Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

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Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Classical » 2009 Feb 05, 00:50

Club: AC Milan




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Wikipedia wrote:]Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard (born 30 September 1962) is a Dutch football manager and former player. Rijkaard has played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan, and represented his national side 73 times, scoring 10 goals. In his coaching career, he has been at the helm of the Dutch national side, Sparta Rotterdam and Barcelona. He is currently the head coach of Turkish Süper Lig side Galatasaray. His mother is Dutch and his father is Surinamese.


Ajax (1980–1987)

Rijkaard was just 17 when Ajax coach Leo Beenhakker gave him his senior squad debut 23 August 1980. He made an immediate impact, scoring for his team 0–3 in the 2–4 away victory over Go Ahead Eagles, the first league match in the 1980–81 season. He would play another 23 games for Ajax in his first season, netting a total of 4 goals. In 1981–82 he won his first Dutch Eredivisie championship with Ajax, and went on to successfully defend that title in the following 1982-83 season. Rijkaard stayed at Ajax for seven and a half seasons, as a central defender (1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85), a right midfielder and a central midfielder (1985–86). During this period he won the Dutch league championship three times (1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85) and the Dutch Cup (KNVB-Cup 3 times (1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87). In the 1986–87 season he won the European Cup II (Cup Winners' Cup) with Ajax (Final: Ajax 1-0 Lokomotiv Leipzig). In September 1987, what would have been Rijkaard's third season (1987–88) under Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff as head coach, Rijkaard stormed off the training field and vowed never to play under him again. He was signed by the Portuguese club Sporting CP, but he signed too late to be eligible to play in any competition. He was immediately loaned out to Spanish team Real Zaragoza, but upon completing his first season at Zaragoza, was signed by Italian side Milan.


Milan (1988–1993)

His five seasons at Milan made him a legend. It was coach Arrigo Sacchi who saw Rijkaard as playing a pivotal role at Milan and transformed the central defender into a world class holding midfielder, where the Dutchman's aggressive and firm style would go on to influence the likes of Patrick Vieira to replicate in future years. Playing alongside fellow country-men Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit, Rijkaard won the European Cup twice (in 1989 against Steaua Bucureşti and 1990, against Benfica) and the domestic Serie A championship twice. In the 1990 European Cup Final he scored the only goal to win the cup for Milan. He was also believed to have apologized to Cruijff while at Milan.

Rijkaard's temperament though, was still in question, that became evident when he spat multiple times on Rudi Völler during the 1990 FIFA World Cup, which the Dutch entered as favourites. The Netherlands went on to lose the match, in a tournament that was marred by a pre-tournament coach change and an underperforming squad. Rijkaard's spitting on Rudi Völler earned him the media nickname of "the llama", and for Völler accusations of racism.


Ajax return (1993–1995)

After five seasons in Italy, Rijkaard returned to Ajax in 1993. With Louis van Gaal at the helm, Rijkaard and Danny Blind formed the experienced defensive core of the Ajax team that won the first two of three consecutive Dutch Championships. Ajax were the unbeaten champions of the Netherlands in 1994–95 season and carried that success into Europe. In his final game, Rijkaard won the European Cup (which had been renamed as the Champions League) again, with a 1–0 victory over Milan in the 1995 final at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. He was named in the FIFA 100, Pele's list of the 125 World's Greatest Footballers.
[edit] International career (1981–1994)

On the international stage, Rijkaard made his debut for the Netherlands in 1981. He was part of the Dutch side that won Euro 1988 with a 2–0 win in the final over the Soviet Union, playing at center-back alongside Ronald Koeman. He won a total of 73 caps and scored 10 goals. Rijkaard also played for the Netherlands during the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups and at Euro 1992.

Rijkaard was involved in an unsavoury incident with Rudi Völler when West Germany played the Netherlands in the 1990 World Cup. Rijkaard was booked for a bad tackle on Völler, as Rijkaard took up position for the free kick he spat in Völler's hair. Völler complained to the referee and was booked as well. From the resulting free kick, Völler then dived, according to himself to avoid a collision with Dutch Keeper Hans van Breukelen, while others, notably Rijkaard and van Breukelen, saw it as a dive in hopes for a penalty. Van Breukelen was angry at this but Rijkaard again confronted Völler by twisting his ear and stamping on his foot. Both Völler and Rijkaard were sent off but Rijkaard again spat in Völler's hair as they left the pitch and was rumoured to have repeated this on the touchline. The German press nicknamed him "Llama" for his spitting.

At Euro 1992, Rijkaard scored a late equalizer for the Netherlands in a 2–2 draw with Denmark at the semi final stage but the Dutch went out on penalties. He made his final appearance for the Netherlands in the 3–2 defeat against eventual winners Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.


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Rijkaard was ranked 3rd in France Football Golden Ball in 1988 and 1989. He was also 3rd in FIFA Best Player in 1988 as well as for the best 11 of Euro Cup 1988.

Frank Rijkaard was one of the World's best ever defensive midfielders. The cornerstone of the amazing squads he played as well of the Mechanic Orange that delighted the world as no Orange Squad as done before or after that except for Classical Legend '74s Cruyff Team.

He gave power, stamina, progression and completeness to every team he belonged. In one word again - cornerstone.

One who could also play the center back of the defense as well as engaging on attacking moves with easy flair and aim some dead blast finishing too. He possessed enormous physical fit, and his aerial game was almost flawless, he jumped high and he knew how to head the ball, being it defensive or offensive played. Running and dribbling were also under his master which made him a complete player more than just a good defensive mid with great positioning and superior tackle ability.

His left foot was not a blind one, and several goals from mid-shooting (another trademark of Rijkaard) were scored with his left foot.

He won several titles with the teams he played, being part of a classic Ajax from the starting '80s to colossus Milan from late 80s to beginning of the '90s and finally newborn Ajax destined to regain the Champions League again. On the middle of that he was also a member of amazing Netherlands squad from the '80s until the mid '90s.

A legend of Modern Age football.


VIDEOS:


(check his long pass at 0:48)


(check his amazing heading at 1:16)


(some highlights)


(10 goals at Ajax time)


ADDITIONAL LINKS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rijkaard

http://www.frankrijkaard.org/

http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/frank-rijkaard/

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby sencesor » 2009 Feb 06, 14:46

Great stats mate, cheers. :P

Couple of notes:

Defence - 82
DA - 86
Technique - 87

Dont you think they all should be tad higher?

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby CDDRodrigo » 2009 Feb 06, 16:04

Thanks, you rock!

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby Classical » 2009 Feb 09, 11:01

sencesor wrote:Great stats mate, cheers. :P

Couple of notes:

Defence - 82
DA - 86
Technique - 87

Dont you think they all should be tad higher?



Hi there, ok I will explain my interpretation of these values:

defence: this version of Rijkaard its his position as a center mid, for that he couldn't get much defence value otherwise he would stick too much to defence and wouldn't get up in the field as much as he did. Nevertheless, he could play defence as this time (which he was on Netherland squad) and I gave him some stars that sided along his physical fit will still make him a worldclass defender.

da and tech: he was good at dribbling and had also good technique, he was not a master tough but these parameters were not his main force behind his quality, in fact they were complements of the amazing player he was.

These are my interpretations, but as usual I'm open to suggestions. Does anyone think he could get diferent values somewhere?

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby sencesor » 2009 Feb 09, 17:45

Yo, yo... :)

Regarding DA & technique I was thinking more 88 to both, but no biggi :P I accept your interpretation too. :)

Regarding defence, I have to disagree, because of two important reasons:

1. He deserve it. :)

He was a tower in midfield + (& maybe more important...) he was costumed to playing as cb as well, and not too shabby either... ;) .

2. This refers to your comment:

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

defence: this version of Rijkaard its his position as a center mid, for that he couldn't get much defence value otherwise he would stick too much to defence and wouldn't get up in the field as much as he did.


I am used to playing him as a dmf (best in the game no doubt :mrgreen: ) with default konami stats which are at. 78 (preaty sure) & df. 90 (positive), & believe me, that doesn’t stop him from going up field & being all over the place which he really was.

True, I don’t think he deserves 90, but also not 82, more something in the middle, & at least an 85.

Respect. 8-)

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby Classical » 2009 Feb 09, 22:57

I agree with suggestion of defence, and like you said most importantly, he deserves it because he was that good.

So that means I'm changing defence 82 to 86

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby crisfar » 2009 Mar 19, 19:25

Frankie Rijkaard was one of the best midfielder of his times, also great as CB, but here is very overrated in some areas...I saw him play live and I can recall the style of Vieira as midfielder...here are my sugg.:


Att. 80> 77- He was quite dangerous when going in attack but not at a level of any CF in positioning to deserve a 80

ACC 84> 80 -Pretty good speed but too long legs to have such acceleration

Agility 84> 79 - Not completely stiff, but he was anyway 190 cm for 187...

D A 86> 82 - Extremely confident with ball in feet but not exagerate like the above value

SA 81> 76 - S T 85 > 80 - Besides a powerful shot able to find the goal easily, but not at the level of a good striker...

Tec. 87> 84 - 87 is too much for him if you see who sits at this level...

For the rest the other values are quite reasonable...

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby Classical » 2009 Mar 19, 19:39

I see what you mean, and I admit I never saw him playing live.

Shall we see if someone has something to say about this? If nobody shows up I think there's no problem in making the suggestions you're pointing out come true.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD 1988/89

Postby Classical » 2009 Jul 14, 11:13

Lately there were a lot of changes and I do agree that this version of Rijkaard looks overrated. I will change it accordingly to Crisfar suggestions as they seem accurate to me.

Please give feedback if needed.

I also would like to review the others values.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Classical » 2010 Feb 22, 10:03

Updated to new formats

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Plava Čigra » 2010 Feb 22, 11:12

Mate, why have you gave him P20: Talisman? As far as I know that's very similar to *Playmaking, and he doesn't have *Playmaking... I think he should have S01: Reaction instead of P20: Talisman.

I've updated Rijkaard's Ajax stats to fit new format. ;)

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Classical » 2010 Feb 22, 11:27

I gave it because he was the dynamo behind Milan's strenght, but if the effect is similar to playmaking, let me withdraw it.

The reaction thing, I never get it. Is it an offensive parameter to make forwards elude the offside, like Inzaghi, or an all-around skill, proper of guys who know how to antecipate the opposition (in defence) or evade that very same opposition (in attack)

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Plava Čigra » 2010 Feb 22, 11:47

I understood that players with Reaction star/card, will make well timed runs even before the ball is passed to them (yes, I suppose they will know how to anticipate opposition's next movement, while their team is attacking). So it can be given to players who often do that, no matter are they midfielders of attackers.

With that being said, I don't know should older version of Rijkaard have this star/card? I never questioned that too much while updating, I just converted old Special Abilities to S cards and added, in my opinion, appropriate P cards.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Classical » 2010 Feb 22, 11:59

If it is not just an offensive parameter/skill, then it should be added to a lot of defenders, specially to those who relied on their vision and perception to cut opposition plays and pass lines.

A kind of libero-thing to a smart player, or just a skill to those who are very quick in responding, like prime Cannavaro or Gamarra.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Plava Čigra » 2010 Feb 22, 12:37

Well, I assume it's just offensive parameter (since I can't recall that I saw similar type of defenders you mentioned, with this star/card). So I'll remove it from older version of Rijkaard.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Classical » 2010 Feb 22, 14:32

I am assuming now it is also just an offensive parameter, so I took *reaction out as well.

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby j.Cruyff » 2010 Aug 03, 08:25

It's the best central defender in the history of football :P
I think must be increased ;)
Long Pass Accuracy 88
And
Defence 88
And
add in the Cards
S10:DF Leader
And
P18: Extra Attacker

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Fevernova » 2011 May 31, 16:17

pretty much the perfect defensive player isn´t he?

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby midivial » 2012 Mar 14, 05:52

cool update except for the harsh value of his ts , ive seen a video that praises his top speed at euro 88 and it shows that he reached almost 30km/h

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Re: Frank RIJKAARD | 1988-1989 & 1994-1995

Postby Yazid » 2012 Apr 18, 12:51

Just a point here, I feel his TS should be higher than his acceleration. His legs were so long, I always felt he struggled to get to speed but once he reached it he was actually pretty quick. I would suggest 77-78 Acc, 85 TS.

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