Arnold Mühren

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Arnold Mühren
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Arnold Mühren in 1972
Personal information
Full name Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren
Date of birth (1951-06-02) 2 June 1951 (age 68)
Place of birth Volendam, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax (youth coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Volendam 26 (2)
1971–1974 Ajax 62 (16)
1974–1978 Twente 108 (39)
1978–1982 Ipswich Town 161 (21)
1982–1985 Manchester United 70 (13)
1985–1989 Ajax 99 (14)
Total 516 (105)
National team
1978–1988 Netherlands[1][2] 23 (3)
Teams managed
Volendam (youth coach)
Ajax (youth coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren (born 2 June 1951 in Volendam, North Holland) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. His older brother Gerrie, also a midfield player, won three European Cup titles with Ajax in the early 1970s. Mühren is among the few players to have won all three major UEFA-organised club competitions,[3] the Cup Winners' Cup (1986–87) and the UEFA Cup (1980–81). The last of these was won with Ipswich Town, while the other titles were won while playing for Ajax. He is also one of the two Dutch players, together with Danny Blind, to have won all UEFA club competitions and the Intercontinental Cup.


After starting his career at FC Volendam, Mühren moved to Ajax Amsterdam in 1971. He had his first domestic success with FC Twente, winning the KNVB Cup in 1977 and reaching the 1975 UEFA Cup Final. A year later he moved to Ipswich Town in England for a fee of £150,000; in the same year he made his international debut in a 4–0 win against Tunisia.[2] He was part of the successful Ipswich team that won the 1981 UEFA Cup. In 1982, he transferred to Manchester United. He helped United win the 1983 FA Cup Final by scoring a penalty in the replay, and left the club after the 1985 FA Cup Final, in which United defeated Everton. He did not feature in the match squad for the 1985 final, having lost his place in the team that season to new signing Jesper Olsen.

He was one of the few players from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland playing in English football in that era.

After his stay in England, Mühren returned to Ajax, where he added the European Cup Winners' Cup (1986–87) to his trophy collection. Mühren also reached the final the following year in 1988 but lost to KV Mechelen. At the age of 37, he achieved the highlight of his career, when he was a vital part of the Dutch national team that won the European Championships in 1988. In the final against the Soviet Union he provided the cross from which Marco van Basten scored the second goal (considered one of the greatest volleyed goals of all time). He continued playing for Ajax for one more season after that, finally hanging up his boots in 1989 at the age of 38.[4]


Arnold Mühren and Gerrie Kroon getting married on 12 March 1974


Ipswich Town
Manchester United



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  1. ^ "Arnold Mühren". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  2. ^ a b Stokkermans, Karel (6 February 2008). "Arnold Mühren – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ List of players to have won the three main European club competitions
  4. ^ "Six of the best". BBC Sport. 26 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
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