Michael Reiziger

Michael Reiziger

Michael Reiziger ( May 3, 1973 in Amstelveen ) is a former Dutch football player.

  • 2.1 With Ajax Amsterdam
  • 2.2 With FC Barcelona
  • 2.3 PSV Eindhoven

Playing career


Reiziger was already in the youth academy of Ajax Amsterdam before 1990, he joined the cadre of professionals. After two years with only two uses the Ajax responsible, the young full-back opted for one season for FC Volendam and then give another one for FC Groningen. In Groningen Reiziger could get some match practice and develop into a fixed size.

After he (then under van Gaal ) returned to Ajax, he won there a regular place. For the season 1996/97 he moved to Italy for AC Milan. He, however, came in a year to just ten league bets. He was then obliged by FC Barcelona, ​​where he was able to establish itself again and collected as in the Netherlands, national and international titles. In Barcelona he played with country men like Patrick Kluivert, Phillip Cocu, Boudewijn Zenden, Ronald and Frank de Boer, coach van Gaal was again.

After seven years in Spain, Reiziger decided a move to England in the Premier League for Middlesbrough FC. After he came to only 18 appearances in the first season, he returned to play four days of the 2004/ 05 just before the end of the summer transfer window in his home country.

The PSV Eindhoven he twice won the Dutch championship, was there but not as often as they used to use. In the summer of 2007, he ended his professional career. On February 17, 2010, he received his coaching diploma.


Reiziger made ​​his debut for the Dutch national team on 12 October 1994 against the selection of Norway. He completed 72 A- international matches for the Oranje and resigned after Euro 2004.

His first major tournament was the 1996 European Championships, in which the Oranje already eliminated in the quarter- final against France.

With the Football World Cup in 1998 he reached the semi-finals with the national team, but lost in a penalty shootout with 2:4 against Brazil. In the 3rd place match, the team against Croatia was beaten. Reiziger completed four of seven possible games.

In his own country, at the European Football Championship in 2000, Reiziger came in two games. The Dutch left, as it did at the World Cup two years earlier, in the semifinals.

His last tournament with the Netherlands was the European Football Championship 2004. It came back to the semifinals before and had to hit there. Reiziger came up with four inserts.

Successes as a player

With Ajax Amsterdam

  • UEFA Cup Winners: 1992
  • Dutch Cup winner: 1993
  • Eredivisie winner: 1995, 1996
  • Johan Cruyff Schaal winner: 1994, 1995
  • World Cup winner: 1995
  • UEFA Champions League winner: 1995
  • UEFA Super Cup winner: 1995

With FC Barcelona

  • Spanish Champion: 1998, 1999
  • Copa del Rey winners: 1998
  • UEFA Super Cup winner: 1997

PSV Eindhoven

  • Eredivisie winner: 2006, 2007

Coaching career

After his playing career made ​​Reiziger - together with among others Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert and Phillip Cocu - the coaching license. He gained experience in the youth divisions of the AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona. For the 2013/14 season he took over the U17 team Sparta Rotterdam.

Private life

Michael Reiziger is married and has two children.