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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

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

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


Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission