Robben comes out of retirement to sign for boyhood side Groningen

VIDEO SHOWS: FILE FOOTAGE OF ARJEN ROBBEN

SHOWS:

LISBON, PORTUGAL (FILE - SEPTEMBER 18, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. FRANCK RIBERY AND ROBBEN RUNNING / PLAYERS RUNNING

2. ROBBEN AND RIBERY SPRINTING / ROBBEN KICKING BALL

MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - OCTOBER 1, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

3. FORWARD ARJEN ROBBEN DOING SPRINTING EXERCISE

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (FILE - NOVEMBER 21, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

4. ROBBEN CONTROLLING BALL

5. ROBBEN AND OTHER PLAYERS TRAINING BY RUNNING IN AND OUT OF THE CENTRE CIRCLE

SEVILLE, SPAIN (FILE - APRIL 2, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

6. ROBBEN RUNNING ON FAR SIDE OF PITCH

7. ROBBEN CONTROLLING BALL

MUNICH, GERMANY (FILE - DECEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

8. ROBBEN IN TRAINING

MUNICH, GERMANY (MAY 26, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

9. BUNDESLIGA TROPHY

10. (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH MIDFIELDER, ARJEN ROBBEN, SAYING:

"I would just like to thank you. It was 10 fantastic years. We have celebrated a lot of titles together. We were very successful. My family and I felt very welcomed here since the first moment and I therefore thank you and will always be one of you."

BERLIN, GERMANY (MAY 25, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

11. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ARJEN ROBBEN

MUNICH, GERMANY (MAY 18, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

12. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ARJEN ROBBEN AFTER WINNING BUNDESLIGA

BERLIN, GERMANY (MAY 25, 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)

13. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF ARJEN ROBBEN

STORY: Arjen Robben is seeking to make a sensational comeback to professional soccer after signing with his boyhood club FC Groningen for the 2020-21 season, the Dutch Eredivisie side said on Saturday (June 27).

Robben, 36, retired last year after winning his eighth Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, but will now return to Groningen, where he made his professional debut as a 16-year-old in 2000.

The former Netherlands international, who has also played for Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid, has won 12 league titles in a glittering career, and 96 caps for his country including playing in the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

More details are expected at a news conference, planned by the club for Sunday (June 28).

The Dutch season is set to start on Sept. 12, giving Robben more than two months of training.

(Production: Tim Hart)