Mitchell van der Gaag
|Full name||Mitchell van der Gaag|
|Date of birth||22 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Zutphen, Netherlands|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1989–1990||→ NEC (loan)||10||(2)|
|1990–1992||→ Sparta Rotterdam (loan)||55||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
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. 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).
- "Van der Gaag por três épocas" [Van der Gaag for three seasons] (in Portuguese). Record. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Van der Gaag steps down as Belenenses manager". Soccerway. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- Beijen profile (Dutch)
- Stats at Voetbal International (Dutch)
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- Coach stats at ForaDeJogo