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Eredivisie The Gouden Schoen (Golden Shoe) has been awarded since 1982 by reporters of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and leading footy magazine Voetbal International. Also awarded from 1984 was the Netherlands Footballer of the Year, which was awarded at the annual footballers union gala (the VVCS Gala). Both awards were open to any nationality of player currently plying their trade in the Dutch league. In 2006 both awards merged into the Gouden Schoen, awarded at the glitzy VVCS gala. And if 2006 was anything to go by it's the sort of awards we want to see more of - award winner Dirk Kuyt dragged onto stage to perform a duet of the Dutch classic 'As the Night Disappears' with legendary Dutch singer Jan Smit (that's John Smith to us). Unfortunately the youtube clip of this has now been deleted. At the request of Dirk Kuyt ? Who knows.

The Golden Shoe (Gouden Schoen)

Year Player Team Country
2009 Mounir El Hamdaoui AZ Alkmaar Morocco
2008 John Heitinga Ajax Holland
2007 Afonso Alves Heerenveen Brazil
2006 Dirk Kuyt Feyenoord Holland
2005 Mark van Bommel PSV Holland
2004 Maxwell Ajax Brazil
2003 Dirk Kuyt FC Utrecht Holland
2002 Cristian Chivu Ajax Rumania
2001 Johann Vogel PSV Switzerland
2000 Jerzy Dudek Feyenoord Poland
1999 Michael Mols FC Utrecht Holland
1998 Edwin van der Sar Ajax Holland
1997 Jaap Stam PSV Holland
1996 Danny Blind Ajax Holland
1995 Danny Blind Ajax Holland
1994 Ed de Goey Feyenoord Holland
1993 Marc Overmars Ajax Holland
1992 Johnny Metgod Feyenoord Holland
1991 Hennie Meijer FC Groningen Holland
1990 Edward Sturing Vitesse Holland
1989 Gerald Vanenburg PSV Holland
1988 Gerald Vanenburg PSV Holland
1987 Frank Rijkaard Ajax Holland
1986 Ruud Gullit PSV Holland
1985 Frank Rijkaard Ajax Holland
1984 Johan Cruyff Feyenoord Holland
1983 Piet Schrijvers Ajax Holland
1982 Martin Haar Haarlem Holland


Footballer of the Year (Voetballer van het Jaar) Now merged with the Golden Shoe

Year Player Team Country
2005 Mark van Bommel PSV Holland
2004 Maxwell Ajax Brazil
2003 Mateja Kezman PSV Serbia
2002 Pierre van Hooydonk Feyenoord Holland
2001 Mark van Bommel PSV Holland
2000 Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Holland
1999 Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Holland
1998 Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Holland
1997 Jaap Stam PSV Holland
1996 Ronald de Boer Ajax Holland
1995 Luc Nilis PSV Holland
1994 Ronald de Boer Ajax Holland
1993 Jari Litmanen Ajax Finland
1992 Dennis Bergkamp Ajax Holland
1991 Dennis Bergkamp Ajax Holland
1990 Jan Wouters Ajax Holland
1989 Romario PSV Brazil
1988 Ronald Koeman PSV Holland
1987 Ronald Koeman PSV Holland
1986 Ruud Gullit PSV Holland
1985 Marco van Basten Ajax Holland
1984 Ruud Gullit Feyenoord Holland