'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 the Author
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.