Monday, August 31, 2015

South Holland Greatest All-time 23 member team

This is my all-time 23 member team for players born in South Holland.  South Holland is the name of a province in Netherlands.  It produced second highest numbers of international players after North Holland.  It is where Rotterdam, the home of Feyenoord, is located.  The club is known for its rivalry with Ajax.  It is also the home of Sparta Rotterdam, Excelsior and ADO Den Haag.


Please also see my All-time Dutch 23 member team: here.

Team
GK Edwin Van de Sar (Voorhout)
Van Der Sar is the most capped player in Holland's history with 130 caps.  He went to 1994, 1998 and 2006 World Cup and Euro 1996, 2000 and 2004.  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.
Edwin Van der Sar
GK: Ed de Goey (Gouda)
De Goey played for both Sparta Rotterdam and Feyenoord. He later spent 6 seasons with Chelsea during the pre-Roman Abramovich days, winning the Cup Winners' cup in 1998.  He had 31 caps for the Dutch national team. He went to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the 1994, starting all of Oranje's games.  He was a member of the WC squad in 1998 and European Championship of 1996 and 2000.

GK: Eddy Treijtel (Rotterdam)
Treijtel went to Feyenoord from Xerxes/DHC in 1968 along with Willem van Hanegem, and moved to AZ'67 in 1979.  Treijtel's best years were spent at Feyenoord.  He won the UEFA Cup in 1974. He was remembered by killing a gull with a goal kick in 1970.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974 as a backup keeper.

RB: Harry Dénis (The Hague)
He participated in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1920.  He actually delivered the Olympic Oath during the opening ceremony of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.  Dénis started playing football with local side DVV and joined HBS aged 11. He would stay at the club for the rest of his career, winning the 1925 Netherlands Football League Championship with them.

RB: Ben Wijnstekers (Rotterdam)
Wijnstekers was considered among the greatest defenders in Feyenoord's history.  He made his professional debut at Feyenoord Rotterdam, but also played for K.R.C. Mechelen and Germinal Ekeren. He was capped between 1979 and 1986.  he went to Euro 1980, but otherwise, in a period between two Golden Generations of Dutch players.

CB/RB: John Heitinga (Alp aan den Rijn)
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.

CB: Wim Rijsbergen (Leiden)
He later played in the North American Soccer League, for the New York Cosmos. Rijsbergen began his professional career at PEC Zwolle, and ended it in 1986 at FC Utrecht. He played for Feyenoord between 1971 and 1978.  From 1979 to 1983, he joined NY Cosmos.  He had 28 caps.  He was a part of Oranje's WC team on both 1974 and 1978.

CB: Khalid Boulahrouz (Massluis)
Born in Holland of Moroccan descent, Boulahrouz started with RC Waalwijk in 2001.  He played for Hamburger, Chelsea, Sevilla VfB Stuttgart, Sporting CP, Brondby and Feyenoord with short stints everywhere. He earned 35 caps for Holland between 2004 and 2012, participating in all major tournaments during that period.

CB: Cor Veldhoen (Rotterdam)
Veldhoen spent his entire career with Feyenoord.  He played over 380 games for them.  He earned 27 caps between 1961 and 1967 for the Dutch national team.  He was a member of the team that won the European Cup join 1970.  The trophy was the first ever European title won by a Dutch club team.

LB: Adri Van Tiggelen (Oud-Bijerland)
Van Toggelen was the starting left back at Euro 1988, where Holland won its first major international trophy.  He earned 56 caps.  He also went to the WC in 1990 and Euro 1992.  He played mainly for Sparta Rotterdam early on in his career.  He later moved to Anderlectd and PSV.

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Rotterdam)
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst played for Holland in three World Cups, in 1998, 2006 and 2010, as well as three European Championships, in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  He was the captain of Holland at World Cup 2010, where Holland finished second.  He played 106 times for Holland.  He also played with Feyenoord, Barcelona Arsenal and Rangers.  

CM: Wim Jansen (Rotterdam)
Jansen was a part of the great Feyenoord team of the late 1960's and early 1970's.  He formed a great midfield with Willem van Hanegem and Theo De Jong. They became the first Dutch club to win the European Cup in 1970.  He later played rfor Washington Diplomats and then, Ajax. He was an important of Holland's World Cup team in 1974. He earned 65 caps.
Wim Jansen
CM: Kevin Strootman (Ridderkerk)
Strootman started with Sparta Rotterdam before moving to PSV after a short stop at FC Utrecht. In 2013, he moved to Roma, where he quickly established as one of the nest midfielders in Serie A.  However, a series of injuries have been affecting his career.  He went to Euro 2012, but missed the WC Finals in 2014 due to an injury.

CM: Mick Clavan (the Hague)
Calvin played for both ADO De Haag and SHS(Holland Sport) with two stints each for the two clubs, sandwiching each other.  Part of his club career was played as an amateur.  He earned 26 caps between 1948 and 1965.  His international career lasted nearly 17 years and it is the third longest for the Dutch national team.  He participated in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. 

CM/LM: Puck Van Heel (Rotterdam)
Puck Van Heel was an inside-left and left wing-half in the 1930's. He spent his entire career with Feyenoord.  He was a cornerstone of the Feyenoord success preceding the World War II, winning five Eredivisie Championships and two KNVB Cups. During his time there, he became the team captain for the club. He was capped 64 times, a record until 1979.  He went to the World Cup finals in 1934 and 1938. 
Puck Van Heel
RW: Tscheu La Ling (the Hague)
With Chinese ancestry, Tscheu La Ling was known for his career with Ajax in the late 1970's and his partnership with Simon Tahamata, another player with Asian background there.  He also played for Den Haag, Panthinaikos, Marseilles and Feyenoord.  He was capped 12 times for Oranje between 1977 and 1982.  He played for both Ajax and Holland in the post-Cruyff era. His surname in Chinese is actually Ling.  

LW: Arie de Vroet (Oud-Beijerland)
From 1938 and 1950, Arie de Vroet played for Feyenoord with the war in between.  After the War, he became the captain of the Dutch national team.  In 1950, he left for France and became a professional player, ending his amateur status and his career with the national team.  He played for La Havre and Rouen in France. 

LW: Coen Moulijn
He was considered the best left winger in Dutch football.  He started his career with Xerxes in 1954.  A season later, he joined Feyenoord. He stayed there until 1972. He won the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup with them in 1970. He had 38 caps at a time when Holland was not considered a major power in football. He scored 4 goals for the Netherlands national football team.

FW:  Faas Wilkes (Rotterdam)
He was one of the first Dutch player to play aboard.  In 1949, he joined Inter Milan, where he had the best of his career.  He also had a great career with Valencia..  He was considered to Holland's best player until the emerge of the Golden Generation of the 1970's. He was capped 38 times scoring 35 goals.  He was banned from the national team between 1949 and 1955 because KNVB did not select professional players. He was Holland's all-time leading scorer until 1998.
Faas Wilkes
FW/LW: Tinus Bosselaar (Rotterdam)
Bosselaar is a club legend at Sparta Rotterdam in the 1950's. After a disputes with Sparta Rotterdam whom prevented him to play for Holland, he joined Feyenoord in 1954. After two seasons, he returned to Sparta Rotterdam in which Feyenoord fought a court case to keep him.  This was a major issue in the rivalry between the two clubs. He was capped 17 times for Holland.

FW: Wim Lagendaal (Rotterdam)
Between 1930 and 1935, Lagendaal played 15 times, scoring 13 goals for Holland.  He was a part of Holland's World Cup team in 1934, but did not play in Holland's only match of the tournament in Italy. He played for XerxesDZB.  His daytime job was a manager at the Rotterdam police station, where he saved the lives of many Dutch footballers during the war,

RW/ST: Dirk Kuyt (Katwijk aan Zee)
Kuyt started as a striker, but played mainly as right wing. He started his career with FC Utrecht, but the peak of his career was spent with Feyenoord, Liverpool FC and Fenerbahce. He went to World Cup in 2006, 2010 and 2014 as well as Euro 2008 and 2012. He played a big role in two World Cup Finals, where Holland finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

ST: Robin Van Persie (Rotterdam)
Van Persie started with Feyenoord, but was known for his career playing in England. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal, winning both PFA and FWA Player of the Year in 2011-2012.  Immediately after winning the two awards, he made a controversial transfer to rival Manchester United. At the time of writing, he has earned 102 caps, helping Holland to finish second in South Africa 2010.
Robin Van Persie

Honorable Mention
Tim Krul, Bas Paauwe, Winston Bogarde, Mauk Weber, Peter Houtman

Squad Explanation
-- Van De Sar was a lock on the team.  I took Ed de Goey and Eddy Treijtel  over Tim Krul because the two of them had stronger ties to the province.  Krul never played for any club over there.
-- Winston Bogarde was considered. I chose Khalid Boulahrouz  over him because Boulahrouz had more international experience. Cor Veldhoen had more steady club career that was associated with the province.
-- I am a big fan of Kevin Strootman, but injuries have kept him from fulfilling his potentials.  So I almost did not take him. 

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-3-3
As usual, the formation is based on 4-3-3 used by Holland 1974.  The starting lineup is very straight forward.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

North Holland Greatest All-time team

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my all-time 23 member team for players born in North Holland.  North Holland is the name of a province in Netherlands.  It is where Amsterdam, the home of AFC Ajax, is located.  The club is known for its academy.  

Please also see my All-time Dutch 23 member team: here.


Team
GK: Jan van Beveren(Amsterdam)
Considered one of the best keepers in the 1970's.  In 1970, Van Beveren joined PSV Eindhoven, where he won three Eredivisie titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup in 1978. His career with the national team was cut short because of a feud with Johan Cruyff. He missed the WC Finals in 1974.

GK: Jan Jongbloed(Amsterdam)
Jongbloewd played over 700 games in Eredivisie.  Prior to the WC Finals in 1974, he was relatively unknown.  He was drafted into the national team because of a feud between Johan Cruyff and Jan van Beveren.  He became the starting keeper for both 1974 and 1978 WC Finals.

GK: Maaten Skekelenburg (Haarlem)
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.  He began his career at Ajax, winning nine honours including two Eredivisie titles. Stekelenburg went on to play for Roma, Fulham, Monaco, Southampton and Everton.
Maaten Skekelenburg
RB: Michael Reiziger (Amstelveen)
Michael Reiziger 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.  In 2004, Reiziger moved to Middlesbrough on a Bosman transfer. He was capped 70 times for Holland, representing the nation in three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup Finals.

RB: Bertus Caldenhove (Amsterdam)
Born in Amsterdam in 1913, Caldenhove was capped 25 times between 1935 and 1940.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1938. He started playing football for SDZ then joined DWS, where he was made captain when 18 years old.

CB: Ronald Koeman (Zaandam)
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: Cor Van der Hart (Amsterdam)
He became the third Dutch player in history to play board and one of the first professional player in Holland when he joined Lille in 1950.  Before that, he played for Ajax.  Widely considered one of the best Dutch defender in history.  He had 44 caps, but the cap total largely was limited because the KNVB suspended all players that left the country to play professional football. 

CB:  Rinus Israel (Amsterdam)
Nicknamed "IJzeren Rinus (Iron Rinus)".  He had 47 caps for Holland.  He was a part of the 1974 World Cup team  that finished second at the WC Finals in West Germany.  During his career he played for DWS (1962–66), Feyenoord Rotterdam (1966–74), Excelsior Rotterdam (1974–75) and PEC Zwolle (1975–82).  He won an European Cup with Feyenoord. 

CB/LB: Frank De Boer (Hoorm)
At one point, Frank De Boer was Oranje'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/SW:  Ruud Krol (Amsterdam)
Krol was one of the most important defender in Holland's history.  Capped 83 times. He helped Oranje to reach the WC Final in both 1974 and 1978.  He was a leftback at the World Cup in 1974 and switched to sweeper later in his career.  He won three straight European Cups with Ajax in the 1970's. He also played in Italy with Napoli, in France with Cannes and the NASL with Vancouver Whitecaps.
Ruud Krol
DM: Wim Jonk (Volendam)
Wim Jonk played for Ajax, Inter Milan, PSV and Sheffield Wednesday during the 1990's.  He was capped 45 times for Holland.  He is best remembered for scoring a long-range shot against Saudi Arabia at the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States.  He also went to France 1998.

CM: Gerrie Muhren (Volendam)
He was a key player for Ajax when they won three straight European Cup between 1970 and 1972.  He became a cult hero with Real Madrid when he played against them. He also played club football in Spain and Hong Kong. He would have been a key player for Oranje at the 1974 World Cup too, but he skipped the Finals due to an illness in his family.  

CM: Johan Neeskens (Heemstede)
Johan Neeskens was considered to be one of the greatest Dutch midfielders. He had 49 caps for Holland.  Her led Holland to two second place finishes at the World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1978.  He was Holland's top scorer at the 1974 World Cup Finals.  He also won three straight European Cups with Ajax: 1971, 1972, 1973. He also played with Barcelona FC and New York Cosmos.

DM/CB: Frank Rijkaard (Amsterdam)
Frank Rijkaard was one of Holland's most important player.  Capped 73 times.  He won the Euro 1988 in West Germany. He notably played for Ajax and AC Milan. His Milan side was considered the greatest club team in the world.  He won two European Cup with them. In 1995, he led a young Ajax team to their famous Champions' League victory.  That team is also considered one of the greatest club sides ever.

RW/FW: Johnny Rep (Zaandam)
Rep was a part of Holland's Golden Generation in the 1970's.  Rep scored the winning goal for Ajax Amsterdam against Juventus in the 1973 European Cup final in Belgrade. He also helped SC Bastia reach the finals of the 1978 UEFA Cup.  Rep joined St-Etienne in 1979 and was part of the side that included Michel Platini.  He was a part of Holland's amazing team at the WC Finals in 1974.  He picked up 42 caps.
Johnny Rep
LW: Piet Keizer (Amsterdam)
Widely considered to be as good as Johan Cruyff while the two of them played together at Ajax, but his career was overshadowed by Cruyff.  He was a part of the glorious Ajax team in the 1970's, but only managed one appearance at the WC Finals in 1974.  In 1973, he was voted by his teammates to become Ajax's captain ahead of Cruyff.  Cruyff would leave the team a few weeks later. 

AM: Ruud Gullit (Amsterdam)
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.

FW: Johan Cruyff  (Amsterdam)
Cruyff is the greatest Dutch player ever.  He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974.  He was considered one of the best players in history.  He was noted for his brilliant performance at the World Cup in 1974.  He also won three straight European Cups with Ajax in the 1970's.  He moved to Barcelona in 1973 for a world record transfer fees, where he became a legend.  He also played in the NASL.
Johan Cruyff

FW: Dennis Bergkamp  (Amsterdam)
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.  Bergkamp surpassed Faas Wilkes's record to become the country's top goalscorer of all time in 1998. He started with Ajax and played for Inter Milan.  He also had a successful career with Arsenal.
Dennis Bergkamp
LW/FW: Rob Rensenbrink (Amsterdam)
Rensenbrink had an uneventful career in Holland before he moved to play in Belgium.  He first played for Club Brugge, but his greatest height was with Anderlecht.  He won two Cup Winners' Cup in 1976 and 1978.  For the national team, he was a key player as Oranje reached both WC Final in 1974 and 1978.

SS/FW: Ruud Geels (Haarleem)
Geels was a part of Feyenoord when they won the European Cup in 1970.  However, his best years were spent with Ajax from 1974 to 1978.  He was Eredivsie top scorer in 4 straight seasons with them. He won one more scoring title with Sparta Rotterdam.  He was a part of Holland's WC team in 1974.

ST: Kick Smit (Bloemendaal)
Smit was a member of Holland's World Cup team in 1934 and 1938. he scored 26 goals in 29 matches for Holland.  He is the first Netherlands football player who scored a goal in a World Cup (27 May 1934 against Switzerland). During his club career, he played for HFC Haarlem.

ST: Wim Kieff (Amsterdam)
Kiev played for Ajax in the late 1970's and then, moved to Italy in 1983.  He played for Pisa and then, Torino.  In 1987, he joined PSV  and immediately won the European Cup in 1988.  For the national team, he was a part of the Golden Generation that won Euro 1988 and participated at the WC in 1990 and Euro 1992.  He mainly used a substitute role at both Euro 1988 and the WC in 1990.

ST: Patrick Kluivert (Amsterdam)
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.
Patrick Kluivert

Honorable Mention
Eddy Peter Graafland (Amsterdam), Roel Wiersma, Arthur NumanArnold Muhren (Volendam), Rafael van der Vaart (Heemskerk), Ronald De Boer.

Squad Explanation
-- I normally brought 8 defenders to most of my all-time 23 member team, but I only selected 7 for this team.  Frank De Boer and Ruud Krol could play as centre back and left back so I do not need a backup left back.  Instead, I brought an extra attacker.
-- MarcoVan Basten was born in Utrecht.

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-3-3
-- The team would try to play the 4-3-3 formation used by Holland in 1974.  
-- Bergkemp did not play on the left, but the formation required him to move around.  So I am confident that he could handle the job.
-- Muhren would have started for Holland in 1974. 






Monday, August 24, 2015

Dutch-Surinamese Greatest All-time 23 member team




Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index. 

Holland All-Time Team

Suriname is a former Dutch colony.  For international football, its national plays in the CONCACAF even through it is located in South America. However, Suriname discourages dual citizenship and Surinamese-Dutch players who have picked up a Netherlands passport are barred from selection to the national team.  The national team remains weak in the region, despite a number of Holland's footballers were born in Suriname or traced their ancestry to Suriname.

This is my selection of the Dutch-Surinamese all-time 23 member team.  All players here has chosen to represent Holland.
Euro 1988 Final

Team
GK: Stanley Menzo
Stanley Menzo spent over 10 years with Ajax.   He also played with PSV Eindhoven, Lierse SK and Girondins de Bordeaux. For Holland, he earned 6 caps.  He went to the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1992 as a backup keeper.  He was the Dutch Goalkeeper of the Year in 1990.  He spent most of his career with Ajax.

GK: Michel Vorm
Vorm started his career with FC Utrecht in 2005 and played for them until 2011.  He played for Swansea between 2011 and 2014.  He moved to Tottenham Hotspurs in 2014.  Since 2008, he played 15 times for Holland. He was the backup keeper at both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.  He played part of the the third place match in the 2014 edition.

GK: Kenneth Vermeer
Vermeer was a long term keeper for Ajax.  In 2014, he shocked the football world by joining rival Feyenoord.  At the time of writing, he received 5 caps for the national team. He is the current Dutch national team record holder for longest streak in goal without conceding in a match, having not conceded a goal since his debut in 2012. 

RB: Michael Reiziger
Michael Reiziger 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.  In 2004, Reiziger moved to Middlesbrough on a Bosman transfer. He was capped 70 times for Holland, representing the nation in three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup Finals.

RB: Mario Melchio
Born in 1976, Melchio started with the youth of Ajax.  He made his senior debut in 1996, but the peak of his career was spent with Chelsea between 1999 and 2004.  He also played for Rennes, Birmingham City and Wigan.  He was capped 20 times for Holland. He went to European Championship in 2008.

DM/CB: Frank Rijkaard
Frank Rijkaard was one of Holland's most important player.  Capped 73 times.  He won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany. He notably played for Ajax and AC Milan. He spent 5 seasons with AC Milan when Milan was considered the greatest club team in the world.  He won two European Cup with them. In 1995, he led a young Ajax team to their famous Champions' League victory.  That team is also considered one of the greatest club sides ever.
Frank Rijkaard
CB/RB: Ulrich Van Gobbel
Born in Suriname, Ulrich Van Gobbel chose to represent Holland. Between 1994 and 1994, he was capped 8 times. He was a member of the World Cup team in 1994. In his club career, Van Gobbel played for Feyenoord, Galatasaray and Southampton. His longest career was with Feyenoord, where he had two stints.

CB: Humphrey Mijnals
Born in Suriname, he became the first Surinamese player to play for Holland.  He began his professional career in Brazil with America Futebol Clube.  He made his national team against Bulgaia in 1960.  He was remembered for clearing a ball from the goalline through a overhead kick in that match. His international career was limited due to a dispute with the Dutch FA.  He later played for the Surinamese National Team.
Humphrey Mijnals
CB: Winston Bogarde
Bogarde won 20 caps for Holland.  He was a member of the Golden Generation from Ajax that won Champions League in 1995.  He represented Holland at the Euro 1996 and the World Cup Finals in 1998. He played briefly for AC Milan. In 1998, he joined the Dutch contingency at Barcelona.  Two seasons later, he joined Chelsea. 

LB/CB: Wilfred Bouma
Born in 1978, Wilfred Bouma won 37 caps for Holland between 2000 and 2012. He played in three European Championship: 2004, 2008 and 2012, but he missed out the World Cup Finals.  From 1994 to 2005, he played for PSV Eindhoven.  In 2005, he moved to Aston Villa, where he had a successful career before returning to PSV. 
Wilfred Bouma
DM: Edgar Davids
Nicknamed "the Pitbull", Edgar Davids 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 World Cup Finals in 1998 when Holland reached the semi-final. He also spent 7 seasons with Juventus at the height of his career. He also played for Tottenham Hotspurs, Barcelona, AC Milan, etc.

DM: Nigel De Jong
Known as tough defensive midfielder, he made his name with Ajax, Hamburger and Manchester City.  At Manchester City, he helped the club to win their first ever Premiership.  At the time of writing, he played for AC Milan. He is a regular member of the national team since 2004.  He is probably best remembered for kung-fu kicking Xabi Alonso at the WC Final in 2010.
Nigel De Jong
CM/DM/CB: Orlando Engelaar 
Engelaar is known for his height(1.96m). In his club career, he played for many clubs, including NAC, Racing Genk, Twente, Schalke 04, PSV Eindhovern and Melbourne Heat. For his international career, he played 14 times between 2007 and 2010.  His caps included matches played at the European Championship in 2008.

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
RM: Aron Winter
Born in Suriname of an unique ethnic background.  He was both an Indian and Chinese descendent.  He started his career with Ajax and joined Lazio at the height of Serie A during the early 1990's.  He later played for Inter Milan.  For the national team, he was a regular member of the team and a part of the Euro 1988 winning team.  His last major tournament was the Euro 2000.

RW: Gerald Vanenburg
During the 1990's, Gerald Vanenburg formed a dangerous partnership Marco Van Basten and Wim Kieft at Ajax.  He would join PSV in 1986. He later played in Japan, Germany and France. For the national team, he was a part of the Golden Generation that won the European Championship in 1988. He played for Holland 42 times.

RW/SS: Gaston Taument
Gaston Taument played the vast majority of his 14-year professional career with Feyenoord, amassing Eredivisie totals of 204 games and 45 goals over the course of nine seasons., where he starred along side Regi Blinker.  He earned 15 caps.  He played for Holland at the World Cup Finals in 1994 and at Euro 1996.

LW: Bryan Roy
Roy played for Ajax in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  He won UEFA Cup in 1992 with them.  He went to Italy's Foggia in 1992 when Ajax decided to promote their young players. He later played for Nottingham Forrest, Hertha Berlin and NAC. His transfer fee to Nottingham Forest was the club's record. He was capped 32 times and played at both World Cup Finals in 1990 and 1994.
Bryan Roy
LW: Regi Blinker
Blinker played for Feyenoord between 1986 and 1996. He was known for his partnership with Gaston Taument at Feyenoord.  He later played for Sheffield Wednesday, Celtic, RBC and Sparta Rotterdam. He picked up 3 caps for Holland between 1993 and 1994. He was born in Suriname.

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 at Euro 1988
ST: Pierre Van Hooijdonk
Van Hooijdonk played for many clubs in his career. His longest stints were with NAC Breda, Nottingham Forrest, Feyenoord and Celtic.  He played over 40 times for Holland, despite the fact that he played in the same generation as Patrick Kluivert, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Roy Makaay 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
Kluivert was the teenage star of the great Ajax team of 1995. scoring the wining goal the Champions' league Final..  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 a part of the national team from 1996 to 2004.
Patrick Kluivert


Honorable Mention
Romeo Castelen, Jerry De Jong, Edson BraafheildLuciano Narsingh, Ken Monkou, Ryan Babel, Romeo Castelen, Henk Fraser, Marciano Vink, Jeremain Lens, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Squad Explanation
-- Ken Monkou is uncapped.  I preferred capped players even through that does not say much about the skilled level of the players.
-- Humphrey Mijnals was selected for his historical role, but he was very good in general.
-- Jerry De Jong is probably better known as Nigel's dad.  His club career was not too impressive.
-- Marciano Vink's position is well-covered by Davids, Rijkaard and Seedorf.  His injuries really destroyed his career.  So I took Orlando Engelaar instead.
-- I did not take Romeo Castelen because there are too many wingers on the team.
-- I believe John Heitinga is not of Surinamese origin.

Starting lineup
Formation 4-4-2(diamond)
-- Van Hooijdonk mkght have picked up many caps than Hasselbaink, but Hasselbaink was a better player.
-- I dropped Rijkaard to the backline so that I could play Winter.  Besides, the other centre-backs were not too good.



Sunday, August 23, 2015

French Overseas Departments and its former colonies all-time 23 member team

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my all-time 23 member team for French players born in the Overseas Departments of France or French colonies.  All the players are selected based on place of birth. 

I have also created an all-time team for France.
French Black Players 
French Algerian
French Players Capped by Other National Teams
France at USA 1994

Team
GK: Steve Mandanda (DR Congo)
Mandanda made his league début for Le Havre in August 2005. He joined Marseille in 2008.  He had played over 300 games for them since 2008. He spent a season with Crytal Palace.  For the natinal team, he was mainly a backup keeper.  At the time of writing, he has 26 caps.  He served as the third keeper at the WC Finals in 2010 and 2014. He has three brothers who are also professional goalkeepers.
Steve Mandanda
GK: Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes (Morocco)
Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes spent his entire career at Nantes.  He was the original starting keeper at the World Cup Finals in 1978.  He played the first two matches, but he suffered an injury in the third match that ended his tournament.   He never played for France after that injury.  He had 11 caps between 1973 and 1978.

GK: Georges Lamia (Algeria)
Born in French Algeria, Georges Lamia played for USM Annaba in Algeria before heading to play in France for Nice, La Havre and Stade Rennais.  His main club was Nice in Southern France. For the national team, he had 7 caps. He represented France at the 1960 European Championship, where France took fourth place.


RB: Jocelyn Angloma (Guadeloupe) 
Angloma was a member of the great Marseille team of the early 1990's.  He won the European Cup in 1993.  He later played for Valencia and reached the Champions' League Final twice. He was a member of the French team at Euro 1992 and 1996.  In 2006, Angloma came out of retirement to play for his native région, Guadeloupe, and help them qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.

CB/RB: Gérard Janvion (Martinique)
Gerard Janvion started his career in Martinique with the local side CS Case-Pilote.  He played for Saint-Etienne between 1972 and 1983. He played with Michel Platini over there in the 1970's.  The team was considered one of the best French club sides in history. He later played for PSG before retiring from football. He capped 40 times. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982.

CB: Christian Lopez (Algeria)
Christian Lopez was a member of Michel Platini's Saint Etiene that dominated French football in the 1970's. Liked his club mate Gerard Janvion, he went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982.  He had 39 caps. Lopez was born in French Algeria of Spanish-French background. He also played for Toulouse FC.


CB/DM: Raoul Diagne (French Guiana)
Born in French Guiana of Senegalese descent, Raoul Diagne was the first Black player to be capped by France.  He earned 18 caps between 1931 and 1940.  He is the son of politician Blaise Diagne. He was the first black African elected to the French Chamber of Deputies, and the first to hold a position in the French government. 

CB:  Marius Tresor (Guadeloupe) 
Marius Tresor was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers.  He was the French captain before Platini's arrival. He went to the World Cup in 1978 and 1982.  In 1982, he scored one of the extra time goal against West Germany at the semifinal. He also played for Olympique de Marseille and Girondins de Bordeaux.

RB/CB:  Lilian Thuram (Guadeloupe) 
Thuram is France's most capped player.  He was known for his strength, pace and stamina.  He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Parma and Juventus. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and was in the runner-up squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  He scored two goals vs Croatia in the semifinal of the WC in 1998. 
Thuram vs Croatia, WC 1998
CB: Basile Boli (Ivory Coast)
For club football, Boli played for Auxerre, Marseille, Rangers, Monaco and Urawa Reds.  He was a member of Bernard Tapie's Marseille that won the 1993 European Cup. He scored the only goal at the Final.  He left the club in 1994.  For France, he won 45 caps and went to Sweden's European Championship in 1992.  

CB: Jean-Alain Boumsong (Cameroon)
Jean-Alain Boumsong had played for many clubs in Europe with Auxerre, Juventus, Newcastle United, Rangers, Lyons, etc among them.  He was capped 27 times.  He went to three major tournaments: European Championship 2004 and 2008, and the World Cup Finals of 2006.

LB: Patrice Evra (Senegal) 
Evra began his career with Nice and then, Monaco. He played for the Red Devils from 2006 to 2014, where he became one of the best left backs in the world.  At the time of writing, he earned 81 caps and was a key player for France since 2008.  He was the captain of the national team.  At South Africa 2010, he led a player revolt against Raymond Domenech.

DM: Christian Karembeu (New Caledonia/France)
Born in New Caledonia, Christian Karembeu moved to France as a 17 years old.  He played for Nantes, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough , Olympiakos, Servette Genève, Bastia. With Real Madrid, he won the Champions League in 1998 and 2000.  He won the World Cup with France in 1998.  He was Oceania Player of the Year in 1995 and 1998.
Christian Karembeu
DM: Alexandre Villaplane (Algeria)
Villaplane was the first ever player of Northern African origin to represent France.  He captained France's first World Cup at the 1930 WC Finals in Uruguay.  He played for FC Sète, Nimes Olympique , Racing Club de France, FC Antibes and OGC Nice.  During the World War Two, he helped the Nazi Germans' occupation of France and was a SS officer.  He was executed as a Nazi collaborator at the end of the War.

CM/DM: Abderrahman Mahjoub (Morocco)
Born in Morocco, he represented France at the World Cup Finals in 1954. He captained Morocco at the 1962 World Cup.  Known as Prince du Parc (Prince of the Park) in his playing days for his dominant control of the midfield, was one of the best Arab players of his generation. He was a long time member of Racing Club of Paris.


CM: Jean Tigana (French Sudan)
Tigana played 52 times for France. He was a member of the great French side of the 1980's.  He won the Euro 1984 playing in the famous "Magic Square". He also went to the 1982 and 1986 Wolrd Cup Finals. He played with Bordeaux for eight years, winning three league titles and three French Cups.  He also spent time with Toulon, Lyon and Marseille.
Jean Tigana
CM: Patrick Vieira (Senegal)
Patrick Vieira started his career with Cannes. He is an Arsenal all-time great.  He won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.  In England. he was famous for his rivalry with Roy Keane.  He later played with Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City. With "Les Bleus", he won the WC in 1998 and European Championship in 2000.  He earned 107 caps.

LW: Laurent Robert (Reunion) 
Laurent Robert started his career at Montpellier, before signing for Paris Saint-Germain in 1999.  He was best remembered for his stint with Newcastle United in the Preimership between 2001 and 2006.  He also played in Portugal, Spain, Greece and the MLS.  He earned 9 caps for the French national team between 1999 and 2001.

LW: Florent Malouda (French Guiana)
Malouda played for Châteauroux and Guingamp before making a name with Lyon and Chelsea, winning four consecutive Ligue 1 titles with the former and the Champions League in 2012 with the latter. Malouda represented Les Bleus on 80 times, including in two FIFA World Cups and two European Championships.  He was part of the French team which reached the 2006 World Cup final.

DM: Claude Makelele (Zaire)
Michelle played for Nantes, Marseille and Celta Vigo before making a big move to Real Madrid in 2000.  Over there, he quickly established as one of the best defensive midfielder in the world.  He won every single club title available.  In 2003, he moved to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea.  he earned 71 caps for France.  He helped France to reach the Final of Germany 2006.

AM: Larbi Benbarek (Morocco)
Benbarek was the first Black player to reach stardom in Europe, earning the nick name "Black Pearl". He made his name with Stade Francasis Paris.  In 1948, he moved to Atletico Madrid, where he reached the height of his career and won two La Liga title.  He is considered one of the greatest ever French player. He was capped 19 times between 1938 and 1954.
Larbi Benbarek 

FW:  Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (Algeria)
Abdelaziz Ben Tifour played for France at the 1954 World Cup Finals.  He had a notable career in the French league, especially with Nice.  He was one of the founding member of FLN Algeria national team.  He played for Nice. He moved to Troyes AC after six seasons with Nice in 1954 and then signed for AS Monaco in 1956.

ST: Rachid Mekhloufi  (Algeria)
Rachid Mekhloufi is the all-time leading scorer for Saint-Etienne.  He won 4 Ligue 1 titles with them in the 1960's.  Liked many French-Algerian of his generation, he was capped by France.  He later played for FLN Algeria national team and then, Algeria after it gained independence.  He was the co-manager of the Algeria national football team in the 1982 World Cup, 

ST:  Just Fontaine (Morocco)
Fontaine was born in French Morocco.  He is the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the World Cup.  He scored 13 goals in 6 matches in the 1958 WC Finals in Sweden.  He won 21 caps scoring 30 goals. He started with RSM Casablanca and Nice before starring for Stade de Reims of the 1950's. With Reims, he played with Raymond Kopa and was considered one of the greatest ever French club side.
Just Fontaine

Honorable Mention
Serge Chiesa (Morocco), Ibrahim Ba (Senegal), Martin Djetou (Ivory Coast).

Squad Explanation
--Zinedine Zidane, Ali Ahamada and Bernard Lama were born in France.  Lama grew up in French Guiana, which made him a tricky situation.  In end, I stayed with my criterion. He was born in France.
-- Larbi Benbarek is probably the greatest French attack midfielder after Michel Platini, Raymond Kopa and Zinedine Zidane.  He missed out on my All-Time French selection because I already have the three playmakers I just mentioned.
-- Luis Fernandez was born in Spain and Julien Darui was born in Luxembourg. They are not from the Overseas Departments or French colonies. do not belong to this team.
-- Marcel Desailly was born in Ghana, and Ghana was not a former French colony.  
-- Ibrahim Ba never lived up to expectation.  He missed out on this team.
-- Alexandre Villarplane is a controversial selection due to his war crime, I admitted.  However, his selection was based on his football career.  Raoul Diagne, however, was honoured for being the first Black player to play for France.  His father Blaise Diagne fought for the rights of French Africans living in France.  His contributions probably led to more French Africans playing for France.  

Starting lineup
4-1-2-1-2
--Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demane started because of his experience at the WC Finals.
--  Thuram, Tresor and Evra are automatic starters.  The last defender on the starting lineup is determined by where I wanted to play Thuram.  I chose Boli over rightback Angloma..
-- Both Karembeu and Makelele played for Real Madrid.  I went for Makelele.



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