Hans van der Zee

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Hans van der Zee (born 15 January 1956 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch soccer manager and scout. He was a manager of two clubs in the Netherlands on the highest level. From 1996 until 1997 he was manager of FC Volendam. From 1997 until 1999 he was manager of Sparta Rotterdam.[1]

Van der Zee started as a football player played in the Ajax youth academy for eight years, from 1966 until 1974. His player career came to end because of injuries.

From 1999 until 2001 Van der Zee was director of football at AZ Alkmaar. Then Van der Zee became an international scout for PSV Eindhoven from 2001 until 2007. In that time he worked close and successfully together with Guus Hiddink, manager of PSV at that time. In the time they worked together, PSV Eindhoven signed South-American top players like Alex, Gomes and Jefferson Farfán. In the six years Van der Zee worked as an international scout for PSV Eindhoven the club won the Dutch title four times: 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 2006 Van der Zee joined Hiddink and worked for the Australia national football team during World Cup in Germany.[2] Van der Zee made team reports on the opponents of Australia.

In July 2007, he became the international scout for Ajax.[3]

February 2009 Van der Zee was mentioned in English newspapers as the new chief scout of Chelsea.[citation needed]

On 30 December 2009 the Dutch football magazine Voetbal International reports that PSV-manager Fred Rutten has asked Van der Zee tot return to PSV as a scout. According to the article Ajax do not want to let their international scout leave the club. Since 2010 Van der Zee is the chief scout of Ajax. In 2011 and 2012 Ajax won the Dutch league with Van der Zee as the chief scout.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Van der Zee ziet Sparta als promotie". Trouw (in Dutch). 18 February 1997. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Lewis, David (3 June 2006). "Guus leaves nothing to chance". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 June 2009. "The appointment of PSV Eindhoven chief scout Hans van der Zee is his latest addition to a backroom team that includes assistants Graham Arnold and Johan Neeskens ..." 
  3. ^ "Scout Van der Zee van PSV naar Ajax". de Gelderlander (in Dutch). 9 April 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2009.