The Holland national soccer team has produced many outstanding players over the years, some of whom have gone on to become international soccer stars. Here’s a list of Holland’s greatest soccer players, including Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit. These players have made a significant impact on the game and are now in the hall of fame. Let’s get to the business of it, enough with all this blabber.
Holland Soccer Stars Johan Cruyff
Cruyff is the most prominent Dutch SPBO player and has achieved legendary status for his performances at Ajax Amsterdam FC Barcelona, Feyenoord, and other clubs. Cruyff is third on a list of the greatest soccer players of all time, closely following Maradona and Pele (some even claim he was more than Maradona because Maradona had brilliance mixed with poor games while Cruyfff maintained a high standard throughout his career). With his vision and game style on the pitch, Johan Cruyff redefined modern soccer. Many football experts agree that he was one of the most intelligent and calculated players to ever touch the ground.
Holland Soccer Stars Ruud Gullit
Gullit was a key player in Holland’s soccer team during the 80s/90s. He was also one of the first to define “complete midfielder” and was one of the most prominent players. Gullit could play any position his coach placed him in in the midfield, whether he was playing defensively or as a support player or attacking midfielder. He was able to bring Holland their first ever international cup, the 1988 European Championship, with Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten.
Holland Soccer Stars – Frank Rijkaard
Rijkaard, Gullit, and van Basten formed an internationally recognized midfield trio for AC Milan, his club, and his national team. AC Milan enjoyed a phenomenal period based on this triangle. They won the European Cup (today’s Champions League), twice, and the Serie A championship in two editions. The three players were also successful at the national level. Holland won the 1988 European Championship. Although Frank Rijkaard wasn’t as prominent as Ruud Gullit and van Basten, he played a more defensive role, but he was a formidable midfielder for any team.
Holland Soccer Stars Marco Van Basten
Johan Cruyff is still the greatest Holland soccer player of all time. Van Basten was close enough to reach that throne, and certainly closer than anyone else. Many people saw van Basten as Cruyff’s successor after his stellar career at Ajax, AC Milan and the goals he set for the Holland national soccer team. Van Basten, who was only 30 years old, suffered a devastating injury to his ankle in the middle of several seasons playing for AC Milan. He also won the 1988 European Championship with his country.
Holland Soccer Stars Dennis Bergkamp
Dennis Bergkamp was one of a select group of strikers. These were the guys who seem to be innocuous for 85 minutes, but then go on to destroy the opposing team. Bergkamp’s three most memorable attributes will likely be lost in soccer history: his fear of flying that prevented him from participating in overseas matches, his amazing goals, which were less than others, and his loyalty to Arsenal London, where Bergkamp played for 11 years.