The Dutch in the English Premier League: symbolic team


In the history of the Premier League, there have been and are many bright legionnaires from the Netherlands. Many of them have become real legends of the tournament and will forever remain in the memory of the fans of their clubs. The site offers its own version of the symbolic Dutch team, made up of players who played in England.

Place at the gates of this virtual team is occupied by Edwin Van Der Sar. The goalkeeper, known for playing for Manchester United, played in the Premier League from 2001 to 2011. As a substitute for van der Sar, you can invite his former teammate in the national team, Ed de Gui, who worked for a long time at the gates of the London Chelsea.

The back three is Jap Stam, Virgil Van Dijk and Giovanni Van Bronkhorst. The first at some point became the most expensive defensive player in history. As part of Manchester United, Stam won 3 championships and the Champions League. Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk continues to play for the club today, whose fans have long recognized him as their legend. Van Bronkhorst’s English career does not look too brilliant compared to his colleagues, but his performance for Arsenal is also remembered.

Midfield and attack

Place to left in the midfield of the symbolic team will take Mark Overmars. At some time, this player brought real horror to Arsenal’s rivals with his speed. Edgar Davids will play in the center. Experienced fans remember him for his performances for the Italian Juventus, but there was also a London period in the career of the famous “Pit bull” when he played for Tottenham. Despite the fact that the best years of Arjen Robben also passed in another championship, Chelsea fans speak of him mostly laudatory. If not for the injury, the famous winger could have stayed at Stamford Bridge for a much longer period.

The most difficult thing for journalists of the site in determining the composition of the national team was the choice of forwards. Here, the competition turned out to be much higher than in other lines, because at different times the following legendary forwards played in the Premier League:

  • Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
  • Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Man. United)
  • Robin Van Persie (Arsenal, Manchester United);
  • Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool)
  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Leeds, etc.);
  • Ruud Gullit (Chelsea);
  • Patrick Kluivert (Newcastle United).

Bergkamp’s place at the base is definitely beyond doubt. The Non-Flying Dutchman has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements. It is difficult to leave on the bench such super-scorers, which were at one time Van Nistelrooy and Van Persie. In the fight for the last position on the field, the editors’ choice fell on Dirk Kuyt, who demonstrated a game of the highest level for many years. The rest of the forwards also got quite an honorary role as a substitute.

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