Category: "Netherlands"

50. Dennis Bergkamp

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Bergkamp

Bergkamp

A native of Amsterdam, Dennis Bergkamp played for only for three clubs in his magnificent career.

During his seven years with Ajax Amsterdam, Dennis Bergkamp won one Eredivisie (1989-90), one European Cup Winners’Cup (1986-87) and the Europa League (1991-92).

Bergkamp then moved to Inter Milan, winning the Europa League (1993-94) before spending 11 seasons at Arsenal where he became an icon of the Gunners.

Bergkamp was distinguished by his amazing technique with both feet.

With Arsenal, “the Non-Flying Dutchman” (he had a phobia of taking planes) won three Premier Leagues (1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04), four FA Cups and three Community Shields.

With the Netherlands, Bergkamp , broke the national team goalscoring record with 37 goals in 79 games. (A record later eclipsed by Kluivert and Van Persie).

For his 11 years with Arsenal, Bergkamp was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2007, the first Dutch player to receive this honour.

A statue of Dennis Bergkamp is prominent at the entrance to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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48. Frank Rijkaard

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Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard

Member of the legendary Milanese Dutch trio together with Gullit and Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard’s physical qualities and ability made him one of the key elements of the Rossoneri’s success.

With Ajax, (261 games, 59 goals) Rijkaard won five Eredivisie (1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1993–94 and 1994–95), one UEFA Cup Winners’Cup (1986-87) and one Champions League (1994-95)

With AC Milan (142 games, 16 goals) he won two Serie A (1991–92 and 1992–93) and two Champions Leagues (1988–89 and 1989–90)

He won the European Championship 1988 with Netherlands (73 games, 10 goals) but finished third at the Ballon d’Or in 1988 and 1989.

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38. Edwin van der Sar

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Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar began his career with Ajax Amsterdam where he won four Dutch titles (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98) three national cups (1992-93, 1997-98 and 1998-99) and one Champions League in 1994-95 for a total of 312 games.

He also played for Juventus and Fulham, but it is with Manchester United he found the greatest success including being voted Best European Goalkeeper in 1995, 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the UEFA magazine and UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 by UEFA, winning four Premier League titles (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11) and the Champions League (2007-08).

Van der Sar is still the most capped Dutch player with 130 games.

Considered by many as one of the best goalkeeper of all time, van der Sar is the oldest player to have won the Premier League (near 41 years) and the first goalkeeper to keep 50 clean sheets in Champions League.

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30. Ruud Gullit

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Ruud Gullit 1988

Ruud Gullit 1988

Ruud Gullit, with his athletic profile, his long shots, long runs and his speed, was one of the leading representatives of Total Football in its heyday.

With Van Basten and Rijkaard, “The black tulip” was one of the greatest footballers at the end of 1980s.

Gullit won three Eredivisie (1983-84, 1985-86 and 1986-87), two Champions Leagues (1988-89 and 1989-90), three Serie A (1987-88, 1991-92 and 1992-93) with Milan and a European Championship with the Netherlands in 1988.

Designated Dutch footballer of the year, winner of the Dutch golden shoe, Netherlands League top scorer and European footballer of the year, he won the Ballon d’Or in 1987 (runner-up in 1988).

Gullit played during his professional career as a forward, a midfielder and a defender.

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22. Johan Cruyff

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Cruyff seen here playing for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1967

Cruyff seen here playing for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1967

Johan Cruijff (known as “Cruyff” outside the Netherlands), is considered one of the best players in the history of football. This exceptional player bestrode the 1970s due to his talent and charisma with two prestigious teams: Ajax and Barcelona.

His speed and agility were his strongest points; he had the ability to run as fast with or without a ball and his statistics equalled the best sprinters of the day. This ability made him the poster-boy of “Total football.”
With this type of play, which he later imported to Barca as coach, he became the first player to win three Ballon d’Or (1971, 1973 and 1974).

During his career, Cruyff won three Champions Leagues in a row (1970-71, 1971-72 and 1972-73) eight Eredivisie with Ajax, La Liga with Barcelona (1973-74) and another Eredivisie with Feyenoord (1983-84). He also reached the final of the 1974 World Cup.

The Dutch national team never lost a match in which Cruyff scored.

Cruyff’s style of play and philosophy has had a massive influence, up to the present day, on many managers and players.

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20. Marco van Basten

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Van Basten celebrates his goal for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1983

Van Basten celebrates his goal for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1983

Marco Van Basten is regarded as possibly the best Dutch player of all time.

He started his career at AFC Ajax where he won three Eredivisie in four years (1981-82, 1982-83 and 1984-85) and a UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 1986-87.

Van Basten led the Dutch team to the European Football Championship in 1988, when he was voted best player of the competition.

In the same season, he won his first title with AC Milan as well as the Ballon d’Or. With Milan, he won four domestic championships (1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93 and 1993–94), two Champions Leagues in a row (1988-89 and 1989-90) and two more Ballon d’Or (in 1989 and 1992).

Unfortunately, due to injury, Marco Van Basten played his last game at the age of 28. Despite that, Van Basten scored 328 goals in 452 official games, a beautiful ratio for a forward.

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