Captain Robin Van Persie could not save Netherlands from being knocked out of the World Cup as they lost 4-2 on penalties to Argentina. Van Persie will likely captain the Dutch side against Brazil in the match for a third place at the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Surname: Van Persie
Date of birth: 1983-08-06
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 71.0 kg
Clubs: Feyenoord Rotterdam (2000-2004), Arsenal (Eng/2004-2012), Manchester United (Eng/since 2012)
World Cup: finalist (2010), second round (2006), 11 matches, 2 goals
European Championships : quarter-finals (2008), first round (2012), 7 matches, 3 goals
Champions League: finalist (2006)
1 UEFA Cup (2002)
1 English premier League (2013)
1 English FA Cup (2005)
2 Community Shields (2004, 2013)
Van the man - Dutch striker Robin Van Persie was on the losing side in the 2010 World Cup final (a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Spain) and watched from the bench as Arsenal went down 2-1 to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final. And in eight seasons with Arsenal he had to watch others lift the league title every year. Maybe this is what persuaded him to join Manchester United in 2012 in a move that hurt Arsenal fans. The Dutchman's goals, mainly majestic left-foot strikes and curling headers, immediately fired an otherwise ordinary United to the Premier League title in 2013. He is also the top ever scorer for the Netherlands and is hoping to add to his tally scoring at his third straight World Cup out in Brazil.