Marc Over­mars

The for­mer Ajax, Arse­nal and Barça winger picks a clas­sic Dutch 4-3-3, eight coun­try­men and a player-man­ager – but there’s English grit, too

Australian Four Four Two - - PERFORMANCE -

GK

RB

CB

CB

EDWIN VAN DER SAR

I was for­tu­nate enough to have played with many great goalkeepers, but Edwin de­serves this spot be­cause he man­aged to play at a world-class level for ba­si­cally the whole of his ca­reer.

MARTIN KE­OWN

He was hard as nails and feared by many a striker. I couldn’t leave him out of my team so I’ve moved him to the right – with Thierry Henry in front of him, we’d need some de­fen­sive power there.

FRANK RI­JKAARD

Our leader at Ajax when we won the Cham­pi­ons League un­der Louis van Gaal, he made sure the team’s balance was right and could play in mid­field, too, as he proved in that glo­ri­ous Milan team.

JAAP STAM

He was strong as a horse, faster than most peo­ple thought and very, very dif­fi­cult to get past. I al­ways pre­ferred hav­ing him on my team than hav­ing to con­front him with Manch­ester United.

LB

CM

CM

FRANK DE BOER

If you want to col­lect tro­phies, you need a true win­ner in your team. He was good at set­ting up the pass­ing game from the back, and also man­aged to score reg­u­larly. We still work to­gether at Ajax.

EDGAR DAVIDS

Just like Frank de Boer, he was a win­ner who’d take the rest of the team in tow when­ever nec­es­sary. But be­cause of his fight­ing at­ti­tude, peo­ple for­get he was tech­ni­cally out­stand­ing as well.

PHILLIP COCU

I al­ways thought highly of him: he was smart, had a great left foot, made the per­fect con­nec­tion be­tween de­fence and at­tack, and never let his team down. His great vi­sion as a player serves him well th­ese days as a coach at PSV.

AM

RW

CF

LW

RONALD­INHO

He was, without any doubt, one of the best I’ve ever played with. At Barcelona he could win games for us on his own. I’d al­low him to move freely across the pitch, as that’s when he’s at his best.

THIERRY HENRY

What can I say? He’s a liv­ing le­gend. I en­joyed my time with him at High­bury. We had a very strong team in those days, but the French­man was the one who stood out as a world-class player.

DENNIS BERGKAMP

A true ge­nius, he could de­stroy any de­fence with his splen­did touch – but he’s also a won­der­ful, mod­est guy and a team player who made us all bet­ter. He de­served that statue at the Emi­rates!

MARC OVER­MARS

I can pick my­self in this line-up, right? I wouldn’t miss the chance to play in this dream team if I could! I’d have the time of my life on the left wing of this – very at­tack­ing, granted – 4-3-3 for­ma­tion.

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