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Frank de Boer
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
  Dutch Football Coach
Desc The classy defender played for Van Gaal at both Ajax and Barcelona, winning the Champions League with the former and La Liga with the latter. De Boer explained during an appearance on Sky Sports in 2018 that his mentor’s biggest strength was helping talented young players reach their full potential - ‘He could manage that so perfectly’


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach Atlanta United
  Inter Milan
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Ajax FC

2016 05 14 Retrieve

[Ajax coach Frank de Boer after failing to win the Dutch Eredivisie title, which went to PSV Eindhoven, before he announced he left the club after serving as manager for six years] This is a bad, terrible dream. Still hard to come to terms with, actually. We need to process this. But it will be a while before we can do that

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer uses a motorsport metaphor to describe the pressure of coaching a high-profile club like Italian giants Internazionale] Results are not good at the moment, but we are at the beginning of a project. We started from nothing and you need time to get to know a team. I feel like I’m in Formula One, with the haste of having to improve in a short time. It’s just a matter of time until results start coming. It’s normal when you are starting a project and the club is aware of that. I repeat, in Formula One you can race when the car is ready. I’ve said many times that a coach of a big club like Inter, Ajax or Barcelona always has a lot of pressure on him when the results are not there. I think I’m doing a good job for the team, though. When you have not won a trophy for four or five years it is normal that the coach can come under scrutiny

2016 11 21 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer on Kasper Dolberg] He has a lot. He is quite big, he’s strong. He has a great shot. He has a lot of qualities for a real striker and he can be really versatile

2017 05 22 Retrieve

[Frank De Boer on Davy Klaassen] He has an understanding of football. He reads how a situation will go faster than most. He is an extension of us, the coaches

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Atlanta United Coach Frank de Boer who was Ajax boss at the time and, with a number of his side involved, he watched on intently] Van Gaal did a great job to put five in the back because he knew, ‘OK, we are defensively not strong enough’. We had the quality up front with Robin van Persie and especially Arjen Robben. They made the difference in 2014, with Wesley Sneijder delivering the pass to them

[Frank de Boer on current dutch national team] Rafael van der Vaart, Sneijder… they left a gap. You have to put young, fresh guys in but at that moment they weren’t ready - they were still 17 or 18 years old. Everyone wants to qualify, but a small country like us always has periods where we don’t have that much talent. Sometimes you have to fall a bit deep to come back stronger

[Frank de Boer on Virgil Van Dijk] He has so much confidence it is unbelievable. He is a leader in the defence and also outside the field, it gives the other players confidence

[Frank de Boer on De Ligt] He has got everything: speed, good technique, he can build up from behind, he’s a fantastic defender. It’s unbelievable what he’s already done

2019 07 10 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer has laughed off suggestions that Atlanta United is looking to offload struggling designated player Gonzalo Martinez] It’s ridiculous, you know. We’re just halfway through the season and he’s new. I always say the first six months is the hardest for everyone who comes to a new culture. He has to adapt. We have a lot of confidence in his quality. There is no doubt about it. He knows that he has to do better. He wants to do better. He’s working hard for it. We have a lot of trust in him, so I don’t know where those rumors are coming from. But, it’s not based on anything

[De Boer said of Josef Martinez] He’s a major impact. He keeps everyone on top of their toes. You want that. He wants to give everything, but he wants in return that everybody [else] shows that same spirit and mentality

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Atlanta United vs LA Galaxy. Atlanta boss Frank de Boer again had to deal with one of his players publicly criticising his methods this week with Leandro Gonzalez Pirez saying he didn’t like the team’s defensive tactics] Everybody knows those comments stay inside. If there are doubts or arguments, we talk about it like adults here. We know how it works in football. We had three players in MLS team of the week. I was coach of the week. This is how it sometimes goes. We have to learn from that. We want to improve and want to be on top of every game and at the end also on top of the league, especially in our conference at the end of the season. It’s our goal. It’s looking right. We are a team, and we want to be a top team. That means we want to play our best every week. That’s how top teams work

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer has labelled the equal pay debate as ridiculous following the Dutch federation’s commitment to level the pay for the country’s men’s and women’s national team players] I think for me, it’s ridiculous. It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same. And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve. If it’s just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that. But it’s not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand that

[De Boer says he believes that the equal pay debate was spurred on by changes in other aspects of society that have nothing to do with sport] I think it started because a woman [was] getting underpaid, especially at [managerial] positions. They have to earn the same as a man. I think if you have a manager position for a bank or something, you have to earn the same what the men did because it’s not physically, just only here [points to head], so why do you have to earn less, because you’re doing the same job as a man? I think that’s also dropped a little bit into the sports world, like tennis and soccer. But I think that’s still different

2019 08 13b Retrieve

[Frank de Boer reignited his war of words with Jose Mourinho, stating that he believes karma always strikes back. Mourinho snuck in a further jibe at that fact, stating that, if the Dutchman was Rashford’s manager, he would be coached how to lose because he lost every game] At that moment, he can say that because it was a really bad record, of course. For me, if he wants to say that, I’m not the guy who wants to respond to that … I think karma always strikes back

[De Boer says he believes that his time at Crystal Palace could have and should have ended differently] I’m convinced. I think if we get the time we should, we definitely turn it around, especially at Crystal Palace. We had a feeling, in training you saw it, that this is the moment we’re going to go looking up and win games. And then they decided to sack me. Of course that’s not the nicest feeling, but it’s like that

I was especially angry. They do some promises and they have a philosophy: ‘OK, we want to be a solid club’. For example, Crystal Palace, you have to also play like a modern team and don’t play relegation football. If you want to do that, OK, one year you can survive, maybe two years. But one time you will go down, I am convinced. So they wanted to change that, like Southampton was doing in that period. I saw that picture in front of me, so I had the feeling that I had time, but when the season started, you already see some signs that this is not the way. You always walk in front of a door, and it’s not opening, and I had the feeling again, and also at Inter, that we have to do this and this, and then we make our steps forward. Every time somebody was stepping on the brakes

2019 09 22 Retrieve

[Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer fears star forward Josef Martinez suffered a serious injury in the defending MLS champions’s win over the San Jose Earthquakes] I’m afraid that he has something serious, but we have to wait. They’re evaluating him now. Probably tomorrow we can have a better diagnosis and then we have to make our plan. Hopefully it’s not so bad. But I can’t say if it’s good or bad. I don’t know. We know Josef a little bit – he’s a tough guy. He will not suddenly step off the field. He will have something, that’s for sure. But we have to wait. It’s too early to predict. But I think it’s not a good sign that he goes off … but it’s like that. We have to deal with it. Again, we have to wait

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[former Inter coach Frank de Boer is mpt convinced that Gabriel Barbosa has what it takes to excel in Europe] When he arrived, I didn’t know much about him, but I was told he was a fantastic player. I remember he turned up with two people. One took care of his social media and a nutritionist to look after his body, but he did nothing with us. They call him Gabigol, but we used to call him Gabi-no-gol in Italy

2020 02 11 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer confident ahead of Concacaf Champions League] It’s very good that there are players like Fernando Meza and Pity Martinez in MLS, because they are going to raise the level of MLS; now there are many players that want to be in MLS, including Mexicans. We are proving that the difference between Liga MX and MLS is closing now that MLS has much more quality. The level will surely grow because when you play with quality players the level rises. Also for U.S. players it will be very good

I think it’s fantastic that players like Pity want to play in MLS and even moreso with our club. But Chicharito is also a phenomenon and will be very good for the youngsters, as a player and as a professional. Pizarro is also a very good player and it would be fantastic if he signs with an MLS club

2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Josef Martinez tore his right anterior cruciate ligament] Everybody knows that Josef Martinez, when he’s in form, he’s the best in MLS. In training you see the quality. It’s going to be a big loss. We have to search and not make a hasty decision. If he’s ruled out, there’s a good possibility that we are looking at the market for a replacement

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Frank de Boer says Philippe Coutinho filled a Lionel Messi role while on the books at Liverpool] I think Coutinho was a player where everything [went through] him, every ball went to him at Liverpool. He could probably do less work, basically what Messi does with Barcelona. And the thing is you see how everything works together, it’s like a machine. If one is not doing it it’s fine maybe, they can handle that, but if it’s two similar types of players, that they also want every ball and have that special position in the team, then you see how vulnerable a team can be. I think we saw that with Barcelona. There’s only one that can do that now and that is Messi. The team is adapting and if you have to adapt for two players like this, it’s difficult. I think Coutinho is an unbelievable player but sometimes he doesn’t fit the puzzle and maybe with another club it will go perfectly well. It doesn’t mean he is a bad player. It doesn’t mean that you are not a great player when you can’t play for Barcelona - no. It sometimes doesn’t fit your style of play and sometimes you have bad luck, not bad luck, that Messi’s around and he has that role, and then you have to do a different role that doesn’t suit you a little bit. So it’s a shame for Coutinho but I think now he will do okay

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Why are European stars like Henry & Stam choosing MLS to revive their coaching careers?] It’s quite easy to say, but for me it was a great difference between the last two teams that I managed, especially on the side of the board, to give you that time and space for yourself, to develop yourself and to develop your team. You don’t feel the stress that they are really trying to press you, that you have to get good results. It’s a compliment for Darren Eales, Carlos Bocanegra and also Arthur Blank, of course, because we had a rough start

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Donny van de Beek: Why is the Ajax star such an in-demand transfer target?] Dennis Bergkamp started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team. It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny