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Mark Van Bommel

Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas van Bommel (; born 22 April 1977 in Maasbracht) is a Netherlands Professional sports Association football Association football who currently plays for A.C. Milan and captains the Netherlands national football team as a midfielder.

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Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas van Bommel (; born 22 April 1977 in Maasbracht) is a Netherlands Professional sports Association football Association football who currently plays for A.C. Milan and captains the Netherlands national football team as a midfielder.

Mark Van Bommel is also the Affinity (law) of the Dutch national team manager, Bert van Marwijk. Mark Van Bommel served as the first non-German captain (association football) for FC Bayern Munich. During this period, Mark Van Bommel led the team to two Championship titles, and finished runner-up in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final.

Mark Van Bommel won the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final with FC Barcelona and was part of the team that finished runner-up of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Mark van Bommel started Mark Van Bommel amateur career at local club RKVV Maasbracht before earning a professional contract with Fortuna Sittard in 1992. Mark Van Bommel other colleagues at Fortuna at that time who would later join PSV Eindhoven alongside Mark Van Bommel were Wilfred Bouma and Kevin Hofland.

PSV

Van Bommel was signed by PSV in 1999 where Mark Van Bommel formed a midfield partnership with Switzerland international Johann Vogel. Mark Van Bommel won three Eredivisie titles and two Johan Cruijff Shield with the club. Mark Van Bommel was also named Dutch Player of the Year in 2001 and 2005.

In Mark Van Bommel final season with PSV, having assisted the team to the Dutch league title and a UEFA Champions League semi-final place, Mark Van Bommel was expected to join Mark Van Bommel father-in-law Bert van Marwijk who at the time managed the Fußball-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, Mark Van Bommel confirmed Mark Van Bommel would join FC Barcelona in May 2005 after the club won their own La Liga.

Barcelona

Seeking to strengthen Mark Van Bommel already title-winning squad, Frank Rijkaard signed van Bommel on a free transfer for FC Barcelona, the club that Mark Van Bommel had supported as a child. Van Bommel spent the summer prior to Mark Van Bommel move to Spain learning Spanish language in a convent in Eindhoven. Similar to Mark Van Bommel role at PSV where Mark Van Bommel was largely used in a ball-winning midfielder, Rijkaard used van Bommel largely as an aggressive centre midfielder, utilising Mark Van Bommel ball-winning skills to complement the more skillful players already at the club. 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 Mark Van Bommel terrific performances during Mark Van Bommel first season at Bayern, Mark Van Bommel was voted the Bayern Player of the Year for the 2006–07 season, beating out long time fan-favorites Roy Makaay and Mehmet Scholl. After Oliver Kahn retired in 2008, van Bommel was selected as captain. Mark Van Bommel was the first non-German captain of Bayern Munich.

Milan

On 25 January 2011, Van Bommel signed a six-month contract with Italian club A.C. Milan on a free transfer after terminating Mark Van Bommel contract with Bayern Munich. Mark Van Bommel was given the number four shirt, and the day after, made Mark Van Bommel debut in a 2–1 victory against U.C. Sampdoria in the 2010–11 Coppa Italia quarter-finals leg. On 29 January 2011, Van Bommel made Mark Van Bommel Serie A debut against Catania Calcio, Mark Van Bommel was sent off after receiving a second yellow card early in the second half. Ever since however, Mark Van Bommel has adapted to Italian football and has become a regular in Massimiliano Allegri squad, contributing greatly in convincing 3–0 wins against S.S.C. Napoli and city rivals F.C. Internazionale Milano. Mark Van Bommel was a starter in the match against A.S. Roma on 7 May 2011. The match brought Milan their 18th Scudetto. On 17 May 2011, Milan announced that van Bommel extended Mark Van Bommel contract for 1 more year.

International career

Mark Van Bommel debut for the Netherlands national football team was on 7 October 2000 against Cyprus national football team, which was won 4–0. However, for Oranje, Mark Van Bommel 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 Mark Van Bommel 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 national football team and Mark Van Bommel 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, Mark Van Bommel 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 Mark Van Bommel country (all except the match against Argentina national football team, where both teams had already sealed their passage to the knockout stage of the tournament). Mark Van Bommel was substituted twice in these three matches. Mark Van Bommel position in the team was as right-half. Mark Van Bommel 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, Mark Van Bommel was the first of many players booked in the second-round match Dutch team defeat against Portugal national football team, 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 national football team and Belarus national football team. In September 2006, after Mark Van Bommel move to Bayern, Mark Van Bommel was added to van Basten's squad to face Bulgaria national football team; however, van Bommel stated (alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy) Mark Van Bommel 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 Mark Van Bommel 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 Bert van Marwijk.

Van Bommel was selected by father-in-law Bert van Marwijk to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the new captain of the Netherlands, despite initial claims Mark Van Bommel did not want to be the new captain, having been absent from the national team for two years. Mark Van Bommel 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.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_van_Bommel

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