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Ronald Koeman (born 21 March 1963 in Zaandam, Noord-Holland) is a former Dutchmarker footballer and current manager of AZ. He is the younger brother of former Feyenoord coach Erwin Koeman and the son of former Dutch international Martin Koeman. He was known for his rocket free kicks and long passing.

Club career

In 1980 Koeman started his professional career at Groningen. After playing for Ajax, PSV and FC Barcelona, he finished his career in Feyenoord. During his career he won two UEFA European Cup titles, five Dutch championships, three Dutch Cups, four Spanish championships, one Spanish Cup and he was also in the winning Dutch national team at the UEFA Euro 1988.

Besides being a defender at the centreback position, Koeman was also known for his powerful right-footed freekicks and deadball ability where he scored many vital goals for the team, and it was from a free-kick that he scored Barcelona's winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final.

International career

He represented his nation in the 1990 World Cup and World Cup 1994 and picked up a total of 78 caps for Holland, scoring 14 goals. In 1988, after the semi-final against Germany 2–1 in Hamburg, he, in front of German supporters, provocatively pretended to wipe his backside with the shirt of Olaf Thon, an action Koeman later regretted.

After scoring the winning free kick goal in the 1992 European Cup final, he became the first player to score a goal in two consecutive Cup Finals of different European competitions, having earlier scored Barcelona's consolation goal against Manchester United in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

Koeman scored 193 league goals in 533 matches (ahead of Daniel Passarella, who netted 182 goals in 556 matches) during his career, more than any other defender in the history of football.

Managerial career

Having retired as a player after his stint with Feyenoord, Koeman became member of the coaching staff of Guus Hiddink during the 1998 World Cup along with Johan Neeskens and Frank Rijkaard. After the tournament Koeman was appointed the assistant coach of Barcelona. In 2000, he was handed his first managerial job as the head coach of Vitesse where he led the team to a UEFA Cup spot on a relatively limited budget.


Koeman was appointed the manager of Ajax in 2001. Ajax' fortunes suffered a steady decline after Koeman got off to a successful start at the Amsterdam ArenAmarker, winning a domestic double in 2001–02. Despite regaining the title in 2003–04, Ajax had fallen eight points behind rivals PSV in the Eredivisie. Coupled with Ajax being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Auxerre, 3–2 on aggregate, lead Koeman to resign the following day on 25 February 2005.


Koeman bounced back quickly from a disappointing end to his reign at Ajax in February 2005, taking up the vacant position at Portuguesemarker champions Benfica following the departure of legendary Italianmarker Giovanni Trapattoni. In Benfica, against whom he won the 1988 European Cup final as a player with PSV, Koeman only won the Portuguese Supercup: the team finished the Portuguese League in third place (behind rivals Porto and Sporting) and was knocked out of the Portuguese Cup in the quarter-finals (after losing to Vitória de Guimarães). This, along with an offer from PSV, sufficed for the manager to leave one year before the end of his contract, even though Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Barcelona, who ended up winning the trophy.


In the 2006–07 season, Koeman served as head coach of PSV, as successor of Guus Hiddink. PSV dominated the first season half, putting competitors as AZ and Ajax at a reasonable distance and PSV was almost destined to become champions again. However, PSV suffered in the second half of the season, also because of injuries of players Jefferson Farfán, Alex and Ibrahim Afellay, obtaining only 19 out 39 possible points. AZ and Ajax regained their momentum, making for a close finish, with all three teams tied at 72 points before the last competition day. AZ played struggling Excelsior in their final match, but did not manage to win. Ajax played at Willem II, but did not score enough goals; it was PSV eventually who triumphed against all odds, winning at home 5–1 against Vitesse Arnhem, and thereby becoming Eredivisie champions on goal difference.


On 31 October 2007 Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia after the sacking of Quique Flores. With Valencia he won the 2007–08 Spanish Cup, a tournament he previously won as a player of Barcelona. This was Valencia's first Copa del Rey since 1998–99. The remainder of his tenure at Valenica would prove disappointing. The team would slump to 15th in the league, only two points above the relegation zone. A 5–1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao would prove the final nail in Koeman's time with Valencia. He was sacked the following day, on 21 April 2008.


He was appointed manager of AZ on 18 May 2009, after Louis van Gaal, who won the Eredivisie 2008-09 with AZ, joined Bayern Munich.

Personal life

Koeman married Bartina Koeman in 1985. They have three children, two of them named Tim and Ronald.


Player honours

Club honours

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1980-81 Groningen Eredivisie 24 4
1981-82 32 15
1982-83 33 14
1983-84 Ajax Eredivisie 32 7 3 1 2 0 37 8
1984-85 30 9 2 1 4 3 36 13
1985-86 32 7 6 1 2 0 40 8
1986-87 PSV Eredivisie 34 16 2 0
1987-88 32 21 8 1
1988-89 32 14 4 2

1989-90 FC Barcelona La Liga 36 14 5 2 4 1 45 17
1990-91 21 6 6 3 7 4 34 13
1991-92 35 16 2 0 11 1 48 17
1992-93 33 11 3 0 3 0 39 11
1993-94 35 11 2 0 12 8 49 19
1994-95 32 9 1 0 8 1 41 10

1995-96 Feyenoord Eredivisie 31 10 7 3
1996-97 29 9 5 0
G W L D Win % GF GA +/-
34 16 11 7 56 43 +13
25 February 2005
136 97 22 17 322 130 +192
34 20 7 7 51 29 +22
34 23 6 5 75 25 +50
31 October 2007
21 April 2008
22 4 6 12 19 35 -16
18 May 2009
260 160 52 48 523 262 +261

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