Winston Bogarde

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Winston Bogarde
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Personal information
Full name Winston Bogarde
Date of birth (1970-10-22) 22 October 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Alexandria '66
Sparta Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 SVV 11 (1)
1990 Excelsior (loan) 10 (0)
1991–1994 Sparta Rotterdam 65 (14)
1994–1997 Ajax 62 (6)
1997 Milan 3 (0)
1998–2000 Barcelona 41 (4)
2000–2004 Chelsea 9 (0)
Total 201 (26)
National team
1995–2000 Netherlands 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Winston Bogarde (born 22 October 1970) is a Dutch retired professional footballer.

A player of immense physical strength,[1] he played mostly as a central defender, although he could occasionally appear on the left, and was best known for his spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Chelsea.

While at Chelsea he gained press attention for choosing to see out his contract despite getting no playing time with the club.[2]

Bogarde represented the Dutch national team in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Ajax[edit]

Born in Rotterdam, Bogarde started his career at Schiedamse Voetbal Vereniging in the second division, as a winger,[1] then switched to the Eredivisie in the 1991 summer, playing with hometown club Sparta (he previously had a short loan spell with neighbouring SBV Excelsior in the second level), and scoring 11 goals in the 1993–94 season as it qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Bogarde signed for country giants AFC Ajax in 1994. After a slow first season (he did not leave the bench in the final of the club's victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League), he became a defensive stalwart.


A.C. Milan signed Bogarde from Ajax for 1997-98, but he only made three Serie A appearances throughout his short stay. In January 1998 he moved to compatriot Louis van Gaal's FC Barcelona, appearing in 19 matches in the second part of the season as Barça won La Liga (and the Spanish cup).

As the Dutch influence at the Camp Nou was reducing so was Bogarde's, who only managed one league contest in his first full season (partly due to injuries), although he bounced back for a second respectable one (21 matches, two goals).


Bogarde signed for Chelsea in 2000–01, after following the advice of compatriot Mario Melchiot to join him at the Premier League club.[3] He was signed when Gianluca Vialli was manager, although the latter had no idea the transfer was happening, it arguably being conducted by director of football Colin Hutchinson –[4]Emerson Thome, also a centre-back, was shipped off to Sunderland.[5] Only weeks after signing his contract with the club, newly appointed manager Claudio Ranieri wanted the player to leave.[6]

According to Bogarde, it would be next to impossible to find a team that would offer him a contract comparable to the one he had at Chelsea: he was astounded at the salary the club had agreed on, as his value depreciated severely due to lack of first-team action, and decided to stay at Chelsea honouring his contract to the letter and appearing for training every day, but only played for the team very sparingly.[7] Of his contract he said, "Why should I throw fifteen million Euro away when it is already mine? At the moment I signed it was in fact my money, my contract." In the end, he only appeared eleven times during his four-year contract, reportedly earning £40,000 a week during this period[8][9].

After playing as a substitute against Ipswich Town on Boxing Day in 2000,[10] Bogarde only made one more appearance for Chelsea's first team before his contract expired in July 2004; it was also made from the bench, against Gillingham for the season's League Cup on 6 November 2002.[11]

During his period at Chelsea, the club attempted to sell Bogarde due to his large salary, and demoted him to the reserve and youth teams in an effort to force the player to leave. In response to press criticism on the issue Bogarde said, "This world is about money, so when you are offered those millions you take them. Few people will ever earn so many. I am one of the few fortunates who do. I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership but I don't care."[12]

On 8 November 2005, Bogarde announced his retirement from professional football, having failed to reach an agreement with a club since leaving Chelsea.[13]

International career[edit]

Courtesy of steady performances at Ajax, Bogarde was included in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Euro 1996 by manager Guus Hiddink.

He was also included in the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where was due to start the semi-final match against Brazil, as the first choice left-back starter Arthur Numan was serving a suspension for receiving a red card in the previous encounter against Argentina. However, Bogarde sustained a serious shin injury during training and was hospitalised,[14] with midfielder Philip Cocu playing at left-back.




  1. ^ a b Euro 2000 profile
  2. ^ "No way out for Bogarde". 8 January 2004. Archived from the original on 16 April 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Johnson, William (1 September 2000). "Vialli signs Bogarde". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Bogarde, the ultimate Bosman era folly, transfers from inactivity to retirement
  5. ^ "11V11 short bio". 11v11. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Premier League’s biggest transfer flops". Soccerlens. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Bogarde, Winston. Deze neger buigt voor niemand [This negro bows for no one]. 
  8. ^ . Daily Mail. 13 October 2011 Retrieved 12 December 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ . The Independent. 25 August 2010 Retrieved 12 December 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Ipswich 2 Chelsea 2". Sporting Life. 26 December 2000. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Cole ends Gills hopes". BBC Sport. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Money for nothing, the history of Winston Bogarde". Red and White Kop. 21 May 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Gone but not forgotten — loyal stalwart of the Stamford Bridge wage bill; Times Online, 12 November 2005
  14. ^ "Bogarde out with fractured shin". Sports Illustrated. 5 July 1998. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 

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