Mitchell van der Gaag

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Mitchell van der Gaag
Personal information
Full name Mitchell van der Gaag
Date of birth (1971-10-22) 22 October 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Zutphen, Netherlands
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
SC Brummen
De Graafschap
1986–1989 PSV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 PSV 44 (4)
1989–1990 NEC (loan) 10 (2)
1990–1992 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 55 (4)
1995–1997 Motherwell 42 (8)
1997–2001 Utrecht 99 (11)
2001–2006 Marítimo 154 (17)
2006–2007 Al-Nassr 27 (3)
Total 431 (49)
National team
1990–1991 Netherlands U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Marítimo B
2009–2010 Marítimo
2012–2013 Belenenses
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mitchell van der Gaag (born 22 October 1971) is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Playing career[edit]

Van der Gaag was born in Zutphen, Gelderland. After graduating from PSV Eindhoven's youth ranks he played three seasons on loan, to NEC Nijmegen and Sparta Rotterdam, returning to Eindhoven for a further three years but never being an important first-team figure, however.

In January 1995 van der Gaag moved to Motherwell. He scored a career-best seven goals in 28 games in his second full season to help the Steelmen narrowly avoid relegation from the Scottish Premier Division, and subsequently returned to the Eredivisie with FC Utrecht.

For the 2001–02 campaign van der Gaag joined Portugal's Club Sport Marítimo, going on to be one of the Madeira side's most influential players as it consolidated in the top flight. He netted six league goals in his third year, helping the club finish sixth and qualify for the UEFA Cup.

Manager career[edit]

Van der Gaag retired from football in 2007, having spent one season with Al-Nassr FC in Saudi Arabia. In July of the following year he returned to Marítimo as a coach, taking the reins of its B-team.

In late September 2009, after Carlos Carvalhal's dismissal following a string of bad results, van der Gaag was promoted to the main squad. After helping the Madeirans finish fifth – a place conquered in the last round with a 2–1 away win against Vitória de Guimarães, who ranked sixth – and qualify for the Europa League, his link was renewed for a further year.

On 14 September 2010, after collecting only one point in the league's first four matches and being ousted by FC BATE Borisov in the Europa League, van der Gaag was sacked by Marítimo. He returned to management after nearly two years, still in Portugal, signing with second division's C.F. Os Belenenses.[1] In his first season he won the league, thus returning the club to the top flight after three years.

Van der Gaag took a temporary leave of absence in late September 2013 due to heart problems, after feeling unwell during a league game against former club Marítimo (1–0 home win).[2]







  1. ^ "Van der Gaag por três épocas" [Van der Gaag for three seasons] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Van der Gaag steps down as Belenenses manager". Soccerway. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 

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