Ronald de Boer

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Ronald de Boer
Ronald de Boer.jpg
De Boer in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ronaldus de Boer
Date of birth (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Hoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Ajax 52 (14)
1991–1993 Twente 49 (22)
1993–1998 Ajax 172 (36)
1998–2000 Barcelona 37 (1)
2000–2004 Rangers 104 (39)
2004–2005 Al-Rayyan 22 (3)
2005–2008 Al-Shamal 56 (7)
Total 492 (122)
National team
1993–2003 Netherlands 67 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronaldus "Ronald" de Boer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroː.nɑɫ.də.ˈbuːr]) (born 15 May 1970) is a former Dutch football midfielder who has played for the Dutch national team as well as a host of professional clubs in Europe. He is the older twin brother of Frank de Boer.

Club career[edit]

De Boer's first club was De Zouaven in Lutjebroek where he played before being selected for the Ajax youth programme in 1983. On the professional club level, Ronald played for Ajax (1988–91 and 1993–98), Twente (1991–93), FC Barcelona (1998–2000), Rangers (2000–04), Al-Rayyan (2004–05) and Al-Shamal (2005–08). In both Qatari clubs, he was reunited again with his brother Frank, his teammate at Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers.

While impressive at Ajax during the early 1990s towards the 1998 FIFA World Cup, his high-profile transfer to Barcelona marked what would be an unlikely bad patch for a prolific goal-scoring midfielder as he managed to feature in only 33 games for the club and only scored one goal overall. In the 2000–01 season, he opted to join the Dutch legion at Rangers under the manager Dick Advocaat. Among the Dutch internationals who at that time played for the Rangers were Bert Konterman, Arthur Numan, Fernando Ricksen and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He spent four seasons with the club before joining Al-Rayyan after the 2003–04 season.

De Boer recovered from surgery on a neck injury and decided not to play in Al-Shamal's last two games of the 2006–07 season. On 19 March 2008, De Boer canceled his contract with Qatar outfit Al-Shamal and retired.

International career[edit]

De Boer won 67 caps and scored 13 goals for the Dutch national team. He played for the Netherlands in the 1994 and the 1998 World Cups, where he played in six matches and scored two goals. He missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Brazil in the 1998 semi-finals. De Boer also played in Euro 96 and Euro 2000.

In the Dutch national team De Boer was used in various positions, including right-half, centre forward, and attacking midfielder. In his early Ajax years, De Boer played either centre forward or attacking midfielder. In later years he shifted to right midfield.

De Boer was never officially captain of the Dutch national team or Ajax, but he has worn the captain's armband on several occasions for both club teams and the national team when the first-choice captain was not playing. In most teams, this was his brother Frank, with whom he has played side by side for most of his career.

Managing career[edit]

De Boer is currently Ajax A1 assistant manager.

Statistics[edit]

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88 Ajax Eredivisie 1 1 1 1
1988–89 17 5 17 5
1989–90 20 7 2 0 22 7
1990–91 14 1 3 0 17 1
1991–92 Twente Eredivisie 33 11 1 0 34 11
1992–93 16 11 3 0 19 11
1992–93 Ajax Eredivisie 15 5 15 5
1993–94 28 5 4 2 1 0 6 2 39 9
1994–95 25 5 3 4 1 0 10 2 39 11
1995–96 31 7 2 1 1 0 11 1 45 9
1996–97 28 5 0 0 1 0 10 1 39 6
1997–98 30 7 5 0 8 0 43 7
1998–99 15 2 6 0 21 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1998–99 Barcelona La Liga 13 0 4 1 17 1
1999–2000 20 1 5 0 1 1 11 0 37 2
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Rangers Premier League 17 6 1 0 1 0 7 1 24 7
2001–02 25 8 4 0 3 0 7 2 39 10
2002–03 33 16 5 1 3 1 2 2 43 20
2003–04 16 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 21 3
Country Netherlands 272 72 21 7 4 0 53 6 350 85
Spain 33 1 9 1 1 1 11 0 54 3
Scotland 91 32 12 2 8 1 18 5 129 40
Total 396 105 42 10 13 2 72 11 523 128

[2]

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 4 3
1994 11 3
1995 7 0
1996 10 3
1997 4 0
1998 13 3
1999 7 0
2000 7 1
2001 1 0
2002 2 0
2003 1 0
Total 67 13

Honours[edit]

Ajax[edit]

FC Barcelona[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Individual[edit]

Post-career[edit]

Currently he lives and works as a TV analyst in Qatar, where he spent his final playing days. He also has business interests in Doha. He was instrumental in bringing AC Milan to Qatar in 2009 to play an exhibition game.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronald de Boer at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/rdeboer-intl.html
  3. ^ "Beckham mania to hit Doha". Gulf-times.com. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Krug, Matthias (1 March 2009). "Milan stars stir desert debate". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 

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