Rini Coolen

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Rini Coolen
Rini Coolen (2009).jpg
Personal information
Full name Rini Coolen
Date of birth (1967-02-10) 10 February 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Arnhem, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rosenborg BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Go Ahead Eagles 64 (1)
1988–1994 Heracles 149 (5)
1989–1990De Graafschap (loan) 3 (0)
1994–1996 AZ 24 (0)
Teams managed
1996–1999 Heracles Almelo (assistant coach)
1999–2002 FC Twente (coach second team)
2002–2004 FC Twente (assistant coach)
2004–2006 FC Twente
2006–2007 AGOVV
2008–2010 RBC
2010–2011 Adelaide United
2015 Aruba
2018– Rosenborg BK (Interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rini Coolen (born 10 February 1967) is a Dutch retired football defender and manager. He is currently interim manager of Norwegian Eliteserien team Rosenborg.

Club career[edit]

Coolen played professionally for Go Ahead Eagles, Heracles, De Graafschap and AZ.

Managerial career[edit]

He retired in 1995 and became a football manager who worked for Heracles Almelo, FC Twente and AGOVV Apeldoorn. He left FC Twente by mutual agreement on February 1, 2006. In November 2008 he signed for RBC Roosendaal as the successor of released coach Rob Meppelink. In 2010, he was appointed manager of A-League club Adelaide United.

His inaugural season with Adelaide United proved to be a success, taking the club from their disastrous last place finish in the 2009-10 season to third place in the 2010-11 season. His time at the club was marred with off-field dramas, most notably surrounding former Reds captain Travis Dodd who moved to Perth Glory.[1] Coolen proposed a plan to the club and started rebuilding the team after being signed to a four-year contract.[2][3]

Coolen released several players including Travis Dodd, Paul Reid, Adam Hughes and Lucas Pantelis. Imports brought in by Coolen such as Evgeniy Levchenko, Ricardo Da Silva and Andwele Slory failed to make an impact.[4] After a poor start to the 2011/2012 season, it was announced on 18 December 2011, that Coolen would be replaced by former Adelaide United coach John Kosmina. He was supposed to stay at the club as the youth team coach,[5] however on 21 December 2011, it was announced that he had left the club.[6] Coolen took the club to court for breaching his four-year contract and was awarded $400,000 in an out-of-court settlement.[7]

In 2015 he was coach of the Aruba national football team for 6 weeks.[8]

In August 2016, Coolen left his post as Academy boss at PEC Zwolle to join Fred Rutten as his assistant at Al Shabab in Dubai.[9]

On 19 July 2018 he was appointed interim manager of Rosenborg.



As of 10 January 2011
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA Win %
Adelaide United Australia 5 July 2010 18 December 2011 50 21 10 19 70 62 042.00

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