If the football world encountered any shocking and happy news at the same time recently, it has to be that Arjen Robben breaks his retirement Arjen Robben has announced a stunning return to professional football with his first club, Groningen. The legendary Dutchman 36-year-old – who was capped 96 times by the Netherlands – left Bayern Munich and announced his retirement almost a year ago after a 19-year professional career which started in Groningen’s academy. The winger retired from the game in July 2019 after a brilliant career, which included spells with teams like Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich and more than 20 major title wins.
Now though his boyhood club recovered from the devastating effects of coronavirus, he is planning to return to the pitch to take liability at the age of 36. The former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben breaks his retirement and will be back in a matter of months. The club announced the signing of the 36-year-old for the 2020/21 season.
Robben first came to prominence with Groningen, for whom he was player of the year for the 2000-2001 Eredivisie season. Groningen placed him in their first team for the 1999-2000 season. He scored three goals in league play. Manager Jan Van Dijk added the winger to the first team before Groningen’s November 2000 away game against Twente, but he did not feature until 3 December 2000. Next, he played against RKC Waalwijk as a substitute for the injured Leonardo dos Santos in the 79th minute. During the winter, he managed to play himself into the starting lineup. In 18 starts for Groningen over the 2000-01 season, he scored two goals. Robben was named player of the year for his first season with the club.
He joined Chelsea in 2004. He helped Chelsea bring home two consecutive Premier League titles, and was the Premier League player of the month in November 2005.
Robben completed his move to Real Madrid on a five-year deal on 22 August 2007. Robben played an important part in Real Madrid’s subsequent 4–1 victory, scoring the champions’ second goal.
On 28 August 2009, Robben moved to Bayern Munich for around €25 million. He was given the number 10 jersey. On 25 May 2010, Robben was named Footballer of the Year in Germany for 2010. Robben was nominated for the UEFA Champions League Best Midfielder award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award and the FIFA Puskàs Award, which goes to the best goal of the year, and he has also been nominated for FIFA’s FIFPro World XI 2010 squad for his impressive season with Bayern Munich (2010-11). In the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona(2012-13), Robben started both games and scored in both games, including the go-ahead goal in the second leg.
A 2–1 victory over Borussia Dortmund to give Bayern their fifth Champions League/European Cup title. During the presentation, he was named Man of the Match The 2017-18 season Robben won his seventh Bundesliga title and set a Dutch record by winning his 11th career domestic league title surpassing Dutch legend Johan Cruyff’s 10 career domestic league titles. On 18 May 2019, he scored his last league goal for Bayern in Bundesliga making it a 5–1 victory against Frankfurt, which meant Bayern winning their 28th Bundesliga title and Robben winning his eighth. In 201 Bundesliga matches, he scored 99 goals. On 4 July 2019, Robben announced his decision to retire from football. And now, Arjen Robben breaks his retirement and returns to Groningen.
He won the Champions League with Bayern in 2012/13 – scoring the winning goal. The Dutchman also earned 96 senior caps for his country, excelling at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and scored 37 goals.
It really is amazing to see one of the greatest players of the modern era return as Arjen Robben breaks his retirement. However, there will be a lingering fear that injuries will curtail his comeback. During the suspension of the Bundesliga because of the Coronavirus epidemic, Robben joined the team’s cyber-training sessions as a surprise guest. Then, as it became possible to train on the pitch again, he began working out at Bayern’s training grounds at Säbener Straße with fitness coach Holger Broich.
Arjen Robben breaks his retirement
It was no secret that after a year of coaching his son’s youth team in Grünwald, Robben was planning to move with his family back to his home of Groningen, where he was having a house built. The year off has clearly re-energized Robben, and the thought of playing again has proven to be irresistible. As a result, Arjen Robben breaks his retirement to go back to Groningen FC.
Robben explained on the Eredivisie side’s official Twitter account.
“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. 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, now it’s my mission. 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.”Arjen Robben via Eredivisie Twitter handle
Arjen Robben breaks his retirement and is coming home, “following his heart” as Groningen fans welcome him back. Robben intends to begin training with the first team next season, and then he will see how it goes.
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