Peter Bosz

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Peter Bosz
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Managing Ajax in 2016
Personal information
Full name Peter Bosz
Date of birth (1963-11-21) 21 November 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ajax (head coach)
Youth career
OBV
Apeldoornse Boys
AGOVV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Vitesse 81 (2)
1984–1985 AGOVV (amateurs)
1985–1988 RKC 105 (4)
1988–1991 Toulon 93 (0)
1991–1996 Feyenoord 155 (6)
1996–1997 JEF United Ichihara 36 (3)
1998 Hansa Rostock 14 (0)
1998–1999 NAC 26 (1)
1999 JEF United Ichihara[1] 11 (0)
National team
1991–1995 Netherlands 8 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2002 AGOVV
2002–2003 De Graafschap
2004–2006 Heracles
2006–2009 Feyenoord (technical director)
2010–2013 Heracles Almelo
2013–2016 Vitesse
2016 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2016– Ajax
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Bosz (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːtər ˈbɔs], born 21 November 1963 in Apeldoorn, Gelderland) is a former football midfielder from the Netherlands, from July 2016 serving as head coach of the Dutch club AFC Ajax.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

A midfielder, Bosz started his professional career played with Vitesse in 1981; after a loan season with then amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn in 1984, he returned into professional football with RKC Waalwijk (from 1985 to 1988), then moving to France with SC Toulon (1988 to 1991), and successively playing six seasons with Dutch giants Feyenoord (1991 to 1996), Japanese club JEF United Ichihara (1996–97), German club Hansa Rostock[2] (1997–98), NAC Breda[3] (1998–99). He retired at the end of the year 1999 after a second spell[4] with JEF United Ichihara.

International[edit]

Bosz made his debut for the Netherlands in a December 1991 Euro qualification match against Greece and earned eight caps, scoring no goals.[5] His final international was in 1995 against the Czech Republic. He was part of the Dutch squad at UEFA Euro 1992.

Managerial career[edit]

Entering management[edit]

After his retirement, Bosz started a managing career, becoming first head coach of amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn, a position he held from January 2000 to 2002; in 2002 he also won a national amateur league title.

De Graafschap[edit]

Bosz made his move into professional football in 2002, becoming head coach of De Graafschap (2002–2003). The team finished last in the 2002–03 Eredivisie and was relegated to the Eerste Divisie.

Heracles Almelo[edit]

Bosz next became manager of Heracles Almelo (2004–2006). He won the 2004–05 Eerste Divisie with the club and promoted with them to the Eredivisie. Bosz' Heracles secured their Eredivisie promotion the following year, finishing 13th in the 2005–06 Eredivisie.

Feyenoord (technical director)[edit]

In July 2006, Bosz accepted an offer as technical director at his former club Feyenoord. While at the club he was responsible for completing the signings of (amongst others) Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Roy Makaay, Tim de Cler, Kevin Hofland and Denny Landzaat.[6][7] He left the position on 14 January 2009 due to his opposition to the dismissal of head coach Gertjan Verbeek.[8]

Return to Heracles[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Bosz started his second spell as manager of Heracles Almelo, replacing Verbeek who had moved to AZ Alkmaar in the meantime. The team finished 8th in the 2010–11 Eredivisie, securing qualification for the European competition Playoffs, where they were eliminated by FC Groningen. Heracles finished 12th in the 2011–12 Eredivisie and 2012–13 Eredivisie. He left the club in 2013.

Vitesse[edit]

On 19 June 2013, Bosz became manager of Vitesse, signing a two-year deal, together with assistant manager Hendrie Krüzen who joined him from Heracles. Bosz replaced outgoing manager Fred Rutten whose contract had expired. In November 2013, Vitesse was top of the league in the Eredivisie for the first time since 2006. It was the first time since 2000 they'd been top of the league later than the first week. Halfway through the season, after 17 matches, Vitesse was top of the league. The team finished 2013–14 Eredivisie in sixth place.

The following season, Bosz extended his contract by one year, until 2016. Technical director Mohammed Allach and Bosz developed a multi-year plan where the Vitesse Academy should play a major role, scouting improved, and the attacking style Bosz preferred leading. In the 2014–15 Eredivisie, Vitesse finished fifth, qualifying for the European competition play-offs. By defeating PEC Zwolle in the semi-final, and SC Heerenveen in the final, the team secured qualification for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. At the end of the season, Bosz was nominated for the Rinus Michels Award (for manager of the year), but lost to Phillip Cocu, who had led PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title.

In the 2015–16 Eredivisie, Vitesse was in fifth place in the winter break, after which Bosz left the club.[9]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

In January 2016 Bosz was announced as the new head coach of Israeli champion Maccabi Tel Aviv.[9] Bosz left Tel Aviv in May 2016 for Dutch AFC Ajax.[10] During his time in Israel, Bosz was undefeated in his 19 games in charge, with 12 wins and 7 draws.[citation needed]

AFC Ajax[edit]

In May 2016, AFC Ajax announced that Bosz was appointed to serve as the new head coach from July 2016 after signing a three-year contact.[10] In his first competitive match as head coach, Bosz's side earned a 1–1 draw against PAOK in the Third qualifying round of the Champions League on 27 July 2016.[11] Bosz was unable to lead Ajax to the group stage of the Champions League after losing 5–2 on aggregate to Russian side FC Rostov.[12] On 11 September 2016, Bosz faced his former side Vitesse, as Ajax won 1–0.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1996 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
1997 27 3 2 0 8 0 37 3
1999 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Country Japan 47 3 3 0 8 0 58 3
Total 47 3 3 0 8 0 58 3

National team statistics[edit]

Bosz (right) and Ruud Gullit with the Dutch national team in 1988.
Netherlands national team[14]
Year Apps Goals
1991 1 0
1992 5 0
1993 0 0
1994 0 0
1995 2 0
Total 8 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 April 2017[15]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
De Graafschap 1 July 2002 30 June 2003 40 10 6 24 55 92 −37 25.00
Heracles Almelo 1 July 2004 30 June 2006 75 37 12 26 118 101 +17 49.33
Heracles Almelo 1 July 2010 30 June 2013 116 44 25 47 212 207 +5 37.93
Vitesse 1 July 2013 3 January 2016 103 46 27 30 197 142 +55 44.66
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 January 2016 1 July 2016[16] 19 12 7 0 39 11 +28 63.16
Ajax 1 July 2016[17] Present 51 33 11 7 107 43 +64 64.71
Total 404 182 88 134 728 596 +132 45.05

Honours[edit]

Bosz in 1988

Player[edit]

Feyenoord

Manager[edit]

AGOVV Apeldoorn
Heracles Almelo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999Jリーグ ディビジョン1". so-net.ne.jp. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Peter Bosz verruilt Japanse voetbalclub voor Hansa Rostock - Trouw (Dutch)
  3. ^ NAC versterkt zich met Peter Bosz - Voetbal International (Dutch)
  4. ^ Bosz terug naar JEF United - Voetbal International (Dutch)
  5. ^ Intl career stats - Ons Oranje
  6. ^ "Manager Bosz 'blij dat nieuw Feyenoord vorm krijgt' / Ook Makaay en Hofland bij nieuwkomers in Kuip" (in Dutch). Trouw. 3 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Van papier naar werkelijkheid" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 29 June 2007. 
  8. ^ Seizoengids 2010/2011 (in Dutch). Voetbal International. p. 108. 
  9. ^ a b "Vitesse coach Peter Bosz heads for Tel Aviv". 4 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Ajax hire Peter Bosz to replace the departing Frank de Boer". ESPN. 24 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ajax 1-1 PAOK". UEFA.com. 27 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Four-time European champions Ajax missed out on a place in the Champions League group stage after losing 4-1 to Rostov". BBC Sports. 24 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ajax 1 - 0 Vitesse: Första hemmasegern". 11 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Peter Bosz at National-Football-Teams.com
  15. ^ Peter Bosz at Soccerbase
  16. ^ "Ajax stelt Bosz aan als opvolger De Boer". VI.nl (in Dutch). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ajax stelt Bosz aan als opvolger De Boer". VI.nl (in Dutch). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 

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