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Name Jaap Stam
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Asserted himself as one of the best defenders in the world before famously falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and leaving for Lazio. Ferguson would later admit to making a mistake. ‘At the time he had just come back from an achilles injury and we thought he had just lost a little bit,’ he wrote. ‘We got the offer from Lazio, £16.5m for a centre back who was 29. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. But in playing terms it was a mistake. He is still playing for Ajax at a really good level’

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach Feyenoord
Club as Player Ajax FC
  Lazio FC
  Manchester United

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Every team needs a player like Keane, someone who can control the game and dominate the tempo. Tactically and positionally he always got it right and is very good in one-on-one duels

2015 11 29 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] I played with him at United for a bit over three seasons, and we won a lot of trophies together. He’s the type of player who pushes everybody and keeps everybody sharp. He played very simple, and it looked very easy when you watch him play, but he was so important for the team

2016 02 03 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] He was a world-class player, [. . .] look at him technically, the skills he could do in very small areas. In England we know him very well, and of course in Holland, for the national team. He’s been very important for Dutch football because he stands for the football we want to play – you should be strong on the ball and score goals yourself, but also put someone else in the position to score goals, and sometimes show nice things on the pitch as well, and get past players in certain ways. I remember the goal against Newcastle, where he turns a player and scores a brilliant goal. That’s what he’s shown in Holland, and in England of course

2016 02 04 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] One of the best players ever produced by the Netherlands. Had a marvellous technique and goalscoring ability, but above all great situational awareness; he always knew where his team-mates were and how to bring them into the game. Wasn’t always a prolific goalscorer, but some of the goals he scored were incomparable. He was very clever at finding space and making himself available. He never stood still when he received the ball and that made it very difficult playing against him.

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] People tend to forget that defensively he was very strong, but he stands out because of his attacking impulses and energy. Cafu just kept going – up and down, up and down – and never gave up

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] I played with him at AC Milan, and he’s the type of full-back we like in Holland, who likes to take the initiative to attack, but also comes back as quick as he can to defend. He’s a great person as well. He’s played for the national team, won trophies for the national team, and he’s been outstanding for years and years

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quote on Roberto Carlos] His left leg seems to be made of iron. He had a fantastic shot, but thankfully I have never stood in the wall when he took a free-kick as I was always covering another player. If one of Carlos’s shots hit you on the head it could quite easily cause physical damage!