Jaap Stam

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Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam met fan cropped.jpg
Stam in training for Ajax in 2006
Personal information
Full name Jakob Stam
Date of birth (1972-07-17) 17 July 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Jong Ajax (assistant)
Youth career
1988–1992 DOS Kampen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 FC Zwolle 32 (1)
1993–1995 SC Cambuur 66 (3)
1995–1996 Willem II 19 (1)
1996–1998 PSV Eindhoven 76 (12)
1998–2001 Manchester United 79 (1)
2001–2004 Lazio 70 (3)
2004–2006 Milan 42 (1)
2006–2007 Ajax 31 (1)
Total 415 (23)
National team
1996–2004 Netherlands 67 (3)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Manchester United (scout)
2009 FC Zwolle (interim)
2011–2013 FC Zwolle (assistant)
2013–2014 Ajax (assistant)
2014– Jong Ajax (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Jakob "Jaap" Stam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːp ˈstɑm]; born 17 July 1972) is a Dutch football coach and former player who is currently an assistant coach at Ajax.

Born in Kampen, he played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax before retiring in October 2007. As well as club trophies, he won several personal awards, including being voted the best defender in the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League.[2] He was known for possessing "a rare combination of speed, strength and ball-playing ability",[3] as well as an excellent positional sense.[4]

Stam played 67 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring three goals. He was in their squads for three European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Stam started his career with local amateur football club DOS Kampen. On 15 August 1992, Stam made his professional debut for FC Zwolle in a 1–1 draw against SC Heracles in the Eerste Divisie. He became a first team regular right away and moved to Eredivisie side Cambuur Leeuwarden for the following season, but relegated in his first season which brought him back into the Eerste Divisie. Two seasons at Cambuur earned him a transfer to Eredivisie side Willem II. At Willem II he impressed at the Eredivisie level straight away, which meant his final breakthrough. A shock 1–0 home victory over Ajax led to Stam's transfer to PSV Eindhoven in the same season in which they eventually won the KNVB Cup, his first professional trophy.


Stam was a key player for PSV in the 1996–97 season, as the team won the Eredivisie Championship and the Johan Cruijff-schaal; Stam won the VVCS Footballer of the Year award.

In 1998, Stam became the then most expensive Dutch football player in history and the most expensive defender in history, when Manchester United bought him for £10.6 million.

Manchester United[edit]

Stam spent three seasons at Manchester United, during which time United won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League. He scored his only goal for the club in a 6–2 away victory against Leicester City.[5]

Early in the 2001–02 season, Stam was controversially sold to Lazio in Italy, after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly furious with allegations Stam had made in his autobiography Head to Head about himself and the club. Stam made numerous statements in the book about his views on opposing players, and notoriously alleged that Ferguson's approach to buy him was done without the permission of PSV Eindhoven.[6] Laurent Blanc was signed as his replacement.

However, Alex Ferguson has since described the decision to sell Stam as an error: "At the time he had just come back from an achilles injury and we thought he had just lost a little bit. We got the offer from Lazio, £16.5m for a centre-back who was 29. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. But in playing terms it was a mistake. He is still playing for Ajax at a really good level."[7] On the financial report Manchester United announced the fee was £15.3 million.[8]


During his time with Lazio, Stam was found guilty of having the banned steroid nandrolone in his system following a Serie A game,[9] and received a five-month ban, which was eventually reduced by a month after appeals.[10] He was the second Lazio player suspended in 2001, after Fernando Couto. Stam returned to be an integral part of a Lazio side that struggled financially, but still retained its status as a top club in spite of several top players leaving.

In his last season at the club, he won the Coppa d'Italia.


Stam joined Milan after Euro 2004. He reached his second Champions League final with the Rossoneri in 2005, but was a runner-up after his team was defeated by Liverpool in a penalty shootout.[11]


On 30 January 2006, it was announced that he would return to the Eredivisie and play for Ajax, where he signed a two-year contract for €2.5 million transfer fee. Stam was named team captain upon his arrival at the club. In his first season, he won both the Johan Cruijff-schaal and the KNVB Cup, and another Johan Cruijff-schaal was added to his trophies at the start of the 2007–08 season.

On 29 October 2007, he announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect after playing six league games for Ajax in Eredivisie 2007-08. His last game was in a 0–0 draw against N.E.C on 20 October 2007.

Post career[edit]

In October 2008 Stam returned to Manchester United as a scout for the club, responsible for most of South America.[12][13]

In 2011 Stam became an assistant coach for PEC Zwolle, a position he held for two seasons after Kieron Hogendoorn vacated the role.

Following his stint with Zwolle, Stam took a three-year contract with AFC Ajax as an assistant coach, and as defensive trainer starting in the 2013-14 Eredivisie season.[14]

Soccer Aid[edit]

Stam has been involved with Soccer Aid, which puts celebrities and football legends together in two teams; England and Rest of the World for a charity game in aid of Unicef. Stam first appeared in Series 2 of Soccer Aid in 2008, where he played ninety minutes in his favoured centre-back position. Stam was on the losing side as Rest of the World fell to a 4–3 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium. Most notable players to be included in the Rest of the World 2008 squad include Paolo Di Canio and Luis Figo.

Stam also appeared in Soccer Aid for Series 4, playing for Rest of the World who lost 3–1. Former Blackburn Rovers star Robbie Savage picked Stam as one of the best players in the match.

During Series 5 of Soccer Aid Stam was named as Man of the Match.

International career[edit]

Stam 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

During the Euro 2000, he reached another semi finals with the Dutch team, hosted in his home country and Belgium. Stam missed an important penalty kick in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals, which led to defeat against Italy.

Stam reached his third semi finals in an international competition with his nation during Euro 2004 in Portugal and retired from international football after the tournament. The reason cited for his international retirement was that he wanted to focus on his new team Milan and his family.

In total he played 67 matches for the Netherlands, scoring 3 goals.




Manchester United




Assistant coach[edit]


FC Zwolle

Career statistics[edit]

[16] [17]

Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zwolle 1992–93 Eerste Divisie 32 1
Cambuur 1993–94 Eredivisie 33 1
1994–95 Eerste Divisie 33 2
Total 66 3
Willem II 1995–96 Eredivisie 19 1
PSV Eindhoven 1995–96 Eredivisie 14 1
1996–97 33 7
1997–98 29 4
Total 76 12
Manchester United 1998–99 Premier League 30 1 7 0 0 0 13 0 1 0 51 1
1999–2000 33 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 5 0 51 0
2000–01 15 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 23 0
2001–02 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 79 1 8 0 0 0 32 0 8 0 127 1
Lazio 2001–02 Serie A 13 1
2002–03 28 0
2003–04 29 2
Total 70 3
Milan 2004–05 Serie A 17 0 2 0 1 0 8 1 28 1
2005–06 25 1 3 0 0 0 9 0 37 1
Total 42 1 5 0 1 0 17 1 65 2
Ajax 2006–07 Eredivisie 25 1
2007–08 6 0
Total 31 1
Career total 415 23


Netherlands senior team
Year Apps Goals
1996 4 0
1997 6 1
1998 14 1
1999 4 1
2000 8 0
2001 7 0
2002 5 0
2003 9 0
2004 10 0
Total 67 3


  • Stam, J., with Butler, J. (contrib.) (2002), Head to Head, Willow Publishing, ISBN 978-0007117093


  1. ^ Barnes, Justyn; Bostock, Adam; Butler, Cliff; Ferguson, Jim; Meek, David; Mitten, Andy; Pilger, Sam; Taylor, Frank OBE; Tyrrell, Tom (2001). The Official Manchester United Illustrated Encyclopedia. London: Manchester United Books. p. 116. ISBN 0-233-99964-7. 
  2. ^ "UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.com. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Player Profile". BBC Sport. 14 May 2000. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shevchenko appannato, Passoni sempre lucido" [Shevchenko obfuscated, Passoni always lucid] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Jones, Ken (16 January 1999). "O'Neill faces up to Premiership's harsh reality". London: The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Jaap Stam". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Harris, Nick (6 September 2007). "Ferguson will never talk to the BBC again". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  8. ^ http://production.investis.com/manutd/findata/reports/anrep01/chstat.pdf
  9. ^ "Stam suspension upheld". BBC. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Stam cleared to return". BBC. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  11. ^ "AC Milan 3–3 Liverpool (aet)". BBC Sport. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2007. 
  12. ^ "Douglas advised to ignore European interest". Sky Sports. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Gray, Ashley (10 October 2008). "Jaap Stam makes up with Sir Alex and signs up for United as a South American talent scout". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  14. ^ Langelaar, Jeroen (7 January 2013). "Jaap Stam keert als assistent-coach terug bij Ajax". Daily Mail (Netherlands). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.fifpro.org/en/events/world-xi/players?sortname2=2005
  16. ^ Jaap Stam at National-Football-Teams.com
  17. ^ Jaap Stam career statistics at Soccerbase
  18. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/stam-intl.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tomáš Galásek
Ajax captain
Succeeded by
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar