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

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.

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