Where is Jaap Stam now?
A rock at the back, former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam retired from playing in 2007 after a swan song season back in his native Holland with Ajax.
During Stam’s three seasons at Manchester United he won the Premier League on three occasions as well as winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Adored by the Man United fans for his non-nonsense displays on the pitch, they even created a song for him, ‘Jip Jaap Stam is a big Dutchman, get past him if you f*****g can. Try a little trick and he’ll make you look a d***, Jip Jaap, Jaap Stam.’
He was controversially sold to Lazio in 2001 after comments made about the club in his autobiography.
In addition to his trophy-haul at Manchester United, Stam also won the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, the Coppa Italia with Lazio and the Italian Super Cup with Milan.
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Upon retiring from playing Stam started scouting for Manchester United in South America as well as working at his former club PEC Zwolle in an assistant manager role.
Just before the 2013-14 season commenced, Stam was appointed as assistant coach and defensive trainer for AFC Ajax’s first team on a three-year contract.
After a promotion to the role of assistant coach of the AFC Ajax reserves team, Jaap Stam moved back to the UK in 2016 when he was appointed manager of Championship side Reading.
Stam had a successful first season with the club leading his side to the Championship play-off final where they unfortunately lost to Huddersfield Town.
Off the back of Reading’s success on the pitch Stam signed a new two-year contract keeping him at the club until 2019.
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Jaap Stam #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Jaap Stam was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in September 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Edwin van der Sar – a tough one between Edwin and Peter Schmeichel but I have chosed van der Sar as he is not only strong but very good with his feet.
RB – Cafu – this was an easy pick for me. Cafu would take the initiative and go and attack and then come back and defend just as quick.
CB – Jaap Stam – of course I am going to pick myself. Everyone is aware of my qualities and what I can do.
CB – Alessandro Nesta – we formed a very good partnership in defence whilst at AC Milan. When you play with experienced players at the highest level you don’t have to say what the other one has to do.
LB – Paolo Maldini – a great person who was really good with the young players. A really nice person to work with.
CM – Roy Keane – everyone team needs a player like this and Keane was so important for the team. He used to play it simple and just make it look easy.
RM – Clarence Seedorf – very strong on the ball and great stamina. Great at one-two’s whilst in possession and could score great goals too.
LM – Paul Scholes – one of the most underestimated players in the world and could’ve played for Barcelona.
RF – Dennis Bergkamp – a world-class player who was very important for Dutch football because he played the way we wanted to see it played.
CF – Ronaldo – played with him at PSV Eindhoven when he was very young but you could see that he was going to be a world-class player.
LF – Ryan Giggs – could get past players so easily and score great goals too. His crosses were always spot on too.
Jaap Stam: Premier League Statistics
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