We’ve got one game left of the 2022/23 Eredivisie season and Feyenoord are celebrating being crowned Dutch champions.
Not too long ago it was a close battle for the title with five teams separated by just six points but Feyenoord have secured a first championship since 2016/17.
Ajax are the defending champions but they have struggled this season, suffering a seven-game winless run earlier this year that seriously hampered their title changes and saw Alfred Schreuder replaced by John Heitinga. They also lost recently to Feyenoord, missing the opportunity to turn a five-point gap back into two.
PSV, meanwhile, is set to join Feyenoord in next season’s Champions League. AZ have fallen to fourth and will battle Ajax for a place in the Europa League play-off.
At the other end of the table, Cambuur and Groningen are on their way to the Eerste Divisie. The relegation play-off spot will be occupied by Emmen with Excelsior and Volendam recently staving off any chances of demotion.
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PSV are embarking on their title challenge without Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke, two very big names for them to lose in the January transfer window. It’s a story Eredivisie fans have become too familiar with, watching their brightest talents sold onto the so-called bigger leagues. And PSV and Ajax are not protected by their stature.
Remarkably, Gakpo and Madueke wouldn’t get anywhere near the attack of an XI built solely of players sold by PSV, such is the quality on display particularly around the late 90s and early 2000s.
We start, however, in defence for PSV and a back three of Ronald Koeman, Jaap Stam and Andre Ooijer. Koeman spent three years at PSV between 1986 and 1989 before moving onto Barcelona where he stepped up as one of the best defenders in Europe, claiming four La Liga titles and one Champions League. Stam spent just two seasons with PSV but helped them to win the league in 1996/97 before joining Man Utd and forming part of their Treble-winning side. And Ooijer may not be the most legendary name, but he was a solid performer in the Premier League with Blackburn having spent nine years at PSV – rejoining them after his stay in Lancashire. Keeping goal is Heurelho Gomes, who spent four years at PSV in his first spell in Europe before becoming a household name at Tottenham.
Then we go slightly unorthodox with our midfield, playing a very attacking 3-4-3. Holding firm at the centre is Phillip Cocu, who won one Eredivisie title before moving onto Barcelona where he enjoyed six seasons and one La Liga title, unfortunately leaving before they would shoot to the top of world football. Fortunately for PSV, Cocu returned and added another three league titles. Ruud Gullit is a football legend, most remembered for his time at AC Milan, not some may not know that he joined the Italian club from PSV. In a more attacking role, Gullit scored 53 goals in 75 appearances for PSV, winning two league titles.
The wide midfielders are Arjen Robben and Park Ji-sung, both of whom left PSV for the Premier League. Robben spent two years at PSV and his partnership with Mateja Kezman, dubbed Batman and Robben, helped the club to a league title before Chelsea snapped up the duo. Robben’s time at Chelsea was successful but also hampered by injuries, and he truly hit his peak at Bayern Munich, winning just the eight Bundesliga titles and one Champions League. Park, meanwhile, joined PSV as a relatively unknown star from his native South Korea but two seasons were enough to catch the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson. In total, Park spent seven years at Man Utd and was perhaps one of the most underrated players in the team among those outside the Red Devils faithful, helping them return to the top of English football.
Then we have the forwards. Three Rs. And a V and an N. RVN = Ruud van Nistelrooy, another player who would eventually switch PSV for Man Utd, but his record at the Dutch club is frankly ridiculous, netting 77 goals in 90 games across all competitions. PSV are widely known as the club where one Brazilian forward made his mark on Europe, but before we get to him, Romario also started his career in the continent at PSV. In total, Romario spent five seasons at PSV and scored 165 goals in 167 games, winning three league titles before joining Barcelona in 1995. Joining Romario in PSV’s attack for his final season was, of course, Ronaldo, who followed his compatriot from Brazil to the Netherlands. Ronaldo had just two seasons with PSV before following Romario once more, this time to Barcelona, but that didn’t stop him from scoring 54 goals in 57 games. Are PSV the best European club for Brazilian legends?
Over at Ajax, and their XI is pretty ridiculous too. We’re sticking with a very Ajax 4-3-3 for this, starting with Edwin van der Sar between the sticks. One of the best goalkeepers of all time, Van der Sar joined Ajax as a 20-year-old and formed part of their golden generation, winning four league titles, the UEFA Cup and Champions League. He then left for Juventus and later Fulham, but Van der Sar reemerged at the top of his game with Manchester United, adding another four league titles and Champions League while breaking records along the way.
Before Ronald Koeman was PSV, he was Ajax, spending three years at the club, and winning the Eredivisie once. He then added another three league titles with PSV not to mention the European Cup before joining Barcelona. But for Ajax he’s joined by Cristian Chivu, who will be remembered for his time at Inter Milan, becoming something of a legend there. Chivu spent four years with Ajax, winning a league and cup double in 2001/12 before moving onto Roma and then Inter. At Inter, Chivu won three league titles and, of course, the Champions League as part of their 2009/10 Treble.
At full-back, we’re utilising the fact that Frank de Boer had multiple positions, and had an 11-year Ajax career in which he won five league titles, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League before joining Barcelona. On the other side Mario Melchiot came through the youth system at Ajax and won the league title with the club before joining Chelsea, forming part of the Blues side that were building towards eventually becoming Premier League champions.
There won’t be many better midfields than this. First off we’ve got Frank Rijkaard, one of the best midfielders of his time. Rijkaard first joined Ajax’s academy before breaking into the first team in 1980, winning three league titles and three KNVB Cups. He left for Sporting CP but further built his legacy in five wonderful seasons with AC Milan, winning two Serie A titles and two European Cups. Rijkaard did return to Ajax later in his career to claim another Champions League. Then there’s Edgar Davids, who rose through the ranks of Ajax’s academy to help the club to three league titles, the UEFA Cup and Champions League, before moving onto AC Milan. Davids then took Italian football by storm with Juventus, winning three Serie A titles with the Bianconeri. Clarence Seedorf completes our midfield trio, which is also a trio that would also likely feature in an AC Milan all-time XI. Coming through the academy, Seedorf was only part of Ajax’s first team for three years before moving to Italy, but he did win the Champions League in 1994/95 alongside two league titles. Seedorf’s time at Sampdoria was relatively uneventful but in spells at Real Madrid and AC Milan, the Dutch midfielder added another three Champions League titles.
Up front is a trio of Dutch royalty. Dennis Bergkamp played seven seasons in Ajax’s first team having come through the academy, winning the league, UEFA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup before moving onto Inter Milan. But Bergkamp would become a legend at Arsenal, forming part of their Invincibles side, not to mention winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. Marco van Basten is next up, one of the greatest players in football history, and scored 152 goals in 172 games for Ajax across six seasons. But they couldn’t keep hold of him when AC Milan came knocking. In Italy, Van Basten scored 125 goals in 201 games and won the Champions League three times. He could have done so much more too, but injuries got the better of him. And finally, the king. Johan Cruyff is an eight-time Eredivisie winner and three-win European Cup winner, while also claiming the Ballon d’Or on three occasions during his time at Ajax. Cruyff continued his domination of football at Barcelona, and will go down as one of the greatest players ever.
So who has the better XI?
Eredivisie fixtures | Latest
Sunday 28th May
- AZ vs PSV (1:30pm, UK time)
- Cambuur vs RKC Waalwijk (1:30pm, UK time)
- Feyenoord vs Vitesse (1:30pm, UK time)
- Fortuna Sittard vs NEC (1:30pm, UK time)
- Groningen vs Sparta Rotterdam (1:30pm, UK time)
- Heerenveen vs Go Ahead Eagles (1:30pm, UK time)
- Twente vs Ajax (1:30pm, UK time)
- Utrecht vs Emmen (1:30pm, UK time)
- Volendam vs Excelsior (1:30pm, UK time)
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