Co Adriaanse

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Co Adriaanse
Co Adriaanse 2009.JPG
Personal information
Full name Jacobus Adriaanse
Date of birth (1947-07-21) 21 July 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1970 De Volewijckers
1970–1976 Utrecht 176 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1988 PEC Zwolle
1988–1992 FC Den Haag
1992–1997 Jong Ajax
1997–2000 Willem II
2000–2001 Ajax
2002–2005 AZ
2005–2006 Porto
2006–2007 Metalurh Donetsk
2007–2008 Al-Sadd
2008–2009 Red Bull Salzburg
2010–2011 Olympic Qatar
2011–2012 Twente
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jacobus "Co" Adriaanse (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː ˈaːdriˌjaːnsə], born 21 July 1947) is a Dutch football manager and former football player.

Playing career[edit]

As a professional player, Adriaanse played for six seasons with De Volewijckers (from 1964 until 1970) and a further six with FC Utrecht (1970 until 1976), retiring from football at the age of 29.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He started his managing career with Zilvermeeuwen in 1979, and after four years he joined AZ for the first time as scout and youth trainer. After a year, for the 1984–85 season he resumed his coaching career with two four-year stints with PEC Zwolle and FC Den Haag, where he would be sacked for the first time. He was then chosen to direct the youth side of AFC Ajax, a position he would occupy for five seasons.

Willem II[edit]

Willem II followed in his career, and after ending his first season fifth place, achieved a second place and the title of best Dutch team of the year. This meant that Willem II, a team better known for finishing in the bottom half of the Dutch league, would be playing in the Champions League. The Champions was a bridge too far for Willem II, and the team ended up last in the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, and after failing to achieve a European spot, Adriaanse resigned on 20 May 2000.

Ajax[edit]

He returned to Ajax as manager, but after a third place season he was released early in the next season, on 29 November 2001, after some poor results. During his tenure he made a number of controversial statements to the press – he called the chairman of PSV a "talking lampshade," and most famously said of Marco van Basten (mooted to join the Ajax staff at the time), "A good horse does not make a good rider." New coach Ronald Koeman went on to capture Ajax's 28th Eredivisie title.

AZ[edit]

After starting the 2002–03 season without a club, he was signed to AZ in November 2002. A 10th place in the first season was followed by a fifth, which allowed the Alkmaar team to join the UEFA Cup in the 2004–05 season. There, the club upset Spanish side and top contenders Villarreal CF in the quarter finals before being knocked out on away goals in the semi-finals by Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the final minute of extra time. In the Eredivisie, AZ also performed above the expectations, ending third after topping the league for a week at the end of the first half and spending most of the second in second place. Adriaanse again coined a number of colourful phrases while at AZ, the best known being "Scoreboard journalism," "Cheese viewers," "Woonerf football," and "Evening footballer."

Porto[edit]

After much speculation and his stated desire to leave the club (he was succeeded by Louis van Gaal), on 24 May 2005, he was presented as the new manager of Portuguese club FC Porto (replacing José Couceiro), and became the fourth manager to sign for the Portuguese side since the departure of José Mourinho. In the first season as Porto coach, he achieved the "Dobradinha" for the first time since the departure of Mourinho, by winning the Portuguese Liga and the Cup of Portugal.

Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

On 9 August 2006, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Porto. Four months later, he became coach of Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk. On 17 May 2007, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Metalurh Donetsk with four games to play in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Al-Sadd Sports Club[edit]

On 27 August 2007, Adriaanse signed a one year deal with Al-Sadd Sports Club and resigned as coach on 28 January 2008.

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

On 13 March 2008, Adriaanse signed a two-year deal with the Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg and he left the club after the end of his contract on 30 June 2009.

Qatar Olympic team[edit]

On 12 January 2010 it was confirmed Adriaanse's appointment at the helm of the Qatar Olympic team.[1] His Middle East stint however lasted only 14 months, as his contract was terminated by mutual consent on March 2011.[2][3]

FC Twente Enschede[edit]

On 20 June 2011, FC Twente announced on their website to have appointed Adriaanse as new trainer in place of departing manager Michel Preud'homme.[4] In his first official game with the club, he won the Johan Cruijff Shield against former team AFC Ajax. On 3 Jan 2012, Adriaanse, who was halfway through a one-season contract, was fired by FC Twente.

Managerial style[edit]

Tactical approach[edit]

Adriaanse gained a lot of fame in the Netherlands after qualifying for the Champions League with the average Dutch club Willem II. It was even more impressive, because Willem II often played attacking football, a style Adriaanse has adopted throughout his managerial career. His game approach is in many ways similar to that of Louis van Gaal, who eventually succeeded him at AZ.

Training[edit]

Adriaanse is famous for his controversial training approach. At Willem II, he once ordered his whole squad to follow him by car, while they drove 13 km away from their training ground. At a remote spot, all players had to give their car keys to Adriaanse. Then he drove back to town, while the squad had to run in front of his car. Back at the training ground, the players got their car keys back. However, since their cars were still parked far from the training ground, they all had to walk back another 13 km.[5] At AZ Alkmaar he once ordered the whole squad to search for Easter eggs during a training session. They looked for an hour until Co Adriaanse finally revealed there were no eggs hidden.[6] Adriaanse already had these strange training methods at the start of his career, because when he was a youth trainer at Ajax, he sometimes ordered his players to lie on the ground. Then a teammate (with football boots on) would run over the bodies.[7] Because of all these infamous incidents, Adriaanse is sometimes nicknamed "Psycho Co".

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Co Adriaanse coach Jong Qatar". NOS Sport (in Dutch). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "QFA part ways with Adriaanse". Qatar Football Association. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Adriaanse definitief weg bij voetbalbond Qatar". NU.nl (in Dutch). 25 March 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Co Adriaanse trainer FC Twente". FC Twente (in Dutch). 20 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Nieuwsselectie: Sport
  6. ^ Elsevier.nl – Artikel – 'Succes zit 'm niet in de accommodatie'
  7. ^ Mike Verweij, Kluivert Biography
Preceded by
José Rachão
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
2005–06
Succeeded by
Paulo Bento