|Full name||Alexander Büttner|
|Date of birth||11 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Doetinchem, Netherlands|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Alexander Büttner (pronounced [ɑlɛˈksɑndər ˈbʏtnər]; born 11 February 1989) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a left-back for Russian club Dynamo Moscow. He is also capable of playing as a left midfielder. Born in Doetinchem, he began his career with local club VV Doetinchem, but spent his formative years with Ajax before joining Vitesse in 2005 at the age of 16. He made his professional debut for Vitesse in 2008 and spent four years there before signing for Manchester United in 2012.
His first goal of the 2007–08 season was in a home game against FC Volendam, which Vitesse won 3–1.
On 6 July 2012, Vitesse agreed a fee with Southampton over the transfer of Büttner to the Premier League club, subject to a medical. The proposed move to Southampton was subsequently halted "due to an unspecified 'demand' from an unnamed third party"; this is believed to be a claim for a percentage of the transfer fee.
On 21 August 2012, Büttner signed a five-year contract with Manchester United, where he was given the number 28 shirt. Büttner made his league debut on 15 September, setting up the second goal and scoring the third, in a 4–0 home win against Wigan Athletic. His performance gained him the man of the match award. On 23 October, he made his European debut in a 3–2 home victory over Braga in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. On 5 January, Büttner made his FA Cup debut in a 2–2 draw against West Ham United. United went on to win the Premier League and Büttner received a winner's medal by a special dispensation given by the manager. He scored his second goal for Manchester United on the final day of the season in a dramatic 5–5 draw against West Bromwich Albion. After collecting a pass from Tom Cleverley in the inside left channel, he drove into the penalty area and fired a low shot into the far corner.
On 24 June 2014, Büttner announced that he was leaving Manchester United for Dynamo Moscow, on a three-year deal for £4.4 million potentially rising to £5.6 million. He cited a lack of playing time and a personal rift between himself and future United coach Louis van Gaal as the reason of his departure.
Büttner has represented the Netherlands at under-20 and under-21 levels.
On 7 May 2012, Büttner was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk as part of the preliminary squad.
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- Tuck, James (17 September 2012). "Büttner bags Wigan award". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- McNulty, Phil (23 October 2012). "Man Utd 3–2 Braga". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 23 October 2012.
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- "Alexander Buttner signs for Dynamo Moscow from Man Utd". BBC Sport. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- Richard Jolly (24 June 2014). "Buttner agrees Dinamo Moscow move". ESPN. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Alexander Büttner says he left Manchester United to ‘win trophies’". The Guardian. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "ESPN – Alexander Büttner stats". ESPN Soccernet. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Voetbal International – Alexander Büttner stats". Voetbal International. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Eredivisie European competition Playoffs, and FA Community Shield.