Alex Song

Profile Football Stars | Alex Song | Song was called-up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and was the only Cameroonian named in the Team of the Tournament. Known for his colorful hair dye, Song also possesses a French passport. Song was born in Douala, Cameroon and lost his father at the age of three. Song joined the Bastia youth team in 2003-04 and became a part of the first team the following season with 31 appearances. Bastia were playing in French Ligue 1 during the time Alex Song had a stint there. Song was Noted for his high versatility  While playing for Bastia, he was selected as a part of French U-16 football team. He later chose to represent Cameroon his country of birth. During his time at Bastia, he attracted attention from numerous clubs, Including Inter , Juventus , Manchester United , Lyon, and Middlesbrough . During his time at Bastia Song made a total of 32 league appearances. Song impressed Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger as a trialist during Arsenal's p

Rafael van der Vaart

Profile Football Stars | Rafael van der Vaart | Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax 'famous youth academy and worked his way into the first team, debuting as a 17-year-old. Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart is a Dutch footballer WHO plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Dutch national team. Van der Vaart is well known for his passing, deadly finishing and the capacity to use both feet well. Following his performances in the Premier League in the 2010-11 season with Tottenham Hotspur, van der Vaart was nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, along with team-mate and eventual winner, Gareth Bale.

Van der Vaart was born in Heemskerk to a Dutch father and a Spanish mother from Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz. Before joining AFC Ajax, he played for a local club called De Kennemers based in Beverwijk. Van der Vaart has said of his upbringing, "That was the way my family lived. Van der Vaart CAME through the ranks at Ajax with national teammates John Heitinga and Wesley Sneijder. At the age of 17, Van der Vaart made his debut for the senior side Ajax in a 1-1 draw with FC Den Bosch on 19 April 2000 in the 1999-00 season. Van der Vaart's € 5.5 million transfer to Hamburg, on 1 June 2005, raised many eyebrows. Van der Vaart finished his first season as the team's top scorer as Hamburg finished third in the league and won the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Towards the end of the 2007-08 season, Van der Vaart was linked to a move to Atlético Madrid Including Several clubs and Juventus. Van der Vaart was handed his original jersey number 23 while Granero was given number 24. After a wait of four games, Van der Vaart was finally included in Pellegrini's squad list to face Villarreal CF on 23 September. An injury to Kaká gave Van der Vaart a chance to Establish Himself as a key player for Los Blancos again. Van der Vaart Stated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, at least until the end of his contract.

On 31 August 2010, two hours before the transfer window closed, Tottenham Hotspur made an offer of £ 8 million for Van der Vaart. Van der Vaart scored his first two Premier League goals of the season against Wigan Athletic and Arsenal. Van der Vaart scored a penalty away against Newcastle United on 16 October to keep up a good run of goal scoring form and also scored twice in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.  Rafael van der Vaart gained the notice of the youth team coaches and was called up for the youth squads. The 18-year-old Van der Vaart then made his senior international debut against Andorra on 6 October 2001.

Personal information
Full name Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Date of birth 11 February 1983 (age 29)
Place of birth Heemskerk, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder

Club information
Current club Tottenham Hotspur
Number 11

Youth career
Ajax 1993-2000

Senior career
years Team
Ajax 2000-2005 117 (52)
2005-2008 Hamburger SV 74 (29)
2008-2010 Real Madrid 58 (11)
2010 - Tottenham Hotspur 50 (20)

National team
1998-1999 Netherlands U17 13 (5)
1999-2000 Netherlands U19 8 (2)
2000-2001 Netherlands U21 4 (2)
2001 - The Netherlands 93 (17)


AFC Ajax
     Eredivisie (2): 2001-02, 2003-04
     KNVB Cup (1): 2001-02
     Johan Cruijff-Schaal (1): 2002

Hamburger SV
     UEFA Intertoto Cup (2): 2005, 2007

Real Madrid CF
     Supercopa de España (1): 2008

     FIFA World Cup Runners-Up: 2010

     Ajax Talent of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001
     Amsterdam Talent of the Year: 2000
     Amsterdam Sportsman of the Year: 2001
     Amsterdam Tournament Most Valuable Player: 2001
     Johan Cruijff Award: 2001
     European Talent of the Year: 2002
     Golden Boy Award: 2003
     Ballon d'Or: 2008 - nominated (top 30)
     Premier League Player of the Month (1): October 2010.


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