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This week, to mark our journey to the land of
Total Football, we've asked some of our favourite football
journalists and club bloggers to pay tribute to their favourite
Dutch player to have graced these shores.
Read on for our heptad of heroes from Holland...
Smooth operator: Arsenal's Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Stam represented the best of both worlds. He was a brick
outhouse, yet smart enough to read a game like he had written it;
he was a stopper with the pace of a sprinter; he had both cult and
mass appeal; he stayed only three years yet had the enduring impact
of a one-club man. Best of all, he intuitively understood and
adored what it meant to play for Manchester United.
Rob Smyth, the Guardian
Roy was at Forest for three seasons, but only in one did he really
show his class. Dovetailing with Stan Collymore, he didn't run so
much as hover, with a left foot as deadly as it was artful.
However, Roy wasn't quite the same after Collymore went. Ah, what
Fabian de Freitas
Not the longest-serving Dutch player Bolton have had, and probably
not the most talented either, but for his two goals in our 4-3
victory over Reading in the 1995 Play-off final De Freitas will
always be a hero to us. No amount of words can do justice to the
emotions evoked by those goals.
Bolton blogger Geoff Moss,
"Say ooh, la la, Sibon, c'mon c'mon," was a regular chant
in the Hillsborough stands as I grew up supporting Sheffield
Wednesday. The 6ft 6in striker became a cult hero as our top scorer
three years running, not least because of his trademark free-kicks.
My favourite? The cracker against Sheffield United in 2001. Pity we
Sheffield Wednesday blogger Joe Crann,
On one of Ipswich Town's greatest hits DVDs, John Motson says
Mühren had "a left foot like a velvet glove" - and who am I to
disagree with that assessment? The midfielder was a brilliant
passer, as illustrated by his ball to Marco van Basten for his
famous volley against the Soviet Union in the final of Euro
Ipswich blogger Phil
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Only four other players - Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Thierry
Henry and Didier Drogba - have also won the Premier League Golden
Boot more than once, underlining Hasselbaink's quality. He was both
a great goalscorer, and a scorer of great goals, which makes him
one of the great No9s.
(Read Michael's ode to Jimmy Floyd
Bergkamp's touch, vision, skill and finishing ability were on a
different planet to anybody else I ever played with. He was
ridiculously smooth. He also happened to be a lovely, quietly
funny, bloke too. A true ledge.
Former Arsenal player-turned-journalist Adrian
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