Marc Overmars | 1994-1998

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Marc Overmars | 1994-1998

Postby PES Stats Database » 2008 Dec 11, 13:33

Nickname: "The Roadrunner" | "Meep-Meep"

Club: AFC Ajax (1994/1997) | Arsenal (1997/1998)



Growth type: Standard

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Marc Overmars (born 29 March 1973 in Emst, Gelderland) is a retired Dutch footballer. He is best known as a right-footed left winger, although he is able to use both his feet with equal precision and power. Known for his speed, Overmars' nicknames included "the Roadrunner" or its famous sound "meep-meep".


Club career

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Overmars first joined a small Dutch club called SV Epe, before joining Go Ahead Eagles. Willem II later bought him from Go Ahead Eagles for ₤200,000, and, during the 1991/1992 season, Ajax bought him.

Overmars became famous with Ajax under Louis van Gaal. He was a member of the Ajax team that won the European Cup in 1995 against Milan. However, soon after the final, he suffered a serious right knee injury in 1996, which kept him out of Euro 1996. Despite his injury, Overmars was signed by Arsène Wenger's Arsenal in the summer of 1997 for ₤5.5 million.

At the London club, he scored vital goals, including one in the 1998 FA Cup Final and another in a 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, which helped Arsenal to secure the Double. In the summer of 2000, he moved to Spain and joined Barcelona, for a record of ₤25 million (€40.6 million), making Overmars the most expensive Dutch player of all time. This transfer was the first in the history of football to be announced via the player's personal website. Despite a difficult first season at his new club, Overmars was still an impressive performer, registering eight goals in 31 appearances. He was a regular feature of Barcelona's 2001–02 Champions League campaign in which he scored once in ten matches en route to the semi-finals, but failed to inspire Barcelona to any trophy success.

After his football career, Overmars went to his first club, Go Ahead Eagles, as the technical manager of the club.

On 10 August 2008, Overmars made a shock announcement that he would come out of retirement to play again for the Go Ahead Eagles for the 2008–09 season. Not long before the announcement, Overmars played in the testimonial of Jaap Stam, where he played for a combination of former Dutch-internationals under the name 'Team Jaap Stam'. In the game, Overmars outplayed Ajax-defender George Ogararu. His performance led to several invitations from Eagles-coach Andries Ulderink to make a comeback in football. Marc already trained every week with the squad of Go Ahead Eagles, together with Paul Bosvelt. Overmars eventually decided to come back on the football pitch, under conditions. His right knee that caused him to end his career, still gave Overmars some worries. Therefore, Overmars did not play as many minutes or attend as many training sessions as the rest of the squad. After the end of the 2008–09 season, Overmars announced his retirement again.


International career

On 24 February 1993, he made his debut in the Dutch national team against Turkey. By the time of the 1994 World Cup, Overmars was a regular in the Dutch national team.

In the 1998 World Cup, he was a regular fixture for Holland where he assisted his nation to a semi-final showdown with Brazil. Overmars was one of the best Dutch players in the tournament but suffered an injury in the 2nd round game against Yugoslavia (now Serbia). This ruled Overmars out of the next match, which was against Argentina. However, Overmars did enter late in the game as a substitute. He made an immediate impact by providing an inch perfect cross that almost led to a goal for the Netherlands. Overmars' injury became even worse after this game and he had to sit out the entire following match against Brazil. The Netherlands lost this match on penalties. Overmars was fit again to play in the Netherlands final match, which was the 3rd/4th play-off game against Croatia, but the Dutch lost 2–1.

In all, Overmars played 86 games for the Dutch national team, scoring 17 goals. Overmars was the youngest player to reach 50 caps with the Dutch national team. His final match was the Netherlands' loss to Portugal in the semifinals of the 2004 European Championships.

By now, Overmars was being continually troubled by a persistent knee injury. After taking doctors' advice on the problem, on 26 July 2004, he announced his retirement from professional football.



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http://www.sporthaven.com/players/marc-overmars/

http://www.sporting-heroes.net/football ... roID=37425

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Fides » 2008 Dec 12, 10:57

I even think I underrated him on his balance, DA and technique.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Plava Čigra » 2009 May 10, 23:08

Nice stats. Maybe slightly underrated on those 3 parameters you mentioned (suggesting Balance: 75>78-79, Dribble Accuracy: 82>86-87, Technique: 82>85-86)?

Injury Tolerance? B or C?

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Uzair » 2009 Dec 05, 22:11

1st post needs to be cleaned up here as well. i'd give him a B for injury at this point in his career. and i guess he could have *side, he used to receive the ball on the wing and then cut in. i wouldn't be opposed to him having 90 in agility actually. he was very twisty turny.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Jez » 2009 Dec 05, 22:30

Agree to 90 agility however if he cut inside then why would he have *side? ;)

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Uzair » 2009 Dec 06, 00:09

because when he didn't have the ball he was hugging the touchline. it's only when he received the ball that he'd begin to run to the center of midfield. i thought the side and centre stars affected off the ball movement. sort of the same logic applied to henry having the side star. he liked to drift outside when receiving the ball but once he had it he cut inside and generally stayed there.
i may have got it wrong tho :?

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1996

Postby Jez » 2009 Dec 06, 01:02

I was always under the impression that Side and Centre controled just general play. There are plenty of 'wingers' that don't have the side star because they like to cut inside a lot, Joe Cole for example will recieve the ball on the touchline but will often cut inside and try beat people through the middle. Lennon however has *Side (as far as I am aware) because he likes to beat the fullback and get to the byline and rarely comes inside to beat a man. Overmars liked to cut inside sometimes but also liked to run at his fullback and deliver a cross. I think giving him side will make him hug the touchline with and without the ball and restrict his darts inside. Without the star he will do a bit of both (i think :roll: )

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Plava Čigra » 2010 Sep 24, 06:58

Updated to fit new format. Changes...

1. Extended his Era from 1994-1996 to 1994-1998 and added Arsenal into his club list - Probably the best period in his career (although burdened by one serious injury). I think this Era isn't too long, since I recall that his performances in Ajax and Arsenal were on pretty high level.

2. Defence: 32-->35 - Small change because, although rarely, he did sometimes tracked back and helped when his team was defending. Also with MEN/TEN: 76 and A/D Awareness Card: Attack Minded he still wouldn't be the first (nor second or third) one to track back and help his teammates while defending (for example Walcott is on DEF: 39, MEN/TEN: 78).

3. Agility: 89-->90 - Agree with Uzair and jez. With 90 he'll be on the same level as Park Ji-Sung (H: 175 cm, W: 70 kg).

4. Short Pass Accuracy: 73-->75, Short Pass Speed: 74-->76 - I agree that he was nothing special at short passing, but Imo he knew how to play nice 1-2 passes before getting the ball and trying to dribble and finish the action on his own. SPS should be higher then SPA since his passes had more power (he would even sometimes misjudge power of the pass and send too strong ball directly in his teammate's legs). With SPA: 75, SPS: 76 he'll be on the same level as Vidić, for example.

5. Added Injury Tolerance: C. Thought about this one for a long time, and as far as I can remember he was very injury prone, even in Ajax. To be completely honest I believe that he's something between B and C but more leaning to C. Maybe we could raise Form/Condition/Fitness: 6-->7 in order to compensate for this?

6. Added Growth type: Standard and Consistency: 7. Added new Cards - P06: Speed Merchant, P07: Mazing Run, P12: Incisive Run, S01: Reaction, S14: Quick Turn + Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded.

7. Added Info, Videos and Additional Links.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Fides » 2010 Sep 24, 07:32

Good update. He should get balanced as awareness card though. In his Ajax time the wingattackers also had defensive duties, and he followed them up just perfect. Maybe his DEF and MENT should be slightly higher aswell actually.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Plava Čigra » 2010 Sep 24, 10:15

Ok, changed A/D Awareness Card: Attack Minded-->Balanced. I really don't remember that he was that much involved in defensive tasks (except that he would rarely drop back and help out when his team was defending). I guess I mainly remember his offensive skills.

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Any precise numbers in mind (looking at modern ladders)? Higher DEF and MEN then Walcott?

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Also any thoughts about this:

5. Added Injury Tolerance: C. Thought about this one for a long time, and as far as I can remember he was very injury prone, even in Ajax. To be completely honest I believe that he's something between B and C but more leaning to C. Maybe we could raise Form/Condition/Fitness: 6-->7 in order to compensate for this?


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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Albo7 » 2010 Sep 24, 10:28

You should also consider that he was fouled constantly. In the game there is a big difference between B and C. With a C he'd get injured constantly, like let's say Robben, or Ribery, or this kind of guys, while during this period he wasn't that much inury prone, he was, OK... but not that much.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Kanouté » 2010 Sep 24, 14:24

what the heck are those speed values, really? giggs has 94, overmars has 97 or the some other I couldn't remember now, you know what I mean.. :roll:

btw where's the classic henry thread gone?

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby bssm » 2010 Sep 24, 14:35

Speed really needs toning down he was never that fast, in comparision

Overmars:

97 TS
98 ACC

Walcott

94 TS
96 ACC

3 points faster then Walcott with two more acceleration, i doubt it.

Barca Era Ronaldo

93 TS
98 ACC

5 points faster then Ronaldo at his fastest time.

His acceleration was never as good as the likes of Walcott(96), Prime Henry(96?) let alone Aaron Lennon(98) , or Ronaldo(98).
Once he got going he was very fast but i wouldn't say any faster then Walcott.


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94 TS
94 ACC

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Fides » 2010 Sep 25, 10:08

At his prime (which was this period) he was the fastest (wellknown) player around.
Funny example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAIKOnVj ... re=related

At 2004 (in his last official game for the Dutch NT) he still outruns a young CR.....

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby jurgens » 2010 Sep 25, 10:17

94 TS
94 ACC


no... he was much faster than the likes of walcot and ronaldo. though classic ronaldo might be under rated.. Top speed is a really hard one to rate, honestly... I'd say he was the fastest player I've ever seen. and geuninely amazed me many times with his speed.. can't say the same for walcott

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby mcmattie » 2010 Sep 28, 12:29

Did he only play on the left side?

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby Fides » 2010 Sep 28, 15:03

Not only but in 90% of the games he did, but if you select side: both then I think the AI will play him on the right all the time

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby hsnandra » 2010 Sep 28, 17:00

Your're aboslutely right there Fides; for Arsenal he hardly ever played on the right. I think side should remain L rather than B.

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby mesageinabottle » 2010 Nov 18, 13:54

Another nickname i remember clearly is "The Lightning"
he won that after the match he destroy paolo maldini
a great player

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Re: Marc OVERMARS | 1994-1998

Postby rgm91 » 2011 Jul 18, 19:16

Is this the quickest football player ever?

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