Jakob "Jaap" Stam is a Dutch retired football player who is currently an assistant coach at his former club AFC Ajax. He played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax before retiring in October 2007. As well as club trophies, he won several personal awards, including being voted best defender in the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League. He was known for possessing "a rare combination of speed, strength and ball-playing ability". Stam played 67 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring three goals. He was in their squads for three European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.