Daniel Van Buyten

Daniel Van Buyten

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Daniel Van Buyten

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Daniel Van Buyten (; born 7 February 1978 in Chimay) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender and also as an emergency striker for Bayern Munich, following a June 2006 transfer from Hamburg.

Club career

His father, Franz, was a Belgian popular catcher/wrestler in Europe from 1960 to 1980. His mother, Renate, is a German. In the 2003–04 season, Van Buyten, then of Olympique Marseille, had a short term loan spell in England with Manchester City but did not make a full time move to the Premier League.

Bayern Munich

In June 2006, Bayern Munich announced it had acquired Van Buyten from rivals Hamburg, and signed him to a contract lasting through the 2009–10 season. Van Buyten had a highly successful first season at the Bavarian club, forming a centre-back partnership with Lúcio. Van Buyten scored his first goal for Bayern Munich against Energie Cottbus on 9 December 2006. Bayern ran out 2–1 winners and it was Van Buyten's goal which secured the win. Van Buyten then scored his second goal for the club in the loss to Borussia Dortmund. However, Van Buyten's most valuable contribution came against Milan on 3 April 2007, in the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final. Van Buyten scored two away goals to level the match and giving Bayern Munich the advantage in the tie (see below). The two close range efforts doubled his tally to four goals for the season.

On 4 February 2010, Bayern Munich announced that Van Buyten had signed a new contract that would keep...
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