Ronald Koeman

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Ronald Koeman
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Personal information
Full name Ronald Koeman
Date of birth (1963-03-21) 21 March 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Zaandam, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Groningen 90 (33)
1983–1986 Ajax 94 (23)
1986–1989 PSV 98 (51)
1989–1995 Barcelona 192 (67)
1995–1997 Feyenoord 61 (19)
Total 535 (193)
National team
1982–1994 Netherlands 78 (14)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Netherlands (assistant)
1998–2000 Barcelona (assistant)
2000–2001 Vitesse
2001–2005 Ajax
2005–2006 Benfica
2006–2007 PSV Eindhoven
2007–2008 Valencia
2009 AZ
2011–2014 Feyenoord
2014– Southampton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronald Koeman (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroʊ̯.nɑɫt ˈku.mɑn] ( ), born 21 March 1963 in Zaandam, North Holland) is a former Dutch footballer and current manager of Southampton. He is the younger brother of former Feyenoord coach Erwin Koeman and the son of former Dutch international Martin Koeman. One of the best attacking central defenders of all time, Koeman was renowned for his long-range accuracy, especially in free kicks, and is the top scoring defender in world football.[2]

At international level, Koeman was one of the stars of the Dutch national team, alongside Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Dennis Bergkamp. He won the Euro 88 and played at the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups.

After winning the European Cup with PSV in 1988, Koeman moved to Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team', and helped Barcelona win La Liga four years in a row between 1991 and 1994, and the European Cup where he scored the winner against Sampdoria in 1992.

Club career[edit]

In 1980 Koeman started his professional career at Groningen. After playing for Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, he finished his career in Feyenoord. During his career he won two European Cup titles, five Dutch championships, three Dutch Cups, four Spanish championships, one Spanish Cup and he was also in the winning Dutch national team at the UEFA Euro 1988.

After winning the European Cup with PSV in 1988, Koeman joined FC Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team', in which, along with players like Hristo Stoichkov, Romário, Josep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup, he helped the club win the La Liga four years in a row from 1991 to 1994. After scoring the winning free kick goal in the 1992 European Cup Final, he became the first player to score a goal in two consecutive Cup Finals of different European competitions, having scored Barcelona's consolation goal against Manchester United in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

Besides being a defender at the centreback position, Koeman was also known for his powerful right-footed freekicks and deadball ability where he scored many vital goals for the team.[3] One of his best strikes in La Liga came in the memorable 5–0 win over Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, with his bending free kick making the scoreline 2–0.[4]

His nicknames while playing for Barcelona were Tintin, due to his physical similarity with Hergé's fictional character, and Floquet de Neu, after the famous albino gorilla in the Barcelona Zoo.[5] Ronald Koeman currently holds the record for 25 consecutive successful penalty conversions in La Liga.[6]

Koeman scored 193 league goals in 533 matches (ahead of Daniel Passarella, who netted 182 goals in 556 matches) during his career, more than any other defender in the history of football.[2]

International career[edit]

He represented his nation in the 1990 World Cup and World Cup 1994 and picked up a total of 78 caps for The Netherlands, scoring 14 goals. During the 1988 European Championship, after the semi-final against Germany 2–1 in Hamburg, he, in front of German supporters, provocatively pretended to wipe his backside with the shirt of Olaf Thon, an action Koeman did not regret.[7]

Managerial career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Having retired as a player after his stint with Feyenoord, Koeman became a member of the coaching staff of Guus Hiddink during the 1998 World Cup along with Johan Neeskens and Frank Rijkaard. After the tournament Koeman was appointed the assistant coach of Barcelona. In 2000, he was handed his first managerial job as the head coach of Vitesse where he led the team to a UEFA Cup spot on a relatively limited budget.

Ajax[edit]

Koeman was appointed the manager of Ajax in 2001. Ajax' fortunes suffered a steady decline after Koeman got off to a successful start at the Amsterdam ArenA, winning a domestic double in 2001–02. Despite regaining the title in 2003–04, Ajax had fallen eight points behind rivals PSV in the Eredivisie. Coupled with Ajax being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Auxerre, 3–2 on aggregate, lead Koeman to resign the following day on 25 February 2005.[8]

Benfica[edit]

Koeman bounced back quickly from a disappointing end to his reign at Ajax in February 2005, taking up the vacant position at Portuguese champions Benfica following the departure of legendary Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. In Benfica, against whom he won the 1988 European Cup Final as a player with PSV, Koeman only won the Portuguese Super Cup; the team finished the Portuguese League in third place (behind rivals Porto and Sporting) and was knocked out of the Portuguese Cup in the quarter-finals (after losing to Vitória de Guimarães). This, along with an offer from PSV, sufficed for the manager to leave one year before the end of his contract, even though Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Barcelona, who ended up winning the trophy.

PSV[edit]

In the 2006–07 season, Koeman served as head coach of PSV, as successor of Guus Hiddink. PSV dominated the first season half, putting competitors as AZ and Ajax at a reasonable distance and PSV was almost destined to become champions again. However, PSV suffered in the second half of the season, also because of injuries of players Jefferson Farfán, Alex and Ibrahim Afellay, obtaining only 19 out 39 possible points.[9] AZ and Ajax regained their momentum, making for a close finish, with all three teams tied at 72 points before the last competition day. AZ played struggling Excelsior in their final match, but did not manage to win. Ajax played at Willem II, but did not score enough goals; it was PSV eventually who triumphed against all odds, winning at home 5–1 against Vitesse Arnhem, and thereby becoming Eredivisie champions with one goal at front of Ajax.

Valencia[edit]

On 31 October 2007 Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia after the sacking of Quique Flores, starting on 5 November 2007.[10] With Valencia he won the 2007–08 Spanish Cup, a tournament he previously won as a player of Barcelona. This was Valencia's first Copa del Rey since 1999.[11] The remainder of his tenure at Valencia would prove disappointing. The team would slump to 15th in the league, only two points above the relegation zone, along with finishing bottom of their Champions League group. A 5–1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao would prove the final nail in Koeman's time with Valencia. He was sacked the following day, on 21 April 2008.[11]

AZ[edit]

He was appointed manager of AZ on 18 May 2009,[12] after Louis van Gaal, who won the 2008–09 Eredivisie with AZ, joined Bayern Munich. On 5 December 2009, AZ announced that Koeman no longer was in charge of AZ, after losing 7 of the first 16 games in the Dutch competition.[13]

Feyenoord[edit]

On 21 July 2011, Koeman was appointed manager of Feyenoord, signing a one-year contract with the Dutch club as replacement for outgoing trainer Mario Been.[14] Through such appointment, Koeman has notably become the first man ever to serve as both player and head coach at all teams of the so-called "traditional big three" of Dutch football – Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.[15] Moreover, he has completed this in the same order as player and as manager. At the beginning of 2012 it was announced that his contract was extended. In February 2014, Koeman announced that he would leave his position at Feyenoord at the end of the 2013-14 season to pursue other ambitions. [16]

Southampton[edit]

Koeman as a Southampton coach in September 2014.

In June 2014 Koeman was announced as the replacement for Southampton F.C. manager Mauricio Pochettino, signing a three-year deal with the club.[17]

In his first six Premier League games, Koeman managed four wins, a draw and a defeat, propelling Southampton to second place in the league standings.[18][19] He also led them past Arsenal in the third round of the League Cup with a 2−1 victory at the Emirates.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Koeman married Bartina Koeman in 1985. They have three children, two sons (named Tim and Ronald) and one daughter (named Debbie).[1]

Trivia[edit]

When Ronald Koeman played for Barcelona, he was a direct neighbor of his trainer, Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff.

Ronald Koeman is, after Johan Cruijff, one of the most impersonated sportsmen in the Netherlands. Comedian Diederik van Vleuten impersonated him on a regular basis for radio and television, often portraying Koeman as a childish man in a grown-up world, usually including references to his deadly accurate shooting abilities, which the character took for granted, leading to humorous misunderstandings.[22]

Statistics[edit]

[23][24][25][26][27]

Club performance League Cup Super Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Super Cup Europe Other[n 1] Total
1980–81 Groningen Eredivisie 24 4 3 2 27 6
1981–82 33 14 1 0 34 15
1982–83 33 14 4 0 37 14
1983–84 Ajax 32 7 4 2 2 0 38 9
1984–85 30 9 2 1 4 3 36 13
1985–86 32 7 6 1 2 0 40 8
1986–87 PSV 34 16 3 3 2 0 39 19
1987–88 32 21 6 4 8 1 46 26
1988–89 32 14 6 1 4 2 3 1 45 18
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa Europe Other[n 2] Total
1989–90 FC Barcelona La Liga 36 14 7 4 4 1 1 0 48 19
1990–91 21 6 4 2 0 0 7 4 32 12
1991–92 35 16 2 0 1 0 11 1 49 17
1992–93 33 11 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 43 11
1993–94 35 11 2 0 1 0 12 8 50 19
1994–95 32 9 1 0 1 0 8 1 42 10
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Super Cup Europe Other Total
1995–96 Feyenoord Eredivisie 31 10 3 1 1 0 7 3 42 14
1996–97 30 9 2 0 5 0 37 9
Total Netherlands 343 126 40 15 1 0 34 9 3 1 421 151
Spain 192 67 19 6 4 0 45 15 4 0 264 88
Career total 535 193 59 21 5 0 79 24 7 1 685 239

[28]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
1983 6 1
1984 1 0
1985 1 0
1986 6 0
1987 7 2
1988 10 1
1989 8 3
1990 9 3
1991 4 0
1992 12 0
1993 5 2
1994 9 2
Total 78 14

International goals[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2014.[23][30]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/- Win %
Vitesse Netherlands 1 January 2000 2 December 2001 79 40 23 16 132 77 +55 50.63
Ajax Netherlands 3 December 2001 25 February 2005 151 94 30 27 320 147 +173 62.25
Benfica Portugal 8 June 2005 8 May 2006 49 27 11 11 64 38 +26 55.10
PSV Netherlands 1 July 2006 31 October 2007 63 39 11 13 121 51 +70 61.90
Valencia Spain 5 November 2007 21 April 2008 34 11 9 14 38 47 -9 32.35
AZ Netherlands 18 May 2009 5 December 2009 24 11 4 9 44 30 +14 45.83
Feyenoord Netherlands 21 July 2011 31 May 2014 114 65 22 27 229 133 +96 57.02
Southampton England 16 June 2014 Present 8 6 1 1 15 5 +10 75.00
Total 522 293 111 118 963 528 +435 56.13

Honours[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes 1988 European Super Cup (2 matches) and 1988 Intercontinental Cup (1 match, 1 goal).
  2. ^ Includes 1989 European Super Cup, 1992 European Super Cup and 1992 Intercontinental Cup (1 match).

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "The World's most successful Top Division Goal Scorers of all time among defensive players" by the IFFHS.
  3. ^ "Benfica-coach Koeman hoopt op stunt tegen Barcelona". NU.nl (in Dutch). 27 March 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Strikers' trademark goals: the Thierry Henry control-and-place, the Romario toe-poke and more". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2013
  5. ^ "Ronald Koeman: master of all he surveys". World Soccer. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. ^ "110 facts about Real Madrid on their 110th anniversary". Goal.com. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Zo vierde Koeman de zege op Duitsland". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 8 May 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Koeman quits Ajax". The Guardian. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  9. ^ "PSV roept rampspoed over zich af". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 23 April 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Koeman agrees to join Valencia". The Guardian. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Lowe, Sid (21 April 2008). "King's Cup half empty for Koeman". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "Koeman succeeds Van Gaal at AZ". UEFA.com. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar sack coach Koeman". ESPN Soccernet. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Feyenoord appoint Ronald Koeman as new head coach". The Guardian. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Unieke werkreeks Koeman bij traditionele top-drie" [Unique working stint for Koeman at traditional top-three]. Voetbal International. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Coach Ronald Koeman to leave Dutch giants Feyenoord". BBC. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ronald Koeman: Southampton name Dutchman as new manager". bbc.co.uk. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Southampton stays 2nd in EPL with win over QPR". USA Today. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Ronald Koeman's Southampton rebuilding job impresses QPR manager Harry Redknapp". The Telegraph. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Southampton continued their fantastic start to the season by coming from behind to beat Arsenal in a gripping Capital One Cup third-round tie.". BBC Sport. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Hassan, Nabil (27 September 2014). "Ronald Koeman surprised by Southampton start". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  22. ^ (Dutch)Diederik van Vleuten impersonating Ronald Koeman on Studio Spaan
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  25. ^ "Spanish La Liga & Segunda stats". LFP. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ronald Koeman – Matches in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Ronald Koeman – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
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  32. ^ "1988 UEFA European Championship". UEFA. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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