Raymond Verheijen

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Raymond Verheijen
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Date of birth (1971-11-23) 23 November 1971 (age 45)

Raymond Verheijen (born 23 November 1971) is a Dutch professional football coach.


He wrote a book called Complete Handbook of Conditioning for Soccer.[1]

He has been a member of the coaching staff of the national teams at three World Cups and three European Championships,[2] with Netherlands, and South Korea and Russia, who were both managed by Guus Hiddink at the times of the appointments.

He has also worked with a number of European club sides, including Barcelona of Spain, Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia, English teams Chelsea F.C and Manchester City,[2] and Australian team Brisbane Roar.[3] He has also been a personal fitness coach to Craig Bellamy during his spells at Manchester City and Cardiff City, and advised Bayern Munich about the fitness of Arjen Robben.[4]

Primarily a fitness coach, Verheijen has publicly criticised the training methods of a number of English teams, such as London-based clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur,[5] as well as former club Manchester City.[6] Earlier in his career, Verheijen publicly criticised the coaching methods of Dutch team Feyenoord,[7] but returned there to advise on pre-season build up in July 2011.[8]

In July 2013, he criticised the training methods of new Manchester United manager David Moyes and his coaches after an injury suffered to countryman Robin van Persie during pre-season training. He claimed Moyes was a "dinosaur" and that Van Persie had been "overtrained".[9] Verheijen had previously made "scathing remarks" when news broke of Moyes' appointment in May.[10] In December 2013, following further muscle injuries to Van Persie, Verheijen again criticised the training methods of Moyes, saying that, with regards to the overtraining he had detailed in July, that "you don't have to be Einstein to understand that is gambling".[11] In March 2016 Verheijen levelled a similar accusation against Real Madrid regarding Gareth Bale.[12]

He has also repeatedly criticised the high-intensity methods of coach Jurgen Klopp, at both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, for example his lack of sports periodization.[13][14]

Wales national football team[edit]

Verheijen was appointed to the position of Assistant Manager to the Wales national team in February 2011, managed at the time by Gary Speed[15] and in March 2011 made the news for his use of Twitter.[16]

Two weeks after the death of Wales' national team manager Gary Speed, Verheijen said that he would like to become the new Wales manager and continue Speed's legacy (he described it as "Gary's wish").[17] His comments courted controversy, Speed had been buried two days earlier and the comments were considered by some to be inappropriate. They were described as "selfish" by former Wales international Iwan Roberts.[18] In January 2012, he suggested that Wales should hire a foreigner as their new manager.[19] On 19 January 2012, Chris Coleman was appointed Wales team manager as successor to his friend Gary Speed. Verheijen's contract was due to expire at the end of 2011,[20] but he remained in the position until February 2012, when he resigned.[21] In December 2012 Verheijen criticised the FAW, stating that they had "destroyed" the "legacy" of Gary Speed.[22] On 10 October 2015, Wales' qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 was confirmed meaning that Coleman had led Wales to their first tournament qualification since 1958.[23]


  1. ^ Complete Handbook of Conditioning for Soccer. Google Books. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Total fitness from the land of Total Football". BBC. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dutch Courage: Raymond Verheijen". Four Four Two. November 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  4. ^ John Sinnott (6 December 2010). "Craig Bellamy's career 'revived by new training plan'". BBC. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Darren Lewis (10 December 2010). "Dutch fitness boff hits out at Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs over crocked stars". The Mirror. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  6. ^ George Watts (24 September 2010). "Former Manchester City Coach Raymond Verheijen Attacks Roberto Mancini's Training Methods". The Mirror. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Raymond Verheijen: "Coaches are responsible for overcrowded sickbay"". Dutch Football. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Raymond Verheijen advises Feyenoord on pre-season build up". 1 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Robin van Persie: fitness coach criticises 'dinosaur' training methods". The Guardian. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Moyes branded a 'dinosaur' coach". ESPN. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "David Moyes gambled with Robin van Persie's fitness and is damaging Manchester United, says Raymond Verheijen". The Telegraph. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Verheijen criticises Real Madrid
  13. ^ Twitter Eggs, pancakes and 'Some Dutch guy' - A history of Jurgen Klopp v Raymond Verheijen
  14. ^ Raymond Verheijen slams Jurgen Klopp - again
  15. ^ "Dutchman Raymond Verheijen is made Gary Speed deputy". BBC Sport. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  16. ^ David Dublin (28 March 2011). "Wales assistant Raymond Verheijen to keep tweeting". BBC. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Raymond Verheijen keen to take Wales manager's job". BBC Sport. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Raymond Verheijen's comments shock Iwan Roberts". BBC Sport. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Raymond Verheijen believes the Welsh FA should consider foreign boss". BBC Sport. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Raymond Verheijen reveals Welsh FA contract set to end". BBC Sport. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Raymond Verheijen resigns as Wales coach". BBC Sport. 24 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Raymond Verheijen claims FAW have destroyed Speed's 'legacy". BBC Sport. 20 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Bosnia 2 Wales 0". BBC Sport. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 

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