Frans Thijssen

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Frans Thijssen
Frans Thijssen (1979).jpeg
Thijssen in 1979
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-01-23) 23 January 1952 (age 71)
Place of birth Malden, Netherlands
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Juliana '31
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 NEC Nijmegen 83 (10)
1973–1979 FC Twente 167 (47)
1979–1983 Ipswich Town 125 (10)
1983–1984 Nottingham Forest 17 (3)
1984 Vancouver Whitecaps 45 (9)
1984–1987 Fortuna Sittard 79 (11)
1987–1988 FC Groningen 25 (0)
1988–1991 Vitesse Arnhem 87 (1)
Total 628 (91)
International career
1975–1981 Netherlands[1] 14 (3)
Managerial career
1995–1996 Vitesse Arnhem
1997–1998 Malmö FF
1999 De Graafschap
2000–2001 Fortuna Sittard
2014–2015 Brisbane Roar (caretaker manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Frans Thijssen (born 23 January 1952) is a Dutch former footballer. He started his professional career in 1970 with NEC Nijmegen. In 1973, he moved to FC Twente, where the midfielder played for nearly six seasons.

Thijssen won fourteen caps for Holland between 1975 and 1981.

In 1979, he moved to England to sign for Ipswich Town joining former FC Twente teammate Arnold Mühren. In 1981 he was the first Dutchman to be voted English Footballer of the Year as he helped Ipswich Town win the UEFA Cup, scoring one goal in each of the two legs of the final. He played a big part in their run to the semi finals of the FA Cup, and they also finished second in the league that season. He helped them finish second again the following year, but a year later he departed from Portman Road after four years to sign for Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest, but he was not nearly as successful at the City Ground as he had been in East Anglia, and he had left the club within months.

He also had a stint in the NASL with the Vancouver Whitecaps. In 1984, he returned to his native country, to play for Fortuna Sittard (1984–1987), FC Groningen (1987–1988) and Vitesse Arnhem (1988–1991).

After his active career he became a football manager. In 1997, he became manager for the Swedish club Malmö FF and spent two years there.

After several seasons without success, Thijssen was sacked as manager for Malmö FF during the middle of season 1998. At the time of his dismissal Malmö was in danger of being relegated to the first division (Superettan) for the first time in the club's history. Thijssen was replaced by Roland Andersson and Thomas Sjöberg.

On 24 November 2014, Thijssen was named interim coach of the Brisbane Roar in the Australian A-League.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 4 March 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Brisbane Roar Australia 24 November 2014 8 June 2015 28 11 5 12 039.29
Total 28 11 5 12 039.29


FC Twente

Ipswich Town

Vitesse Arnhem



  1. ^ "Interlands Frans Thijssen". Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Brisbane Roar name Frans Thijssen as caretaker coach - Football News | TVNZ". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Frans Thijssen profile". Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  4. ^ Lynch. The Official P.F.A. Footballers Heroes. p. 143.
  5. ^ "Netherlands - Player of the Year and Other Awards". Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  6. ^ King, Elvin (8 July 2008). "Thijssen inducted into Town Hall of Fame". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 September 2016.

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