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|Full name||Ton Caanen|
|Date of birth||18 March 1966|
|Place of birth||Geleen, Netherlands|
|Be Quick 1887|
|Be Quick 1887|
|FC Geleen Zuid|
|1999-2001||FC Geleen Zuid|
|2001–2003||Roda JC (youth)|
|2005-2006||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2012–2013||Enosis Neon Paralimni|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 June 2014. † Appearances (Goals).|
Aside from a few years in the amateur Dutch leagues, Caanen never played professional football. He got his start as a manager in his hometown club FC Geleen Zuid while also working as a salesman for the local Toyota dealership.
After two years with FC Geleen Zuid he started to work as the youth manager of Roda JC.
When Arcadi Gaydamak bought the Israeli football club, Beitar Jerusalem, he looked for someone who would be able to give the club a look over and see what changes needed to be made. Caanen was brought in and after a short time was given the reigns of the club after Eli Ohana, stepped down from the manager position.
Continuing with the same squad as Ohana had, Kaanen was able to produce good results making him a 'lifeline' to hopes in the club that they would be able to qualify for a continental competition (UEFA Champions League or UEFA Cup). When Luis Fernandez was appointed general manager over Caanen, there was a lot of friction over Caanen's qualifications to manage a club looking to become a European power. Caanen was soon fired but made a lasting impression on the Israeli public that would later pay dividends.
Replacing Nir Klinger
When the Maccabi Tel Aviv boardroom had enough of the poor results on the pitch during the club's 100 year anniversary, it was evident that Israeli manager Nir Klinger was on his way out. Caanen was appointed interim manager. Despite two big money "name" signings the team were a disaster typified by a 4–0 loss to Second Division Hapoel Akko in the Cup.
FC Stal Alchevsk
In June 2009 Caanen signed a contract as the coach of the Maltese club Valletta. "The objective in the country is the championship and the connection to get to Europe", said Caanen in Limburg. He took Jordi Cruyff with him to the island as an assistant coach and player. The two worked before together at Metalurh Donetsk.
In summer of 2010 Jordi Cruyff announced his retirement from professional football and joined AEK Larnaca as Director of Football. He signed Caanen as head coach, and the pair worked to establish the team as a new football powerhouse in Cyprus.
Aris Limassol F.C.
At the end of October 2013, he signed with Aris Limassol F.C. until the end of the season.
|Metalurh Donetsk||January 1, 2004||June 30, 2004||15||7||5||3||46.67|
|Beitar Jerusalem||September 17, 2005||December 12, 2005||15||9||1||5||60.00|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||December 25, 2005||May 30, 2006||25||8||9||8||32.00|
|Stal Alchevsk||July 14, 2006||June 30, 2007||29||4||7||18||13.79|
|Valletta||July 1, 2009||May 30, 2010||35||23||7||5||65.71|
|AEK Larnaca||July 1, 2010||November 11, 2011||52||19||15||18||36.54|
|Paralimni||September 27, 2012||June 30, 2013||29||7||8||14||24.14|
|Veria||September 2, 2013||September 29, 2013||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Aris Limassol||October 23, 2013||May 30, 2014||29||6||10||13||20.69|
|De Treffers||June 22, 2014||3||2||0||1||66.67|
As a Manager
- Winner (1): 2009–10
- Runner-up (1): 2009-10
- "Ton Caanen named coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv". Haaretz.com. 21 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Caanen to coach Mac.Netanya". Haaretz.com. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Netanya cuts Caanen". Haaretz.com. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "News Round-up: Okocha and Lehmann on the move". UEFA.com.com. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Cruyff to join Caanen at Valletta". UEFA.com.com. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2010.