Johan Boskamp

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Johan Boskamp
Johan Boskamp 1978c.jpg
Boskamp in 1978
Personal information
Full name Johannes Boskamp
Date of birth (1948-10-21) 21 October 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1955–1965 RVV HOV
1965–1966 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1974 Feyenoord 102 (14)
1969–1970 Holland Sport (loan) 31 (7)
1974–1982 RWDM 239 (36)
1982–1984 Lierse 60 (3)
Total 432 (60)
National team
1978 Netherlands 2 (0)
Teams managed
1981 RWDM
1984–1987 Lierse
1988–1989 Verbr. Denderhoutem
1989–1992 Beveren
1992–1993 Kortrijk
1993–1997 Anderlecht
1997–1998 Gent
1999 Dinamo Tbilisi
1999 Georgia
2000–2001 Genk
2001–2002 Al Wasl
2004–2005 Kazma
2005–2006 Stoke City
2006 Standard Liège
2007–2009 Dender
2009 Beveren
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Johannes "Johan/Jan" Boskamp (born 21 October 1948) is a retired Dutch footballer and manager.

He played the majority of his career for hometown club Feyenoord and Belgian side RWDM and managed primarily in the Belgian leagues. Currently he is a regular sports commentator on two Dutch and Belgian football television programs. He is commonly addressed as "Jan" in the Netherlands and "Johan" in Belgium.

Playing career[edit]


His former clubs as a player include RVV HOV, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Holland Sport, R.W.D. Molenbeek (with whom he won the Belgian First Division in 1975), and Lierse. Boskamp was furthermore voted Belgian Golden Shoe winner in 1975.


He was part of the Dutch team for the 1978 FIFA World Cup, making one substitute appearance against Scotland.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Later Boskamp became a manager and coached Belgian clubs Lierse, Dender, Beveren, Kortrijk, Anderlecht, Gent. He then moved to Georgia in 1999 to manage Dinamo Tbilisi and also the Georgia national team. After a return to Belgium with Genk he moved to the Middle East and managed United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl and Kuwait club Kazma.[2]

He became manager of English side Stoke City for the 2005–06 season.[3][4] Stoke's Icelandic board wanted the club to start mounting a serious attempt at gaining promotion to the Premier League and so decided a change in style was required with Boskamp replacing Tony Pulis. He brought in a number of foreign players which included Carl Hoefkens, Hannes Sigurðsson, Junior N'Galula and Martin Kolář as well as domestic based players, Marlon Broomes, Paul Gallagher, Mamady Sidibe, Peter Sweeney and Luke Chadwick. He also broke the club record transfer fee with a £950,000 signing of Standard Liège striker Sambégou Bangoura. However results were often poor and after a number of heavy home defeats to Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City, and supporters began asking questions. Bangoura then went on a good run of form scoring seven goals in six matches as Stoke won six matches in November and December to give them a platform to build on going into the new year.[4] But in one of those wins away at Coventry City Boskamp and his assistant Jan de Koning and director of football John Rudge were involved in an argument which led to Boskamp almost resigning.[4][5]

Stoke began 2006 in terrible form winning just one match in ten and scoring a mere six goals in that time.[4] Bangoura had been away on international duty with Guinea and failed to return to the club at the agreed date which caused the shortage of goals and with Stoke's season fizzling out with no chance of promotion Boskamp was not offered a new contract by Gunnar Gíslason.[6] With the Icelandic board failing to gain promotion to the Premier League and with debts now at around £5million chairman Gunnar Gíslason put the club up for sale and he sold the club back to former chairman Peter Coates.[7][8] Coates then re-appointed Tony Pulis as manager who had spent the season with Plymouth Argyle.[9]

He was then briefly manager at Standard Liège in 2006.[10] In November 2007 he became coach of another Belgian club: FCV Dender EH, on 19 May 2009 he quit Dender after an argument with his coaching assistant Patrick Asselman, who has been named new coach.[11]

In June 2009, Boskamp signed with SK Beveren[12] but was sacked in December 2009 after poor results.[13]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Stoke City[14] 29 June 2005 1 May 2006 51 18 10 23 35.3


Johan Boskamp in 1977




Dinamo Tbilisi


  1. ^ Intl career stats - Voetbalstats
  2. ^ Johan Boskamp over de sjeik en zijn telmachine - Het Laatste Nieuws (Dutch)
  3. ^ "Boskamp named as new Stoke boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Stoke City season review 2005–06 Boskamp's one season in charge is a bizzare experience". The Sentinel. 18 May 2006. 
  5. ^ "Boskamp keen to resolve future". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boskamp will not be offered deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chairman Gislason departs Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Coates takes over as Stoke owner". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Pulis confirmed as Stoke manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  10. ^ ESPNsoccernet – Europe – Standard Liege sack coach Boskamp. (30 August 2006). Retrieved on 8 November 2013.
  11. ^ (Dutch) HLN Jupiler League – Johan Boskamp niet langer trainer van Dender. (14 September 2009). Retrieved on 8 November 2013.
  12. ^ Johan Boskamp nieuwe trainer van Beveren - Het Laatste Nieuws (Dutch)
  13. ^ Johan Boskamp buiten in Beveren - Het Laatste Nieuws (Dutch)
  14. ^ "Johan Boskamp". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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