Mitchell van der Gaag
|Full name||Mitchell van der Gaag|
|Date of birth||22 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Zutphen, Netherlands|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1989–1990||→ NEC (loan)||10||(2)|
|1990–1992||→ Sparta Rotterdam (loan)||55||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Van der Gaag was born in Zutphen, Gelderland. After graduating from PSV Eindhoven's youth ranks, he spent three seasons on loan to NEC Nijmegen and Sparta Rotterdam, returning to Eindhoven for a further three years but never being an important first-team figure, however.
In January 1995, van der Gaag moved to Motherwell. He scored a career-best seven goals in 28 games in his second full season to help the Steelmen narrowly avoid relegation from the Scottish Premier Division, and subsequently returned to the Eredivisie with FC Utrecht.
For the 2001–02 campaign, van der Gaag joined Portugal's C.S. Marítimo, going on to be one of the Madeira club's most influential players as it consolidated in the Primeira Liga. He netted six times in his third year, helping the team finish sixth and qualify for the UEFA Cup.
Van der Gaag retired from football in 2007, having spent one season with Al-Nassr FC in Saudi Arabia. In July of the following year, he returned to Marítimo as a coach and took the reins of its B-team.
In late September 2009, after Carlos Carvalhal's dismissal following a string of bad results, van der Gaag was promoted to the main squad. After helping the Madeirans finish fifth – a place conquered in the last round with a 2–1 away win against Vitória de Guimarães, who ranked sixth – and qualify for the Europa League, his contract was renewed for a further year.
On 14 September 2010, after collecting only one point in the league's first four matches and being ousted by FC BATE Borisov in the Europa League, van der Gaag was sacked by Marítimo. He returned to management after nearly two years, still in Portugal, signing with second division's C.F. Os Belenenses. In his first season he won the league, thus returning the club to the top flight after three years.
Van der Gaag took a temporary leave of absence in late September 2013 due to heart problems, after feeling unwell during a league game against former club Marítimo (1–0 home win). In February 2015, he was appointed at Cypriot First Division club Ermis Aradippou FC, being released after just one month after refusing to renew his contract for the following campaign.
- "Van der Gaag tekent bij Marítimo" [Van der Gaag signs with Marítimo] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 2 July 2001. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Maritimo warning for Gers". BBC Sport. 29 September 2004. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Al-Nassr zet Van der Gaag op straat" [Al-Nassr show door to Van der Gaag] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Maritimo ontslaat Van der Gaag" [Maritimo sack Van der Gaag]. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 15 September 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Van der Gaag por três épocas" [Van der Gaag for three seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 May 2012. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- "Mitchell van der Gaag held in Lissabon" [Mitchell van der Gaag hero in Lisbon]. Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch). 5 April 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Belenenses um clube de Lisboa" [Belenenses a Lisbon club]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 May 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Van der Gaag steps down as Belenenses manager". Soccerway. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- Κατέληξε στον «τουλίπα» Μίτσελ φαν ντερ Χάαχ [In comes "tulip" Mitchell van der Gaag] (in Greek). Sentra Goal. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- «Ευχαριστώ για την ευκαιρία...» [«Thank you for the opportunity...»] (in Greek). Sentra Goal. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.