Danny Blind

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Danny Blind
Danny Blind looking up.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dirk Franciscus Blind
Date of birth (1961-08-01) 1 August 1961 (age 52)
Place of birth Oost-Souburg, Netherlands
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1986 Sparta Rotterdam 165 (18)
1986–1999 Ajax 372 (27)
Total 537 (45)
National team
1986–1996 Netherlands 42 (1)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Ajax
2007–2008 Sparta Rotterdam (Director of Football)
2008–2011 Ajax (assistant coach)
2012– Netherlands (assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dirk Franciscus "Danny" Blind (Dutch pronunciation: [dɪrk frɑnˈsɪskəs ˈdɛni blɪnt]; born 1 August 1961) is a former Dutch international football player and current coach. He played as a defender for Sparta Rotterdam, AFC Ajax and the Dutch national team. Currently he works as assistant coach of his native country, Netherlands. He will be appointed as the head coach of the Netherlands national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Blind was born in Oost-Souburg, Netherlands. He is the only Dutch player to have won all international club competitions recognised by UEFA and FIFA.

Playing career[edit]

Blind made his professional football debut on 29 August 1979 with Sparta. He stayed under contract with Sparta for seven seasons. In July 1986 he transferred to Ajax, attracted there by manager Johan Cruijff. However, Blind's signing was much to the chagrin of Ajax superstar Marco van Basten, who was upset that his manager had brought in a relatively unknown, defensive player from a fairly small club like Sparta, instead of splashing out on a big-money, big-name transfer.[2] With Ajax he amassed an amazing trophy list, winning all three European trophies (UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 1995). He secured the Intercontinental Cup, in 1995 against Brazil's Grêmio, by scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out.

He was again a penalty hero when he converted twice against Real Zaragoza in the European Super Cup Final of 1995, which Ajax won 5–1 over the two legs. The two penalties Blind converted were in the 65th and 69th minutes of the second leg effectively putting the title out of reach for Real Zaragoza.

Domestically, with Ajax, he won five Dutch Eredivisie Championships and four national cups. He retired on 16 May 1999.

Blind was known for being a solid, dependable defender and a leader on the field. However, he was also a technically gifted and cultured player who could pass and strike the ball well for a non-attacking player. Whilst famous for being a centre back, Blind started his career as a left full-back.

Management career[edit]

Blind was head coach at Ajax from 14 March 2005 (appointed as successor to Ronald Koeman) until 10 May 2006, after only 422 days in charge. He led Ajax to victory in the Gatorade Cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield.

In 2007–08, he became football director at his old club, Sparta. On 15 May 2008 he returned to Ajax, to become the new football director in Amsterdam but switched roles when Martin Jol joined the club to assistant-trainer. Moving to the position of technical director for Ajax at the beginning of the 2011/12 season, on 9 February 2012, it was announced that Danny Blind would retire from his duties as Technical Director at Ajax, concluding a heated dispute surrounding the club's board of directors.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Blind is the father of professional footballer Daley Blind, who is contracted to the same club that Danny made his name at, AFC Ajax.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

[5] [6]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1979–80 Sparta Rotterdam Eredivisie 13 0
1980–81 10 0
1981–82 10 2
1982–83 34 3 6 0
1983–84 34 5
1984–85 30 3
1985–86 34 5 4 0
1986–87 Ajax 29 4 5 0 7 0 41 4
1987–88 31 0 1 0 8 1 40 1
1988–89 30 2 3 0 33 2
1989–90 34 0 4 0 38 0
1990–91 34 2 3 0 37 2
1991–92 30 2 3 1 12 1 45 4
1992–93 28 4 5 0 8 0 41 4
1993–94 30 1 4 3 6 0 40 4
1994–95 34 5 3 0 10 0 49 5
1995–96 31 3 1 0 8 0 40 3
1996–97 16 0 0 0 5 0 21 0
1997–98 26 1 4 1 7 0 37 2
1998–99 19 3 2 0 3 0 24 3
Total Netherlands 537 45 38 5 84 2
Career total 537 45 84 2

Honours[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

As player
As manager

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danny Blind". IMDb.com. 
  2. ^ Danny Blind returns to Ajax World Cup Blog, 7 May 2008
  3. ^ Ajax board including Johan Cruyff and Edgar Davids step down en masse The Guardian, 9 February 2012
  4. ^ "Ajax sign Daly Blind". Ajax.nl. AFC Ajax. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Danny Blind Level-K
  6. ^ Dirk Franciscus Blind "Danny Blind" World-Soccer.org

External links[edit]


Awards
Preceded by
Ed de Goey
Dutch Golden Shoe Winner
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Jaap Stam