Rob Groener

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Rob Groener
Personal information
Full name Robert Groener
Date of birth 19 December 1945
Place of birth Glanerbrug, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Youth career
DOS '19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1971 SC Heracles ? (?)
Teams managed
1972–1974 FC Twente (fitness coach)
1974–1978 Quick '20
1978–1979 Suriname
1979–1981 Quick '20
1981–1982 FC Twente
1983–1985 Netherlands Antilles
1985–1989 Quick '20
1989–1992 VfL Herzlake
1992–1994 FC Emmen (director)
1994–1995 SC Cambuur (director)
1996–1998 Heracles Almelo (director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 20, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 20, 2015

Rob Groener (born 19 December 1945) is a former Dutch football manager and player who is currently a players' agent.[1]

As a player, he played for SC Heracles competing in the Dutch Eredivisie from 1962 to 1966. As a manager, he headed FC Twente, Suriname national team, the Netherlands Antilles national team, Quick '20, and VfL Herzlake in Germany.


Groener grew up in Denekamp, where he joined the local amateur club DOS '19. He was selected to play for the Netherlands amateur national football team, and was ultimately signed to nearby SC Heracles from Almelo with whom he played in the Eredivisie from 1962 to 1966. On 7 February 1971 his playing career was brought to a halt in a match against SC Heerenveen, where Groener suffered a double leg break, ending his career as a player.

Managerial career[edit]

Following his injury, Groener took a position as a fitness coach for FC Twente. From 1974 to 1978 he was the manager of Quick '20. In 1978 Groener finished his studies to become a A-level certified football coach, taking the managerial position of the Suriname national team. He successfully lead the country to its first CFU Championship in 1978. In 1979, he returned to the Netherlands taking a job as manager of Quick '20 once more. In June 1981, Groener signed a 1-year contract with FC Twente as the successor of Hennie Hollink. His contract was extended for one more year in February 1982. Groener finished the season in 12th place, and without showing any signs of improvement the following season, he was released in November 1982 with Spitz Kohn taking over as manager the team relegated the following season.

From 1983 to 1985, Groener returned to the Caribbean as manager of the Netherlands Antilles. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he managed Quick '20 once more, followed by a stint as manager of German team VfL Herzlake competing in the Oberliga. In 1992, he became the director for Dutch club FC Emmen, followed by SC Cambuur and finally Heracles Almelo where he was fired in 1998.[2][3]

He later became active as a players' agent representing the likes of Marko Arnautović, Samuel Armenteros, Peter Niemeyer, Georgios Samaras and manager Jan de Jonge amongst others.





  1. ^ Rob Groener Profile at Archived 2009-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ History of FC Emmen Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine at (Dutch)
  3. ^ History of SC Cambuur-Leeurwarden 1994-1995 Archived 2010-12-23 at the Wayback Machine at (Dutch)
  4. ^ "Frits Purperhart - Career Honours".