Van der Vaart wants to stay fit

For Rafael van der Vaart 2002 was an important year. The young midfielder knew exactly how to entertain the crowd with his marvellous moves on the pitch. Not surprisingly, he was selected for the Dutch national team. Unfortunately he also got injured.

Where will you be at Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve?
,,At home. I‘ll celebrate Christmas day with my parents and Boxing Day with my girlfriend’s parents. And New Year’s Eve with everybody together.’’

What was the most important in 2002?
,,Being selected for the Dutch national team.’’

Your expectations for 2003?
,,A successful year after all. Having those injuries was not so good, but I am happy with the way it went when I was fit. In the end I look back on it with satisfaction. I hope to stay fit for a whole year for a change. And of course I want to win the championship with Ajax again, and do well in the Champions League.’’

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,With Zidane.’’