edgar davids - fact file

2005 - 2007            midfielder

 

Born on 13th March 1973 in Paramaribo, Surinam.

Height : -  1.6 m (5' 8")

Weight : -  - kgs


A world star, who brought a combative approach to our midfield, Edgar Davids was an experienced presence introduced by Martin Jol, although his time at Tottenham was noted for the team being built around a winning mentality that finally earned them UEFA Cup qualification through their league position.

Living up to his nickname of the Pitbull, Davids showed that he still had something to offer in terms of a competitive edge and that Spurs could attract top stars, even though there was no European football on offer.  His place in the side gave Tottenham a respect which his fiercely determined style deserved.  Sent off against Arsenal, perhaps harshly after his first yellow card was due to his reputation rather than an indiscretion, this was the only dismissal during his time at White Hart Lane, much to the chagrin of the media, who had thought he would regularly see red.  Not that he pulled any punches (not literally) in his on-pitch exchanges with opponents.

Starting his career at Ajax, Edgar established his reputation as a hot-head, with some raging performances, but his value to the team was never doubted.

Davids has to wear his trademark glasses following an operation on his right eye in 1999 for glaucoma.  Davids had to receive permission from FIFA to wear the glasses and to use Diamox, an eyewash that contains the drug Acetazolamide A, which is banned under the doping guidelines.  Joking about the glasses, strapping fellow countryman - defender Jaap Stam - is reported to have said to Davids, "Come on Edgar, were playing football, you haven't got time to go skiing."   Davids gave him a fierce response as he didn't see the funny side.

It was a coup when Martin Jol persuaded Davids to join Tottenham in 2005 at the age of 32, using his Dutch links to tempt him to White Hart Lane.  Despite being at the end of a glittering career, the midfielder showed a professionalism that had a galvanising  effect on his team-mates.  He used to stay behind after training to help out with the junior players and his presence on the pitch gave Spurs an experienced head to guide some of his younger team-mates through matches.  In his two seasons at the club, he picked up quite a few yellow cards and only one goal (at Wigan Athletic on 26th November), but his performances propelled Tottenham to two fifth place finishes in succession, earning UEFA Cup football and coming close to the Champions League qualification for the first time, had the side not been hit by a stomach bug on the eve of the final game of the season at West Ham United in 2006.

His only goal was a good one though.  Taking a flick from Robbie Keane in his own half, Davids ran forward across a muddy pitch into the space created by a Mido run and the Dutchman smacked a fierce drive past Mike Pollitt in the Latics' goal.

Edgar won his 74th final Holland cap while playing with Spurs - against Macedonia on 12th October 2005.

His stay at Tottenham was typically fiery and he had a training ground bust-up with Jamie O'Hara, although the end of his Tottenham career came as a reported result of a training ground row with Martin Jol, which ended with the dreadlocked midfielder moving back to his first club - Ajax - on a free transfer.  Made a free agent, when his contract at Ajax expired in May 2008.

His time at Spurs saw him make 44 appearances with just one goal at Wigan Athletic to show for them, but he kept in touch with Spurs after his departure, as Davids sent a letter of congratulations to the club following the League Cup win in 2008.

He was a guest analyst on the BBC World Cup panel for the 2010 finals and after a successful spell back at Ajax, taking them to the runners-up position in the league and winning the KNVB Cup, it was thought that he might move to Leicester City, but discussions came to no agreement on a deal.  There were strong rumours he had joined the Valletta club in Malta, but he did not make an appearance for them and in August 2010, he was signed by Crystal Palace on a pay-as-you-play, as he had set his mind on living in London.  However, after seven starts for the struggling Championship club, it was announced that he was leaving Selhurst Park on 8th November 2010.

While he was on the Ajax board there were several disagreements with other members, so it was a surprise when he turned up as joint-manager at  League Two Barnet with another former Spurs man, Mark Robson, who the board thought could do with some help.  Not too long afterwards, Robson left the club and Davids took over as player-manager.  While he did change the form of the side for a while, they crashed out of the league on the last day of the season, having survived on the last game for the previous three seasons.

 

NICKNAME :  The Pit Bull; Eddie

MIDDLE NAME :   Steven

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Ajax (Holland) 1991 ?? ??  106 20
AC Milan (Italy) 1st August 1996 ?? ??  15 0
Juventus (Italy) 12th October 1997 ?? ??  165 (+ 13 as a sub) 9
Barcelona (Spain) 12th January 2004 - May 2004 Loan ??  18 1
Internazionale (Italy) 11th July 2004 Free ??  10 (+ 8 as a sub) 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3rd August 2005 Free v Middlesbrough (Premier League) (home)  won 2-0 36 (+ 8 as a sub) 1
Ajax (Holland) 30th January 2006 ?? ??  30 1
Crystal Palace 20th August 2010 Free 24th August 2010  v  Portsmouth (League Cup) (Away) 1-1 draw a.e.t. - lost 4-3 on pens  7 0
Barnet 2012 Free - 2012  v  - (-) (-) - -

Career Record
Ajax (Holland)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Juventus
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Barcelona (Spain) (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Internazionale (Italy)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
34 (6 as a sub) League appearances; 1 goal
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Ajax (Holland)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Crystal Palace
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Barnet
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

 

Honours
Holland international
65 full caps;  6 goals
Debut :  20th April 1994  v Republic of Ireland (Tilburg)  (lost 0-1)
Under-21 caps; goals
Champions League winners medal 1994-95  (Ajax)
UEFA Cup winners medal 1991-92  (Ajax)
UEFA Super Cup winners medal  1995  (Ajax)
Intercontinental Cup (World Club Championship) winners medal 1995  (Ajax)
Dutch League Champions League winners medal 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96  (Ajax)
Dutch Cup winners medal 1993, 2007  (Ajax)
Serie A winners medal  1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03  (Juventus)
Italian Supercup winners medal  2001-02, 2002-03  (Juventus)
Italian Cup winners medal  2004-05  (Internazionale)

 

 

What they said about Edgar Davids
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What Edgar Davids said about ...
... Dutch manager Guus Hiddink at the European Championship finals of 1996, when he was sent home ...  ..1996 (??)

"Hiddink should stop putting his head in some players' arses ."

... on his only Spurs goal ...  26.11.2005 (??)

"It feels terrific and it sealed a win so that is even more special because we needed the points.  That is the thing, we can play badly and take the points.  In the end, it is results that count and I am very happy with this win."

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