Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ronaldo, Ronald, Ronnie, Ron etc All-Time Team

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.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published 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.

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Ronaldinho and Cristano Ronaldo

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

It's Miller/Muller time
All Diegos Team
Italian players with surname ending with an "i"
What if Ronaldo and Messi playing for Australia in 2006
Brazilian players who shared names with historical figures

The idea of this blog team came because of the fact that Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cristano Ronaldo shared the same name.  Together, they won 8 Ballon D'or titles at the time of writing.  It is the only name that have multi winners.

Ronaldo is a Spanish and Portuguese form of the name Ronald. Ronald is a masculine given name derived from the Old Norse Rögnvaldr. In some cases Ronald is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Raghnall, a name likewise derived from Rögnvaldr. The latter name is composed of the Old Norse elements regin ("advice", "decision") and valdr ("ruler", "brightness").  Ronald was originally used in England and Scotland, where Scandinavian influences were once substantial, although now the name is common throughout the English-speaking world.  A short form of Ronald is Ron. Pet forms of Ronald include Roni, and Ronnie. The names Renaud/Renault and Reynold/Reinhold are cognates from French and German respectively. 

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for players whose names are Ronaldo, Ronald, or Ron.  Since this is not a national team, the team consists of 25 players.
Ronaldinho and Ronaldo
GK: Ronnie Simpson (Scotland)
Ronnie Simpson was one of the "Lisbon Lions" who won the European Cup in 1967.  He also played for Queen's Park, Third Lanark and Hibernian. He represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics, but he did not play for Scotland until 1966.  He set a new record for being the oldest player to make his Scotland debut, aged 36 years and 196 days.  He only played 5 times for Scotland. He was Celtics' greatest ever keeper.

GK: Ronaldo Giovanelli (Brazil)
Ronaldo Giovanelli began his career with Corinthians. He played over 600 games for Corinthians from 1986 and 1998.  He won Campeonato Paulista in 1988, 1995 and 1997.  He played for many clubs after leaving them in 1998.  He won the Bola de Prata award for the best goalkeeper in 1990 and 1994.  He was capped twice in 1993.
Ronaldo Giovanelli 

GK: Ronaldo Vieira Passocs (Brazil)
Ronaldo Vieira Passocs helped Esparto Clube Bahia to win the 1988 Brazilian Championship (Campeonato Brasileiro), where he was the team's starting goalkeeper. He started as a reserve, but became a starter after Sidmar left the club. In 1991, he moved to to rival Vitoria.  With them, he won Campeonato Baiano: 1992, 1995, 1996.

RB: Ronaldo Moraes (Brazil)
Ronaldo Moraes started with Corinthians in 1982,  but he began his professional career on loan with Paraná. He went to Grêmio in 1985, where he was champion in Rio Grande do Sul that year. He also played for Botafogo in Ribeirão Preto. For Brazil, he competed in the 1984 Olympic Games winning the silver medal.  He had 6 senior caps.

CB: Ronald Koeman  (Netherlands)
Ronald Koeman was the rock solid sweeper of Holland's Euro1988 team.  He was capped 78 times. He also won two European Cups, one each for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona FC.  He scored the winning goal for Barcelona's victory in 1992. The Cup was Barcelona FC's first ever European Cup.  In the Netherlands, he played for all of the "big three" clubs, namely Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.
Ronald Koeman
CB: Naldo "Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues" (Brazil)
Naldo began his football career with RS Futebol and Juventude in Brazil.  He moved to Germany in 2005.  He played with Werder Bremen form 2005 to 2012.  He then played for Wolvesburg and Schalke 04. For Brazil, he had 4 caps, but was called up numerous times. He was a part of the team that won the Copa America in 2007, but did not play in the tournament.

CB: Ron Yeats (Scotland)
Ron Yeats joined Liverpool in 1961 from Dundee United. He was the captain of the Liverpool side that won the promotion to the top level and began nearly 25 years of successes in England.   He then spent a decade at Liverpool captaining them to three trophies in the mid 1960s. He later had three years as player/manager at Tranmere Rovers. He  was also player/manager at Barrow and Santa Barbara Condors.

CB: Ronaldo Guiaro (Brazil) 
Ronaldo Guiaro started playing with Guarani Futebol Clube, moving to Clube Atlético Mineiro shortly after. In 1996, he joined S.L. Benfica in Portugal.  After five seasons with Benfica, Ronaldo signed for Beşiktaş J.K. in Turkey.  He later played with Santos and Aris Thessaloniki.  He played every matches for Brazil at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

CB: Ronaldão (Brazil)
Ronaldão spent most of his career with Sao Paulo.  Between 1994 and 1995, he played for Shimizu S-Pulse.  He later played for Santos, Flamengo and Ponte Preta.  He played 14 times in the Seleção between 1991–1995, scored two goals, and won the 1994 World Cup as an injury replacement for Ricardo Gomes.  Because of him, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was at one point known as Ronaldinho.
CB: Ron Harris (England) 
Known by the nickname "Chopper", Harris played for Chelsea between 1961 and 1980. Harris is widely regarded as one of the toughest defenders of his era.   He captained Chelsea as it won the FA Cup in 1970.  Then, he helped Chelsea to win the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later in 1971, Chelsea's first ever trophy in Europe.  He finally left Chelsea in 1980 to become a player-coach at Brentford.

LB/LW: Rónald Matarrita (Costa Rica)
From 2012 to 2016, Matarrita played for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.  In 2016, he joined NY City FC.  For the national team, he made his senior debut on 5 September 2015 in a friendly against Brazil.  Matarrita was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but was ruled out of the tournament three days before Costa Rica's debut due to a harmstring injury.  

CM/LH: Ron Burgess (Wales)
Ron Burgess was a miner before becoming a footballer. He spent majority of his career with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He was the captain of Tottenham Hotspurs' League champion team in 1951. Burgess joined Swansea Town in 1954 as a player and played until 1956, taking over as manager of Swansea Town from 1955 to 1958. For Wales, he played 32 times and was the captain.
Ron Burgess 
DM: Reinaldo Merlo (Argentina)
Reinaldo Merlo played his entire career for River Plate as a defensive midfielder. He was part of the midfield that conquered a string of championships under coach Ángel Labruna between 1975 and 1981. He made over 500 appearances for River Plate. He made 42 appearances in the Superclasico, more than any other player in history.

LM/CM: Ronnie Whelan (Ireland)
Whelan played for Liverpool during the 1980's, where he won the 1983-1984 European Cup and 6 league titles. He was ranked the 30th greatest player for Liverpool.  Whelan finished his career at Southend United, where he was also player-manager.  He was capped 53 times, and played at Euro 1988 and the WC Finals in 1990 and 1994 for Ireland.

RW/RM: Ronald De Boer (Netherlands)
On the professional club level, De Boer played for Ajax ,Twente , Barcelona, Rangers, Al-Rayyan and Al-Shamal. De Boer won 67 caps and scored 13 goals for the Netherlands national team. He played for Holland in the 1994 and the 1998 World Cups, where he played in six matches and scored two goals. He missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Brazil in the 1998 semi-finals. De Boer also played in Euro 1996 and Euro 2000.
Ronald De Boer
RH/RM/RW/RB: Ronnie Clayton (England)
Ronnie Clayton made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in the 1950–51 season with Blackburn Rovers, and between then and 1969 made 581 appearances for his only Football League club. He then became player-manager of Morecambe.  At the international level, Clayton was capped 35 times for England, including five as captain. He was part of England's team at the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

AM: Reynald Pedros (France)
Pedros played as a left-footed attacking midfielder, formed in Nantes. He was part of the magic trio of FC Nantes with Patrice Loko and Nicolas Ouédec. He won the Ligue 1 title with Nantes in 1995. The following year he reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. His career suffered after 1996.  He played for many clubs, including Mariselle, Nastia, Napoli, Parma, Lyon, etc.  Capped 25 times.  His reputation suffered after Euro 1996, where he missed a penalty against the Czech Republic.

AM/FW/LW: Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Ronaldinho was a member of tyhe "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002.  He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team. 

FW: Ronaldo Gonçalves Drummond (Brazil)
Ronaldo is the first cousin of Tostao.  From 1963 to 1972, he played for Aletico Mineiro.  He debuted at Palmeiras on May 26, 1972 in a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in Spain.  With, Palmeiras,  he won the Campeão Paulista in 1972 and 1974, and the Brasileiro in 1972 and 1973.  He could play anywhere in the attack.  He was capped once by Brazil in 1968.

FW/LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Ronaldo is one of the greatest forward of his generation.  He is the most expensive players in history from 2009-2013 when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won the Ballon d'Or winner twice and won Champions' League titles with both Manchester United and Real Madrid.  He helped Portugal to reach the Final of European Championship in 2004 and 2016, winning it in 2016.  
Naldo vs Ronaldo
FW: Rinaldo (Brazil)
From 1964 to 1967, Rinaldo played for Palmeiras.  He also played for Náutico, Fluminense, Auto Esporte, Treze and Coritiba, ending his career in 1972 with União Barbarense.  From 1964 to 1967, he played 11 games and scored 5 goals for Brazil. He was one of the 47 players called up by Vicente Feola before the 1966 World Cup Finals, but he was not included in team who participated in the tournament.

FW: Renaldo (Brazil)
Renaldo played for more than 15 different clubs in his country, most notably for Clube Atlético Mineiro.  In 1996, he was Campeonato Brasileiro Série A joint top scorer.  That year, he earned his first cap and secured a move to Deportivo La Coruna in Spain.  After four unsuccessful seasons with the Spanish clubs, his career went through a downfall.

ST: Reinaldo (Brazil)
Reinaldo was a hero at Atlético Mineiro, where the fans called him the "King"("o Rei", in Portuguese, which also served as a pun on his name).  He was their all-time leading scorer.  He still holds the record of highest goal average per game in the Brazilian league, with 1.55 goals per match. He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985.  For the national team, he earned 37 caps and went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.

ST: Ronald Cerritos (El Salvador)
Cerritos has spent the bulk of his career playing in MLS, being signed by the league in1997.  His best stint was with San Jose Clash(Earthquakes).  He later played with Dallas Burn, DC United and Houston Dynamo.  He is a member of San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Flame.  For El Salvador, he has over 70 caps between 1993 and 2008.

ST: Ronaldo (Brazil)
Ronaldo was widely considered among the greatest ever to have played the game.  He led Brazil to two World Cup Finals match, winning the one in 2002.  He scored 8 goals in 2002.  He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times.  He is the second top-scorer in World Cup history.  He played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan. 

Honorable Mention
Ronnie McKinnon (Scotland), Ronny (Brazil), Ron Atkinson (Scotland), Ron Greenwood (England), Ronny Jiménez (Bolivia), Ronaldo Sánchez (Bolivia), Ron Springetti (England), Ronaldo Peña (Venezuela), Ronaldo Pompeu (Brazil), Ronny Johnsen (Norway), Ron Vlaar (Holland), Ronnie O'Brien (Ireland), Ronnie Whelan Sr (Ireland), Ronny Jiménez (Bolivia), Ronny Rosenthal (Israel), Ron Davis (Wales), Ronaldo Vieira (Guinea Bissau/Portugal/England), Ronald Araújo (Uruguay).

Squad Explanation
-- The idea of this blog team came because of the fact that Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cristano Ronaldo shared the same name.  So I did try to include as many "Ronaldos" as possible.  Of course, there are not enough footballers of note with the name Ronaldo so I included Ronald and other forms of the name.
-- So the blog is more about the name "Ronaldo".  I have given priority to players with the name Ronaldo or "do" at the back over simply "Ron" or "Ronald.  And I am trying to be as confusing as possible.  
-- I digged and digged.  I only came up with 10 players of note named "Ronaldo".  In addition, I did see about 10 more players with that name playing in Brazil.  Of course, I do not envision myself finding every single footballer named "Ronaldo" in the world.  
-- Renato is not a form of "Ronald".
-- Ronaldo ("Phenomenon") was at one point known as "Ronaldinho"(Little Ronaldo).  He was playing with "Ronaldão" (Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus) on the national team.  "Ronaldão"  was known as "Ronaldo" before the emerge of the "Phenomenon".  With the two on same team, he became "Ronaldão" (Big Ronaldo) while Ronaldo  ("Phenomenon") was known as Ronaldinho.
-- Ronaldo and Ronaldão were on the 1994 World Cup team.  They also played together on the same lineup during the Umbre Cup and the Copa America in 1995.
-- Around 1999, another "Ronaldo" emerged in Brazil.  At first, he was known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho.  Now, he is better known as Ronaldinho.  Of course, he was the one who played with PSV, Barcelona, AC Milan, etc. Meanwhile,  the "Phenomenon" had became "Ronaldo" because Ronaldão was no longer on the national team.  
-- Ronaldo Guiaro played with Ronaldo at the 1996 Olympic team. 
-- Ronaldo Moraes and Ronaldão played 4 times together for Brazil between 1991 and 1992.
-- Of course, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho won a World Cup for Brazil in 2002.  
-- Cristiano Ronaldo was named after Ronald Reagan.  He wore Real Madrid number 9 jersey for a single season, which was Ronaldo's number at Madrid.
-- Goalkeeper Ronaldo Giovanelli was the starting goalkeeper for Brazil against Germany on November, 1993.  He was listed as "Ronaldo II", but no other Ronaldo played with him that day.  While still playing for Corinthians, he was the lead singer of the band "Ronaldo e os Impedidos (Ronaldo and the Offsiders)".  He is a member of my Corinthians All-Time Team.
-- Ronaldo Vieira Passocs is a member of my Esporte Clube Bahia All-Time team.
-- Both Ronaldo Giovanelli and Ronaldo Vieira Passocs edged out Ron Springetti and Ronnie Hellstrom because of their name "Ronaldo". Both Springetti and Hellstrom were much more famous goalkeepers.
-- I took Ronnie Simpson over Ronnie Hellstrom because Simpson's full name is Ronald while Hellstrom is simply "Ronnie".
-- My team has a goalkeeper named Ronaldo Vieira Passocs and then, I put a midfielder named Ronaldo Vieira (Guinea Bissau/Portugal/England) on honorable mention.
-- Ronaldo Vieira (Guinea Bissau/Portugal/England) has a twin brother named Romario.  They were named after Brazil footballers, Ronaldo and Romário.  Born in Guinea Bissau, they were raised in Portugal and England.  I put him on honorable mention for now.
-- I selected 6 centerbacks. Ronnie McKinnon (Scotland), Ron Vaar (Netherlands) and Ronny Johnsen (Norway) are probably better players than Ronaldo Guiaro, but I took the Brazilian for his name. Both Johnsen and Vaar are not named "Ronald".  I also did the same for Naldo.  Naldo's full name is Ronaldo Aparecido Rodrigues.  Anyway, he is a member of my Werder Bremen All-Time team.
--  Ron Clayton was one of the first seven players to be inducted into Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame.  He was a right-half, which I put him as a right midfielder.  He can be used as a rightback (unsure), I think. So I only selected a single rightback Ronaldo Moraes and left Ronny Jiménez (Bolivia) out.  Ronny Jiménez seemed to be a journayman in Bolivia, despite being capped by Bolivia. 
-- The team has no real leftback, except Rónald Matarrita of Costa Rica.
-- George Best was actually registered as Ronald Samuel Best on his birth certificate, but his name was changed to George.  If Best is on the team, I would use a 4-4-2 formation with him on the right wing and Ronaldinho on the left.  Ronaldo and Cristano Ronaldo would then play upfront.  But I decided not to go with George Best.
-- Ron Atkinson (Scotland) and Ron Greenwood were famous managers from the United Kingdom.
-- Reynald is a French form of Ronald.  So I took Reynald Pedros.
-- Reinaldo is also a Spanish or Portuguese form of "Reynold" and "Reynold" also came from the name "Rognvald".  He was probably the best player on the team after Ronaldo, Cristano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.  In Brazil, he was considered among the greatest strikers. 
-- Reinaldo Merlo is on my River Plate All-Time team.
-- Ronaldo Gonçalves Drummond is a first cousin of Tostão.  He played once for Brazil in December, 19th 1968 at Estádio Mineirão, scoring a goal in a 3-2 win over Yugoslavia.  The match appeared to be Brazil "B" team as every member of the Brazilian team played club football for Atlético Mineiro.  It was the only match managed by Yustrich for Brazil too. He was coaching Atlético Mineiro in 1968. Two days earlier, Brazil also played and beat Yugoslavia with a lineup including Pele, Gerson, Rivelino, Carlos Alberto, Tostão, etc at Estádio do Maracanã.
-- The last two spots was between Ron Davis, Renaldo and Rinaldo.  I decided to drop Ron Davis (Wales) and selected Renaldo and Rinaldo.  Renaldo is a Portuguese form of "Ronald".  Although Ron Davis' name is "Ronald Davis", Renaldo's name has a "do".  The idea of the team was to be as "confusing" as possible.  
-- Rinaldo was capped 11 times for Brazil in the 1960's, but I do not know if the name is a form of "Ronaldo".  The team might be more confusing with him on the team than Ron Davis.
-- When Renaldo joined Deportivo La Coruna, he said:  "I am like Ronaldo, but with an "e"".  He turned into one of the club's worst ever signings. 
-- Ronnie O'Brien was also on the original team, but I dropped him.  He enjoyed a cult status in the world of football. In 1999, he made news around when he was released by Middlesbrough without ever playing a first team game and suddenly, found himself signed by Juventus.  Later, he was named the MLS All-Star: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and MLS Best XI twice.  It is impossible to rate him against other players in question.  
-- I took Ronald Cerritos over Ronny Rosenthal.  I do believe that Rosenthal is more famous than Cerritos, but Rosenthal's first name is Ronny, not Ronald. 
-- Ronaldo Peña (Venezuela) has not been capped at the senior level.

Formation I
This is a Brazilian 4-2-2-2 formation.  I do not know if Reynald Pedros can play as a right midfielder.  I also move Ronald Koeman to the midfield while forcing Ron Burgess to play as a leftback.  Ron Harris and Naldo might be more famous than Ronaldão, but I want to start "Big Ronaldo".

Formation II
The formation consists of 9 "Ronaldos" plus Reinaldo and Reinaldo Merlo. 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dutch players with surname starting with "Van" All-Time team

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.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published 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.

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Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Rafael van der Vaart 
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

North HollandSouth Holand.
The rest of Netherlands excluding North and South Holland
Netherlands All-Time Team After Johan Cruyff
Netherlands 2002
Netherlands before Johan Cruyff (BC)
Dutch-Indos/Indonesia-born Dutch All-Time Team
Netherlands Euro 1984
It's Miller/Muller time
All Diegos Team
Italian players with surname ending with an "i"
Ronaldo, Ronald, Ronnie, Ron, etc All-Time team
Brazilian footballers who shared names with historical figures

"Van" is a preposition in the Dutch and Afrikaans languages, meaning "of" or "from" depending on the context (similar to de and di in the Romance languages).

"van" is a very common prefix in Dutch language surnames, where it is known as a tussenvoegsel. In those cases it nearly always refers to a certain, often quite distant, ancestor's place of origin or residence; for example, Ludwig van Beethoven "from Bettenhoven" and Rembrandt van Rijn "from the Rhine".

In surnames, it can appear by itself or in combination with an article (compare French de la, de l'). The most common cases of this are "van de", "van der" and "van den", where the articles are all current or archaic forms of the article de "the". Less common are van het and van 't, which use the similar but grammatically neuter article het. The contraction ver- or van der is also common and can be written as a single word with the rest of the surname; an example being Johannes Vermeer (van der meer "of the lake").

This is my selection of the  all-time 23 member team for Dutch players with "Van" as a part of their surnames.  All players here has chosen to represent the Netherlands.

GK: Edwin Van Der Sar 
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:  Jan Van Beveren
Jan van Beveren was considered one of the best keepers in the 1970's.  In 1970, Van Beveren joined PSV Eindhoven, where he won three Eredivisie titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup in 1978. His career with the national team was cut short because of a feud with Johan Cruyff. He did not go to the World Cup Finals in 1974 as a result.

GK: Hans Van Breukelen 
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.

RB: Berry van Aerle
Berry Van Aerle spent 13 years with PSV Eindhoven, helping them to five leagues, which he helped capture the 1988 European Cup.  For the national team, he earned 35 senior caps.  He helped Netherlands to win European Champion in 1988.  It was the first ever international trophy won by Netherlands He was also selected for the 1990 World Cup and the European Championship in 1992. 
Berry van Aerle
RB: Sjef van Run 
Born 1904, Sjef van Run was capped 25 times in the 1930's.  He played for the Dutch National team in the 1934 World Cup Finals, held in France. For his club career, he played his entire career with PSV Eindhoven, appearing in 359 league matches between 1926 and 1942. He died in 1973 at the age of 69.

CB: Virgil van Dijk 
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 
CB: Henk van der Linden
Van der Linden joined AFC Ajax from AVV TOG in 1939. During the Second World War, he moved played for Be Quick. After the war, he returned to Ajax. He made his debut with the Dutch national team in 1946 against Luxembourg. The central defender was captain of Oranje in two international matches in 1947.  In total, he had 7 caps.

CB: Michel van de Korput
At age 15, Van de Korput joined Feyenoord.  In 1974, shortly before his eighteenth birthday, he made his debut with the first team of Feyenoord.  Between 1980 and 1983, he played for Torino in Italy.  Then, he rejoined Feyenoord.  He was a part of Johan Cruyff's league winning season with Feyenoord.  He played 23 times for the Netherlands.

CB: Cor Van der Hart 
He became the third Dutch player in history to play board and one of the first professional player in Holland when he joined Lille in 1950.  Before that, he played for Ajax.  Widely considered one of the best Dutch defender in history.  He had 44 caps, but the cap total largely was limited because the KNVB suspended all players that left the country to play professional football. 

LB/DM:  Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst played for Netherlands 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 Netherlands at World Cup 2010, where Netherlands finished second.  It was his last international match. He played 106 times for Netherlands  He also played club football with Feyenoord, Barcelona, Arsenal and Rangers. 
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst 
LB: Adri Van Tiggelen 
Adri 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 World Cup Finals in 1990 and European Championship in 1992.  He played mainly for Sparta Rotterdam early on in his career.  He later moved to Anderlectd and PSV.

DM: Mark van Bommel 
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 Holland reached the Final of the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. 

CM: Willy van de Kerkhof 
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.
Willy van de Kerkhof 
CM/LM: Puck Van Heel 
Puck Van Heel was an inside-left and left wing-half in the 1930's. He spent his entire career with Feyenoord.  He was a cornerstone of the Feyenoord success preceding the World War II, winning five Eredivisie Championships and two KNVB Cups. During his time there, he became the team captain for the club. He was capped 64 times, a record until 1979.  He went to the World Cup finals in 1934 and 1938. 

CM: Willem Van Hanegem 
In the Netherlands, Willem Van Hanegem was widely considered the second best Dutch player in the 1970's and perhaps, the greatest player for Feyenoord. He won the European Cup with Feyenoord in 1970.  He was capped 52 times between 1968 and 1979.  He was an important player at the World Cup Finals in 1974, but he missed the WC Finals in 1978.  He also played in NASL.  His nickname was  De Kromme (The Crooked). 
Willem Van Hanegem

RW: Rene van de kerkhof 
Willy's twin brother.  His best year was in 1978 while playing for PSV.  He was the runners-up at the World Cup, he also won the UEFA Cup, the Dutch championship and the KNVB Beker.  He also played in Hong Kong.  Before the 1978 World Cup final, the opponent Argentinians objected to the cast he wore on his injured forearm which delayed his participation in the Final.

LW: John van 't Schip 
Born in Canada, Van 't Schip began his career in the Jong Ajax youth academy. He would spend the next 11 seasons with the club. During this period he became league champion in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1990, and cup champion in 1983, 1986 and 1987. He also helped Ajax win the 1987 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1992 UEFA Cup. After Ajax's UEFA Cup victory, he was bought by Italian team Genoa, where he played four seasons.

AM: Willy van der Kuijlen 
In 1964, he was signed by PSV. Van der Kuijlen ended up playing for the club 18 years, winning three Eredivisie titles, two domestic cups and the UEFA Cup in 1978. He was also crowned Eredivisie top scorer three times. After short periods with MVV Maastricht and Overpelt, he retired at age 37.  Capped 22 times.  His international career was limited due to his clashes with Johan Cruyff.

AM: Rafael van der Vaart 
Rafael Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax's youth academy and worked his way into the first team. He moved to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Hamburg in 2012. He earned 109 caps for the Netherlands between 2001 and 2013. He represented the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups.
Rafael van der Vaart 
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.

ST:  Marco Van Basten 
Marco 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
ST: Cor van der Gijp
Cor Van der Gijp made his professional debut at SC Emma. From 1955 to 1964,  he played for Feyenoord.  He is their all-time leading scorer. From 1964 to 1967, he plated for Blauw Wit.  He played 13 times for the Dutch national team between 1954 and 1961. He represented them at the 1952 Olympic Games.

ST: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
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. He played in 2006 World Cup and two European Championship. 
Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Honorable Mention
Dolf van Kol, Cees van Ierssel,  Ulrich van Gobbel, Theo van Duivenbod,  Henk van der LindenPiere van Hooijdonk, Dick van Dijk, Gregory van der Wiel, Gerald Vanenburg, Peter van Vossen, Piet van der Kuil, Andy Van De Melde, Joop van Nellen, Fons van Wissen, Tonny van der Linden, Noud van Melis, René van der Gijp, Lothar van Gogh, Jan van Schijndel,  Dolf van Kol.

Squad Explanation
--  Edwin Van Der Sar, Jan Van Beveren and Hans Van Breukelen were obvious choices.  They took the top three spots. Piet Van Reenen is the all-time leading scorer for Ajax.Gejus van der Meulen was the fourth keeper.  He held the Dutch cap record for goalkeepers from 3 March 1928 until 21 June 1990.  He fell into disgrace in the late 1940s due to his collaboration with Nazi Germany.  Adri van Male was also considered.
-- Lothar van Gogh was a full cousin of Vincent van Gogh.  He played twice for Holland.  I do not know much about him.  I selected him based his interesting background.
-- Gerald Vanenburg was not considered a part of the "Van" team.  LOL.  I put him on honorable mention for fun.
-- Virgil van Dijk is one of the best player in the world as of 2020.  He finished second in the Ballon d'or, an award that should be given to him in 2019.  No many defender finished so high in the award.
--  Cor Van der Hart was a pioneer in Dutch football. He was one of the first players to play outside of the Netherlands.
-- The team lacked a suitable 4th centerback.  Henk van der Linden who is my 4th back was the only name I came across.  I also found Dolf van Kol, but I have no idea who he was.
--  Sjef van Run edged out Gregory van der Wiel.  He was considered one of PSV's greatest rightback after Eric Gerets.
-- Most of the players selected are from the 1970's onward. I do not know much about the older players such as Evert van Linge, Jan van Schijndel, Adri van Male, Fons van Wissen, Henk van Spaandonck, Tonny van der Linden and Noud van Melis.  I left them off the team.
-- Jan van Breda Kolff was just a name whose playing career I knew almost nothing.  Both his son and grandson, however, were NBA basketball players in the US.  His son Butch van Breda Kolff played for e New York Knicks .  He was a head coach of LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, etc.  His grandson Jan van Breda Kolff played in the NBA with what was then New Jersey Nets.  I considered this as an interesting information.
-- Willem Van Hanegem was known for his 1974 World Cup performance.  He also was a legend with Feyenoord.
--  Rene van de kerkhof took Netherlands to the 1978 World Cup Finals.  I also took his twin brother Rene.  Both were underrated.
-- I found Rafael van der Vaart underrated.  I also selected  Puck Van Heel from the 1930's.
-- I always feel Pierre van Hooijdonk's career was limited by not playing for a bigger club.  His exposure to fans outside that region was limited.  He also played in the same generation as many good Dutch strikers.  For this team, I have Marco Van Basten, Robin Van Persie and Ruud Van Nistelrooy ahead of him.  
-- Marco 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.  Ruud Van Nistelrooy was a prolific goal scorer. He won the top scorer award in three different European domestic leagues.  This team also had Robin Van Persie, who had a decorated career.
-- Cor van der Gijp is Feyenoord's All-Time leading scorer, and Piet van Reenen is Ajax's all-time leading scorer.  Pierre Van Hooijdonk lost out to the pair.
-- Belgium also have some all-time "Van-something" players such as Wilfried Van Moer, Paul Van Himst and Franky Van Der Elst.

I used three midfielders who might get into each other way.  Willem Van Hanegem was actually not a pure defensive midfielder, but more of a deep lying playmakers.  Van Bommel's duty is to defend.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy on the left is out of position.  I could start John van 't Schip over Van Bommel or Willy Van de Kerkhof and switch to 4-4-2.