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Jakob "Jaap" Stam   (*  17th July  1972  in  Kampen ) is a former  Dutch  Soccer player  and now  Soccer coach .

The central defender was once the most expensive defender in the world, he moved from the 1998  PSV Eindhoven  for about 18 million euros to the top British club  Manchester United .

Stam was called "The Wall", an allusion to his good tackle technique and his good header game.

After an argument with a coach  Alex Ferguson  Stam switched to the Italian in 2001 for EUR 25.75 million  Serie A club  Lazio Rome . However, Alex Ferguson confessed in 2010 that he regretted the sale.


In 2002, Stam was due  Doping abuse  with  Nandrolone  locked for five months.

In 2004 he switched to the  AC Milan , with whom he was under contract until the end of the 2005/06 season.

For the 2006/07 season, Jaap Stam returned to his home country for just under 3 million euros, where he was with the top Dutch club  Ajax Amsterdam  signed a contract. On October 29, 2007, Stam ended his career.

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