Jean-Paul de Jong

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Jean-Paul de Jong
De Jong in training with FC Utrecht
Personal information
Full name Jean-Paul de Jong
Date of birth (1970-10-17) 17 October 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Roda JC Kerkrade
Youth career
1984–1986 Feyenoord
1986–1989 Ajax
1989–1991 Arminia Bielefeld
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 VfL Osnabrück 14 (0)
1993–2007 FC Utrecht 370 (11)
Total 384 (11)
Teams managed
2007–2013 FC Utrecht (youth)
2013–2015 FC Eindhoven
2015–2017 FC Utrecht (assistant)
2017–2018 FC Utrecht
2019– Roda JC Kerkrade
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jean-Paul de Jong (born 17 October 1970) is a Dutch retired footballer who played mostly as a right midfielder. He is currently the manager of Roda JC Kerkrade. He was the manager of FC Utrecht until the 4th of September 2018.

He is best known for his lengthy spell as a player with FC Utrecht, appearing in nearly 450 official games in 14 years and winning two major titles.

Football career[edit]

Born in Utrecht, de Jong had several trainee spells, including with country giants Feyenoord and AFC Ajax. He made his professional debuts in Germany at the age of 20 with second division club VfL Osnabrück, appearing sparingly over the course of two seasons.

In 1993 de Jong returned to his country and city, going on serve a 14-year spell with FC Utrecht. In total he played 370 Eredivisie matches, in which he scored 11 goals; as the side appeared in three consecutive domestic cup finals, winning twice, "Mr. FC Utrecht" (as he was nicknamed) was on target in the 2002–03 edition, opening the scoresheet in a 4–1 win against Feyenoord.[1]

On 22 April 2007 de Jong received his 83rd yellow card in the league, surpassing the record number of cards received by a player which had been previously held by Barry van Galen. During his final season as a player, in which he contributed with 21 matches to a comfortable ninth place, he completed his coaching training badges and began to work as a youth trainer with the club.[2]



  1. ^ "Gluscevic, ex del Extremadura, ´héroe´ del fútbol holandés" [Gluscevic, formerly of Extremadura, ´heroe´ of Dutch football] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Extremadura. 2 June 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Jean-Paul stopt, maar blijft bij FC Utrecht" [Jean-Paul retires, but stays with FC Utrecht] (in Dutch). FC Utrecht. 14 June 2007.[dead link]

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