|5 Dutch-Indos were on the 2010 World Cup team
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
South East Asia(ASEAN)
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"
French Black Players
African American Players, German Americans/American Germans
Hispanic/Latino American Players
Black Portuguese Players
Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin PIO (Player of Indian Origin)
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.
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.
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 homegrown players such as Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart. He played there from 2001 to 2008. He also played for Atletico Madrid, Everton, Fulham and Hertha Berlin. He was a regular member of the Dutch national team from Euro 2004 to Euro 2012. He played 87 times for Holland. He was the starting centre-back in 2010 as Oranje reached the World Cup Final in South Africa before losing to Spain 1-0.
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
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 never played in the World Cup Finals. From 1994 to 2005, he played for PSV Eindhoven. He won the Eredivisie in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. In 2005, he moved to Aston Villa, where he had a successful career before returning to PSV.
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. He was uncapped.
DM: Nigel de Jong
Known as tough defensive midfielder, Nigel De Jong made his name with Ajax, Hamburger and Manchester City. At Manchester City, he helped the club to win their first ever Premiership. He moved to AC Milan in 2012 where he spent three and half years. He also played for Galatasaray, LA Galaxy, Maniz 05, etc. He is a regular member of the national team since 2004. He is probably best remembered for kung-fu kicking Xabi Alonso at the World Cup Final in 2010.
|Nigel de Jong
Denny 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 World Cup Finals in 2006.
CM: Demy de Zeeuw
Demy de Zeeuw 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 between 2007 and 2010. He participated at the European Championship in 2008 and the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
|Demy de Zeeuw
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 Championship in 2000, he played a total of five times for Holland, but Talan missed the Finals because of a serious injury to his knee. He had 8 caps in total between 1998 and 2000. He made his international debut against Peru in 1998. His brother Rick Talan was also a professional footballer.
For domestic club football, Bart Latuheru played for Excelsior, Vitesse, AZ and N.E.C. in the Netherlands. The prime of his career was spent with Excelsior and Vitesse. In 1989, he played a friendly game against Brazil for the Netherlands. 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. He was capped 22 times between 1979 and 1986.
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 abroad when he joined FC Metz in 1937, in a move which ended his international career. Bakhuys scored 28 goals in 23 games for the Holland. 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 a child. He played for football club Quick,Velocitas Breda and HBS Craeyenhout . 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.
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, where he played from 1999 to 2004. He also won the Dutch Golden Shoe in 1999 while playing for Utrecht. Mols only won six caps, largely playing in the same generation of other great Dutch strikers.
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. He later played for Fenerbahçe S.K. in Turkey. At the international level, he has earned 102 caps, helping Holland to finish second in 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. He captained the national team in Brazil, four years later.
|Robin Van Persie
Jeffrey Leiwakabessy, Sergio van Dijk, Rick Talan, Eli Louhenapessy, Karel Heijting, Dé Kessler, Dolf Kessler, Bobby Petta, Lother Van Gogh.
-- 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. And they also belonged to the Surnamese-Dutch.
-- I am excluding any player from the Dutch East Indies team that went to the 1938 World Cup Finals. They are honoured here with South East Asia(ASEAN).
-- Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is well-known about his Indonesian background. I do not know if people knows about Roy Makaay, Robin Van Persie and Nigel De Jong.
-- 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 Kessler and Dolf Kessler. So I excluded them.
-- Dé Kessler and Dolf Kessler were cousins. They were born in Dutch East Indies. Dé's brother Tonny was born in Hague while Dolf's brother Boeli was also born there.
-- Jaïro Riedewald is still too young to be considered.
-- Radja Nainggolan was born in Belgium and capped by Belgium. He is not eligible for this team.
-- 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.
-- Aron Winter was of Chinese and Indian descent from Suriname. I do not think he is Indonesia.
-- Five members of the 2010 Dutch World Cup team were selected into this team. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Robin Van Persie, Nigel De Jong, Demy de Zeeuw and John Heitinga were the other four. Giovanni van Bronckhorst served as the captain. Four of them started in the Final against Spain. Demy de Zeeuw was injured during the semifinal.
-- Nobody played on Holland's 1974 and 1978 World Cup team. Simon Tahamata made his national team debut in 1979. Both teams also did not carry a single Surinamese Dutch player. No one also played on the 1988 European Championship winning team.
-- A lot of players played before the Second World War. They were Europeans born in Dutch East Indies.
-- I do not know much about Lother Van Gogh's football career. His father was a full cousin of Vincent Van Gogh.