Jaap Stam Profile

Jaap Stam

Jakob Stam, born Kampen, Neth­er­lands, Ju­ly 17, 1972. Jaap Stam played for Dutch clubs FC Zwolle, Cam­buur Leeuwarden, Willem II, and PSV Eind­hoven be­fore he was bro­ught to Man­chester Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of £10.75 mil­lion at the be­gin­ning of the 1998-99 sea­son. A bruis­ing and power­ful de­fender, Stam made his fir­st ap­pear­ance in the Pre­mier Lea­gue for Uni­ted in a 2-2 draw to Lei­cester City at Old Traf­ford on the 15th of Au­gust 1998. 

Jaap Stam spent three un­for­get­table sea­sons wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted dur­ing which time the play­er won three Pre­mier Lea­gue titles, the FA Cup, the In­ter­con­tin­ent­al Cup, and the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue, in­clud­ing the coveted tre­ble in 1999. Af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 79 ap­pear­ances in the Pre­mier Lea­gue for Man­chester Uni­ted, the stop­per was sold to Itali­an Serie A out­fit Lazio for an es­tim­ated trans­fer fee of ar­ound £16.5 mil­lion at the start of the 2001-02 cam­paign. The Dutch­man ev­entually left The White and Sky Blues for their bit­ter ad­versar­ies Mil­an at the end of the 2003-04 sea­son, be­fore he made his re­turn to the Neth­er­lands just two years la­ter to join for­ces wi­th Dutch Ere­divis­ie te­am Ajax. Whi­le at The Am­s­ter­dam Arena, the com­mand­ing centre back pro­ceeded to col­lect the Dutch Cup and two Dutch Su­per Cups wi­th the club. Capped 67 times by Hol­land, Stam was han­ded his in­ter­na­tion­al seni­or de­but for the coun­try of his bir­th by man­ager Guus Hid­dink in a 1-0 friendly de­feat to his­tor­ic­al en­emies Ger­many at Fey­enoord Sta­dium on the 24th of April 1996, and the long serving stal­wart was a reg­u­lar mem­ber of the im­mensely tal­en­ted te­am which qual­i­fied for the Wor­ld Cup in 1998 as well as the Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship in 2000 and 2004. He la­ter went in­to man­agement wi­th Read­ing whom he took to the Cham­pi­on­ship play-offs in 2017. Built phys­ic­ally on the lines of a tank, the sol­id Jaap Stam also had very much of that vehicle´s aura of au­thor­ity about him. Jaap Stam Play­ing Ca­reer: FC Zwolle, SC Cam­buur, Willem II, PSV Eind­hoven, Man­chester Uni­ted, Lazio, Mil­an, Ajax. Man­aging Ca­reer: Reading.

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