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Name Ronald Koeman
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc The most prolific goalscoring defender ever, Koeman rocketed in an incredible 239 goals in 685 club appearances. A further 14 in the famous Oranje shirt means he stands on 253 total goals – 78 more than Passarella in second place. Koeman excelled in the sweeper position. He was an adroit long range passer of the ball and was known for both his shooting accuracy and power. During his 17 seasons at club level he only failed to enter double figures for goals on four occasions, netting a breathtaking 26 strikes in 46 games for PSV in 1987/88

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach Everton
  Southampton
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  PSV

2017 05 06 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman revealed his desire to coach his former club Barcelona in the future] Everyone knows that I am from Barça, they know my love for a club where I grew up as a player and as a person. In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed. In my life as a professional coach, I have two dreams to fulfil. One, coach the selection of my country, Holland [he was previously assistant to Guus Hiddink at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™]. My other wish, my other dream, is to one day coach Barça. That’s the truth. I now owe to Everton. We have a very powerful and exciting project and we will reinforce our best to try to reach next season the [UEFA] Champions League

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman says Wayne Rooney can lead the Toffees to the next level] He has a lot of experience. He is an important player on the pitch, but also important for his team-mates and certainly the young players to show them what you need to do to reach that high standard of football. That means he needs to be a leader off the pitch, and if I see how he’s working and what he’s doing with all the players, it’s really what we want. Every day in training so far and in the friendlies, you see why he’s one of the best in his position and one of the best players

2019 01 19 Retrieve

[Koeman tells that Matthijs de Ligt is destined to become the world’s best centre-back in the near future] De Ligt and [Frenkie] de Jong are special for various reasons. De Ligt is younger, 19, and plays in an important position, as a centre-back. He’s the Ajax captain and from their school. That is to say Barça’s school, because it means that he has a lot of technical quality and tactical nous. He will be the best centre-back in the world in two years

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman divulges the key factors behind the turnaround he’s spearheading for the Netherlands] It’s true there was a lot of negativity at the time – maybe too much – but I always believed I could help improve things. Now the stadiums are sold out for national team matches again, and that hadn’t been the case in the last few years

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman on current dutch national team] They spoke about crisis. People were saying: ‘We need to change the system and we need to learn from Germany and we need to learn from Belgium’. But that’s football. We are people in Holland that are creative, also in football, and the technique of players is the base of our football. It’s about the quality, it’s not about defending, it’s not about Catenaccio - it’s play to win and that style we need to keep

[In September last year, the Dutch were beaten 2-1 by France, but Van Dijk and De Ligt had done enough to convince Koeman he had one of the best central defensive partnerships in the world] You always build the house from downstairs. You don’t start with the roof. When you look at Virgil now, this is a big, big personality on the pitch. He is strong, he has a great character and enjoys the responsibility

[Ronald Koeman on De Ligt] If you watch him play, you do not see a player who is only 19. You see a player who plays with so much more experience than he actually has

[Ronald Koeman reviews his team]The most important was the first match, away against France. We lost 2-1 in the end. But in that game, against the world champions, we got the feeling we can beat them. That we can play on this high level. The atmosphere around the national team has changed. That is down to the players and how we started in the Nations League

[Koeman is hoping to find more young stars to improve his senior side] We have a good team, a good balance between young players and more experienced players. We have good defenders, enough good midfielders, the offensive side is a little bit minimum in our choices and we know that - hopefully the boys from the Under-17s come through the system

I was 26 when I moved to Barcelona and now they move at 19 or even younger. We know in Holland it is difficult to keep them because the level of the competition is not the strongest and to be a better, stronger player you need to make a transfer

When I speak to the boys in the national team and they ask ‘what is best for me?’ I tell them it is the best club but you need to play, you need regular game time, you need that to improve

[Ronald Koeman on Cruyff] Cruyff said to me ‘sometimes you need to play in the middle yourself, because then they can see and learn from you’. He said if you are sometimes involved in sessions yourself you see much more, and you also hear more if they have good communications

Everybody will say ‘Look, Holland is back on track’. We are proud because we had a bad time over the last four or five years with the national team. The goal now is to qualify for the Euros, and if you play in the Euros you like to win the Euros

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman confirms role with Dennis Bergkamp, Henrik Larsson and Dirk Kuyt in proposed takeover of League One club Wycombe Wanderers] I don’t know how close that is. I’m in the background, let me put it like that. I’m an advisor. If they want it I’m available for advice but I’m not the one who is going to invest, I’m not the one to decide how the process will continue

They have the dream to buy a club and they’re working on that but I’m not directly involved and I didn’t want that. I’ve been asked if they want some advice and if they think I can provide them with good advice I’m available. But I’m not really the one to talk about that a lot