Friday, November 17, 2017

England 1974

England 1973

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England
United Kingdom
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North East EnglandNorthWest England.
Black English players
United Kingdom 1970
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By 1973, Bobby Charlton and Gordon Banks were no longer with the English national team.  Nevertheless, England was still viewed as a super power.  However, because of an away defeat against Poland on June, 1973, England needed to beat Poland at home in order to qualify on October, 1973.  Due to two bloopers by Norman Hunter and Peter Shilton, England surrendered an unlucky goal in the match and failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup Finals. Poland went on to finish third at the World Cup Finals.  Grzegorz Lato, Wladyslaw Zmuda, Jan Tomaszewski and Kazimierz Deyna all became international stars.  It could have been England's glory in 1974 if either Hunter or Shilton did not commit his mistakes.

This is my selection of England for the World Cup Finals in 1974. Only 22 players were on the official roster back then.

 England vs Poland 1973

Team
GK: Peter Shilton 
Peter Shilton is considered one of the greatest keepers ever.  He is England's all-time cap record-holder with 125.  He earned his first cap in 1970 and his last 20 years later in 1990.  He took England to 4th place in WC 1986.  He also won two straight European Cups in 1979 and 1980 with Nottingham Forrest.
Peter Shilton 
GK: Ray Clemence 
He won 3 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups in the 1970's with Liverpool and 1 UEFA Cup with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He was voted as Liverpool's greatest keeper.  For the national team, he was locked in a battle of number 1 with Peter Shilton.  He made 61 appearances for England.

GK: Paul Parkes
Parkes began his career atWalsall, turning professional in 1968, he made over 50 appearances in the Black Country before moving to Queens Park Rangers.  He also played for West Ham and Ipswich Town. He was capped once for England in 1974.

RB: Peter Storey 
Storey spent 15 years at Arsenal , winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970, the First Division title in 1970–71, and the FA Cup in 1971. He also was a losing finalist in the 1968 and 1969 League Cup and the 1972 FA Cup Final. He also won 19 caps for England between April 1971 and June 1973. He was transferred to Fulham in March 1977 before announcing his retirement eight months later.
Peter Storey 
RB/LB: Mick Mills 
Mills holds the record for appearance with Ipswich Town.  He became the captain of Ipswich in 1971, where he formed a close relationship with manager Bobby Robson.  He also played with Southampton and Stoke City.  Mills was capped 42 times.  He captained England at the 1982 World Cup Finals.  

CB: Bobby Moore  
Captain of the 1966 WC winning team. Regarded one of the greatest defenders of all time.  He played mainly for West Ham, but also had a stint in the NASL.  He won a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with West Ham.  He won a total of 108 caps for the England team, which at the time of his international retirement in 1973 was a national record.
Bobby Moore  

CB: Roy McFarland 
McFarland was one of the top defenders in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He was a key player for the great Derby side under Brian Clough. He played 28 times for England and was a part of the team that did not qualify for the WC in 1974.
Roy McFarland

CB/DM: Norman Hunter 
Hunter was known as one of the hardest tackler ever came out of English football. His nickname was "Bites Your Leg" Hunter.  He was one of Don Revie's key players at Leeds United, forming a strong partnership with Jack Charlton. He was PFA Player of the Year in 1974.  He won the WC in 1966 as an unused player.  He went to Mexico 1970, but only made a single appearance.

CB: Colin Todd 
Started his career with Sunderland, but his most famous stint was with Brian Clough's Derby.  His transfer fees in 1971 to Derby was a record for a defender in England.  He would win the league title in his first season with Clough. He was PFA Player of the Year in 1974 after Derby won their second league title in 1974. He earned 27 caps for England.

CB/LB: Emlyn Hughes 
He was at one point thcaptain of England and Liverpool.  He was considered to be one of Liverpool's most important defenders.  He played under Bill Shankly in the 1970's where he won two European Cups, four League titles and a single FA Cup. He was FWA Football of the Year in 1977.  He earned 62 English caps. 

DM/LB: Paul Madeley 
Madeley signed for Leeds from non-league Farsley Celtic in May 1962 and became a regular in the team from 1966 onwards.
In his Leeds career, he played in every position on the pitch except goalkeeper. Capped 24 times.  He declined to be a stand-in player for the 1970 WC Finals.


CM: Alan Ball  
Ball was the youngest member of the WC winning team in 1966. He started his career with Blackpool.  He also played with Everton, Arsenal, Southampton and various clubs in North America and Hong Kong.  He played 72 times for England and was a key player at the WC finals in 1966 and 1970.  He missed the ill-fated match vs Poland in 1973 due a suspension.
Alan Ball
CM: Martin Peters 
Peters was an all-round midfielder who played for West Ham, Tottenham Hotspurs and Norwich. He earned 67 caps between 1966 and 1974, and was a part of the 1966 WC-winning team.

CM: Colin Bell 
Bell is considered to be Manchester City's greatest ever player.  He won the league in 1967-1968, FA Cup in 1969 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1970. While Bell is considered to be one of England's greatest midfielder, he was unable to showcase his talents in the world stage.  He was remembered as the substitute for Bobby Charlton at the WC Finals in 1970 against West Germany.  In 1973, he was a part of the ill-fated national team that failed to qualify for West Germany 1974.
Colin Bell 

RW/FW: Mike Summerbee 
Summerbee made his league debut playing for Swindon Town in 1959 at the age of 16. He made more than 200 appearances for the Wiltshire club, scoring 38 goals. In 1965, Manchester City signed Summerbee.  Playing on the right wing, Summerbee was one of the most influential players in the Manchester City side which won four trophies in three seasons from 1968–70. Capped 8 times.

AM: Tony Currie 
Currie started with Watford in 1967.  He was transferred to Sheffield United in 1968 and went on to score 54 goals in 313 appearances and was also made captain by manager Ken Furphy in March 1974. In September 2014, as part of the club's 125th Anniversary celebrations, he was named Sheffield United's Greatest Ever Player. In 1976,  he moved to  Leeds United.  His curling shot against Southampton F.C. In 1978 won ITV's The Big Match Goal of the Season that year.  Capped 17 times.


ST/SS: Kevin Keegan  
Two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979. He won the European Cup in 1977 with Liverpool. He also found successes in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.  However, his WC appearance was limited to 20 minutes against Spain at the WC Finals in 1982.
Kevin Keegan 
FW: Rodney Marsch
A youth product for West Ham United before he made his professional debut with Fulham in March 1963.  He transferred to Queens Park Rangers in 1966. He helped the club to the 1967 League Cup and to consecutive promotions through the Third Division and Second Division. In March 1972 he was sold to Manchester City.  He played for Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Capped 9 times.

ST: Kevin Hector
Hector joined Derby County in 1966 and he was a key player in their success under the management of Brian Clough and Dave Mackay over the next few seasons. He played for the Rams for a total of 12 years, during which time they won the Football League First Division championship twice and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, FA Cup and the League Cup. He also played for Vancouver Whitecaps, winning the 1979 NASL title. Hector played twice for England, his debut coming as an 88th-minute substitute in the fateful World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley in October 1973.

ST: Mick Channon
Channon played notably for Southampton from 1965 and 1977, and then from 1979 and 1982.  Between the two stints, he played for Manchester City. At the age of 34, he joined Norwich, where he played form 1982 and 1985. He was capped 46 times, but England failed to qualify for the World Cuo Finals during his career.

ST: Allan Clarke 
Earlier in his career, he played Walsall, Fulham and Leicester.  In 1969, he joined Leeds United, where he was a part of Don Revie's team.  Clarke won its second Fairs Cup in 1971 – scoring in the final against Juventus.  Clarke was capped 19 times.  He made his debut during the 1970 WC Finals in Mexico.
Allan Clarke 

ST: Martin Chivers 
Started with Southampton, he moved to Tottenham Hotspurs.  During the 1971–72 campaign, Chivers hit the best form of his career, netting 44 times in 64 first team appearances. He scored eight times in 11 UEFA Cup matches in 1972, in which Tottenham became champion.  Capped 24 times.
Martin Chivers 

Player Pool  
Alex Stepney, Jimmy Rimmer, Malcolm Macdonald, Trevor Brooking, Dave Watson, David Nish, Jeff Blockley, John Richards, Malcolm Macdonald.

Squad Explanation
-- Only 22 players were on the World Cup Finals' roster back in 1974.
-- England switched to Admiral for jersey supplier in 1974.  The new Admiral jersey made its debut on October, 1974 after the World Cup Finals.  The Admiral jersey was associated with Don Revie.  In real life, he was appointed as England's manager on July, 1974.  Sir Alf Ramsey would have remained on his job ig England qualified for the World Cup Finals.  They would have continued with the old jersey.  All photos on this blog were of the old jersey. 
-- The third keeper was a difficult decision.  Shilton and Clemence have kept their position throughout the period.  Alex Stepney and Jimmy Rimmer were also active keepers in 1974 who have earned caps for England, but I chose Paul Parkes who actually played for England that year.
-- Bobby Moore was dropped after his mistake against Poland in the first match(not the decisive match in Wembley) by Sir Ramsey, but Ramsey assured that Moore would be going to the World Cup Finals.  Ramsey told him: "Of course not, I need you as my captain at the World Cup next year."
-- Colin Todd was not used for the World Cup Qualifiers, but he had been in the players' pool before 1974.  He probably got ahead of Dave Watson.  
-- Both Hughes and Madeley were the starting left backs during the World Cup Finals. David Nish was left out.
-- Both Trevor Brooking and Dave Watson made their debut in April of 1974 against Portugal as a result of England's failure to qualify. If England qualified, Brooking and Watson might not have gotten their chance. On the other hand, Paul Parkes also made his debut on that day(his only cap).  Parkes went because England had limited options on keepers.  
-- Kevin Keegan was seldom used during the World Cup Qualifiers.
-- The final spot was between Kevin Hector and Malcolm Macdonald.  I chose Hector because Ramsey did not use Macdonald during the World Cup Qualifiers.  Hector at least made a single appearance.

Formation
The starting eleven is the most common lineup used by Sir Ramsey during that period.  Moore was briefly replaced by Norman Hunt during the World Cup Qualifier, but Sir Ramsey indicated that Moore would start in the World Cup Finals.






Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holland 2002

Holland 2002 vs Germany

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Holland All-Time 23 member team
Surnamese-Dutch
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The rest of Holland excluding North and South Holland
Holland After Johan Cruyff
If Argentina sent this team to 1958 World Cup
France 1994
Yugoslavia 1994
England 1974

This is my selection of the Dutch National Team for the World Cup Finals in 2002.

Ajax won the UEFA Champions' League in 1995.  That team was considered one of the greatest club teams ever assembled.  The tournament also marked the beginning of a new Golden Generation for Holland.  The Dutch national team found successes at the World Cup Final 1998 and the European Championship in 2000, reaching the semi-final before getting eliminated by penalty shootouts.  They were perceived to be a dark horse for the World Cup Finals in 2002.  Unfortunately, they failed to qualify.  Two years later, Holland also managed to reach the semifinal of Euro 2004. So the code of the 2002 team reached three semifinals of a major tournament in a 6 year span.
Holland vs USA 2002

Team
GK: Edwin Van Der Sar 
The most capped player in Holland's history.  He was best remembered for being the Ajax keeper in 1995 that won the Champions' League and then, later for Manchester United for 6 seasons.  He won the Champions' League in 2007-2008. In between, he also played with Fulham and Juventus.

GK: Sander Westerveld

Westerveld's first professional match was for FC Twente in 1994. After two seasons there he moved to Vitesse Arnhem. He was sold to Liverpool becaming the most expensive goalkeeper in British football for a reported fee of £4 million during the summer of 1999.  At Liverpool, he found little successes.  Late in his career, he played for various clubs.  He earned 6 caps attending Euro 2000 and 2004.

GK: Ronald Waterreus
He started his career in 1992 playing for Roda JC. After joining PSV Eindhoven in 1994, he established as a top keeper in Holland.  He later played for  Manchester City, Rangers, AZ Alkmaar and New York Red Bulls.  Capped 7 times.  He went to Euro 2004 as a backup.

RB: Michael Reiziger 
He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League with Ajax in 1995.  After a brief stint with AC Milan, he moved to Barcelona in 1997.  He was capped 70 times for Holland.

RB: Mario Melchiot
Melchiot started his career in the youth system at Ajax.  he later played for Chelsea, Birmingham City, Rennes, Wigan and Umm Salal. He was capped 22 times from 2000 to 2008.  He appeared in Eyuro 2008.

CB:  Jaap Stam 
He was at one point the most expensive Dutch player and the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United bought him for 10.6 million pounds.  He played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax. 
Jaap Stam 

CB/LB: Frank De Boer 
At one point, Frank De Boer was Holland's most capped player. He was a part of Ajax's Champions' League winning team in 1995.  He was an important player in the late 1990's. He captained the Oranje to the semi-finals of both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.  He also played with Barcelona for 6 years. His twin brother Ronald also played with him for Oranje.

LB/CB: Wilfred Bouma
He won 37 caps for Holland.  He played in three European Championship: 2004, 2008 and 2012.  From 1994 to 2005, he played for PSV.  In 2005, he moved to Aston Villa, where he had a successful career before returning to PSV.

CB: Kevin Hofland
In 1997, Hofland made his Eredivisie debut with Fortuna.  he went on to play for PSV, Wolfsburg, Feyenoord and AEK Larnaca FC. Earned 7 caps.

LB: Arthur Numan 
Numan started with  Haarlem and Twente before making a name with PSV.  he played for them between 1992 and 1998.  Then, he joined Ranger in Scotland.  Numan was capped 45 times. He was a key defender at the WC Finals in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst 
He was the captain of Holland at World Cup 2010, where Holland finished second.  He played 106 times for Holland.  He won the Champions' League for Barcelona in 2005-2006. He also played with Feyenoord, Arsenal and Rangers.

DM: Mark van Bommel 
In Holland, his career was associated PSV, where he had two separated stints.  However, his most famous part of his career was spent with Bayern Munich. He was their first ever non-German captain.  He played 79 times for Holland and was a main player as Holland reached the Final of South Africa 2010. 

CM: Edgar Davids
Nicknamed "the Pitbull", he was one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the world.  He won the European Champions' League with Ajax in 1995.  He was an important player at the WC Finals in 1998 when Holland reached the semi-final. He also spent 7 seasons with Juventus at the height of his career.
Edgar Davids

CM: Phillip Cocu 
He started his professional career at AZ.  He played for Vitesse Arnhem, PSV Eindhoven, FC Barcelona and Al Jazira. With 101 caps, Cocu is fifth on the list of most Dutch international appearances.  He also played at the 1998 and 2006 World Cup, as well as the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships. 

CM/LM: Clarence Seedorf
Seedorf is the first player to win three Champion League titles with 3 different clubs. He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League in 1995.  In 1996, he moved to Real Madrid, where he quickly established himself as a star.  He would win two Champions League title there.  He later played for both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  He was a key player for the Dutch national team.
Clarence Seedorf
LW/RW: Marc Overmars 
Known for his speed, Overmars was a member of the youthful Ajax team that won the European cup in 1995. He moved to Arsenal in 1997, where he starred playing under Arsene Wenger.  He won the Double in 1997-1998.  He later moved to Barcelona and Go Ahead Eagles. His career with Oranja lasted from 1993 to 2004, and was an important player.  He won the Best Young Player Award at USA 1994. 

RW: Andy van der Meyde
After making a name for himself at Ajax from 1997 to 2003, he went on to represent Inter Milan and Everton, his spell at the latter club being cut short due to several problems, both on and off the pitch.  He also had an unsuccessful spells with PSV. He earned 7 caps.  He was a key player at Euro 2004, but seldom received a call up after that tournament. 
Andy van der Meyde

LW: Boudewijn Zenden
Named the 1997 Dutch Football Talent of the Year, Zenden played for four teams in the English Premier League, totalling 180 games and 19 goals. He also played in the highest leagues in the Netherlands, Spain and France, for PSV, Barcelona and Marseille respectively. Internationally, Zenden earned 54 caps and scored seven goals for the Netherlands, whom he represented at two UEFA European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

FW: Ronald de Boer
On the professional club level, De Boer played for Ajax (1988–91 and 1993–99), Twente (1991–93), Barcelona (1999–2000), Rangers (2000–04), Al-Rayyan (2004–05) and Al-Shamal (2005–08). In both Qatari clubs, he was reunited again with his twin brother Frank, his teammate at Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers.  De Boer won 67 caps and scored 13 goals for the Netherlands national team. He played for the Netherlands in the 1994 and the 1998 World Cups, where he played in six matches and scored two goals. He missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Brazil in the 1998 semi-finals. De Boer also played in Euro 1996 and Euro 2000.

ST: Roy Makaay 
Makaay played for Vitesse and  CD Tenerife before becoming a big star with Deportivo La Coruna.  He helped them to win their first ever La Liga title in 1999-2000.  In 2002-2003, he scored 29 goals and became the European Golden Boot winner.  In 2003, he moved to Bayern Muinch.  He won two Bundesliga title.  For the national team, he was only capped 43 times, largely because he was playing at the same time as Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kuivert and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

ST: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
He was late bloomer where he played with smaller clubs until he moved to Portugal in 1995.  His best stint was probably in England with Leeds United and Chelsea.  He was the Premier League Golden Boot winner in both 1998-1999. 2000-2001.  He only played 23 times because of Holland loaded with forwards during the peak of his career.

ST: Patrick Kluivert 
The teenage star of the great Ajax team of 1995.  He was also a star with Barcelona.  He joined Milan in 1997, but he quickly left for Barcelona a season later.  He had a relatively successes at the club, but left for Newcastle United in 2004.  His career was never the same due to injuries.  He was an important part of the national team from 1996 to 2004.  However, his career was shortened due to various issues.

ST: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
He was a prolific goal scorer. He won the top scorer award in three different European domestic leagues. He started with PSV Eindhoven.  He spent 5 seasons with Manchester United where he was voted as their best player twice.  With Real Madrid, he finished second as the European Golden Boot. Van Nistelrooy earned 70 caps and scored 35 goals for the Netherlands. 
Ruud Van Nistelrooy


Players' Pool
Rafael van der Vaart, Paul Bosvelt, Patrick Paauwe, Denny Landzaat, George Boateng, Victor Sikora, Pierre van Hooijdonk, , Fernando Ricksen, AndrĂ© Ooijer.

Squad Explanation
-- I did not look deep enough to study the injury situation in the summer of 2002.
-- In 2002, Fernando Ricksen played frequently for Holland, but he held a single cap before the end of the World Cup Qualifiers. Mario Melchiot played more during the World Cup Qualifiers.  Melchior might have gone to the WC Finals if Holland qualified.  
-- Kevin Hofland was a key player during the World Cup Qualifiers.  I feel that he would have gone ahead of AndrĂ© Ooijer.
-- Rafael van der Vaart made his debut for Holland in 2001.  So he was in the player pool, but he was injured before the WC Finals.  Both Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben made their debut in 2003.
-- Andy van der Meyde made his international debut in the summer of 2002.  He was a star back with his club in 2001-2002 season.  In the summer of 2002, we would not know what would happen to his career. He would have been a key player in the 2002 WC Finals.  
-- Pierre van Hooijdonk might have picked up more caps than Hasselbaink and Makaay, but I often preferred them over him.  I always feel van Hooijdonk's career was limited by not playing for a bigger club.  His exposure to fans outside that region was limited.

Formation
Numan was the preferred choice over Van Bronckhorst in 2002, but I decided to play Edgar Davids who was a bigger name than van Bommel in 2002.  Cocu played frequently throughout that period so he got the start. Seedorf also did not play much for the national team during that period. So I started Zenden.






Saturday, November 11, 2017

Holland All-Time Team After Johan Cruyff


Euro 1988

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Holland All-Time 23 member team
Surnamese-Dutch
North HollandSouth Holand
The rest of Holland excluding North and South Holland
Holland 2002

This is my selection of Holland All-Time Team after Johan Cruyff's retirement in 1984.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Before the arrival of Johan Cruyff, Holland was not considered a power in soccer.  The period was actually known as "BC" (Before Cruyff).  However, this blog post is about the Dutch players after Cruyff's retirement in 1984. All members of this team earned their first cap after 1984.


Holland reached the WC Final in 2010
Team
GK: Edwin Van Der Sar 
The most capped player in Holland's history.  He was best remembered for being the Ajax keeper in 1995 that won the Champions' League and then, later for Manchester United for 6 seasons.  He won the Champions' League in 2007-2008. In between, he also played with Fulham and Juventus.

GK: Hans Van Breukelen 
He started his career with FC Utrecht and then, Nottingham Forest.  He moved to PSV in 1984, where he became a star.  For the nnational team, he was a fixture since 1980.  However, he helped the Oranje to reach a major touranemt until in 1988, where they won the first ever trophy for the national team.

GK: Maaten Skekelenburg 
He was better known for his career with Ajax from 2002 and 2011. He was the backup keeper to Edwin Van de Sar during WC 2006 and Euro 2008.  He was the starting keeper as Oranje reached the WC Final in 2010.  
Maaten Skekelenburg

RB: Berry van Aerle
Van Aerle spent 13 years with PSV Eindhoven, helping them to five leagues, which he helped capture the 1988 European Cup.  For the national team, he helped Holland to win Euro 1988.  He was also selected for the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992. 

RB: Michael Reiziger
He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League with Ajax in 1995.  After a brief stint with AC Milan, he moved to Barcelona in 1997.  He was capped 70 times for Holland.

CB:  Ronald Koeman 
Koeman was the rock solid sweeper of Holland 1988.  He was capped 78 times. He also won two European Cups, one each for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona.  He scored the winning goal for Barcelona's victory in 1992. The Cup was Barcelona's first ever European Cup.  In Holland, he played for the big three, namely Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.

CB:  Jaap Stam 
He was at one point the most expensive Dutch player and the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United bought him for 10.6 million pounds.  He played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax. Stam had 67 caps.  He was also an important player in the Dutch team that finished fourth in the 1998 World Cup. During UEFA Euro 2000, he once again reached the semi-finals with the Dutch team,  but he missed an important penalty kick in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals, which led to defeat against Italy. Stam reached his third semi-finals in an international competition with his nation at Euro 2004 in Portugal 
Jaap Stam 

CB/LB: Frank De Boer 
At one point, Frank De Boer was Holland's most capped player. He was a part of Ajax's Champions' League winning team in 1995.  He was an important player in the late 1990's. He captained the Oranje to the semi-finals of both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.  He also played with Barcelona for 6 years. His twin brother Ronald also played with him for Oranje.

CB/RB: John Heitinga 
Heitinga belonged to the same generation of Ajax players as Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart.  He later played for Atletico Madrid, Everton and Fulham. He was a regular member national team from Euro 2004 to Euro 2012.  He was the starting centre-back in 2010 as Oranje reached the WC Final in South Africa.

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
He was the captain of Holland at World Cup 2010, where Holland finished second.  He played 106 times for Holland.  He won the Champions' League for Barcelona in 2005-2006. He also played wirh Feyenoord, Arsenal and Rangers.


CM: Frank Rijkaard
Frank Rijkaard was one of Holland's most important player.  He won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany, and then, played 5 seasons with AC Milan when Milan was considered the greatest club team in the world.  In 1995, he led a young Ajax team to their famous Champions' League victory. 
Frank Rijkaard

CM: Edgar Davids
Nicknamed "the Pitbull", he was one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the world.  He won the European Champions' League with Ajax in 1995.  He was an important player at the WC Finals in 1998 when Holland reached the semi-final. He also spent 7 seasons with Juventus at the height of his career.

CM/LM: Clarence Seedorf
Seedorf is the first player to win three Champion League titles with 3 different clubs. He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League in 1995.  In 1996, he moved to Real Madrid, where he quickly established himself as a star.  He would win two Champions League title there.  He later played for both AC Milan and Inter Milan.  He was a key player for the Dutch national team.
Clarence Seedorf

LW/RW: Marc Overmars 
Known for his speed, Overmars was a member of the youthful Ajax team that won the European cup in 1995. He moved to Arsenal in 1997, where he starred playing under Arsene Wenger.  He won the Double in 1997-1998.  He later moved to Barcelona and Go Ahead Eagles. His career with Oranja lasted from 1993 to 2004, and was an important player.  He won the Best Young Player Award at USA 1994. 

RW/LW/FW: Arjen Robben
He was an important player for Bayern Munich's dominance in Europe as they reached three Champions' League Finals in 4 years, winning one.  For the national team, he helped Holland to reach the WC Final in 2010 and then the semi-final in 2014. He also played with Real Madrid.
Arjen Robben

AM: Rafael van der Vaart 
Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax's youth academy and worked his way into the first team. He moved to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Hamburg in 2012. He earned 109 caps for the Netherlands between 2001 and 2013. He represented the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups.

AM: Wesley Sneijder 
Sneijder emerged from the Ajax Academy before making to the first team in 2002.  He moved to Real Madrid in 2007, where he won a La Liga title in 2006-2007.  He also won a Champions' League title with Inter Milan in 2009-2010.  At the time of writing, he has 114 caps for Holland.  He was the star player for Holland as they reached the Final of South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball.  He moved to Galatasaray in 2013.
Wesley Sneijder
FW/AM: Ruud Gullit
He was the iconic captain of Holland 1988.  In 1987,  he moved from PSV Eindhoven to A.C. Milan for a world record transfer fee.  He was an important player for AC Milan during the 1980's where they won two straight European Cups. He was the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989.  He spent one season with Sampdoria winning the Italian Cup in 1994.

Gullit with Van Basten

FW: Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp was the best-known Dutch player of the mid-1990's.  He helped Holland to reach the semi-final of the 1998 WC Finals in France.  His goal vs Argentina at was considered among the best ever scored in WC history.  He started with Ajax and played for Inter Milan.  He also had a successful career with Arsenal. 

Dennis Bergkamp


ST:  Marco Van Basten
He was probably the second best Dutch player and among the best striker in football's history.  He won the Ballon d'Or three times.  He led Oranje to the victory at Euro 1988 scoring 5 goals at the tournament.  He started his career with Ajax.  He also won two European Cups with AC Milan.  

Marco Van Basten

ST: Robin Van Persie 
Van Persie started with Feyenoord, but spent the cream of his career playing in England for Arsenal and Manchester United. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal, winning both PFA Player of the Year and the FWA Player of the Year in 2011-2012.  Immediately after winning the two awards, he made a controversial transfer to rival Manchester United after the season. He won the Premiership in his first season with Manchester United.  At the time of writing, he has earned 98 caps.  He was a key player for the Oranje from the WC Finals 2006 to now.

ST: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
He was a prolific goal scorer. He won the top scorer award in three different European domestic leagues. He started with PSV Eindhoven.  He spent 5 seasons with Manchester United where he was voted as their best player twice.  With Real Madrid, he finished second as the European Golden Boot. Van Nistelrooy earned 70 caps and scored 35 goals for the Netherlands. 
Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Honorable Mention
Ed de Goey, Wim Jonk, Joris Mathijsen, Wilfred Bouma, Adri van Tiggelen, Boudewjan Zenden, Patrick Kluivert, Jan Wouters, Dirk Kuyt, John van 't Schip, Bryan Roy, Aaron Winter, Phillip Cocu, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Ben Wijnstekers, Arnold Muhren, Roy Makaay, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Sqaud Explanation
-- Cruyff supposed to be on the 1978 World Cup team.  All members of that team are considered to be Cruyff's generation.
-- Holland 1988 was under represented here, I admitted. Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Berry van Aerle, Ronald Koeman and Van Breukelen were the players here from that team.
-- Ed de Goey might have been better than Maaten Skekelenburg, but I took Skekelenburg based on the 2010 World Cup run. I gave him credit for helping Holland to reach the WC final.
-- Ben Wijnstekers made honorable mention. 
-- I dropped Arthur Numan.  I climbed only 7 defenders. Frank De Boer served as the emergency left back.  Instead, I took two more attackers.
-- In 2010, Wesley Sneijder was playing liked a Ballon d'or winner in the Champions League and the World Cup Finals.
-- Patrick Kluivert's career faded quickly after he joined Barcelona. He was not seriously considered to be the 23 member team. The careers of Roy Makaay, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Pierre van Hooijdonk were limited by playing in the same generation of Kluivert and Van Nistelrooy.  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar picked up over 70 caps, but he was not rated as good as some of the names mentioned.
-- Robin Van Persie edged out John van 't Schip, Bryan Roy and Aaron Winter for the last spot on the team.  He was the best player in the Premiership for at least a year.  It was an accomplishment that others could not match.

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