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Name Phillip Cocu
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Barcelona beat competition from Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter among others for the signature of free agent Phillip Cocu in 1998 and the Dutch midfielder became a mainstay. Cocu made a total of 291 appearances of the Catalan club, which was a record until Lionel Messi surpassed it in 2012. Unfortunately for the Netherlands international, his time at Camp Nou coincided with a lean period at the club as he collected just one Liga title in six seasons.


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach PSV Eindhoven
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[ex-Holland international Phillip Cocu has one year left on his PSV deal] There will come a time when another club comes along. I only think about things when they come on my path. Is this the right time, is it the right club?

[Phillip Cocu talks about his friend Frank de Boer who had a nightmare spell at Crystal Palace which could put him off cut-throat Premier League] We talked about that. They have been gigantic experiences for him as a coach. Annoying experiences. But he also learned a lot and you never know in advance how such an adventure goes

One club relieves the trainer quickly, the other is more steadfast and follows his line. I’ll look at those kinds of aspects. I do not exclude that I take the step, but I feel that I can achieve a lot at PSV. A longer European adventure for example

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[Phillip Cocu will not try to fill Frank Lampard’s shoes after taking charge of Derby County] First of all, I’m very happy to be here, of course. I think this is the right step in my career - and the right fit. I can imagine the fans are sad he’s gone, because he did a good job. But it is a great opportunity for him to lead a team like Chelsea. I’m not going to try to be like him - I’ll be myself - but what I like is the bond between the club and the fans

[Derby lost to Aston Villa in the play-off final last season and Cocu feels, if his squad is strengthened, another top-six finish is a realistic goal for the 2019-20 campaign] We are still working on strengthening the team. But in certain positions, we need some players with more experience, to guide the rest of the young team. There’s no buying just for buying. There always has to be an idea behind it. I believe we have the potential to be in the top six again. And reaching the play-off final last season is one more experience for the players. Especially with a younger squad, you need those experiences

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Derby appoint Cocu as successor to Lampard on a four-year contract] I am pleased and honoured to confirm that Derby County will be my new club and can’t wait to meet with the team and the fans to start this adventure togethers

2019 08 05 Retrieve

[Cocu tight-lipped on Rooney move] At the moment I cannot say anything,” the 48-year-old told Sky Sports. Like I said before, the team we are working on completing, the team we said is not complete yet, it’s true we are working on getting the team done. I cannot say anything about names before things are done. We have a lot of players we think could be an asset for the team, you try to get the best you can with resources you have at the club. A few more days and hopefully I can tell you something more

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[After seeing the positive impact of Rooney on Thursday, Cocu confirmed he’d be making a mistake not to install the former England international as their permanent skipper] Wayne Rooney is our captain. If we have a player among us who was captain of the national team with such a career and experience and leadership, I think it makes sense for everybody that he will be the captain of Derby County