrooy training with the Netherlands

Van Persie was a U-21 international and took part in the 2004 and 2006 European Championship qualifying. The Jong Oranje failed to qualify for the 2004 tournament and van Persie did not participate in the latter as he was already in the senior squad for the World Cup. He earned his first caps for the Netherlands in less than the span of a week, first in a 2–0 2006 World Cup qualifying win over Romania on 4 June 2005,[39][40] and in another qualifier four days later against Finland, which saw him pick up his first international goal in a 4-0 victory.[41]

2006 World Cup

Despite not being a regular starter for Arsenal, Van Persie was part of coach Marco van Basten's roster for the 2006 World Cup finals. He played in all four of the Netherlands' matches and scored his only goal in the group stage against Côte d'Ivoire via a free kick as the Oranje were eliminated in the round of sixteen.[42][43]

Van Persie (right) with Arjen Robben

Euro 2008

Van Persie scored a team-best four Euro 2008 qualifying goals,[44][45] and was deployed as a winger behind lone striker Ruud van Nistelrooy during the tournament after van Basten decided to change to a 4-2-3-1 formation. As Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart were preferred in the midfield, Van Persie was left to battle with Arjen Robben for the remaining spot on the wing. On 13 June, he scored as a 55th-minute substitute in a 4–1 Group C victory over 2006 World Cup finalists France, and started the next match against Romania, scoring off a pass from Demy de Zeeuw with an excellent volley into the back of the net. He finished with two goals as the Netherlands finished atop their group but again suffered a first knock-out round, second stage elimination.[46]

Post-Euro 2008

Van Persie has scored in the friendlies he has played in against Russia and Sweden, and has scored a header in a World Cup qualifying match against Scotland, which stirred debate whether he should be taking corners or receiving them. He was injured during that match and was substituted early in the second-half.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. June 8, 2005 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
2006 World Cup qualification
2. June 16, 2006 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany  Côte d'Ivoire
2006 World Cup
3. August 16, 2006 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland
4. September 6, 2006 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Belarus
Euro 2008 qualification
5. September 6, 2006 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Belarus
Euro 2008 qualification
6. October 7, 2006 Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria  Bulgaria
Euro 2008 qualification
7. October 11, 2006 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Albania
Euro 2008 qualification
8. June 13, 2008 Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland  France
Euro 2008
9. June 17, 2008 Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland  Romania
Euro 2008
10. August 20, 2008 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow, Russia  Russia
11. November 19, 2008 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Sweden
12. November 19, 2008 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Sweden
13. March 28, 2009 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Scotland
2010 World Cup qualification
14. September 5, 2009 Grolsch Veste, Enschede, Netherlands  Japan

Style of play

Despite being naturally left-footed, Van Persie often drifts out to the right-hand side when playing upfront in order to cut inside onto his favourite foot to unleash a shot or cross. He plays in a similar role to the former Arsenal and Netherlands legend, Dennis Bergkamp, playing just off the main striker where he finds space. He finds this kind of space on the wing and is therefore not an "out and out striker" in the sense that he was actually the Premier League's top assist scorer in the 2008–09 season. Although his goal record significantly improved that year, he is still more of a versatile second striker. He is Arsenal's first choice penalty and free-kick taker. He is also known for his shot technique and has the ability to score from awkward positions.[47]

Personal life

Van Persie lives in London with his Moroccan-Dutch wife Bouchra, son, Shaqueel and daughter Dina Layla.[48]

Club career statistics

(correct as of 3 March 2010)

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Feyenoord 2001–02 8 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 15 0 0
2002–03 23 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 9 0
2003–04 28 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 11 6 0
Total 59 15 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 71 15 0
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
2008–09 28 11 10 6 4 1 10 5 2 44 20 13
2009–10 11 7 7 0 0 0 4 1 1 15 8 8
Total 126 46 29 23 12 1 39 13 7 188 71 36
Career total 185 61 29 23 12 1 51 13 7 259 86 36








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  15. ^ Man City 1-2 Arsenal, BBC Sport, 27 October 2004. Retrieved on 30 November 2007.
  16. ^ Southampton 1-1 Arsenal, BBC Sport, 26 February 2005. Retrieved on 30 November 2008.
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  22. ^ Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal - BBC Sport, 17 May 2006. Retrieved on 9 November 2008.
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  27. ^ Arsenal 2–1 Steaua Bucharest, BBC SPORT, 12 December 2007. Retrieved on 12 December 2007.
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  29. ^ Stoke keeper admits: I wound Van Persie up to get him red card Northampton Chronicle and Echo, 3 November 2008. Retrieved on 9 November 2008.
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  31. ^ Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth BBC SPORT, 3 January 2009. Retrieved on 5 January 2009.
  32. ^ Van Persie is O2/Arsenal Player of the Month,, 11 February 2009. Retrieved on 15 February 2009.
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  34. ^ Van Persie the Player of the Season
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  39. ^ 17 Robin van Persie Holland Stats, ITV Sport, World Cup 2006. Retrieved on 11 December 2007.
  40. ^ Soccerbase stats for Romania vs. Holland game
  41. ^ Soccerbase stats for Finland vs. Holland game
  42. ^ Soccerbase stats for Van Persie's World Cup (see bottom of list)
  43. ^ Soccerbase stats for Holland's 2006 World Cup game against Ivory Coast
  44. ^ Soccerbase stats for Albania vs. Holland
  45. ^ Soccerbase stats for Luxembourg vs. Holland
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  48. ^ "Daughter for Van Persie". Associated Media. 2009-10-11. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  49. ^ Van Persie claims player of the month award

External links

Simple English

Robin van Persie
File:Robin Van Persie
Personal information
Full name Robin van Persie
Date of birth 6 August 1983 (1983-08-06) (age 27)
Place of birth    Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Arsenal
Number 11
Senior clubs
Years Club
Feyenoord Rotterdam
National team
2005-2009 Netherlands

Robin van Persie (born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch football player. He plays for Arsenal and Netherlands national team.

Club career statistics

[1] [2]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02Feyenoord RotterdamEredivisie10070170
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05ArsenalPremier League2655331614010
CountryNetherlands 61141207314
England 1153914785381217563
Total 1765314785501224877

International career statistics

Netherlands national team


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