This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. This entry of his was written in October 21, 2020, but mine was uploaded in a few weeks before his 2020. Another entry of his was written in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
|Robben, Sneijder and Van Nistelrooy
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
North Holland, South Holand.
The rest of Netherlands excluding North and South Holland
Netherlands All-Time Team After Johan Cruyff
Dutch Players' surnames starting with "Van"
Netherlands World Cup 2002
The Netherlands has twelve provinces. I have created an all-time national team for North Holland and South Holland. This is my all-time 23-member for players who were not born from the two provinces. The selection are based on birthplace. The remaining provinces are Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht, Flevoland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland and Limburg. This is the rest of Netherlands All-Time excluding North and South Holland.
Please also view my all-time Dutch team: here.
GK: Hans Van Breukelen (Utrecht)
Hans Van Breukelen started his career with FC Utrecht and then, Nottingham Forest. He moved to PSV in 1984, where he became a star. For the national team, he was a fixture since 1980. However, he did not help the Oranje to reach a major touranemt until in 1988, where they won the first ever trophy for the Dutch national team. He had 73 caps.
GK: Frans de Munck (Gelderland)
Nicknamed Black Panther because of his black hair and overall, de Munck was best remembered for his career with DOS Utrecht. In 1950, he moved to play in Germany for Koln. He was the club's first ever foreign player. While playing for the club, he starred in a German movie. He was capped 31 times between 1949 and 1960.
GK: Piet Schrijvers (Utrecht)
Between 1971 and 1984, Schrijvers played 46 times for Netherlands. He was the backup keeper at both World Cup Finals in 1974, but he was the starting keeper at Euro 1976 and 1980, and the World Cup Finals in 1978. At club level, he spent nine years with AFC Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups. He also played for DWS, FC Twente and Zwolle.
RB: Wim Suurbier (North Brabant)
Wim Suurbier is considered among the best ever rightback in history. He was the starting rightback for Oranje at the 1974 World Cup in Germany as well as the great Ajax team of the early 1970's where he played 13 seasons. He won three European Cups with Ajax in the 1970's. He also played club football in France, the USA and Hong Kong.
Stam became the most expensive Dutch player and the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United bought him for 10.6 million pounds. He also played for PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, AC Milan and Ajax. Sam was capped 67 times for Netherlands, scoring three goals. He was in their squads for three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup.
CB: Barry Hulshoff (Overijssel)
Barry Hulshoff was a part of the legendary Ajax team that won three European Cups in 1971, 1972 and 1973. He later played Grazer AK in Austria before retiring from playing. He earned 12 caps for the Netherlands national football team. He represented Holland at the World Cup Finals in 1974.
Blind played for both Sparta Rotterdam and Ajax. At Ajax, he won all 3 major UEFA trophies, namely the European Cup, the UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup. He was a part of the 1995 Ajax team that was considered among the best ever club team. From 1986 to 1996, he picked up 42 caps, but he was not on the team that won Euro 1988. He did, however, appear at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1992 and 1996 European Championships.
Van Dijk started with Groningen before he moved to Celtic in 2013. In S2015, he joined Southampton before signing for Liverpool in 2018 for £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender. Van Dijk was named the PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season for the 2018–19 season. Van Dijk starred as Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final where he was named man of the match. From 2015 onward, he played for Netherlands and was named captain.
|Virgil van Dijk
Jan Poortvliet was a long time member of PSV Eindhoven. He played for them from 1974 to 1983. After leaving them, he played club football in Austria, Belgium and France. He had 19 caps. He was a part of Oranje's team at the World Cup Finals in 1978 and European Championship in 1980.
CM: Willy van de Kerkhof (North Brabant)
Overall, Willy Van de Kerkhof appeared 63 times for his country. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup team, but it was the 1978 World Cup Finals, where he carried the team to the Final against the host Argentina. His twin brother Rene was also a part of the 1978 team. For his club career, he played for FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven.
CM: Willem Van Hanegem (Zeeland)
|Willem Van Hanegem
DM: Jan Wouters (Utrecht)
Wouters was a key player for Netherlands in the late 1980's and early 1990's. He had over 70 caps. He won the Euro 1988 and also made the team of the tournament. He was the Dutch Player of the Year in 1990. For his club career, he played for FC Utrecht between 1980 and 1986. In 1986, he joined Ajax, where he played until 1992. He also played for Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.
DM: Mark van Bommel (Limberg)
In Holland, Mark van Bommel's career was associated PSV Eindhoven, 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 Netherlands reached the Final of the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
RW/LW/FW: Arjen Robben (Groningen)
Robben was an important player for Bayern Munich's dominance in Europe as they reached three Champions' League Finals in 4 years, winning one in 2013. He also played with Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSV Eindhoven. For the national team, he had 96 caps between 2003 and 2017. He helped Netherlands to reach the Final of the 2010 World Cup Finals and then, four years later the semi-final in 2014.
LW/RW: Marc Overmars (Gelderland)
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.
AM: Kees Rijvers (North Brabant)
Rijvers was considered one of the best players in Oranje's history before the emerge of the Golden Generation of the 1970's. He started with NAC Breda before moving to play for St.Etienne in 1950. He would have three different stints with the French club. He also played for Feyenoord. From 1946 to 1960, he played 33 times for Netherlands.
AM: Wesley Sneijder (Utrecht)
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 Netherlands. He was the star player for Netherlands as they reached the Final of South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball. He moved to Galatasaray in 2013.
FW: Abe Lenstra (Friesland)
Abe Lenstra was a club legend at SC Heerenveen in the 1950's. The club was nicknamed "Abeveen" because of his legendary status with the club. He also played for SC Enschede and Enschedese Boys. For Oranje, he was capped 47 times, scoring 33 goals. He was at one point Netherlands' all-time leading scorer. he was known for his partnership with Faas Wilkes and Kees Rijvers.
ST: Coen Dillen (North Brabant)
Coen Dillen spent 12 years with PSV Eindhoven. He scored 43 goals in the 1956/1957, a goal record for a single season that still remains unbroken today. He scored twenty goals in a nine-match period between 27 January and 31 March 1957. He also played for Brabantia. Internationally, he only played 5 times for Netherlands.
ST: Roy Makaay (Gelderland)
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: Marco Van Basten (Utrecht)
Van Basten 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. His goal in the Final is considered one of the best in history of the tournament. He started his career with Ajax. He also won two European Cups with AC Milan, a club team that was considered the best ever.
|Marco Van Basten
Ruud Van Nistelrooy 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 between 1998 and 2011.
|Ruud Van Nistelrooy
-- This is a blog team for Netherlands, excluding players from North and South Holland. North and South Holland are the two biggest provinces in Netherlands. The Netherlands is also referred to as Holland in various languages, including English. The region of Holland proper consists of North and South Holland. So this team cannot be considered to be "Holland" because it is aboutr provinces outside the Holland proper.
-- I do not think it is an interesting team because the rest of Holland offers no regional ties. There are no real conclusion that I can come up through this (although I do not offer any conclusion in any of my blogs). Except Zeeland, the nine remaining provinces are not located next to the North Sea.
-- North and South Holland has the largest populations in the Netherlands. North Brabant and Gelderland are 3rd and 4th. North Brabant has a population about 2.5 million and Gelderland 2 million. North Holland has only 2.8 million and South Holland 3.8 million. So this combined region is not small.
-- Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Marco Van Basten, Wim Suurbier, Jaap Stam, Williem Van Hanegem and Arjen Robben are members of my Netherland All-Time Team. Hans Van Breukelen, Ariel Haan, Wesley Sneijder, Kees Rijvers, Marc Overmars, Mark Van Bommel, Willy van de Kerkho, Jan Wouters and Barry Hulshoff are also among the best in their positions in their generation. Many of them should be on my Netherlands All-Time Team. This core of team is better than most nations around the world.
-- The emerge of Dutch football started with Johan Cruyff. The eras before him is sometimes known as "BC" or before Cruyff. Kees Rijvers is the best Dutch player before Cruyff "BC".
-- Arjen Robben won a Champions' League with Bayern Munich. He took Netherlands to the Final of the 2010 World Cup Finals. If he did not have as many injuries, his status in the history of the game would have been higher. I rated him as good as the other star players of his generation.
-- Wesley Sneijder won the 2010 Champions' League with Inter Milan and took Netherlands to the Final of the World Cup Finals in 2010. For a single year, he was the best in the world. He deserved more recognition, but unfortunately, his performance has been inconsistent.
-- Rene Van de Kerkhof is the twin brother of Willy. He only made honorable mention. He was a very talented midfielders. This said something about the talents on this team. I also left off Phillip Cocu (North Brabant).
-- Willem Van Hanegem was widely considered the second best Dutch player after Johan Cruyff. He was before my time, but I watched a lot of footage of him at the 1974 World Cup Finals. he is the type of players that I enjoyed and admired. I often listed him as my favorite player. He was born in Zeeland.