Arie Haan

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Arie Haan
Haan in 1974
Personal information
Full name Arend Haan
Date of birth (1948-11-16) 16 November 1948 (age 75)
Place of birth Finsterwolde, Netherlands
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1975 Ajax 132 (23)
1975–1981 Anderlecht 199 (35)
1981–1983 Standard Liège 65 (12)
1983–1984 PSV 18 (0)
1984–1985 Seiko 5 (1)
Total 419 (71)
International career
1972–1980 Netherlands 35 (6)
Managerial career
1984–1985 Royal Antwerp
1986–1987 Anderlecht
1987–1990 Stuttgart
1990–1991 Nürnberg
1991–1993 Standard Liège
1994–1995 PAOK
1995–1997 Feyenoord
1997–1998 Anderlecht
1999 PAOK
2000 Omonia
2001 Austria Vienna
2002–2004 China PR
2006 Persepolis
2006–2007 Cameroon
2008–2009 Albania
2009 Chongqing Lifan
2010–2011 Tianjin Teda
2012 Shenyang Shenbei
2014–2015 Tianjin Teda 
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Netherlands (as player)
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1974
Representing  China (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Runner-up 2004
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Arend "Arie" Haan (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌaːrɛnt / ˈaːri) ˈɦaːn]; born 16 November 1948) is a Dutch football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He scored 6 goals in 35 matches for the Netherlands national team of the 1970s. At club level, he enjoyed a successful career with AFC Ajax, R.S.C. Anderlecht, Standard Liège and PSV Eindhoven.

He participated in seven finals of European club competitions with five victories and two defeats. He was also known for his goals from long distance. At international level, he played 35 times for the Netherlands national team and was on the losing side for them in two World Cup finals.

After retiring as a player, he managed numerous club sides in Europe and China, as well as the national teams of China, Cameroon and Albania.

Playing career[edit]

Haan joined AFC Ajax in 1967, making his debut in a friendly match against Cambuur on 3 August 1967; his official debut followed on 23 May 1968. He was a member of the Ajax squad which went on to win the European Cup for three consecutive years, from 1971 until 1973, the Intercontinental Cup in 1972 and two European Super Cups, in 1972 and 1973. Also with Ajax, he won three Eredivisie titles in 1969–70, 1971–72 and 1972–73 and the Dutch Cup from 1970 until 1972. In 1970, his team won the Double and in 1972, the Treble.

Haan (third from right) with the Netherlands national team in 1974

He joined Belgian club R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1975 and was a member of the club's greatest ever successful period, when they won two European Cup Winners' Cups in 1976 and 1978. Those two seasons, he won two more European Super Cups (the previous two were with Ajax). The club again reached the final of that Cup Winners' Cup in 1977 too, but they were beaten by Hamburger SV. Also with Anderlecht he won the Belgian Cup in 1975–76 and the Belgian Championship in 1980–81.

After winning the championship with Anderlecht, he played for Standard Liège for two seasons, when the club won two championships. also the Belgian Supercup in 1981. In 1982, the club achieved its greatest success, when they reached their first (and to date the only) Cup Winners' Cup final, when they were beaten at Camp Nou by FC Barcelona. That year they also won the only double in their history. Returning to his country in 1983, he played one season for PSV. Haan finished his career for Hong Kong champions Seiko SA.

He has 35 matches with his national team, scoring 6 goals. His most famous was a 40-yard strike in the Netherlands' match against Italy in the second group stage of the 1978 FIFA World Cup against goalkeeper Dino Zoff.[1] His goal in the 2–2 game against West Germany, also a strike from far out in the field, helped the Netherlands national team reach the final, where they were beaten by Argentina 3–1 in extra time. He also participated in the 1974 FIFA World Cup when the Netherlands were beaten in the final by West Germany 2–1.

Managerial career[edit]

Haan before the World Cup qualifier against Denmark in 2009

Two months after retiring as a player, he became trainer of Antwerp. However, in the middle of the 1985–86 season he became coach of Anderlecht Brussels, replacing Paul Van Himst who was fired from the club. Franky Vercauteren and Morten Olsen featured in his team alongside players like goalkeeper Jacky Munaron, Luka Peruzović, Erwin Vandenbergh, Alex Czerniatynski, Enzo Scifo and Georges Grün. In 1986, Anderlecht won the championship, after a two-legged play-off against Club Brugge. Club Brugge forced a 1–1 draw away to Anderlecht, and led 2–0 at home after thirty minutes, but Anderlecht managed to equalise. The same season, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Champions' Cup, by eliminating Bayern Munich. The following season, his team retained the Belgian Championship.

After Belgium he became trainer of VfB Stuttgart in Germany on 1 July 1987. Stuttgart reached their first European cup final in 1989, the UEFA Cup, but failed to win the trophy against SSC Napoli (1–2, 3–3), a team that Diego Maradona was playing for at the time. He remained in Stuttgart until 26 March 1990. In July 1990 he became manager of 1. FC Nürnberg where he remained for a single season.

Returning to Belgium in 1991, he coached Standard Liège until the middle of the season 1993–94 and won the Belgian Cup in 1993. In the 1994–95 season he was appointed coach of PAOK FC and he remained there until October 1995, after which he returned to the Netherlands and managed Feyenoord for two seasons. In his first season Feyenoord finished 2nd in the Eredivisie.

After ten years, in December 1997, Haan enjoyed a further stint at Anderlecht, spending nine months at the club before returning to PAOK, where he remained as coach until December 1999. He went to Cyprus, to become AC Omonia manager in November 2000 but he coached the team only for two matches since he had a great offer from Austria Vienna to become the team's manager. He asked from his club to release his contract and that was accepted. He left from Austria in August 2001.

He coached the China national team for two years since December 2002. In 2004, China hosted the Asia Cup and reached the final where his team was beaten by Japan. However, his team did not qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after their elimination from the First round of qualifications, where China lost the first position the group to Kuwait. He remained as coach of China until November 2004.

Moving to Persepolis F.C. in February 2006, he helped his team reach the Hazfi Cup final. He was fired by the club just before the 2006–07 season began as he had problems with club management. Recently, he became trainer of Cameroon national team, however he resigned less than six months into a two-year contract citing interference from the president of Cameroon Football Federation Mohammed Iya as the reason.[2]

In December 2007, Albanian Football Federation president Armando Duka announced Haan would replace Croatia's Otto Baric as Albania head coach. He signed a two-year contract on 4 January 2008[3] and cancelled his contract on 15 April 2009.[4][5] On 29 May 2009 it was confirmed that Haan would succeed Wei Xin as the new manager of struggling Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan and took over in June that year. In August 2009, Haan was suspended for three Super League matches after waving money at a referee.[6] Chongqing Lifan were relegated at the end of the 2009 league season and Haan left for fellow Chinese Super League team Tianjin Teda F.C.[7] He brought the team to the second place in 2010 season, the club's highest rank ever achieved in the China Super League, which earned the team a place in the AFC Champions League in 2011. In the 2011 season of CSL, though the team only ranked 10th. at last, Haan led the team won the championship of China's FA Cup, with the score of 2–1 against Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. This championship is the first title Tianjin Teda achieved since its establishment in 1998.

Statistics with the Albania team[edit]

As of 8 September 2014.
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Albania 27 May 2008 1 April 2009 10 2 4 4 020.00





Standard Liège[15]






VfB Stuttgart[22]

Standard Liège[15]

Tianjin Teda


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  2. ^ "Haan quits as Cameroon coach". BBC News. 2 February 2007. Archived from the original on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Arie Haan optimist: Mund te fitojme kunder cdo kundershtari ne grup" (in Albanian). 4 January 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008. [dead link]
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