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.

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 USA 1994, starting all of Oranje's games. 

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 WC Finals in 1974 as a backup.

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)
Of Moroccan descent, he played for many clubs all over Europe with short stints everywhere.  He earned 35 caps between 2004 and 2012.

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 his country in three FIFA World Cups, in 1998, 2006 and 2010, as well as three UEFA 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 won the Champions' League for Barcelona in 2005-2006. He also played wirh Feyenoord, 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 joined Washington Diplomats and then, Ajax where he played as a libero.  He was an important of Holland's WC 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 De Haag.  He earned 26 caps and participated in the 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.  Van Heel was a cornerstone of the Feyenoord success preceding World War II, winning five Dutch Eredivisie Championships and two KNVB Cups. During his time there, he became the team captain and a figurehead for the club. He was capped 64 times, a record until 1979.  He went to the WC finals in 1934 and 1938. 
Puck Van Heel
RW: Tschen La Ling (the Hague)
With Chinese ancestry, Tschen La Ling was known for his career with Ajax and his partnership with Simon Tahamata, another player with Asian background.  He was capped 12 times for Oranje.

LW: Arie de Vroet (Oud-Beijerland)
From 1938 and 1950, he played for Feyenoord with the war in between.  After the War, he became the captain of 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 Bosseiaar (Rotterdam)
Bosseiaar is a club legend at Sparta Rotterdam. After a dispute over the national team, he joined Feyenoord.  After two seasons, he returned to Sparta Rotterdam in which Feyenoord fought a court case to keep him.  He was capped 17 times for Holland.

FW: Wim Lagendaal (Rotterdam)
Lagendaal was a part of Holland's WC team in 1934. He played for XerxesDZB.

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

ST: Robin Van Persie (Rotterdam)
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.
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.

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