The 36-year-old winger is rejoining FC Groningen within the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, 20 years after making his debut for the crew primarily based within the north of the nation.
He was born in Bedum, a stone’s throw from Groningen, earlier than getting married in Groningen in 2007.
Robben had referred to as it quits on the finish of final season following a glittering profession the place he gained league titles with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Actual Madrid and the Champions League.
He earned 96 caps for the Netherlands, serving to the “Oranje” attain the World Cup remaining in 2010 towards Spain. There was heartbreak for him within the finale, although, as Spain gained 1-Zero in additional time after Robben missed a wonderful probability within the second half.
“After an exquisite journey of 18 years, we’re coming house,” Robben mentioned in a video message posted on Groningen’s web site. “Again to Groningen. Coming house throughout this troublesome time of disaster, one which additionally hits FC Groningen.”
When the Dutch prime division was deserted in April with no title awarded or relegation as a result of coronavirus, Groningen sat ninth.
An absence of soccer has hit groups exhausting.
In an effort to assist out, former Groningen defender Virgil van Dijk — who simply gained the Premier League with Liverpool — final month purchased 4 season tickets and meant to raffle them off to supporters who could not in any other case afford them.
Groningen followers started a web based public sale final week, with sneakers from van Dijk and Robben additionally up for grabs.
‘Comply with your coronary heart’
“It is nice to see how everyone seems to be supporting the membership,” mentioned Robben. “I’ve supported the membership as nicely and it made me take into consideration what else I might do for our membership. I’ve had many conversations with the membership employees.
“And perhaps greater than something I’ve listened to the decision of our supporters: ‘Arjen, comply with your coronary heart.’
“A comeback as an FC Groningen participant…I began to play with this concept and now I’ve made it my mission. I wish to make my comeback as a soccer participant, a participant of FC Groningen.
“At the moment I am unsure it is going to occur,” added Robben, who has suffered his share of accidents.
“What I’m certain of is that my drive will probably be at 100%. Will probably be a troublesome bodily problem however I am going for it. I’ll work exhausting and when all the things feels proper, I’ll be part of the crew for the primary coaching of the brand new season.
“I hope to see everybody as quickly as potential as a result of my dream is to play in an FC Groningen jersey. We’re not there but however one can dream.”
Whereas the Eredivisie shut down, Europe’s 4 main soccer leagues — the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A — have all resumed behind closed doorways.
Robben’s former aspect, Bayern Munich, gained its eighth straight league title earlier in June and received to hoist the trophy on the final day of the Bundesliga season Saturday.