Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman ( born March 21, 1963 in Zaandam ) is a former football player and current coach.

  • 3.1 analyst
  • 3.2 Golf
  • 4.1 As a player
  • 4.2 As a coach

Club career

Together with his older brother Erwin played Ronald in the youth department of Helpman Groningen. Three years later he moved to the GRC Groningen. His breakthrough came in 1979, when he came to local rivals FC Groningen. Here, the midfielder made ​​quickly attracted attention, not least because of his goal threat and the dreaded free-kicks.

An important role for development Koeman played Johan Cruyff, who in 1983 brought the talent to become top club Ajax Amsterdam and served as coach from 1985. Cruyff trained the midfielder to the Libero. Henceforth, the combative Koeman played mostly before the defense, caught the opponent's attacks and managed with no-frills game the lock -in. In 1985 he won with Ajax, the Dutch championship and the following year the trophy.

In 1986 Koeman to PSV Eindhoven, with whom he was 1987 champion. In the following years, the PSV was the strongest team in the Dutch club football and twice won the Double. Here, Koeman proved not only a support of the defense, but also as a prolific player: he scored a total of up to 1989 at 281 missions in 107 Eredivisie goals, many of which came through his hard free kicks. The greatest success in its Eindhoven - time in 1988 was winning the European Cup of Champions. The crew threw the title favorites Real Madrid out of the competition and defeated in the finals Benfica on penalties. Koeman himself was voted Footballer of the Year of the Netherlands in 1987 and 1988 and was regarded worldwide as one of the best players on the Libero position.

In 1989, he left the Netherlands and moved for the transfer fee of six million dollars at FC Barcelona, ​​where he again played under coach Johan Cruyff. The team's top players Andoni Zubizarreta to, Julio Salinas, Albert Ferrer and Hristo Stoitchkov and just Koeman was the dominant team in the early 1990s in Spain. They won the championship four times ( 1990-94 ) and once the Spanish Cup (1990). In the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991, the Catalans were subject to Manchester United despite a goal from Koeman 1-2. The following year, Barça won for the first time in club history the European Champions Cup. The decisive goal in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium Koeman scored in extra time from a free kick.

In 1995 he returned to the Netherlands and now changed to Feyenoord. This Koeman had played for all three top clubs in the Premier Division. For a short time was also a move to Werder Bremen for debate, but the Dutch coach Aad de Mos local spoke out against a commitment. Also Koeman finally rejected the change, since he feared hostility from viewers in the Bundesliga after the semi-final victory over Germany in the 1988 European Koeman had provoked the audience ( see below). In 1997 he ended his active career and began a coaching career as an assistant coach.

Career in the National Team

In the National Team he gave in 1983 together with his brother Erwin his debut. After the Dutch eight years could no longer qualify for a major tournament, they won the European Championship in 1988 her first major title. Both Koeman belonged to the team that possessed with Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard on a number of exceptional players. The European Champion was also considered a favorite for the Football World Cup 1990 in Italy, but the team failed in the second round to Germany, four years later at the 1994 World Cup against Brazil in the quarterfinals. After this disappointment, he finished after 78 caps (14 goals) his career in the Oranje.

With 193 Erstligatoren he is the top scorer among the defensive players.

Koeman was also famous by a scandal. In 1988, following the obtained semi-final against Germany (2-1) in Hamburg, he exchanged with Olaf Thon 's jersey and wiped with this demonstratively butt off. He sparked riots from among the spectators. Later, however Koeman showed remorse.

Career as a coach

Since 2000 he has worked as a trainer. With Ajax he won several national titles and have scored in the Champions League sensation. Later Koeman coached Benfica, with whom he failed at his former club FC Barcelona in 2006 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. From October 2007 to April 2008, he worked at Valencia.

Ronald Koeman became the 2009/10 season new coach of AZ Alkmaar and replaced the previous coach Louis van Gaal from, who moved to Bayern. On December 6, 2009 Koeman was dismissed Alkmaar after the seventh defeat of the season in his club as coach of AZ.

In July 2011 he took at his former club Feyenoord as a successor to coach Mario Been the activity again. This Koeman became the first footballer to both as a player and as a coach at all Big Three of Dutch football - worked - Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.

More careers


In the 2008/2009 season, he was football commentary of the UEFA Champions League at the Dutch television station NOS as well as at the football talk show Studio Voetbal. In principle, it is intended that he continued to work throughout the season as an analyst; it should, however, be an interesting offer as a coach, he would hang the job on the nail.


Koeman has also become an avid golfer. He is a member of the Rosendaelsche Golf Club and is regularly invited Pro-Am game one, as the KLM Open in ABN AMRO team together with Jarmo Sandelin, Aron Winter and Richard Krajicek.


As a player

  • Dutch Champion 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Dutch Cup winner 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Winner in the European Cup of Champions 1988, 1992
  • European Champion 1988
  • Spanish Cup winners in 1990
  • Spanish Champion 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

As a coach

  • Dutch champion: 2002, 2004, 2007
  • Dutch Cup: 2002
  • Dutch Supercup: 2002, 2009
  • Portuguese Super Cup: 2005
  • Spanish Cup: 2008