1) Mateja Kezman
Date of Birth: 12 April, 1979
Club: PSV Eindhoven
Notes: A regular for the Yugoslav U/18 and U/21 teams before making the step up to make his full international debut. After just a few matches he was involved in Yugoslavia’s Euro 2000 campaign but was sent off after only 44 seconds on the field against Norway. He scored 28 goals in 38 games for Partizan Belgrade in the 1999/00 season to be regarded as one of the best young strikers in Europe. He won a move to PSV Eindhoven for £8.5 as they were missing the injured Ruud van Nistelrooj and transferred Luc Nilis. His form in the 2000/01 season has been outstanding scoring a large number of goals. He will follow in the footsteps of Romario and Ronaldo who made their first impact on the European club stage at PSV and then went on to bigger and better clubs.
2) Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Date of Birth: 7 November, 1978
Club: Twente Enschede
Notes: Vennegoor of Hesselink was spotted as a schoolboy playing for amateur club Quick 20. He made his first-team debut for Twente at 17 in 1996. He scored 19 goals in 1999-0, which placed him third behind Nilis and van Nistelrooij, helped Twente almost qualify for Europe. He was expected to leave before the start of the 2000-01 campaign but eventually decided to stay and is again consistently scoring goals in 200/01. He helped Holland to the European U/21 Championship in 2000 and has since made his full international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Portugal.
3) Jon Dahl Tomasson
Date of Birth: 29 August, 1976
Club: Feyenoord (Holland)
Notes: The Danish striker did not score many goals when he played in England for Newcastle United after making in a £2.5m move from SC Heerenveen. He revived his fortunes after a move back to Holland joining Feyenoord who he helped to win the Dutch league in 1998/99. He also guided Denmark virtually single-handedly to Euro 2000 with six goals in his last five games. This included the winner in a shock 3-2 victory over Italy. He has been successful in both his spells in Holland and on the international stage scoring a large quantity of goals.
4) Ali El Khattabi
Date of Birth: 17 January, 1977
Club: Sparta Rotterdam
Notes: Was born in the Netherlands but decided to represent Morocco instead on the international stage. Made his international debut in 1997 at the age of 20 and featured in the World Cup squad a year later. He had scored nine goals in the 1997/98 season for Heerenveen to earn this call-up. He has continued to improve since then having moved to Sparta Rotterdam since.
5) Arnold Bruggink
Date of Birth: 24 July, 1977
Club: PSV Eindhoven (Holland)]
Notes: He joined PSV in summer of 1997 after 98 games and 34 goals, for Twente. For the next three years he was mainly left on the bench, as he could not displace better forwards such as Nilis and van Nistelroij from the starting line-up. Bruggink was a regular in the U/21 national squad that reached the European U/21 Championships in 2000. Since van Nistelroij’s injury he has improved and cemented a first team spot, forming a good partnership with Mateja Kezman. He was voted emerging talent of the year for the Dutch league in 2000.
6) Igor Gluscevic
Date of Birth: 30 March, 1974
Notes: He first came to notice after moving from Vojvodina Novisad to Extremadura in the Spanish second division and in 1998 he finished top goalscorer in the division with 24 goals. After this successful season Gluscevic moved to Sevilla but just six goals later he went to Greece on a loan-deal. He scored seven goals for Aris Saloniki before moving to Utrecht in August 2000. Made his international debut on December 13, 2000 against Greece after a good start to the 2000/01 season in Holland.
7) Robin Nelisse
Date of Birth: 25 January, 1978
Club: AZ Alkmaar
Notes: Began his career at De Musschen before two seasons on the sidelines at Feyenoord. After this moved to Cambuur Leeuwarden. In the summer of 2000 he moved to AZ Alkmaar for £1.3m and has proven to be an immediate hit for AZ Alkmaar with impressive goalscoring form to start the 2000/01 season.
8) Georgi Hristov
Date of Birth: 30 January, 1976
Notes: Hristov never settled in England with Barnsley, scoring only eight goals across three seasons. He was bought on promotion to the Premier League in 1997/98 but they were relegated after just one season in the top flight. He had spells earlier in his career at Pelister and Partizan Belgrade. He has impressed since he made the move to NEC in the middle of 2000.
9) Nikos Machlas
Date of Birth: 16 June, 1973
Notes: He started his career at OFI in Greece making his club debut in 1991 and his international debut a year later. He also participated in the 1994 World Cup. He then moved to Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored 34 goals in 32 matches to win the Golden Boot in 1998 as top goalscorer in Europe. In the middle of 1999 Ajax paid £6m for Machlas. He has struggled to reproduce his form with Vitesse at Ajax with the increased pressure and injury problems. Recently he has begun to score again and is still a key member of the Greek national side.
10) Rick Hoogendorp
Date of Birth: 12 January, 1975
Club: RKC Waalwijk
Notes: After being a prolific scorer in the Dutch second division, he was a surprising loan signing by Celta Vigo for the last six months of the 1999/00 season. This proved to be a failure as he failed to hit the net in seven appearances in Spain. He had previously burst on to the scene at FC Den Haag in 1994-95, scoring 15 goals in 33 games. He played for MVV and Dordrecht 90 before moving to the Eredivisie with RKC in 1998. In 2000/01 he has started to score on a regular basis again for RKC as they have a rare top of the table run.
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