Daniel Van Buyten
Van Buyten in 2013
|Full name||Daniel Van Buyten|
|Date of birth||7 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Chimay, Belgium|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004||→ Manchester City (loan)||5||(0)|
|2010–2011||→ Bayern Munich II||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:37, 10 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Daniel Van Buyten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdaːnijɛl vɑmˈbœy̆tə(n)]; born 7 February 1978) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a Centre back for the Belgium national football team. His father, Franz, was a popular Belgian catcher/wrestler in Europe from 1960 to 1980. His mother, Renate, is German.
Van Buyten joined Marseille in the summer of 2001, leaving Belgian side Standard Liège with whom he had been with since 1999. After two and half productive seasons with the club, on 31 January 2004, Van Buyten agreed to a short term loan agreement with Manchester City, signing for the Premier League club until the end of the season. Van Buyten proved to be a success in his half-season loan deal at the club, garnering praise from his manager, specifically in his performance against Chelsea. But former manager Kevin Keegan conceded that, "I don't think we will keep him at the end of the season as I feel he will go to a big club then."
Van Buyten returned to Marseille at the end of his loan agreement and was signed by Bundesliga club Hamburg in June 2004 to replace outgoing captain Nico-Jan Hoogma, agreeing to a four-year deal with the German side.
In June 2006, Bayern Munich announced that they had acquired Van Buyten from rivals Hamburg, and signed him to a contract lasting through the 2009–10 season. Van Buyten had a highly successful first season at the Bavarian club, forming a centre-back partnership with Lúcio. Van Buyten scored his first goal for Bayern Munich against Energie Cottbus on 9 December 2006, scoring the game-winning goal of a 2–1 victory for Die Roten. Van Buyten then scored his second goal for the club on 26 January 2007, levelling the sides at 1–1 but Bayern fell to Borussia Dortmund by a score of 3–2.
However, arguably Van Buyten's most valuable contribution in his debut season came against Milan on 3 April 2007, in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Van Buyten scored two away goals to level the match and give Bayern Munich the advantage in the tie. In the quarter-final encounter against Milan, he scored twice with his left foot, once in the 78th minute to take Bayern to 1–1 and then he scored a stoppage time half-volley.
On 4 February 2010, Bayern Munich announced that Van Buyten had signed a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2012. During the second half of the 2010–11 season, Van Buyten was mostly relegated to bench player status, but recovered his starting spot towards the end of the season. Van Buyten was part of the squad that blitzed St. Pauli on 11 May 2011, netting a goal in an 8–1 victory that condemned the Hamburg side to relegation to the 2. Bundesliga.
On 17 December 2011, in the match between Bayern Munich and 1. FC Köln, Van Buyten struck a free kick so hard that the ball burst. On 30 April 2012, Van Buyten signed a one-year extension with Bayern Munich.
Despite the arrival of Dante from Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer of 2012, Van Buyten became an integral member of the back-line for the Bavarians during the 2012–13 campaign, part of a three man rotation in the centre of defense with Dante and Jérôme Boateng. On 6 April 2013 with a 1–0 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to a goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Van Buyten celebrated his third Bundesliga championship with Bayern, clinching the club's 23rd national title. Van Buyten played the full ninety minutes in the club's 3–0 second leg semi-final victory over Spanish champions Barcelona on 1 May, clinching a resounding 7–0 aggregate victory and a place in the Champions League final against fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
After heavily been linked with the biggest spenders, AS Monaco, Van Buyten signed further contract extension on a one-year rolling contract. Having been a part member of the squad under manager Pep Guardiola despite scoring once against Werder Bremen, Van Buyten was rumored to join FC Köln on a pre-contract agreement, but that was denied by the club's official. After the end of the season, the club did not renew his contract, leaving him no choice but to leave the club.
Van Buyten was called up to the national team in 2001 and received his first cap for Belgium on 28 February of that year against San Marino in World Cup qualifying, starting in a 10–1 thrashing of minnows San Marino in World Cup qualifying. His first goal for the national team came in just his second cap, heading home the equalizing goal in a 2–2 draw with Scotland on 24 March 2001, earning a crucial point for ten-man Belgium in World Cup qualifying.
After good performances with Marseille in France, the young defender was included in the 23-man roster for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Van Buyten played the full game in Belgium's opening match of the tournament, a 2–2 draw with co-hosts Japan on 4 June. In the second group game, Belgium stuttered to a surprising 1–1 draw with Tunisia on 10 June while Van Buyten booked for the Belgians. Van Buyten helped Belgium pick up their first win of the tournament and in doing so progression to the knockout stage, stopping a late flurry from Russia to secure a 3–2 victory. Finishing as runners-up in the group, Belgium were dealt a tough draw with four-time champions Brazil. Despite a valient effort, Van Buyten and the Belgians bowed out in the Last 16 as the duo of Rivaldo and Ronaldo led Brazil to a 2–0 win. The South Americans would eventually be crowned champions with a defeat of Germany in the final on 30 June by the same scoreline.
Following Belgium's impressive display at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, much was expected of the small nation in the qualifying phase of the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament and the country was placed in Pot A amongst the best teams in the European federation. Van Buyten played in all eight qualifying games for the national team but Belgium failed to make it to the final tournament missing out on second spot in the group to Croatia on the head-to-head rule.
On 11 February 2009, he scored a rare double as the Belgians sunk Slovenia 2–0 in a friendly match. Seven months later on 9 September, Van Buyten notched Belgium's only goal as Belgium slumped to a disappointing 2–1 defeat to lowly Armenia in FIFA World Cup qualifying. The loss meant that Belgium lost any hope of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and national team manager Franky Vercauteren quit minutes after final whistle.
For UEFA Euro 2012 qualification, Belgium were placed in Group A with the likes of Germany, Turkey and Austria. The defender netted a brace away to Turkey on 7 September 2010, but despite his best efforts Belgium fell to a 3–2 loss as captain Vincent Kompany was sent off for two bookable offenses.
Van Buyten was once again an integral member for the Belgians in yet another qualifying campaign, featuring in seven of the ten qualifying matches for the country. Belgium narrowly missed out in qualifying for the playoff-round, finishing two points behind Turkey with a 3–1 loss to Germany in the final qualifying round game on 11 October 2011.
On 13 May 2014, Van Buyten was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. At the age of 36, he started in the team's first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.
Bank theft incident
Whilst he was with Manchester City, he, along with players Djamel Belmadi and Matías Vuoso, was the victim of a theft by two bankers. In total, bank workers at the Co-operative Bank stole more than £350,000 from the accounts of the three players.
- As of 17 May 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Olympique Marseille||Division 1||23||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||23||2|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2003–04||Manchester City||Premier League||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
- Score and Result lists Belgium's goals first.
|1.||24 March 2001||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Scotland||
||2002 World Cup Qualification|
|2.||30 March 2005||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||San Marino||
||2006 World Cup Qualification|
|3.||7 September 2005||Olympisch Stadion, Antwerp||San Marino||
||2006 World Cup Qualification|
|4.||6 September 2006||Republican Stadium, Yerevan||Armenia||
||Euro 2008 Qualification|
|5.||11 February 2009||Cristal Arena, Genk||Slovenia||
|7.||9 September 2009||Republican Stadium, Yerevan||Armenia||
||2010 World Cup Qualification|
|8.||7 September 2010||Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul||Turkey||
||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|10.||11 November 2011||Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège||Romania||
|Correct as of 2 June 2014|
- Hamburger SV
- Bayern Munich
- Bundesliga: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14
- DFB-Pokal: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2007
- DFL-Supercup: 2010, 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
- UEFA Super Cup: 2013
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
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- Belgian FA profile