Jan van Dijk (footballer)

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Jan van Dijk
Personal information
Full name Johannes Hermannus van Dijk
Date of birth (1956-12-10) December 10, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth Schalkhaar, Deventer, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Helmond Sport (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1992 FC Groningen 465 (43)
1978–1979 Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 9 (1)
Teams managed
1996–1997 FC Groningen
1997–2001 FC Groningen
2001–2002 Roda JC
2002–2003 Helmond Sport
2005–2007 FC Emmen
2008–2010 VVV-Venlo
2012–2013 VV Gemert
2014– Helmond Sport
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:50, 7 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Johannes ("Jan") Hermannus van Dijk (born 10 December 1956 in Schalkhaar, Deventer, Overijssel) is a former football midfielder from the Netherlands turned manager.

Club career[edit]

Van Dijk is best known for having spent his entire career at FC Groningen, except for a short loan spell to Go Ahead Eagles. His stay with the club spanned from 1975 to 1992, and earned him the nickname "Mister FC Groningen", as well as the record for number of appearances with a Groningen jersey (537).[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After he retired in 1992, Van Dijk became a football manager. He coached FC Groningen, Roda JC, RBC Roosendaal, Helmond Sport, and FC Emmen. He was fired from FC Emmen on 15 February 2007. After a season serving as Foeke Booy assistant at Al-Nassr, he was appointed manager of then-Eerste Divisie club VVV-Venlo on June 2008. Under his tenure, VVV-Venlo were crowned 2008–09 Eerste Divisie champions and achieved immediate promotion back to the Eredivisie. He was successively dismissed in December 2010 due to poor results.

On March 2012 it was announced Van Dijk would become manager of Topklasse amateurs VV Gemert on a two-year deal valid from the 2012–13 season.[2] After suffering relegation on the first season of his in charge, Van Dijk and Gemert agreed to mutually part company in May 2013.[3]

On March 2014 Van Dijk agreed to return to Helmond Sport, agreeing on a deal effective from 1 July 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Two of his sons, Gregoor and Dominique, also played professional football in the Netherlands.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Zo vader, zo zoon: Jan en Gregoor van Dijk" (in Dutch). Voetbal.nl. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jan van Dijk nieuwe trainer Gemert" (in Dutch). ED.nl. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Trainer Jan van Dijk en Gemert uit elkaar" (in Dutch). ED.nl. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jan van Dijk nieuwe trainer van Helmond Sport" (in Dutch). Helmond Sport. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.