Stam in training for Ajax in 2006
|Full name||Jakob Stam|
|Date of birth||17 July 1972|
|Place of birth||Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2009||FC Zwolle (interim)|
|2011–2013||FC Zwolle (assistant)|
|2014–2016||Jong Ajax (assistant)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Kampen, he played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, 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. He was known for possessing "a rare combination of speed, strength and ball-playing ability", as well as an excellent positional sense.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Post career
- 4 Coaching and managerial career
- 5 Soccer Aid
- 6 Honours
- 7 Career statistics
- 8 Books
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 immediately impressed at the Eredivisie level, 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 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.
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. Laurent Blanc was signed as his replacement.
Ferguson, however, 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." On the financial report, Manchester United announced the fee was £15.3 million.
During his time with Lazio, Stam was found guilty of having the banned steroid nandrolone in his system following a Serie A game, and received a five-month ban, which was eventually reduced by a month after appeals. 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 Italia.
Stam joined Milan after UEFA 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.
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 a €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; another Johan Cruijff-schaal was added to his trophies at the start of the 2007–08 season.
On 29 October 2007, Stam announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect after playing six league games for Ajax in 2007–08. His last game was in a 0–0 draw against NEC on 20 October 2007.
During UEFA Euro 2000, he once again reached the 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 at 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, as well as his family.
In total, he played 67 matches for the Netherlands, scoring three goals.
Coaching and managerial career
In 2011, Stam became an assistant coach for PEC Zwolle, a position he held for two seasons after Kieron Hogendoorn vacated the role.
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 has appeared in four Soccer Aid matches 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
- Manchester United
- Premier League (3): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01
- FA Cup (1): 1998–99
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1998–99
- Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
- 1998 FIFA World Cup: Fourth place
- Dutch Footballer of the Year (1): 1997
- Dutch Golden Boot (1): 1997
- UEFA Club Best Defender of the Year (2): 1998–99, 1999–00
- Premier League PFA Team of the Year (3): 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01
- ESM Team of the Year (1): 1998–99
- Overseas Team of the Decade – Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992/3 – 2001/2)
- FIFPro World XI Nominee: 2005
- FC Zwolle
|Manchester United||1998–99||Premier League||30||1||7||0||0||0||13||0||1||0||51||1|
|Netherlands senior team|
- Stam, J., with Butler, J. (contrib.) (2002), Head to Head, Willow Publishing, ISBN 978-0007117093
- 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.
- "UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.com. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
- "Player Profile". BBC Sport. 14 May 2000. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Shevchenko appannato, Passoni sempre lucido" [Shevchenko obfuscated, Passoni always lucid] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- Jones, Ken (16 January 1999). "O'Neill faces up to Premiership's harsh reality". London: The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
- "Interview: Jaap Stam". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Harris, Nick (6 September 2007). "Ferguson will never talk to the BBC again". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- "Stam suspension upheld". BBC. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
- "Stam cleared to return". BBC. 4 March 2002. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
- "AC Milan 3–3 Liverpool (aet)". BBC Sport. 25 May 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
- "Douglas advised to ignore European interest". Sky Sports. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.
- 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.
- Langelaar, Jeroen (7 January 2013). "Jaap Stam keert als assistent-coach terug bij Ajax". Daily Mail (Netherlands). Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Jaap Stam appointed as manager". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "Liverpool and Manchester United legends are first football players for Soccer Aid line-up". Unicef. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
- Jaap Stam at National-Football-Teams.com
- Jaap Stam career statistics at Soccerbase
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- Official Ajax profile
- Voetbal International profile
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- World Footballer of the Year 1999 12th
- Voetbal International website and 2007/2008 presentation magazine