Van der Vaart: We’ve got confidence

16-01-2009  “The team has regained it’s confidence, having managed three straight wins and not conceding any goals,” says Rafael van der Vaart. Real Madrid extended their winning streak to three matches last Sunday, and in doing so have jumped up to the second spot in the league table. “Osasuna is a good team and have […]

Van der Vaart: Happy end ahead

12-01-2009 After recent results Rafael van der Vaart thinks it could end up being a good season for Real Madrid. “We are incredibly happy with Sunday’s results. We dominated the match, both in defence and attack, and used our chances well,” says Rafael van der Vaart. “We have to focus on each game as it […]

To Mallorca with high morale

09-01-2009 Real Madrid will aim to continue their recent progress under new coach Juande Ramos when they travel to Real Mallorca this weekend. Madrid have beaten fellow high-flyers Valencia and Villarreal in their last two outings to climb back up to third spot, while they have also been boosted by the return of some key […]

Van der Vaart: Important victory

22-12-2008 Rafael van der Vaart says it was important to finish the year with a victory. Real madrid on Saturday beat Valencia 1-0 through a goal from Gonzalo Higuain lifting the team into fifth place. “We failed to capitalize on our chances but we won the match. The game was tough but the important thing […]

Van der Vaart: Exciting match ahead

12-12-2008 Rafael van der Vaart is looking forward to Saturdays game against Barcelona. Real Madrid were in dire need of a morale-boosting victory heading into Saturday’s Clasico against Barcelona, and Raúl and Robben scored three times to bring the group stage of the Champions League to a close with a win against Zenit St. Petersburg. On […]

Van der Vaart: Sevilla were effective in attack

08-12-2008 Real Madrid once again proved to be a quality team, but their efforts weren’t enough to win against Sevilla. The Whites dominated most of the clash with Sevilla, but the latter side made excellent use of their chances and eventually won 4-3. “Sunday’s home match against Sevilla was pretty exciting, as most fixtures are […]

Van der Vaart’s biography

Did You Know?: Rafael first joined Ajax at the age of just 10, after impressing academy coaches during an ‘open day’ for talented youngsters. Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart was born 11 February 1983 in Heemskerk. He started playing for De Kennemers, a small club in the town of Beverwijk, before moving to the Ajax […]

About Real Madrid

In December 2000, Real Madrid were named the greatest club of the 20th century by FIFA. Founded on 6 March 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club only assumed the name by which they are known today after King Afonso XIII gave them permission to include the word ‘Real’ (which means ‘Royal’) in their title. […]