Frank de Boer

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Frank de Boer
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De Boer in March 2011.
Personal information
Full name Franciscus de Boer
Date of birth (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Hoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Sweeper
Club information
Current club Ajax (manager)
Youth career
0000–1984 VV De Zouaven
1984–1988 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1999 Ajax 328 (30)
1999–2003 Barcelona 144 (5)
2003–2004 Galatasaray 15 (1)
2004 Rangers 15 (2)
2004–2005 Al Rayyan 16 (5)
2005–2006 Al-Shamal 1 (0)
Total 519 (43)
National team
1990–2004 Netherlands 112 (13)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Ajax (youth)
2008–2010 Netherlands (assistant manager)
2010– Ajax
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franciscus "Frank" de Boer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɑŋk də.ˈbuːr]) (born 15 May 1970) is a Dutch football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of Eredivisie club Ajax. He is the younger twin brother of Ronald de Boer. He spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax and Barcelona. After retiring from playing he went into management with the Ajax youth team and as assistant to Bert van Marwijk with the Dutch national team. Since 6 December 2010 he is the manager of Ajax. In 2013, De Boer received the Rinus Michels Award for manager of the year in the Netherlands after leading Ajax to their third successive Eredivisie title.[2]

Club career[edit]

De Boer began his career as a left back at Ajax before switching to centre back, a position he made his own for many years in the national team. He won both the UEFA Cup and Champions League while at Ajax. However, after signing a 6-year contract extension with Ajax for the 1998–99 season, he and his twin brother Ronald took successful legal action to have it voided. Ajax had agreed orally that if a lucrative offer for one brother came by, he would be released provided the other stayed. However Ajax apparently backed down on that agreement after floating the club on the stock market and pledging to shareholders that it would hold both of the De Boers and build around them a team to recapture the UEFA Champions League.[3] Both De Boers then joined FC Barcelona for 22 million pounds. However, they were unable to repeat his earlier triumphs and Frank suffered the ignominy of testing positive for the banned substance nandrolone. De Boer was suspended but he was reinstated after a successful appeal.[4] He briefly moved to Galatasaray in the summer of 2003 before joining Rangers in January 2004. He scored a header at 87th minutes against Aberdeen to save his team from losing in the away game. Later on, he scored his second but also his last goal in a 4:0 home win against Dundee United. He made a total of 17 appearances for Rangers, scoring two goals. He left Rangers in 2004 after Euro 2004 along with twin brother Ronald (his teammate at Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers) to play the rest of his football career in Qatar with Al-Rayyan. De Boer announced his retirement from football in April 2006.

International career[edit]

Having represented his national team 112 times,[5] he was the most capped player in the history of the Netherlands national team, until Edwin van der Sar surpassed him. De Boer made his debut for the Netherlands in September 1990 against Italy. De Boer also played for the Netherlands in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, Euro 92, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, but missed Euro 96 through injury. He is well-remembered for the arching 60-yard pass which allowed Dennis Bergkamp to score the last-minute goal that knocked out Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup.[6][7][8] During Euro 2000, hosted in his home country and Belgium, De Boer reached another semi-final with the Dutch team. De Boer missed an important penalty kick in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals, which led to defeat against Italy. He also missed a penalty during the match.[9] He ended his international career after an injury forced him to be replaced in a quarter-final game with Sweden at Euro 2004.[10] The injury ruled him out from the semi-final match against Portugal, which the Netherlands lost 1–2.[11][12]

Managerial career[edit]

De Boer (right) with Lorenzo Ebecilio.

Since 2007 De Boer had taken up a coaching role at his former club Ajax where he was in charge of the club's youth sector. During the 2010 World Cup, he was the assistant of the Netherlands national football team, with retired player Phillip Cocu.[13] On 6 December 2010, after the resignation of Martin Jol, De Boer was appointed caretaker manager of Ajax until the winter break. His first game in charge was a UEFA Champions League match against AC Milan at the San Siro, a game they won 2–0 through goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Toby Alderweireld.[14] He then went on to help Ajax become champions of the Eredivisie for the 2010–11 season in a 3–1 home victory over FC Twente, the champions of the previous year, on the final matchday. Making the first year of his professional coaching career a golden one. "I couldn't have wished for a more beautiful birthday present," said Frank de Boer, as the club's 30th championship was won on his 41st birthday.[15]

In two and a half-year at the helm of Ajax, Frank de Boer already won 3 championships, his eighth in total, when including the 5 he already won as a player. According to reports, De Boer was offered the chance to interview for the Liverpool job but turned it down to remain with Ajax. "I am honoured by the request [from Liverpool] but I have only just started with Ajax," he said.[16] In 2013, De Boer received the Rinus Michels Award for manager of the year in the Netherlands after leading Ajax to their third successive Eredivisie title.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Player[edit]

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
1988–89 Ajax Eredivisie 27 0 27 0
1989–90 25 0 4 0 1 0 30 0
1990–91 34 1 0 0 34 1
1991–92 30 1 0 0 12 0 42 1
1992–93 34 3 1 0 8 1 43 2
1993–94 34 1 4 2 1 1 6 1 45 5
1994–95 34 9 2 0 1 0 10 2 47 11
1995–96 32 3 0 0 1 1 9 1 44 5
1996–97 32 4 0 0 1 0 9 0 44 3
1997–98 31 5 5 2 8 2 44 9
1998–99 15 3 1 0 6 0 32 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1998–99 FC Barcelona La Liga 19 2 4 2 23 4
1999–2000 22 0 7 0 2 0 12 2 43 2
2000–01 34 3 7 1 11 1 52 5
2001–02 34 0 13 0 47 1
2002–03 35 0 1 0 14 3 50 3
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Galatasaray Super League 15 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 23 1
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Rangers Premier League 15 2 1 0 1 0 17 2
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Al-Rayyan Qatari League 16 5 16 5
2005–06 Al-Shamal Qatari League 1 0 1 0
Total Netherlands 328 30 17 4 4 2 69 8 418 44
Spain 144 5 19 3 2 0 50 6 215 14
Turkey 15 1 0 0 0 0 6 0 21 1
Scotland 15 2 1 0 1 0 17 2
Qatar 17 5 17 5
Career total 519 43 37 7 7 2 125 13 688 66

International[edit]

[18]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 3 0
1991 2 1
1992 7 0
1993 7 0
1994 14 0
1995 6 0
1996 5 1
1997 6 3
1998 15 1
1999 7 0
2000 13 4
2001 6 1
2002 7 1
2003 10 1
2004 4 0
Total 112 13

International goals[edit]

(Source)[19]

Scores and results list Netherlands' goal tally first.

Managerial[edit]

As of 22 October 2013.[14]
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Ajax 6 December 2010 Present Eredivisie 95 63 22 10 235 90 +145 66.32
KNVB Cup 13 10 0 3 37 16 +21 76.92
Europe 24 8 4 12 27 38 −11 33.33
Other[a] 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2 33.33
Total 135 82 26 27 305 152 +153 60.74
Career totals League 95 63 22 10 235 90 +145 66.32
Cup 13 10 0 3 37 16 +21 76.92
Europe 24 8 4 12 27 38 −11 33.33
Other[a] 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2 33.33
Total 135 82 26 27 305 152 +153 60.74

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Ajax
Barcelona

Manager[edit]

Ajax

Assistant coach[edit]

Netherlands

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Includes Johan Cruijff Shield.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Frank de Boer". IMDb. 
  2. ^ Rinus Michels Award voor De Boer - NOS Sport
  3. ^ The De Boers tackle contract law New York Times, 29 July 1999.
  4. ^ "De Boer takes on Uefa". BBC Sport. 28 August 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Career Stats". Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Oranje in 1998 voor het laatst in kwartfinale". De Gelderlander. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Dutch defender Frank de Boer plays a sixty-metre pass, which finds a gap on the right side of the Argentina defence. At an unpromising angle, the ball drops from its high arc towards Holland's player of the age, Dennis Bergkamp, ..." Winner, David (2002). Brilliant orange: the neurotic genius of Dutch soccer. Overlook Press. ISBN 978-1-58567-258-5. 
  8. ^ Ginanjar, Asep; Asep Ginanjar, Agung Harsya. 100+ Fakta Unik Piala Dunia. Penerbit Serambi. ISBN 978-979-024-212-8. 
  9. ^ Ruizenaar, Theo (25 June 2010). "Dutch must keep their eye on the prize, say coaches". The Province. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Euro 2004 lijkt voorbij voor Frank de Boer". Voetbal International. 27 June 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Dutch play on without captain; Frank de Boer's international career likely over because of injury to ankle". The Kitchener. 29 June 2004. p. C.9. 
  12. ^ "SOCCER REPORT; Dutch Defender De Boer Injured". Los Angeles Times. 29 June 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Denken aan, maar nog niet dromen over 1998". BN/De Stem. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ a b "Immediate departure for Martin Jol". AFC Ajax. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Ajax sink Twente to seal 30th Eredivisie title". Berend Scholten on UEFA.com. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ajax coach Frank de Boer vows to 'stay loyal' following approach from Liverpool". The Independent. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Rinus Michels Award voor De Boer - NOS Sport
  18. ^ Frank de Boer - Century of International Appearances
  19. ^ "Statistics". Voetbalstats.nl. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  20. ^ "'Oerdegelijke' Frank de Boer wint JFK award". AD.nl. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 

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