Arjen Robben (born January 23, 1984 in Bedum, Netherlands) is a footballer for the Dutch national team and Chelsea, having transferred to the English club from Dutch power PSV Eindhoven.
In his younger years he played for the local football club VV Bedum. Later he transferred to FC Groningen. In his first season he won the Player of the Year prize at his club. After two seasons in Groningen, Robben went to PSV for €4.2 million. Again, after two seasons of great football at PSV, he was sold to Chelsea. Manchester United was the first in line to buy Robben. But PSV wasn't quite happy with their €7 million offer. Their chairman Harry van Raaij famously told Manchester United the most that money would buy them was a shirt with Robben's autograph. Chelsea eventually offered €18 million and PSV sold him.
In Euro 2004 in Portugal, during a match against the Czech Republic, the then Dutch team manager Dick Advocaat substituted Robben with Paul Bosvelt. The Dutch team eventually lost that match after leading by two goals. This decision brought severe criticism on Advocaat and as a result, Advocaat resigned from his post after losing in the semi-finals of Euro 2004 to Portugal.
In another Euro 2004 match, Robben scored the winning goal against Sweden during a penalty shootout in a quarterfinal match.
He did not make his competitive debut for Chelsea until November 2004, as he was injured in a pre-season friendly match against A.S. Roma, breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot.
However, since returning from injury, Robben (in combination with Damien Duff) has made an impressive impact with his explosive speed, dribbling skills and finishing; and in November 2004 he was awarded the prestigious player of the month award. Then, in a game against Blackburn Rovers on February 2, 2005, he broke two metatarsal bones in his left foot, ruling him out for two months.
On March 19, 2005 Robben returned to the Chelsea team. Robben came on for Duff midway through the second half and played an instrumental role in one of Mateja Kežman's two goals. Chelsea went on to defeat Crystal Palace 4-1. But injury soon caught up with him again, forcing him off in a World Cup 2006 Qualifying match for the Netherlands, causing him to miss a critical UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich, which Chelsea went on to win 6-5 over two legs.
Robben has shown a slow but promising return from injury, looking somewhat back to his best in the recent 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Robben was also controversially sent off in Chelsea's match against Sunderland on 15/1/06 for "overcelebrating". He scored the winning goal and received a second yellow card when he jumped over advertising boards to celebrate with the Chelsea fans. << Less Bio