Eelco Schattorie

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Eelco Schattorie
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-12-18) 18 December 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Swalmen, Netherlands
Teams managed
Years Team
1996 VVV-Venlo (Caretaker)
2007–2008 Al-Riffa
2009–2010 Fanja
2010–2011 Al-Khaleej
2011–2012 Red Bull Ghana
2012–2014 United
2015 East Bengal
2016 Al-Ettifaq
2017- Al-Ettifaq

Eelco Schattorie (born 18 December 1971) is a Dutch football coach and former player who currently manages Saudi Professional League side Al-Ettifaq.


Born in Swalmen, Schattorie started as a youth and assistant coach with Dutch club VVV-Venlo. He served as the club's head coach on a caretaker basis for four matches in 1996 after former head coach, Jan Versleijen, left the club.[1] After spending twelve years with VVV-Venlo, Schattorie moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2002 to work as an assistant to Jan Versleljen at Al Jazira and as their under-18 head coach. After spending a season in the UAE, Schattorie moved to Saudi Arabia to again work as an assistant to Jan Versleijen at Al-Ettifaq.[2] He also worked as assistant coach to Versleijen at another Emirati club, Al-Shaab.[3] Schattorie returned to Al-Ettifaq in 2008 as under-23 head coach and helped the side win the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup.[4] Schattorie then moved to Oman where he was technical director at Muscat Club.[5]

Schattorie became the head coach of Bahraini club, Al-Riffa before returning to Muscat Club as their head coach in 2007.[5] After joining the club when they were at the bottom of the table, Schattorie managed to help the capital side finish eighth in the division, safe from relegation.[6] He then stayed with the club till February 2009, when he became the head coach of Omani side, Fanja.[3][7] After going undefeated for most of the season during the 2009–10 season, Fanja were defeated in the promotion play-offs against Al-Oruba.[8] Despite the season going very well for Schattorie, he was still let go by the club. Schattorie soon moved back to Saudi Arabia where he became head coach of Al-Khaleej in 2010.[9] After spending years in the Middle-East, Schattorie moved to Africa where he signed as head coach of Red Bull Ghana from 2011 to 2012.[10]

United: 2012–2014[edit]

On 9 November 2012 it was announced that Schattorie would become the new head coach of Prayag United of the I-League in India.[11] He coached his first game for the club on 10 November 2012, where he led Prayag United to a 10–1 victory over newly promoted United Sikkim.[12] Schattorie won his first and only cup for the side on 20 March 2013 when Prayag United defeated East Bengal in the IFA Shield final 1–0 through a Ranti Martins goal.[13] Eelco eventually finished the 2012–13 campaign leading Prayag United to a fourth-place finish.[14]

Unfortunately, entering the 2013–14 season, Prayag United were hit hard financially by the chit fund scam.[15] After dealing with the trouble given to him by sponsors, Eelco left the club in January 2014.[16]

East Bengal: 2015[edit]

On 19 February 2015 it was announced that Schattorie would return to the I-League to manage East Bengal.[17] However, he lost his first match in charge by four goals to one, in an AFC Cup match, against Johor Darul Ta'zim.[18] Schattorie then managed the club in the I-League for the first time on 1 March 2015 against Dempo at the Fatorda Stadium. Five goals from Ranti Martins saw East Bengal come out as 5–1 winners.[19]

After the season ended, Schattorie left the club and was replaced by Biswajit Bhattacharya.[20]


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  2. ^ "Dreaming about the true football ....". Devoatbal Trainer. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Eelco Schattorie Appointed East Bengal Head Coach". I-League. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Schattorie terug bij Ettifaq". Elf Voetbal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Ghoshal, Amoy (7 November 2015). "Sanjoy Sen resigns as Prayag coach, Dutchman Eelco Schattorie to take charge". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Omani League, 2007-08". Soccerway. 
  7. ^ "Oman". World Coaches. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "2009-10 Omani League". Goalzz. 
  9. ^ "Saudi". World Coaches. 
  10. ^ "FAIL: voetbalclub Red Bull Ghana". Spitsnieuws. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Ghoshal, Amoy. "Prayag United unveil Eelco Schattorie as their new coach". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Bera, Kaustav. "Prayag United SC 10-1 United Sikkim FC: Ranti scores five as Shattorie's reign begins in style". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Prayag United beat champions East Bengal for IFA Shield". Rediff. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  14. ^ Noronha, Anselm. "Ranti Martins: I will stay at Prayag United". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Datta, Dwaipayan. "Chit fund scam leaves I League club Prayag United in trouble". Times of India. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Injuries dog top sides as IFA Shield kicks off". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Bera, Kaustav. "'Taj Mahal was not built in a day' - Eelco Schattorie". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "East Bengal thrashed 1-4 by Malaysian club in AFC Cup". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Dempo 1-5 East Bengal". Soccerway. 
  20. ^ "Biswajit is EB coach". The Hindu. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.