One of the Greatest Dutch Football Defenders of All Time- Japp Staam
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One of the Greatest Dutch Football Defenders of All Time- Japp Staam

Jaap Staam is without any doubt amongst the greatest Dutch defenders of all time. Staam was known for his strong tackling and great attitude during football matches. The Dutchman has played for Manchester United and AC Milan football club. Jaap Staam won the Best defender award in the football season of 1998 to 1999. Staam made his name whilst playing for PSV Eindhoven football club. Staam helped PSV Eindhoven football club win the Dutch domestic league title in the football season of 1996 to 1997. His performances on the football pitch eventually earned him a contract offer from Manchester United football club. Manchester United signed the Dutch defender for ten point six million pounds.

Jaap Staam is without any doubt amongst the greatest Dutch defenders of all time. Staam was known for his strong tackling and great attitude during football matches. The Dutchman has played for Manchester United and AC Milan football club. Jaap Staam won the Best defender award in the football season of 1998 to 1999. Staam made his name whilst playing for PSV Eindhoven football club. Staam helped PSV Eindhoven football club win the Dutch domestic league title in the football season of 1996 to 1997. His performances on the football pitch eventually earned him a contract offer from Manchester United football club. Manchester United signed the Dutch defender for ten point six million pounds.

Jaap Staam won the Premier League title, FA cup and the Champions League competition with Manchester United football club. Staam was also part of the treble wining Manchester United football side in the year 1999. Staam had three successful football seasons with Manchester United football club and then left the English football side for Italian football team Lazio. With Lazio football club he won the Coppa Italia competition. Staam then left Lazio for AC Milan football club after the Euro International competition. In the year 2005 Staam helped AC Milan reach the Champions League final which AC Milan lost to English football team Liverpool football club.

In the year 2006 Japp Staam decided to move back to his home country Netherlands in order to join Dutch football side Ajax. The talented Dutch football defender signed a two year contract which Ajax paid two point five million to AC Milan for the signing of Jaap Staam. Staam was appointed the captain of Ajax football club. He guided the Ajax football team to a KNVB football trophy. He won another Dutch Cup in the football season of 2007 to 2008 with Ajax football club. In the end of the 2007 and 2008 football season Jaap Staam declared his retirement from professional football.

At International level Staam has played in World cups and Euro Championships for Holland’s international football team. Staam made his official debut for Holland’s international football team in the year 1996. He also took part in the 1998 FIFA World Cup for Holland’s international football side. Staam made his debut for the Netherlands on 24 April 1996, in the 1–0 defeat to Germany. He was also an important player in the Dutch team that finished fourth in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Also Staam helped Netherland play in the semi-final of the Euro 2000 Championship. Staam is regarded as one of the greatest Dutch defenders of al time in world football.

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