Gerald Vanenburg

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Gerald Vanenburg
Gerald Vanenburg 1981c.jpg
Gerald Vanenburg in 1981
Personal information
Full name Gerald Mervin Vanenburg
Date of birth (1964-03-05) 5 March 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
Sterrewijk
Elinkwijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Ajax 173 (64)
1986–1993 PSV 199 (48)
1993–1996 Júbilo Iwata 64 (14)
1997 Utrecht 9 (2)
1997–1998 Cannes 26 (6)
1998–2000 1860 München 42 (2)
Total 513 (136)
National team
1982–1992 Netherlands 42 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2005 PSV (youth)
2004 1860 München
2006–2007 Helmond Sport
2008 FC Eindhoven
2008 Willem (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (born 5 March 1964) is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a right winger.

He amassed Eredivisie totals of 372 games and 112 goals for Ajax and PSV combined, winning fifteen major titles between the two clubs, including the 1988 European Cup with the latter. Subsequently he played in Japan, France and Germany, in a 20-year professional career.

Vanenburg earned more than 40 caps for the Netherlands, appearing at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988 and winning the latter tournament.

He is the cousin of Roy Vanenburg who represented Suriname in the 1960's and 70's.

Club career[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Born in Utrecht, Vanenburg finished his football formation with AFC Ajax, and made his Eredivisie debuts exactly one month after his 17th birthday, against ADO Den Haag. He finished his first season with 11 games and three goals, being soon dubbed Vaantje and Geraldinho for his above-average skills.

Vanenburg became an undisputed starter for the Amsterdam outfit shortly after, providing countless assists for strikers Marco van Basten and Wim Kieft and adding 30 himself in two seasons combined, as the club won back-to-back national championships; before leaving the club in June 1986, he scored in double digits in two more seasons. Vanenburg, van Bastern, Kieft were amongst a steady stream of talented youngsters that also included Frank Rijkaard that helped the club win three league titles between 1982 and 1985.[1]

PSV[edit]

Vanenburg signed for PSV Eindhoven for the 1986–87 season, netting nine goals in 34 matches in his first season, which ended in league conquest. He was part of the team that won the treble the following campaign, with the player appearing in the final of the season's European Cup and converting his penalty shootout attempt against S.L. Benfica.[2] The backbone of this treble winning team was formed by many of Vanenburg's former teammates at Ajax, including Ronald Koeman, Søren Lerby, Frank Arnesen and Wim Kieft.[1]

Having rejected a lucrative move to A.S. Roma, Vanenburg played and scored regularly for PSV in the following five seasons, winning a further three leagues and two Dutch Cups. He appeared in nearly 500 official games between the two clubs, scoring almost 150 goals.

Abroad / Coaching[edit]

Aged 29, Vanenburg had his first abroad experience, helping Júbilo Iwata promote to the J. League in his first year, then playing a further two seasons with the club. He finished the 1996–97 season back in his country, still being relatively played as hometown's FC Utrecht ranked in 12th position.

Until his retirement in 2000 at the age of 36, Vanenburg played three more years of top flight football, with AS Cannes (France) and TSV 1860 München (Germany), where he began appearing regularly as a sweeper. He immediately returned to PSV where he was appointed the youth team's manager but, during that timeframe, also managed former club TSV during three months, starting in April 2004, with the team eventually being relegated from the Bundesliga.

In 2006–07, Vanenburg coached Helmond Sport in the Eerste Divisie, being fired on 17 February 2007. On 1 January of the following year, he was appointed at another club in the category, FC Eindhoven.

International career[edit]

Vanenburg made his debut for the Netherlands on 14 April 1982 at only 18, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 friendly win with Greece, in Eindhoven.[3] He was selected for the UEFA Euro 1988 tournament in West Germany, appearing in all the games as the Oranje won the competition.[4]

Vanenburg was also picked by manager Leo Beenhakker for his 1990 FIFA World Cup squad, but his contribution consisted of 45 minutes against Egypt (1–1 group stage draw),[5] in an eventual round-of-16 exit in Italy.

His last international appearance came as a substitute in a 2–2 draw against Poland on 14 October 1992 in Rotterdam in a 1994 World Cup qualification match.[3]

International goals[edit]

Gerald Vanenburg: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 December 1983 De Kuip, Rotterdam  Malta
1–0
5–0
Euro 1984 qualifying[3]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ajax
PSV

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[9]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Total
1980/81 Ajax Eredivisie 11 3 11 3
1981/82 32 13 32 13
1982/83 33 17 33 17
1983/84 34 7 34 7
1984/85 29 12 29 12
1985/86 34 12 34 12
1986/87 PSV Eredivisie 34 9 34 9
1987/88 34 1 34 1
1988/89 34 10 34 10
1989/90 21 6 21 6
1990/91 29 11 29 11
1991/92 19 7 19 7
1992/93 28 4 28 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1993 Yamaha Motors Football League 0 0 1 0 4 2 5 2
1994 Júbilo Iwata J. League 1 43 8 1 0 4 0 48 8
1995 21 1 2 1 - 23 2
1996 22 5 0 0 12 3 34 8
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Total
1996/97 Utrecht Eredivisie 9 2 9 2
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1997/98 Cannes Ligue 1 26 6 26 6
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1998/99 1860 München Bundesliga 27 2 27 2
1999/00 15 0 15 0
Country Netherlands 381 114 381 114
Japan 86 14 4 1 20 5 110 20
France 26 6 26 6
Germany 42 2 42 2
Total 535 136 4 1 20 5 559 142

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ajax Amsterdam". Football History. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "1987/88: PSV prosper from Oranje boom". UEFA. 25 May 1988. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Gerald Vanenburg - International Appearances". RSSSF. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Van Basten ends Dutch wait". UEFA. 5 October 2003. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Netherlands – Egypt 1–1 (0–0); Planet World Cup, 12 June 1990
  6. ^ a b c "Gerald Vanenburg". Eurosport. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Gerald Vanenburg". Sport Promotion. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "PSV honour ´golden´ 1988 squad". PSV. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Gerald Vanenburg at National-Football-Teams.com

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