Monday, December 11, 2017

Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch Greatest All-Time Team


World Cup 2010
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Holland
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The rest of Holland excluding North and South Holland
Holland All-Time Team After Johan Cruyff
Holland 2002
French Black Players 
French Algerian
African American PlayersGerman Americans/American Germans
German Turks 
Hispanic/Latino American Players
Polish diaspora.
Black Portuguese Players
Afro-Brazilian Players 


Indonesia became a Dutch colony in 1800. Japan's World War II occupation dismantled much of the Dutch colonial state and economy. Following the Japanese surrender in 1945, Indonesian nationalists declared independence which they fought to secure during the subsequent Indonesian National Revolution. 

In early history of Dutch football, players born in Dutch East Indies played a big role. 31 players from there were capped by Holland.  The Dutch East Indies actually played in the 1938 World Cup Finals. A large number of Dutch-Indo players was also capped by Holland after Indonesia's independence.

This is my selection of All-Time Team for Dutch-Indos/Indonesian-born Dutch.  I am not only selecting Indo players. I am also including non-Asian Dutch players who were born in Indonesia.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.  

Team
GK: Just Göbel 
Born in Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Göbel who played for Vitesse Arnhem, succeeded Reinier Beeuwkes as the Dutch national goalkeeper in 1911. He was known for being the first Dutch keeper trying to catch the ball rather than stomp it away. He played 18 matches for the Dutch team, being best remembered for his numerous saves during the 2-1 win over England's amateurs and his bronze medal in the football tournament of the 1912 Summer Olympics.
Just Göbel 
GK: Dick MacNeill
Dick MacNeill was a Dutch goalkeeper, who represented Holland at the 1920 Summer Olympics. All of his caps came during the year 1920. There he won the bronze medal with the Netherlands national football team. He was born in 1898 in Pasuruan, Dutch East Indies.  For club football, he played for HVV Den Haag.

GK: Dennis Gentenaar
Dennis Gentenaar made his professional debut for NEC in 1995 aged 20. From the 2000–01 season,  he became NEC's starting goalkeeper. Since then he only missed nine appearances in five seasons; during the last three seasons he did not miss a single match. He later played for Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, VVV-Venlo and Almere City FC.  

CB/RB: John Heitinga 
John 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 World Cup Final in South Africa before losing to Spain 1-0.
 John Heitinga 
CB/RB: Sonny Silooy
Silooy is one of the legends of Ajax Amsterdam, playing over 250 league games for the Amsterdam club in two separate periods. Silooy also played for Matra Racing, Arminia Bielefeld, De Graafschap and the amateurs of GVV Unitas from Gorinchem. He played in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus, but missed a key penalty in the shootout which Ajax ultimately lost.  Earned 25 caps.

CB: Jaïro Riedewald 
A graduate of Ajax academy, Jaïro Riedewald played for Jong Ajax and Ajax.  In 2013, he scored two goals in his professional debut with Ajax, becoming the youngest scoring debutant in the club and league history with 17 years, 104 days. In 2017, he transferred to Crystal Palace.  At the time of writing, he had over 3 caps for Oranja. Riedewald is of mixed Dutch, Surinamese and Indonesian heritage. 

LB/CB: Wilfred Bouma
Wilfred Bouma won 37 caps for the Dutch national team.   He played in three European Championship: 2004, 2008 and 2012.  From 1994 to 2005, he played for PSV Eindhoven, where he played as a winger at one point.  In 2005, he moved to Aston Villa, where he spent 5 seasons and had a successful career before returning to PSV Eindhoven.  
Wilfred Bouma

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
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. 
 
LB: Stanley Brard
In 1977, Brard made his debut in the first team of Feyenoord in a match against FC Twente.  He was best remembered for the 1983-84 season, where he formed a strong partnership with Johan Cruyff who joined the club that year.  That year, Feyenoord won both the championship as well as the KNVB Cup. He also played for RKC Waalwijk.

DM: Nigel de Jong
De Jong  played for Ajax and Hamburg before moving to Manchester City in January 2009 where he became an important part of City's holding midfield. He moved to AC Milan in 2012 where he spent three and half years. He joined LA Galaxy in February 2016. At the time of writing, he plays for Galatasaray. He earns over 80 caps.  He was best remembered for his kung-fu kick against Xabi Alonso at the World Cup Final in 2010.
Nigel de Jong
DM: Denny Landzaat  
Landzaat was educated in Ajax's youth academy, but only played one league match for the club before moving on to have lengthy spells with MVV, Willem II and AZ. He was AZ's captain in the 2005–06 season, as they finished second in the Eredivisie. He later played for Wigan, Feyenoord, Twente and Willem II. Earned 28 caps.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006.

CM: Demy de Zeeuw
He played for AGOVV, Go Ahead Eagles, AZ and AFC Ajax. While at AZ he was a key player in the squad that won the 2008–09 Dutch league, the club's first championship victory in 28 years. Following this success he transferred to Ajax, with whom he won the 2009–10 Dutch Cup, and the 2010–11 Dutch league title. He had 27 caps and participated at Euro 2008 and South Africa 2010.
Demy de Zeeuw
CM: Leo Bosschart
Born in Dutch East Indies, Leo Bosschart captained Netherlands at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. There he won the bronze medal with Dutch national football team.  He had 19 caps between 1909 and 1920.  For his club career, he played for a club named Quick in the Hague.  He was educated as an engineer.

RW: Jeffrey Talan
Jeffrey Talan played club football for ADO Den Haag (1990–1995) and SC Heerenveen (1995–2003).  In 1998, Talan made his debut with Dutch national team.  In the run-up to the European Football Championship in 2000, he played a total of five times in Orange, but Talan missed the Finals because of a serious injury to his knee. He had 8 caps in total.
Jeffrey Talan
RW: Bart Latuheru
For domestic football, Bart Latuheru played for Excelsior, Vitesse, AZ and N.E.C. in Holland.  The prime of his career was spent with Excelsior and Vitesse. In 1989, he played a friendly game against Brazil for Holland. It was only cap.  He is of Moluccan heritage.  He was born in Capelle aan den IJssel.

LW: Simon Tahamata
With Ajax Simon Tahamata won the national title three times. (1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80).  He was known for his partnership with Tscheu la Ling , another player with Asain heritage. He also played for Standard Liège. With this team he became national champion twice (1981–82 and 1982–83). In 1984, he returned to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord. In 1987, he again joined the Belgian competition, playing for Beerschot and Germinal Ekeren. Capped 22 times.
Simon Tahamata
FW: Jason Oost
Jason Oost started his career at the Feyenoord Rotterdam youth team but signed his first professional contract with RKC Waalwijk in 2002.  In 2005, he moved to Sparta Rotterdam, where he became 'club top goalscorer' with 8 goals in the 2005-2006 season. In 2007 he joined VVV-Venlo. He also played De Graafschap in 2008 and with Belgian second division side, KVSK United. 

FW: Edu Snethlage
He was a member of the Dutch team that won the bronze medal in at the 1908 Summer Olympics. He became the all-time top scorer for the Dutch national team in 1909 with 7 goals. He improved his record by scoring three goals against Belgium on 1909-04-25. His record would stand until 1910, when Jan Thomée scored his eleventh goal for the Netherlands.

FW: Beb Bakhuys
In his club career, Bakhuys played  for HBS, Zwolsche AC, Zac and VVV.  He alsop had a spell with THOR in his native Dutch East Indies while working for the Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij in Surabaya. He became the second Dutch player to play outside of the country when he signed as a professional contract for FC Metz in 1937, in a move which ended his international career. Bakhuys scored 28 goals in 23 games for the Dutch national team. He represented them at the 1934 World Cup.

FW: Eddy de Neve
De Neve was born in Dutch East Indies, but moved to the Hague when he was nine or ten years old.  De Neve played for football club Quick, Velocitas Breda and HBS Craeyenhout (football club). He played in Holland's first ever international match, which was against Belgium in 1905. De Neve had scored all four Dutch goals in the team's first ever victory. In total, he scored six goals in three caps. He would remain the top scorer of the Dutch national team until 1909.

ST: Michael Mols
Michael Mols was a product of Ajax's youth system, but made his professional debuts in the second division, with Cambuur Leeuwarden. He also played for FC Twente, Rangers, Utrecht, ADO Den Haag and Feyenoord Rotterdam. His best years were with Rangers in Scotland. He also won the Dutch Golden Shoe in 1999.  Mols only won six caps, largely playing in the same generation of other great Dutch strikers.  
Michael Mols
ST: Roy Makaay 
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: Robin Van Persie 
Robin 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 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
Robin Van Persie
Honorable Mention
Jeffrey Leiwakabessy, Sergio van Dijk, Rick Talan, Eli Louhenapessy, Karel Heijting, Dé Kessler, Dolf Kessler, Bobby Petta.

Squad Explanation
-- The Indo people are Eurasian people who were a migrant population that associated themselves with and experienced the colonial culture of the former Dutch East Indies. It was used to describe people acknowledged to be of mixed Dutch and Indonesian descent, or it was a term used in the Dutch East Indies to apply to Europeans who had partial Asian ancestry.
-- I am also including European Dutch players born in the Dutch East Indonesia. Around 31 members of the Dutch national team in history were born over there. More players born in Dutch Indonesia have played for Holland than players born in Suriname. 
-- I am using "any Indonesian" blood rule.  So anybody who has Indonesian blood is considered.  Some players actually do not look Asian.
-- Beb Bakhuys, Just Göbel, Dick MacNeill, Leo Bosschart and Edu Snethlage were of European descent, but born in Dutch East Indies(Indonesia).
-- I do not know much about Karel Heijting, Dé and Dolf Kessler. So I excluded them.
-- Jaïro Riedewald is still too young to be considered.
-- Radja Nainggolan was born in Belgium and capped by Belgium.
-- Michael Mols' international career was limited by playing at the same generation as Roy Makaay, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Patrick Kuivert and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.  he was a very good player during his prime.  Makaay was also limited to 43 caps for Holland.

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