Mark van Bommel

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Mark van Bommel
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Van Bommel playing for the Netherlands in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas van Bommel[1]
Date of birth (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Maasbracht, Limburg, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Australia (assistant coach)
Youth career
1985–1992 RKVV Maasbracht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Fortuna Sittard 153 (13)
1999–2005 PSV 169 (46)
2005–2006 Barcelona 24 (2)
2006–2011 Bayern Munich 123 (11)
2011–2012 Milan 39 (0)
2012–2013 PSV 28 (6)
Total 536 (78)
National team
1996–2000 Netherlands U21 27 (3)
2000–2012 Netherlands 79 (10)
Teams managed
2018– Australia (assistant coach)
2018– PSV Eindhoven
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas van Bommel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑr(ə)k fɑm ˈbɔməl];[2] born 22 April 1977) is a Dutch former professional footballer.

Van Bommel won the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona and was part of the Netherlands team that finished runner-up of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His FIFA World Cup profile describes him as "a tackling machine and expert ball-winner, but he also boasts a fine array of passes and a powerful shot, having been a free-kick specialist during his PSV days".[3] When he played for Bayern Munich, he was the club's first non-German captain. During this period, he led the team to two Bundesliga titles, and finished runner-up in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final.

Between 2000 and 2011, Van Bommel won eight national championship titles in four different competitions, four with PSV, two with Bayern Munich, one with Barcelona and one with Milan. He is also the son-in-law of former Netherlands national team manager Bert van Marwijk.

Club career

Van Bommel started his amateur career at local club RKVV Maasbracht before earning a professional contract with Fortuna Sittard in 1992. His colleagues at Fortuna who would later join PSV alongside him were Wilfred Bouma and Kevin Hofland.


Van Bommel was signed by PSV in 1999 where he formed a midfield partnership with Swiss international Johann Vogel. Van Bommel won four Eredivisie titles and two Johan Cruyff Shields with the club. He was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2005.

In his final season with PSV, having assisted the team to the Dutch league title and a Champions League semi-final place, Van Bommel was expected to join his father-in-law Bert van Marwijk who at the time managed the Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, but Van Bommel opted to stay at PSV until the end of the 2004–05 season.

After the club's UEFA Champions League semi-final loss to Milan and with the Eredivisie title in PSV's hands at the end of April, he confirmed he would join Barcelona in May 2005 after the club won its own domestic league.


Van Bommel with Barcelona.

Seeking to strengthen his already title-winning squad, Frank Rijkaard signed Van Bommel on a free transfer for Barcelona.[4] Van Bommel spent the summer prior to his move to Spain learning the Spanish language in a convent in Eindhoven.[5] Similar to his role at PSV where he was largely used as a holding midfielder, utilising his ball-winning skills to complement the more skillful players already at the club.[4][5] As per his squad role, throughout the league campaign he was rotated with fellow midfielders Xavi, Edmílson, Andrés Iniesta, Deco and Thiago Motta, featuring in 24 domestic matches and a further 12 in cup competitions. His only season with Barcelona was largely successful as the club won La Liga and the 2005–06 Champions League. He won his third trophy with the club on 20 August 2006 as Barça beat city rivals Espanyol in the 2006 Supercopa de España. Six days later, however, it was announced that Van Bommel had joined Bayern Munich.[5]

Bayern Munich

Mark van Bommel with Bayern Munich in 2009

On 26 August 2006, Bayern Munich team manager Uli Hoeneß announced Van Bommel would be joining the Bundesliga club. Media reports speculated that the move was influenced by the ongoing Owen Hargreaves transfer saga, but Hoeneß insisted the club intended to go forward with both players.[6] Bayern Munich paid 6 million euro to Barcelona in the deal.

Soon after joining the Bavarian side, Van Bommel proved to be a key player for them, providing strength in the middle of the pitch. Due to his terrific performances during his first season at Bayern, he was voted the Bayern Player of the Year for 2006–07, beating out longtime fan-favorites Roy Makaay and Mehmet Scholl. In the 2007–08 season, he won his first silverware with club as Bayern claimed a double of the Bundesliga title and DFB-Pokal.

After Oliver Kahn retired in 2008, Van Bommel was selected as captain, becoming the club's first ever non-German captain.[7]

Under the management of compatriot Louis van Gaal, Van Bommel led Bayern to the second league and cup double of his time at the club during the 2009–10 season. The team also reached the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, but a defeat by Internazionale denied Bayern its first ever treble.


On 25 January 2011, Van Bommel signed a six-month contract with Milan on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Bayern.[8][9] He was given the number four shirt, and the day after, he made his debut in a 2–1 victory against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia quarter-final. On 29 January 2011, Van Bommel made his Serie A debut against Catania but was sent off after receiving a second yellow card early in the second half. Soon after, however, he adapted to Italian football and became a regular in Massimiliano Allegri's squad, contributing greatly in convincing 3–0 wins against Napoli and city rivals Internazionale. He was a starter in the match against Roma on 7 May 2011 that brought Milan their 18th Scudetto.

On 17 May 2011, Milan announced that Van Bommel had extended his contract for one more year.[10] In the second season of his stint at Milan, he continued to be a starter and occupied the defensive midfielder position throughout the season. He decided not to stay with Milan for another season, despite being offered a new contract.

Return to PSV

On 29 April 2012, Van Bommel announced that he would sign a contract with PSV, who confirmed the signing on 14 May.[11] After a disappointing season in which PSV finished second in the Eredivisie and lost the KNVB Cup final to AZ, Van Bommel announced his retirement from professional football on 12 May 2013. In an interview after his last professional game (against Twente in a 3–1 loss during which he was sent off after receiving two yellow cards), Van Bommel expressed an interest in a coaching career. He cited his desire to make way for younger players to shine and rest his body, specifically his injured left knee.[12]

International career

Van Bommel's debut for the Netherlands was a 4–0 on 7 October 2000 against Cyprus. However, he did not make an appearance in a major tournament until 2006, with the Netherlands failing to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and injury preventing him from playing during UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal.

Van Bommel with Dutch fans.

National team manager Marco van Basten was dissatisfied with Van Bommel's defensive performance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Romania and he 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, he was selected back into the Dutch side for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

At the 2006 World Cup, Van Bommel played in three of the games for his country (all except the match against Argentina, where both teams had already sealed their passage to the knockout stage of the tournament). He was substituted twice in these three matches. His position in the team was as right-half. His duties were mainly to play the anchor role in the Dutch three-man midfield in their usual 4–3–3 formation.

Mark van Bommel (left) with (from left to right) Gregory van der Wiel, Demy de Zeeuw and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

A notoriously hard-tackling competitor, he was the first of many players booked in the second-round defeat against Portugal, dubbed "The Battle of Nuremberg" by the press. After the World Cup, Van Bommel was not called up for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Belarus. In September 2006, after his move to Bayern Munich, he was added to Van Basten's squad to face Bulgaria; however, Van Bommel stated (alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy) he would not play for Oranje as long as Van Basten was in charge.[13] After Van Basten left to manage Ajax, new Netherlands head coach (and father-in-law) Bert van Marwijk recalled Van Bommel, which led to his return in the Dutch national team. Van Bommel was part of the starting line-up in the Dutch team for the 2010 World Cup, managed by Van Marwijk.[14]

Van Bommel was selected by Van Marwijk to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the new captain of the Netherlands, despite initial claims he did not want to be the new captain, having been absent from the national team for two years.[15] He captained the side for the first time in a 5–0 away win against San Marino. Against San Marino, Van Bommel captained the Netherlands to a record-breaking 11–0 victory in Eindhoven on 2 September 2011.[16]

Following the Netherlands' elimination from the Euro 2012, Van Bommel retired from international football.[17]

Mark van Bommel: International goals[18]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 March 2001 Mini Estadi, Barcelona, Spain  Andorra 0–5 0–5 2002 WCQ
2. 15 August 2001 White Hart Lane, London, England  England 0–1 0–2 Friendly
3. 5 September 2001 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Estonia 2–0 5–0 2002 WCQ
4. 4–0
5. 2 April 2003 Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova  Moldova 1–2 1–2 Euro 2004 Q.
6. 18 August 2004 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden 1–2 2–2 Friendly
7. 3 September 2004 Galgenwaard Stadium, Utrecht, Netherlands  Liechtenstein 1–0 3–0 Friendly
8. 15 October 2008 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 0–1 0–1 2010 WCQ
9. 6 June 2009 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 0–2 1–2 2010 WCQ
10. 5 June 2010 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Hungary 4–1 6–1 Friendly

Managerial career


On 22 June 2018, PSV announced that Van Bommel will be their new manager after the 2018 FIFA World Cup as he is currently the assistant manager of Australia national football team and has signed a three-year deal.[19] He will replace Phillip Cocu who is going for the Fenerbahçe job.[20]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup1 Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fortuna Sittard 1992–93 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1993–94 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1994–95 31 7 0 0 0 0 31 7
1995–96 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1996–97 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1997–98 31 1 0 0 0 0 31 1
1998–99 31 5 0 0 0 0 31 5
Total 153 13 0 0 0 0 153 13
PSV 1999–00 33 6 0 0 4 0 33 6
2000–01 32 7 4 0 11 2 47 9
2001–02 23 4 3 0 7 2 33 6
2002–03 28 9 3 0 6 0 37 9
2003–04 23 6 1 0 8 1 32 7
2004–05 30 14 3 1 14 2 47 17
Total 169 46 14 1 50 7 233 54
Barcelona 2005–06 24 2 3 1 9 1 36 4
Total 24 2 3 1 9 1 36 4
Bayern Munich 2006–07 29 6 3 1 8 1 40 8
2007–08 27 2 6 0 13 1 46 3
2008–09 29 2 3 0 9 1 41 3
2009–10 25 1 4 0 9 1 38 2
2010–11 13 0 2 0 3 0 18 0
Total 123 11 18 1 42 4 183 16
Milan 2010–11 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
2011–12 25 0 3 0 6 0 34 0
Total 39 0 5 0 6 0 50 0
PSV 2012–13 28 6 3 1 3 1 31 8
Total 28 6 3 1 3 1 31 8
Career total 536 78 43 5 119 13 686 95

1Includes Supercoppa Italiana

Statistics accurate as of 3 May 2016[21]



Fortuna Sittard[22]
Bayern Munich[22]




Personal life

Van Bommel is married to Andra, daughter of Bert van Marwijk, with whom he has three children: Thomas, Ruben and Renée.[23]


  • On 21 August 2007, television broadcaster TV Limburg and Van Bommel made a joke to show that news is often spread without verification of its source. The station sent an interview, stating that Van Bommel applied for German nationality. Van Bommel did not want to play Marco van Basten in the Dutch football team anymore. Through this application, Van Bommel could continue his international career through the German football team. Obviously, this is not possible in practice according to the rules of the FIFA. Whoever has played an official international country for a country may, according to the World Football Association, no longer qualify for another country. Television broadcaster TV Limburg said to have wanted to show that other news sources are simply taking over sources without verifying them. The joke succeeded because the "newsfeed" became uncontrolled - further told by the Dutch NOS News, which is well known for high quality and objective news telling.[24]
  • On 8 September 2011, Fortuna Sittard announced[25] that a unique portrait of Van Bommel was auctioned. It was made on Van Bommel’s father commission by the Dutch contemporary oil painter Edwin IJpeij. The father of Mark, John van Bommel, organized this auction to raise funds to help solving the financial problems of Fortuna Sittard, the club where Mark van Bommel was trained and made his debut.


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  15. ^ "Van Bommel: 'Ik hoef die aanvoerdersband niet'" (in Dutch). 9 July 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  16. ^ Scholten, Berend (3 September 2011). "Dutch proud of record-breaking victory win". UEFA. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Mark Van Bommel appointed PSV boss as Phillip Cocu leaves". Sky Sports. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 
  20. ^ "Mark van Bommel confirmed as new PSV boss... with Phillip Cocu leaving to take charge at Fenerbahce following five years at helm of the Dutch side". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 22 June 2018. 
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  23. ^ "Mark van Bommel". Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  24. ^ "News : Mark van Bommel applies for German nationality". Retrieved 21 August 2007. 
  25. ^ "Auction Portrait of Van Bommel". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

External links

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  • Mark van BommelFIFA competition record
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  • Mark van Bommel at (in German)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Oliver Kahn
Bayern Munich captain
Succeeded by
Philipp Lahm
Preceded by
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Netherlands captain
Succeeded by
Wesley Sneijder
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