Robert Maaskant

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Robert Maaskant
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Personal information
Full name Robert Patrick Maaskant
Date of birth (1969-01-10) 10 January 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Schiedam, Netherlands
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Go Ahead Eagles (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Go Ahead Eagles 21 (1)
1990–1991 Emmen 12 (0)
1991–1992 Motherwell 12 (0)
1992–1995 Zwolle 75 (3)
1995–1996 Excelsior 12 (1)
Total 132 (5)
Teams managed
1999–2002 RBC Roosendaal
2003–2003 Go Ahead Eagles
2003–2004 RBC Roosendaal
2004–2005 Willem II
2006–2007 RBC Roosendaal
2007–2008 MVV
2008–2010 NAC Breda
2010–2011 Wisła Kraków
2012 Texas Dutch Lions
2012–2013 Groningen
2013 Dinamo Minsk
2014 Columbus Crew (assistant)
2015 NAC Breda
2017– Go Ahead Eagles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert Patrick Maaskant (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroː.bərt ˈpɑt.rɪk ˈmaːs.kɑnt]) (born January 10, 1969 in Schiedam, Netherlands) is a former Dutch football midfielder and the current manager of Dutch Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles.[1]


He played for Go Ahead Eagles (1989–1990), FC Emmen (1990–1991), Motherwell F.C. (1991–1992), FC Zwolle (1992–1995) and Excelsior Rotterdam (1995–1996).

Manager career[edit]

A former assistant at Go Ahead Eagles and FC Zwolle, Maaskant was named head coach of RBC Roosendaal for the 1999–2000 season. He worked there for three years, before joining Go Ahead Eagles. He worked in Deventer for seven months, came back to Roosendaal, and then moved on to Willem II Tilburg in the summer of 2004. There he was fired on November 21, 2005 and replaced by Kees Zwamborn. On January 4, 2006 Maaskant was re-instated as the manager of RBC Roosendaal, as the successor of Dolf Roks. He was fired in 2007 and signed a one-year contract with MVV Maastricht for season 2007–2008 with an option to extend it for 2 more years. In February 2008, he left MVV and signed for NAC Breda to be the auxiliary coach of Ernie Brandts. In the summer of the same year, as soon as Brandts left the Bredase club, Maaskant took the spot.

Robert Maaskant had two rather successful seasons at NAC Breda. In the first season NAC qualified for the UEFA Cup. In Maaskant’s second season at NAC, the club nearly missed play-offs for the UEFA Cup. From May 2010 onwards, it appeared NAC had financial problems. Directly afterwards, Maaskant raised his concerns via the press[2][3] and Maaskant wasn’t able to afford new players.

On August 21, 2010 NAC and Maaskant made public that the trainer would leave NAC Breda for Polish football club Wisła Kraków, where Maaskant signed a 2-year deal.[4] He won the Polish championship in his first season at Wisła Kraków. But afterwards he missed the qualification to the 2011-12 Champions League group stage. On 7 November 2011, a day after Wisła's first away loss against city rival Cracovia since 28 years, Wisła Kraków announced that Maaskant is no longer the coach of the team.[5]

On 1 May 2012, he joined Texas Dutch Lions FC as an advisor and head coach.[6][7]

On May 23, 2012, he signed as head coach for FC Groningen.[8] This was possible because of a clause in his Dutch Lions contract, that allowed him to leave early.[9]

FC Groningen announced on 11 March 2013 that it would not be renewing its one-year contract with Maaskant.[10]

In June 2013, Maaskant signed a one and a half-year contract with Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk.[11]

In January 2014, Maaskant signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Crew in the MLS to be their assistant coach.

On 2 January 2015, it was announced that Maaskant had returned as head coach of Eredivisie side NAC Breda.


Wisła Kraków[edit]


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