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
Teams managed
Years Team
1959–1965 S.V.N.
1965–1966 Rapid JC
1966–1969 Sparta
1970–1973 N.E.C.
1973–1975 Feyenoord
1975–1976 Indonesia
1976–1977 Go Ahead Eagles

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. He won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord Rotterdam in the 1973–1974 season.[1]

Coerver, who was born in Kerkrade, Limburg, was nicknamed “the Albert Einstein of Football”. He died in Kerkrade.

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.[2]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Feyenoord mourn former coach Wiel Coerver by Berend Scholten on UEFA.com, 22 April 2011
  2. ^ Tamis, Theo (22 April 2011). "Dutch soccer guru Wiel Coerver dies (86)". Radio Nederlands Worldwide. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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Preceded by
Piet de Visser
Rinus Michels oeuvre award
Succeeded by
Foppe de Haan