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Name Arjen Robben
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc A mercurial talent who never truly settled in the league due to injuries, but for a short spell was arguably the best on display. The flying Dutchman could turn passive possession into danger in a flash with his exceptional control when running at speed. Injuries plagued his time in England with spells at Real Madrid and Bayern establishing himself as one of the greats of his generation


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich
  Real Madrid

2012 06 05 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea star Arjen Robben refused to pick the most difficult opponents in a pool: Germany, Portugal and Denmark] All three - it’s going to be three very difficult matches. It’s a very hard group and we have to be there from the first game on

2014 11 15 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben on being nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and comparisons to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] It’s great to be recognised and I’m proud to be on the shortlist, but it’s never been an obsession for me and it never will be, because what I care about are team trophies. I don’t like comparing myself to others, but you are talking about two monsters! They have succeeded beyond reality for half a dozen years. They are above everyone else

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben on retirement] As long as my body works and I’m having fun, I will go on. Maybe one, maybe two years. Or maybe ten

2015 02 14 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben reflects on the block by Javier Mascherano that arguably stopped Netherlands reaching the FIFA World Cup Final] It was just his big toe and he managed to get the block in. It’s these kind of centimetres that decide whether you win or lose a game

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Mourinho puts out a winning team, it doesn’t matter if it’s done with nice football or not

2016 04 30 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben on Riyad Mahrez’s performances for Leicester City, but the Dutch international predicts the Foxes may have trouble holding onto their Algerian star in the summer transfer window] He’s a very talented player. Well, that’s maybe the only negative thing about it. Because they’re doing so well, other clubs will probably be hunting

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben talks with Fox Sports about his summer move to the German club from Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009] It was a bit of a weird summer with the return of Florentino Perez as president. And then all the new signings arrived. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso all came to Madrid for a huge amount of money. We were told that the club would be able to make some money on me, if they sold me. But I initially did not want to leave. I had possibly my best pre-season ever, but I still did not get a chance, so I had to make a decision. There was contact with Bayern, but it was a difficult decision, the most difficult one of my career. Bayern were not among the European elite at that moment – like we are now – and it was a step back for me. I went for it in the end, because the club did everything within their power to sign me. And the presence of Louis van Gaal obviously played a role as well. I am a real Bayern man now, I am into my eighth season here and I have become a part of this club

2017 10 14 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben announces his retirement from international football] The man of glass has lasted the longest. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I have already considered it for a while, but then I went on. I wanted to finish this qualification. I’m 33 years old now. I’m playing at a top club in Europe and I want to concentrate on it now. It’s also a good time to hand over the baton. I still feel very good and want to be at the top as long as possible. I am very proud and honoured at my six tournaments. The most beautiful moments for me were the World Cups of 2010 and 2014, in which we were really a close team and a close group. But there are many beautiful moments, fourteen years is a long time

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben about his future plans] Next season, I will train my youngest son’s team. Then of course they already know what the training plan is: cut in from the right and shoot with the left

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben says he has considered coming out of retirement] In the beginning I didn’t miss football at all. But then there was a phase when it tickled again and I had thoughts such as: ‘Hey, maybe I would like to play a little again’. From time to time I still have this feeling. With this virus, it is a very strange time for everyone and when football returns, then now! But maybe it always stays a bit in there. I’m just an athlete.

I missed a lot of games, I was just busy. I’ve never been able to plan anything privately. When you’re retired, nobody is waiting for you but you need something that is worth getting up for. In my case, that is my children

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben and his retirement] In the beginning I didn’t miss football at all. But then there was a phase when it tickled again and I had thoughts such as: ‘Hey, maybe I would like to play a little again’

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Bayern did take sweet revenge, though, and on the biggest stage of all. In the first-ever all-German UEFA Champions League final in 2012/13, Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute goal left Bayern on top of Europe for the fifth time thanks to a 2-1 win at Wembley in a season they completed an unprecedented treble masterminded by Jupp Heynckes] It was like a fairy tale - winning the final at Wembley and scoring in the last minute. It can’t get any better

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben has described former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as the ‘master of offensive football’] I love football and, above all, the offensive football – and Pep is a master at it. He focused on attack and total ball control. Of course, I particularly liked that. We were on the same wavelength. He made sure that I became more complete. For me, Pep is the best coach in the world. The three years with him in Munich were extremely instructive.

Back then, my only wish was to win the Champions League and Bayern was not one of the top clubs in Europe. But I took the risk and it was worth it. It was really not an easy decision for me at the time. But going to Bayern was the best of my career in retrospect

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben has hinted he could make a return to football but has ruled out playing for Bayern Munich again] I have to disappoint you. My comeback at Bayern is a hundred percent impossible

[Asked if he could start playing again] You never know. I don’t want to say yes or no now. For me and my family, the move to Holland is due at the end of the month. We’ll see everything else. In any case, I will always stay connected to Bayern

I train two to three times a week with head of fitness Dr. Holger Broich and I would like to continue doing so. We do runs, sprints and also work with the ball. I really enjoy it and I want to stay fit. I am very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to do this training. In the past few months, however, I have always been seen at Bayern’s training centre

My fitness levels are very good. Staying fit after retirement is very important to me. I also wanted to run a marathon this year, which unfortunately did not work due to the coronavirus crisis. As far as I can tell, I haven’t put on weight yet. So everything is fine with me. I feel very good at the moment. I also notice clearly that pressure has dropped from me. There are days when I train very intensively in my free time. If it starts to hurt in the body, I give myself a break and only train again when I am free of pain. This is definitely a difference from my playing career. He and all the other talents at Bayern should never be satisfied with themselves. Joshua has to want to improve every day, set a new goal every day and never be fed up. It is also important that he reflects on his performance again and again. The fact that he was always in the squad recently shows that Hansi Flick is satisfied with his development, but it will be very important that he plays regularly. I wish Joshua only the very best for the future

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Arjen Robben has announced a stunning return to professional football with his first club, Groningen] I was 12 years old when I started playing in Groningen’s youth academy, I made my home debut against Feyenoord when I was 16. After two years I made a transfer to PSV Eindhoven. After a wonderful adventure of 18 years we’re coming home! Back to Groningen. We’re coming home during this difficult time of crisis, one that also hits FC Groningen. It’s great to see how everyone is supporting the club, I’ve supported the club as well and it made me think about what else I could do for our club. These past weeks I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I’ve listened to the call of our supporters: Arjen, follow your heart!

I want to make my comeback as a football player, a player of FC Groningen. It started to itch and now it’s my mission. I’m working on a comeback as a player, at FC. I don’t know yet whether or not this will work, but I do know it will not depend on my commitment or motivation. It is my dream to wear the kit of FC Groningen again. It will be a tough physical challenge but I’m going for it! I am going to work hard and when everything feels right, I will join the team for the first training session of the new season. I hope to see everyone as soon as possible because my dream is to play in an FC Groningen jersey. We’re not there yet, but one can dream!

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Groningen used The Last Dance clips to help lure Robben out of retirement] I’m here to help the club. You do that by showing the right attitude. I don’t have anything to lose and I’m going into the challenge with a positive attitude and to try to make the best of it. I haven’t set any goals, it could be over in a month or it could last two years

[On his wife’s support for the decision to come out of retirement] It made the decision a lot easier knowing I had the support of my family. Retiring was the toughest decision of my career, maybe a little forced upon me with all the injuries. We decided to stay a year in Munich to enjoy the city and get used to the idea of not playing football. I didn’t watch much for about six months and really enjoyed doing other things. Eventually the sports lover in you starts to nag and I had been training to run the Rotterdam Marathon before the coronavirus crisis