Ernie Brandts

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Ernie Brandts
Ernie Brandts 1978c.jpg
Ernie Brandts in 1978
Personal information
Full name Ernstus Wilhelmus Johannes Brandts
Date of birth (1956-02-03) 3 February 1956 (age 59)
Place of birth Nieuw-Dijk, Gelderland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
De Sprinkhanen (Nieuw-Dijk)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 De Graafschap 38 (2)
1977–1986 PSV Eindhoven 251 (23)
1986–1989 Roda JC 68 (4)
1988–1989 MVV Maastricht 16 (0)
1989–1991 Germinal Ekeren 59 (5)
1991–1992 De Graafschap 20 (0)
Total 452 (34)
National team
1977–1985 Netherlands 28 (5)
Teams managed
1993–2002 PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
2002–2004 RKSV Nuenen
2005–2006 FC Volendam
2006–2008 NAC Breda
2009 Rah Ahan
2010–2012 APR
2012–2013 Young Africans
2014–2015 FC Dordrecht
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ernstus "Ernie" Wilhelmus Johannes Brandts (born 3 February 1956 in Nieuw-Dijk, Gelderland) is a Dutch football manager and former player. As a player he played as a football defender for PSV Eindhoven, Roda JC Kerkrade, MVV Maastricht and De Graafschap.

Brandts earned 28 caps and scored five goals for the Netherlands national football team and played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. In a second-round match against Italy, he became the first and to date only player to score goals for both teams in the same match in the World Cup. He scored an own goal in the 18th minute, and then scored the equalizer for the Netherlands in the 50th minute. His teammate Arie Haan eventually scored the winning goal, giving the Netherlands a 2–1 win.

Coaching career[edit]

Brandts began as an assistant manager at PSV, and has managed FC Volendam and NAC Breda as well as clubs in Iran and Africa.[2]

Halfway through the 2007-08 season, Brandts was informed that his contract as head trainer of NAC would not be extended, despite the best results (3rd position in 2007–08 Eredivisie) NAC Breda had seen for a long time. This decision was not taken lightly by the NAC Breda supporters - despite all the complaints the NAC top directors went ahead with their plan.[citation needed] Brandts was replaced by Robert Maaskant at the beginning of the 2008–2009 season.

Rah Ahan[edit]

He was appointed as the coach of Rah Ahan in summer of 2009. He had a few difficult months in Rah Ahan where there were many bad decisions against his team.[attribution needed] He lost important points in many matches in the last minutes and the team nearly dropped to the relegation zone. The club decided to sack him as the coach on 12 December 2009.

On 25 December 2013, he was sacked by Young Africans S.C. [3]

As of 12 December 2009
Nat Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Iran Rah Ahan July 2009 12 December 2009 19 4 6 9 21% 22 31 −9
Total 19 4 6 9 21% 22 31 -9



PSV Eindhoven
Roda JC
Germinal Ekeren