Holland Football University wants to be able to connect with clients through different ranges of social media. Now up and running to be followed are our Holland Football University Instagram & Twitter.
These social media sights will be used to find out information in regards to our Training & Summer Camps that are coming up later this year. Due to the launch of our new accounts, we wanted to engage the followers with a “Touch of Dutch”.
We have decided to take our followers on a journey, which will show them how Dutch players have come through the Dutch system and have learnt the Dutch way and therefore taken their talents to Top Leagues around Europe.
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Our first stop: The Premier League
One of the best league that is well documented all around the world, with a significant fan base and revenue that it generates is the English Barclays Premier League. Currently the league has 20 Dutch players playing at: Aston Villa, Manchester United (2), Newcastle (5), Southampton (3), Stoke (2), Sunderland (2), Swansea (2), Tottenham, and Watford (2)
Over the years, the Premier league have seen some talented Dutch players that have been noticed as being “one of the best” during their time.
Top 5 Exceptional Dutch players:
5. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had a playing career at Chelsea, Leeds and Middlesbrough. He’s currently still within the Top 10 of all time Premier League top scorers after scoring 127 times. Currently Hasselbaink is the manager of championship side Queens Park Rangers.
4. Another prolific goal scorer is Ruud Van Nistelrooy who moved from PSV to Manchester United in 2001. During his 5 years spell at Manchester United He managed to score 95 time in 150 appearances for the club. This form saw him move to Real Madrid in 2006.
3. Edwin Van Der Sar who was another Manchester United team mate. He started his career at Ajax before making a move to Juventus and Fulham. He became the replacement of a united great in Peter Schmeicheal and won many honours during his time at Man United such as; Premier league (4), Champions League (2), Nierderlandischier Meister (4), English Capital Cup (2), Niederlandischer Pokalsieger (3), Fifa Club, Dutch Super Cup (2), UEFA Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Super cup and Community Shield (4).
2. Robin Van Persie has over the years been an icon when it comes to Dutch football and especially as a centre forward. A player that came from the youth systems at Feynoord, went onto to play at Arsenal FC for 8 years. Although he was plagued with injuries for a period of time, he did manage to score 96 times for the gunners and had a remarkable injury less season before his controversy move to Manchester United in 2012. However the Hype of the transfer had no impact on Robin Van Persie performance as in his first season he was awarded the leagues Golden Boot after scoring 26 times. This contributed to Manchester United winning the Premier League that season.
1. However the one Dutch player that stands out of his fellow Dutch colleagues would have to be Dennis Bergkamp. The 2 time Dutch player had an outstanding 11 years career at Arsenal Fc, were he scored 120 goals in 420 games for the club and was also part of the ‘Invincible’s’ that one the League title.
The philosophy that was taught back then when those players were in the youth system back in the Netherlands is the one that is being taught right now. The only different is, to play in the top league such as the English Premier League you need to adapt your game. This doesn’t mean just technical aspect of it but also the physical and mental aspect of it too. We look forward to follow our new Dutch stars in England now, to see how they combine the Dutch technique and intelligence with the speed and power of the most exciting league of Europe.