Mark van Bommel
Van Bommel playing for the Netherlands in 2012
|Full name||Mark Peter Gertruda
Andreas van Bommel
|Date of birth||22 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Maasbracht, Limburg, Netherlands|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
He is also the son-in-law of the former Dutch national team manager, Bert van Marwijk. When he played for FC Bayern Munich he was the first non-German captain to win a German Championship title. During this period, he led the team to two Championship titles, and finished runner-up in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final.
He won the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League with FC Barcelona and was part of the team that finished runner-up of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His FIFA World Cup profile describes him as "a tackling machine and expert ball-winner, but he also boasts a fine array of passes and a powerful shot, having been a free-kick specialist during his PSV days."
Mark van Bommel started his amateur career at local club RKVV Maasbracht before earning a professional contract with Fortuna Sittard in 1992. His other colleagues at Fortuna at that time who would later join PSV alongside him were Wilfred Bouma and Kevin Hofland.
Van Bommel was signed by PSV in 1999 where he formed a midfield partnership with Swiss international Johann Vogel. He won three Eredivisie titles and two Johan Cruijff Shield with the club. He was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2005.
In his final season with PSV, having assisted the team to the Dutch league title and a Champions League semi-final place, he was expected to join his father-in-law Bert van Marwijk who at the time managed the Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, but Van Bommel opted to stay at PSV until the end of the 2004–05 season.
After the Champions League semi-final loss to A.C. Milan and with the Eredivisie title in PSV's hands at the end of April, he confirmed he would join FC Barcelona in May 2005 after the club won its own domestic league.
Seeking to strengthen his already title-winning squad, Frank Rijkaard signed Van Bommel on a free transfer for Barcelona, the club that he had supported as a child. Van Bommel spent the summer prior to his move to Spain learning Spanish in a convent in Eindhoven. Similar to his role at PSV where he was largely used in a ball-winning midfielder, Rijkaard used Van Bommel largely as an aggressive centre midfielder, utilising his ball-winning skills to complement the more skillful players already at the club. As per his squad role, throughout the league campaign he was rotated with fellow midfielders Xavi, Edmílson, Andrés Iniesta, Deco and Thiago Motta, featuring in 24 domestic matches and a further 12 in cup competitions. His season with Barcelona was hugely successful as the club won La Liga and the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League. He won his third trophy with the club on 20 August 2006 as Barça beat city rivals RCD Espanyol in the 2006 Supercopa de España. Six days later, however, it was announced that Van Bommel had joined Bayern Munich.
On 26 August 2006, Bayern Munich team manager Uli Hoeneß announced Van Bommel would be joining the Bavarian side. Media reports speculated that the move was influenced by the ongoing Owen Hargreaves transfer saga, but Hoeneß insisted the club intended to go forward with both players. Bayern Munich paid 6 million euro to Barcelona in the deal.
Soon after joining the German side, Van Bommel proved to be a key player for them, providing strength in the middle of the pitch. Due to his terrific performances during his first season at Bayern, he was voted the Bayern Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season, beating out longtime fan-favorites Roy Makaay and Mehmet Scholl. After Oliver Kahn retired in 2008, Van Bommel was selected as captain. He was the first non-German captain of Bayern Munich.
On 25 January 2011, Van Bommel signed a six-month contract with Italian club A.C. Milan on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Bayern Munich. He was given the number four shirt, and the day after, made his debut in a 2–1 victory against Sampdoria in the 2010–11 Coppa Italia quarter-finals leg. On 29 January 2011, Van Bommel made his Serie A debut against Catania Calcio but was sent off after receiving a second yellow card early in the second half. Soon after however, he adapted to Italian football and became a regular in Max Allegri's squad, contributing greatly in convincing 3–0 wins against Napoli and city rivals Inter. He was a starter in the match against Roma on 7 May 2011 that brought Milan their 18th Scudetto.
On 17 May 2011, Milan announced that Van Bommel had extended his contract for one more year. In the second season of his stint at Milan, he continued to be a starter and occupied the defensive midfielder position throughout the season. He decided not to stay with Milan for another season, despite being offered a new contract.
Return to PSV
On 29 April 2012, Van Bommel announced that he would sign a contract with PSV Eindhoven. PSV confirmed the signing on 14 May. After a disappointing season in which PSV finished second in the Eredivisie and in which they lost the Dutch cup final to AZ Alkmaar, Van Bommel announced his retirement from professional football on 12 May 2013. In an interview after his last professional game (against FC Twente in a 3–1 loss during which he was sent off after receiving two yellow cards) Van Bommel expressed an interest in a coaching career. He cited his desire to make way for younger players to shine and rest his body, specifically his injured left knee.
His debut for the Dutch national team was on 7 October 2000 against Cyprus, which was won 4–0. However, for Oranje, he did not make an appearance in a major tournament until 2006, with the Dutch national team failing to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and injury preventing him from playing during UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Dutch national team manager Marco van Basten was dissatisfied with Van Bommel's defensive performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Romania and he was subsequently not selected for the rest of the qualification series. With many Dutch football observers believing Van Bommel's international career to be over, he was selected back into the Dutch side for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In the 2006 World Cup, Van Bommel played in three of the games for his country (all except the match against Argentina, where both teams had already sealed their passage to the knockout stage of the tournament). He was substituted twice in these three matches. His position in the team was as right-half. His duties were mainly to play the anchor role in the Dutch three-man midfield in their usual 4–3–3 formation.
A notoriously hard tackling competitor, he was the first of many players booked in the second-round match Dutch team defeat against Portugal, dubbed "The Battle of Nuremberg" by the press. After the World Cup, Van Bommel was not called up for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Belarus. In September 2006, after his move to Bayern, he was added to Van Basten's squad to face Bulgaria; however, Van Bommel stated (alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy) he would not play for Oranje as long as Van Basten was in charge. After Van Basten left to manage AFC Ajax, new Netherlands head coach and father-in-law Bert van Marwijk called up Van Bommel again, which led to his return in the Dutch national team. Van Bommel was part of the starting line-up in the Dutch team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup managed by Van Marwijk.
Van Bommel was selected by Van Marwijk to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the new captain of the Netherlands, despite initial claims he did not want to be the new captain, having been absent from the national team for two years. He captained the side for the first time in a 5–0 away win against San Marino. Against San Marino, Van Bommel captained the Dutch national team to a record breaking 11–0 victory in Eindhoven on 2 September 2011.
|1.||14 March 2001||Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain||Andorra||0–5||0–5||2002 WCQ|
|2.||15 August 2001||White Hart Lane, London, England||England||0–1||0–2||Friendly|
|3.||5 September 2001||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||Estonia||2–0||5–0||2002 WCQ|
|5.||2 April 2003||Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova||Moldova||1–2||1–2||Euro 2004 Q.|
|6.||18 August 2004||Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden||Sweden||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|7.||3 September 2004||Galgenwaard Stadium, Utrecht, Netherlands||Liechtenstein||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|8.||15 October 2008||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway||Norway||0–1||0–1||2010 WCQ|
|9.||6 June 2009||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||0–2||1–2||2010 WCQ|
|10.||5 June 2010||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Hungary||4–1||6–1||Friendly|
1Includes Supercoppa Italiana
Statistics accurate as of 22 April 2012
- Eredivisie: 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
- KNVB Cup: 2004–05
- Johan Cruijff Shield: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012
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