Robben Comes Out Of Retirement To Sign For Boyhood Club Groningen

Tanya Simon
June 28, 2020

Dutch winger Arjen Robben is preparing to come out of retirement at his formative club Groningen, he announced on Saturday.

However, a change of heart has led the former Netherlands worldwide to wanting to make a sentimental return to the club where he started his career.

"Dear football fans and Groningen fans, I was 12 years old when I started playing in Groningen's youth academy".

Robben agreed to return to the club where he made his debut as a 16 year old in 2000. "I have thought a lot lately about what I can do to help the club".

"I have supported the club too and it made me think twice about what I could do to help the club - the last few weeks I have had many conversations with the staff of the club and more than anything I have listened to the call of the supporters: 'Arjen, follow your heart!'"

He won eight Bundesliga titles in total and scored the goal that sealed the Champions League trophy and subsequent treble under Jupp Heynckes in 2012/13.

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"I want to make my comeback at FC Groningen".

"At this time, I'm not sure it will happen. I'm working on a comeback as a footballer", he said. "What I am sure of, is that my drive and motivation will be at 100 percent". I'm going to go for it and I will be at the first training session for the new season.

He won 96 caps for Netherlands, scoring 37 times, and was part of the Dutch team that was beaten in the 2010 World Cup final by Spain in South Africa. If it will succeed, I don't know.

Jordan, seen here announcing his short-lived retirement from basketball in 1993, revealed his return two years later with a two-word press release stating "I'm back".

'We first went to Munich to speak to him about coming to play for us, just days after he retired in May last year, ' Groningen technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus told a news conference on Sunday after Robben signed a one-year contract with the club.

"We're coming home during this hard time of crisis, one that also hits FC Groningen".

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