Now recognized as one of the best central defenders in the world, Jaap Stam was a huge influence in Manchester United's 1998/99 treble winning season and continues to earn the plaudits for his performances at both club level and for Holland. Stam reveals what it is like to play for his club.
Now recognized as one of the best central defenders in the world, Jaap Stam was a huge influence in Manchester United's 1998/99 treble winning season and continues to earn the plaudits for his performances at both club level and for Holland. In this his first book, Stam reveals what it is like to play for the biggest and most famous football club in the world, sharing the limelight with the likes of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Roy Keane. On boss Alex Ferguson, he explores the myth behind the man and his methods, and talks about training and match preparation, dressing room secrets at the time of their Treble success, and the transfer saga involving his former PSV team-mate Ruud Van Nistelrooy. There is also the hitherto untold story of the problems he encountered when first settling in at Old Trafford, how he almost missed out on his dream move, and the way he was written off at the time as "a waste of money" by the press.
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'Written off in his hometown before his career had even begun, Jaap Stam is now having the last laugh as the world's best defender' FourFourTwo
About Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam was born in Kampen, Holland in July 1972. He turned professional at the age 19 and played for Zwolle, Cambuur, Willem II and PSV Eindhoven before his record ?11 million signing by Manchester United in the summer of 1998. He has 35 caps for Holland, and writes a regular column for the Daily Telegraph. Jeremy Butler has followed Jaap's career ever since he joined United. Initially at the Hull Daily Mail and the Press Association, he started up his own sports news agency, Presspass, in 1996. He writes features for the News of the World, Sun, Mail on Sunday, and Total Football magazine.
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