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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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Eredivisie - Best Players

Golden boot - Player of the year

Year Winner Club Nationality
1982 Martin Haar Haarlem  Netherlands
1983 Piet Schrijvers Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1984 Johan Cruijff Feyenoord Rotterdam  Netherlands
1985 Frank Rijkaard Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1986 Ruud Gullit PSV Eindhoven  Netherlands
1987 Frank Rijkaard Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1988 Gerald Vanenburg PSV Eindhoven  Netherlands
1989 Gerald Vanenburg PSV Eindhoven  Netherlands
1990 Edward Sturing Vitesse  Netherlands
1991 Hennie Meijer FC Groningen  Netherlands
1992 John Metgod Feyenoord Rotterdam  Netherlands
1993 Marc Overmars Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1994 Ed de Goey Feyenoord Rotterdam  Netherlands
1995 Danny Blind Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1996 Danny Blind Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1997 Jaap Stam PSV Eindhoven  Netherlands
1998 Edwin van der Sar Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
1999 Michael Mols FC Utrecht  Netherlands
2000 Jurek Dudek Feyenoord Rotterdam  Poland
2001 Johann Vogel PSV Eindhoven  Switzerland
2002 Cristian Chivu Ajax Amsterdam  Rumania
2003 Dirk Kuijt FC Utrecht  Netherlands
2004 Maxwell Ajax Amsterdam  Brazil
2005 Mark van Bommel PSV Eindhoven  Netherlands
2006 Dirk Kuijt Feyenoord Rotterdam  Netherlands
2007 Afonso Alves SC Heerenveen  Brazil
2008 John Heitinga Ajax Amsterdam  Netherlands
2009 Mounir El Hamdaoui AZ Alkmaar Morocco
2010 Luis Suarez Ajax Amsterdam Uruguay

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