Thursday, February 16, 2012

Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Clyde Seedorf OON (born 1 April 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname) is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Serie A club Milan. Seedorf is the first player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs - Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and Milan in 2003 and 2007. He is well known for his shots and for his passing.

Seedorf started his career as a right midfielder for Ajax during the early 1990s. He made his professional debut on 29 November 1992 against Groningen at the age of 16 years and 242 days, making him the youngest debutant for Ajax ever. In his early career, he played a role in Ajax's Eredivisie winning years of 1994 and 1995. He was also a key member during Ajax's 1995 UEFA Champions League winning campaign. After making his name in the Ajax side, Seedorf had one season with Sampdoria, scoring three goals.

Seedorf moved to Real Madrid in 1996, where he was "virtually ever present in the Blancos team for the first three seasons". In his first season he helped that team regain the La Liga title; in his second season (1997–1998), he played a major role in the team's Champions League success, as Real Madrid secured a 1–0 victory over Juventus in the final. It was the second Champions League title of his career. While playing for Real Madrid, Seedorf scored a notable goal against Atl├ętico Madrid.

After two years with Internazionale, Seedorf moved to city rivals Milan in 2002, exchanged with Francesco Coco. He won the Coppa Italia with Milan in 2003, which was the first time they had won the competition in twenty-six years. In the same season, Seedorf gained his third Champions League medal, to become the first player to win the Champions League with three different clubs. The all Italian final saw Milan beat Juventus on penalties after a 0–0 draw.

He won his second Scudetto with Milan in the 2010-11 Serie A season, where he once again played a vital role. No longer a starter, coach Massimiliano Allegri got the best out of Seedorf by using him sparing, but often and usually subbed him on late in games as an impact player where his lack of speed and agility would not detriment his game as much. In this role he thrived and the fans reignited their love for him. He scored four goals and made thirty six appearances in the 2010-11 season, very impressive for a thirty-five year old midfielder.

Seedorf added yet another medal to his trophy cabinet in the first official game of the 2011-12 season where he played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 comeback win over rivals F.C. Internazionale in the Italian Supercup. He scored the winning goal of Milan's first win of the 2011-12 Serie A campaign.

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