Wiel Coerver

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Wiel Coerver
Wiel Coerver.jpg
Wiel Coerver lifts the UEFA Cup in 1974
Personal information
Date of birth (1924-12-03)3 December 1924
Place of birth Kerkrade, Netherlands
Date of death 22 April 2011(2011-04-22) (aged 86)
Place of death Kerkrade, Netherlands
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 Roda JC
Teams managed
1959–1965 S.V.N.
1965–1966 Roda JC
1966–1969 Sparta
1970–1973 N.E.C.
1973–1975 Feyenoord
1975–1976 Indonesia
1976–1977 Go Ahead Eagles
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Wiel Coerver (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋil ˈkur.vər]; 3 December 1924 – 22 April 2011) was an association football manager from the Netherlands and the developer of the Coerver Method, a football coaching technique.

Playing career[edit]

Coerver played 5 years for local side Rapid JC, with whom he won the Dutch league title in 1956.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, he managed Dutch clubs S.V.N., Rapid JC,[2] Sparta,[3] N.E.C.,[4] Feyenoord[5] and Go Ahead Eagles as well as Indonesia. He won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord Rotterdam in the 1973–1974 season[6] as well as the Eredivisie title.

Coerver Method[edit]

The Coerver Method is a football coaching technique which Coerver created. By analysing videotapes of various great players including Pelé, he devised a new concept in football which advocates that skill could not only be inherent with the young players but could also be passed on in a comprehensive academic way. Under this technique, players progress in a structured manner, pyramidal, from basics of ball mastery to a tactically driven group attack. They would be exposed to the other essentials like Receiving and Passing, Moves (1v1), Speed and Lethal Finishing.[7]

The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France saw the first Coerver student, Boudewijn Zenden who played for the Netherlands national football team, make it to the FIFA World Cup.

Personal life[edit]

Coerver, who was born in Kerkrade, was nicknamed the "Albert Einstein of Football". He died of pneumonia in April 2011 in Kerkrade.[1][8]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wiel Coerver (86) overleden - NU (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Roda JC trainers aller tijden: Wiel Coerver 1965-1966 - Roda JC (in Dutch)
  3. ^ WIEL COERVER OVERLEDEN - Sparta (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Oud-trainer Wiel Coerver overleden - NEC (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Oud-Feyenoord- en Sparta-coach Wiel Coerver overleden - Rijnmond (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Feyenoord mourn former coach Wiel Coerver by Berend Scholten on UEFA.com, 22 April 2011
  7. ^ Tamis, Theo (22 April 2011). "Dutch soccer guru Wiel Coerver dies (86)". Radio Nederlands Worldwide. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  8. ^ "DPG Media Privacy Gate".

External links[edit]

Preceded by Rinus Michels oeuvre award
Succeeded by