Foppe de Haan

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Foppe de Haan
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Personal information
Date of birth (1943-06-26) 26 June 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Lippenhuizen (Opsterland), Netherlands
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current team
SC Heerenveen
Teams managed
Years Team
1974–1978 VV Akkrum
1976–1977 SC Heerenveen (youth)
1977–1980 Drachtster Boys
1980–1983 ACV
1983–1985 Steenwijk
1985–1988 SC Heerenveen
1992–2004 SC Heerenveen
2004–2009 Netherlands under-21
2006 Indonesia U-23
2009–2011 Ajax Cape Town
2011 Tuvalu

Foppe de Haan OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfɔ.pə də ˈɦaːn], born 26 June 1943 in Lippenhuizen, Friesland) is a Dutch football coach. He is known for his long association with Frisian club SC Heerenveen. De Haan was the manager of the Tuvalu national football team during 2011 and then rejoined Heerenveen's youth programme.

Career[edit]

De Haan started his managerial career in 1974 with VV Akkrum. After two years he combined this role with the youth team manager's position at SC Heerenveen. By 1978 he had become the manager for Drachtster Boys. He then moved to ACV in 1980, and to Steenwijk in 1983. In 1985 de Haan re-joined Heerenveen, this time as assistant coach. He would go on to spend 20 years with the club, the longest time a coach worked for a Dutch professional football club.[1] De Haan was made head coach in 1992, and in 1993 led the club back to the Eredivisie. The finished in second place in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen in 2000, thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history.[1]

In 2003 he received the Sport Award and on 10 May 2004, after his final game as coach of SC Heerenveen, he was given the title knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He was successively appointed as coach of the Netherlands national under-21 football team (Dutch: Jong Oranje), with whom he won the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[2] De Haan was accused by Steven Taylor of calling him a "cheat" as he had been injured in the match and was originally not going to take a penalty in the semi-final penalty shoot-out. Taylor eventually took and scored his penalty in the shootout which the Netherlands won despite this. A semifinal spot in the latter tournament also qualified the Dutch for the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament, leading his side to the quarter-finals where they were ultimately defeated by Argentina after extra time.

De Haan had announced that he would retire from football at the end of the 2008–09 season, when his contract with the KNVB expired.[1] Instead he returned to work as a senior advisor at SC Heerenveen, before being appointed head coach at South African Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town.

De Haan managed the Tuvalu national football team through their 2011 Pacific Games campaign. De Haan left his post after the tournament to rejoin Heerenveen's youth programme.[3]

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Wiel Coerver
Rinus Michels oeuvre award
2009
Succeeded by
Leo Beenhakker