The best moments of Arjen Robben’s career
Arjen Robben was one of the most watchable players of his generation. The Dutch winger was half of Bayern Munich’s robbery duo alongside Frenchman Franck Ribery, the duo terrorizing full-backs in the Bundesliga and beyond for the best part of the decade.
With his fast-paced racing style, fascinating feet and fabulous left shoe, he was an integral part of Bayern’s formidable team of the 2010s and was an exciting cog in some of the best Dutch teams his country has ever produced.
Here are some of the highlights of Robben’s exceptional career.
20-year-old Arjen Robben took to the international stage at Euro 2004 as part of the exciting young team from the Netherlands.
He put in a dazzling performance in their group stage clash with the Czech Republic, scoring the Netherlands’ first two goals as they led 2-0. Robben was replaced by his side 2-1 – and the Dutch went on to lose 3-2.
The winger also buried the decisive kick in the Netherlands’ quarter-final penalty shootout win over Sweden.
Euro 2008 is universally regarded as the greatest major tournament of all time, and the Dutch effervescence was part of the contagious fun.
The Netherlands were drawn in the death group alongside 2006 World Cup finalists Italy and France – but quickly beat the pair convincingly.
In their second group game against France, Robben established Robin van Persie’s goal to give the Dutch a 2-0 lead with a quick run down the wing and an accurate cross. He then wrapped up a famous 4-1 victory with a moment of individual brilliance, dragging himself into the box and forcing the ball into the roof of the net from an almost impossible angle.
Manchester United led 3-0 in the second leg of the 2009/10 Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford, leading 4-2 on aggregate.
Ivica Olic pulled one off for Bayern and Rafael da Silva saw red, leaving the German side just needing to score once to advance to the last four away goals.
And that was a goal they found. Ribery spotted Robben hidden at the edge of United’s penalty area in a corner, and the Dutchman waited an age for the ball to descend before sending a fabulous, low first end to the bottom corner to complete a remarkable return from the Bayern.
The Netherlands is finally remembered at the 2010 World Cup for suddenly turning into a well-drilled home outfit for the final against Spain. They lost 1-0 and Robben missed a glorious opportunity as he was refused by ex-Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.
But before that, the Dutchman had been excellent and Robben had helped guide his team to the final.
He struck the opening in the Netherlands’ 16 last 2-1 win over Slovakia and concluded his country’s 3-1 semi-final victory over Uruguay with a rare header.
A game that largely didn’t make sense for Bayern Munich towards the end of the 2010/11 season, with the Bundesliga title already wrapped up by Borussia Dortmund, was actually quite important for St Pauli as they tried. to avoid falling.
Naturally, Bayern won 8-1 and Robben put on an outrageous individual display, scoring twice and providing two more assists. Ruthless stuff.
Bayern clashed with Barcelona power in the 2013 Champions League semi-finals – where they put in a ruthless two-legged display to eliminate a 7-0 full winners; one of the biggest results in club history.
Robben scored an inspirational third step in Bayern’s 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena, before scoring a stunning opener in his side’s 3-0 win at Camp Nou.
The winger received the stunning diagonal of the crossfield from David Alaba, cutting inside Robben-style before unleashing a left-footed curling effort in the top corner.
After missing a penalty against Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final and failing to convert another kick in a crucial league game against Borussia Dortmund in the same season, which helped put off The title of champion to the team of Jurgen Klopp, Robben redeemed himself on both accounts in the Champions League Final against Dortmund the following campaign.
With the scores finely balanced at 1-1 and the game heading into extra time, Robben appeared in the 89th minute, straddling two challenges from Dortmund and delicately passing Roman Weidenfeller to give his side the edge.
The goal turned out to be the winner, as Robben got his hands on the Champions League title for the first time and so far (we still have hope for Groningen) in his career.