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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

2015 10 24 Retrieve

[Southampton manager Ronald Koeman offering a message of support to friend and former coach Johan Cruyff following the Dutch legend’s lung cancer diagnosis] He was my favourite coach. I played six years being coached by Johan Cruyff. Not only the relationship between player and coach but also as friends – we always had Christmases together in Barcelona at that time. It is sad news and I wish all the best to him and his family. He was always a winning man – a winning football player and a winning coach. I hope that he will win this battle also

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Their (Barcelona’s) attack right now is amazing. Their attack was already very powerful with Messi, but it is unrivalled with Suarez and Neymar alongside him

2016 08 25 Retrieve

[Hart is facing career limbo, with his dropping as City’s first-choice keeper. It had been reported that a loan move to Everton broke down after City refused to subsidise any of Hart’s £135,000-a-week wage, however Koeman was adamant on Thursday that he has never been interested in bringing the player to Goodison Park] No…no. Like everyone we’re trying to improve, to make the squad stronger that we have at the moment. But I’m not that manager who speaks a lot about rumours, about players. Everyone will see at the end of the transfer window what the final squad at Everton is

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] I know him since his time at Ajax. He showed what a great player he was, too good for the Dutch league, so he went to Liverpool. He had a difficult start at Barcelona but he has shown since then that he is a fantastic player

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Everton are sixth in the table following the draw, a result Koeman welcomed given the quality of opposition] I am satisfied with a point because not many teams leave this stadium with a point. You need to be a little bit lucky and a goalkeeper to have the match of his life, and you need a [high] work-rate from your team. [The result is] a big compliment to the team because we fought. They [City] were the better team, had the chances, missed two penalties but it’s a final score of 1-1. I said yesterday to the rest of the staff that we need to be prepared for three defenders from Pep [Guardiola]. We took a risk to start with three forward players. That is why we changed after 20 minutes to deal with that

[Koeman had little sympathy for the struggles of De Bruyne and Aguero from the spot] If they miss penalties it’s the problem of City! We know we are difficult to beat. They [City] are the best team football-wise we have faced this season

2016 10 27 Retrieve

[Quote on Ruud Gullit] There was a period in the late-‘80s when Ruud rivalled Diego Maradona as the world’s best player, and in virtually any position – centre half, winger, centre-midfield or up front. But for injuries, Ruud would’ve achieved even more than he did

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Quote on Frank Rijkaard] His move to Milan in 1988 was the making of him – Arrigo Sacchi transformed him into an aggressive, world-class holding midfielder who could score goals, too. Dunga, Desailly, Keane and Vieira all performed that role brilliantly, but Frank is the best holding player ever

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Everton starlet Tom Davies is England’s next star] I did not need to tell [Tom] what he had done right. The whole world had told him that. I used to look at Mikel Arteta and aspire to be out there playing alongside my heroes and, obviously, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley who came through the Academy here, too, have been inspirational figures for me

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 17 Retrieve

[Koeman attracts to Cuco Martina’s versatility] Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important. It’s also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad. I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I’ve now brought him to Everton. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that’s needed, too

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 04 14 Retrieve

[Struggling to establish himself at Barca, Deulofeu went on loan spells at Everton and Sevilla before joining the former permanently in 2015. Despite producing quality performances on Merseyside sporadically under Martinez, he was eventually frozen out once the Spanish manager was sacked and replaced by Ronald Koeman] You can see with Gerard Deulofeu that it’s still not there for 90 minutes. It’s all about the work-rate of the player

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 08 26 Retrieve

[Koeman hints De Ligt could be dropped from Netherlands line-up if he continues to sit on Juve bench] On the one hand, you assume that he is going to play because he makes a transfer for a lot of money. But if a club has Chiellini and Bonucci, it may be that the coach makes a different choice. The moment he chooses Juventus, he goes to another country and he has to learn a new language. That takes time, but of course, that should not take too long. I am not worried yet, but if this is still the case in October, then you will start thinking about the fact that he has no rhythm. It is something different than what he was used to at Ajax. In Italian football, certainly in his position, it’s going to be about zero (keeping a clean sheet). It’s less about the structure, like ours in the Netherlands

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[De Ligt will win his 18th Netherlands cap on Friday against Germany, lining up to the right of Virgil van Dijk in a formidable centre-back pairing and Koeman believes the fact he was not played in a similar role for Juventus was a big part of his debut disaster] What is a shocker? It was also a question why he didn’t play the first match. Then, he played because somebody else had an injury. He didn’t play well. He had a bad moment with the goal of [Hirving] Lozano. The other two goals were different. It was a free kick that turned in and that’s always hard to defend. But yes, he didn’t play the way we want to see. I spoke to Matthijs today after lunch. Sometimes, people take change too easily

I still have the newspapers of my first match at Barcelona. It was a disaster. We lost 2-0 and everybody was questioning my arrival. But if you ask them now about me I bet it’s different. So, Matthijs is 20 years old. On the television they take changing to a new club very lightly. But I wouldn’t position him left in defence. I would have put [Leonardo] Bonucci there. He is more experienced

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

2019 11 03 Retrieve

[Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that there is a clause in his contract that will allow him to move to Barcelona, but only after Euro 2020] The reveal was a bit unlucky from Nico-Jan. Let’s say it nicely. It shouldn’t have happened and we talked about that. You feed a rumour that isn’t interesting. When I joined the Dutch national team they’ve asked me whether or not to share the info with everyone, but I don’t mind a little white lie once in a while. The clause only involves Barcelona and it’s only valid for a moment after the Euro 2020. I’m not leaving now. That’s 100 per cent sure

[Koeman has reiterated his desire to return to the club in the future] In my opinion you join as a national coach for a two year period. After the Euros there will be an evaluation and maybe the KNVB says: ‘We did so bad at the tournament, we won’t go on’. Then we won’t proceed. But I have the opportunity to leave for one club and for one club only. I can easily say I won’t leave the Dutch national team for any other club in the world. I’ve mentioned quite often this is my dream club. It was a slip of the tongue from Nico-Jan. Maybe he thought ‘everyone knows that already’

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Instrumental in convincing Ihattaren to choose Oranje was Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman who has great admiration for the player] Mo is a very young player who is developing tremendously. Also, he’s a regular with PSV already. These kind of talents you’d like to see to keep playing in Dutch football and I’m glad he made this decision. With the KNVB we did all we could to convince him. We had multiple chats with Mo and his family. We also spoke a lot through the phone. Also the role of PSV was important, especially John de Jong [director] and Mark van Bommel

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman says Memphis Depay leaving Lyon and joining a bigger club would only benefit Netherlands] He plays at Lyon and is even their captain sometimes. The fact that he doesn’t play for the biggest team in the world clearly doesn’t have consequences for his place in the national team. But if he plays at a bigger club, that will also be better for us. Still, Lyon is also a big club that always plays in the Champions League. Again, the fact that he plays in Lyon doesn’t mean that he won’t be selected for the national team. You always hope that every player plays for the biggest clubs that actually compete for the big prizes. I think he’s the kind of player that should play at a club like that. If that’s in the Premier League or at any other big club, that would be great for him. But you have to ask him about his plans

[The forward also missed the 2-1 win in Belarus last month] It’s nearly the same injury as last time, but in the other leg. He’s very positive, because last time he was back on the pitch in about 10 to 12 days. It’s too early now to say if he makes the Northern Ireland match. It might be possible that he skips the first match, but plays the second against Estonia. We’ll have to wait how that develops day by day

[Koeman is targeting back-to-back wins to finish above Germany in Group C] It’s the last two matches, the earlier we qualify, the better. A draw might be enough. But I’d rather take six points and win the group. In the end, qualifying is our goal, but I’d rather finish first

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that there is a possibility he could join Barcelona, but only after Euro 2020] [Joining Barcelona] is a possibility, but only after Euro 2020. I don’t know if I’ll keep [talking about the Barcelona job] in the future because it’s a bit strange to speak about the possibility of going to the club while you’re the Netherlands coach

2019 11 17 Retrieve

[Koeman admitted his side could have played better but stressed getting the point they needed to secure qualification was the most important thing] I am happy and proud of the team. In the end they only had two moments. I think we should have done more offensively, but we have reached the point that was needed for qualification and that is the most important thing. In the last few minutes I really opted for the 0-0, so I also brought on an extra defender with Nathan Ake. As a team, we always want more and to be better, but we have achieved a great result by qualifying for the European Championship. And that in a group with a great opponent like Germany and a tough opponent like Northern Ireland. I also just want to say that it is fantastic

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman interjected to say he would call for his players to walk off the pitch if such an incident were repeated] Someone has to be the first. We all think about it but, in the end, nobody ever acts on it. Everybody seems to avoid the subject instead of doing something about it.

[Koeman says not enough strong action is being taken by national authorities] We are way too soft in the Netherlands. Everybody always says that we live in such a safe country. I don’t think we do

2019 12 06 Retrieve

[Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman dismissed speculation linking him to La Liga champions Barcelona] I have two more years left on my contract with the [Dutch] national team and I do not like to talk about Barcelona. It’s uncomfortable for a lot of reasons; I currently have a job and it’s not fair to talk about this. If they come, they come; and if they don’t, they don’t. There are more important things [to worry about] in life

[While he’s since distanced himself from a return to Barcelona, Koeman did concede last month that it could happen after the Euros] [Joining Barcelona] is a possibility, but only after Euro 2020. I don’t know if I’ll keep [talking about the Barcelona job] in the future because it’s a bit strange to speak about the possibility of going to the club while you’re the Netherlands coach

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman still has the newspaper clippings from the day after his Barcelona debut. The Blaugrana were beaten 2-0 at Valladolid and the Catalan press were distinctly underwhelmed by the Dutch defender’s display] It was a disaster. Everybody was questioning my arrival. But if you ask the people at Barca about me now, I bet it’s different!

2020 03 03 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman reveals he turned down Barcelona job after Ernesto Valverde sacking] Yes. I said ‘no’ because I am with the national team

De Jong plays a lot at Barca and that is positive. But he is playing in a different position than he is used to. But that is the decision of the coach. He’s very young, and from playing games, you learn a lot of things. But I think he plays differently with me in the national team

Not unfavourable in my opinion, it could have been harder. And the nice thing is that it is also countries that we have not played against, other than Italy. But the other two countries are less well known, so that’s nice. We have never played against Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is also interesting. I know the striker they have, [Edin] Dzeko, who has been playing at the highest level for a long time. But so much can still happen until we play the matches. First, we have to play the European Championships. Then we’ll see again

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Euro delay sees Koeman’s Barcelona clause pushed back] The clause in my contract to go to Barcelona is for after the European Championship. No date has been mentioned, so now it’s after the European Championship in 2021. But I haven’t thought about it for a second anyway

[Netherlands were set to be without star Memphis Depay this year due to a knee injury] It’s a lucky break, but it’s a shame that the European Championship won’t be played now. We qualified at a good level, we were in good shape and we wanted to continue in this vein

De Jong plays a lot at Barca and that is positive. But he is playing in a different position than he is used to. But that is the decision of the coach. He’s very young, and from playing games, you learn a lot of things. But I think he plays differently with me in the national team

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Koeman: Hopefully I can coach Barcelona one day but timing hasn’t been right so far] They called me and I said no because of the commitment I have with my national team

[He is eager to point out that he has not snubbed advances from the Liga giants for any other reason] I don’t think it was a bad time. What happened is that I have my motives with the Netherlands. Barcelona can always win big things, they have very good players, they have options to sign the best players… If I’d have been out of a job then sure, everyone likes Barcelona. It doesn’t matter what situation they’re in. I had my best spell as a player there, at Barcelona, and I have lots of love for the city. So, let’s hope that I can coach Barcelona one day

[when asked to give his take on the Blaugrana in 2019-20] That amount of possession isn’t relevant if you only create two or three chances. Playing against Napoli away from home [in the Champions League] is tough because they got lots of people behind the ball and it’s difficult to open them up and create chances. A team needs, above all, a quick player. Look at the amount of problems Vinicius [Junior] caused Barcelona [against Real Madrid]. At the moment, they don’t have much depth and they need someone with a good touch. In midfield, they have players with the same type of characteristics. I saw Ansu Fati doing very well because of his pace and they need a player like him because the others play to receive the ball.

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman won’t rule out managing Barcelona in the future, despite turning down the job in January] I had my best spell as a player there, at Barcelona, and I have lots of love for the city. So, let’s hope that I can coach Barcelona one day

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[The injury had looked set to rule Depay out of Netherlands’ Euro 2020 campaign this summer but the coronavirus pandemic has caused the tournament to be postponed until 2021] We have regular contact. I went to him in Rome. I know about his recovery. It looks positive. It’s a long way for him still

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[The Games That Defined Modern Football: Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria (1992)] It was the beginning of big changes. After four years, my mission had been accomplished

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems] That was quite a shock, last weekend. For me, but above that for my family and friends. Thankfully the doctors helped me swiftly and amazingly and I’m very grateful for that. You get very humble from an event like this. It was great to see how many people were moved. I’m thankful for all the sweet messages from people I know and from clubs, but also from people I have never met. That strengthened me and I’m very thankful for that. At this moment I feel very healthy. That means I will continue my work with full strength, as soon as the ball starts rolling again. Again: thanks for all the support. We’ll see each other soon

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Ronald Koeman said everyone knows it’s my dream to coach Barcelona] I had a phone call [from Barca], as I’ve explained many times. But I want to keep my word with the national team, I thought we’d have Euro 2020 this summer. I’m happy with how things are with the national team and for me, that’s the most important thing at the moment. None of us know what will happen in the future. In my contract, there is a clause that will let me leave the national team job after the Euros but now’s not the time to be thinking about that. Everyone knows it’s my dream to coach Barca. Hopefully I might have the opportunity to do so in the future. But as always, that depends on your performance and successes as a coach - you need a lot of experience to coach a team like Barca

It’s really difficult for me to say what I think about Barca. Today’s Barca isn’t the same as [Pep] Guardiola, but it’s still a fantastic team. Because of [Frenkie] De Jong, I’ve been watching more of their games. I hope they go on to win La Liga. As for the Champions League, they’ll need to improve to be in a chance of winning it

I think De Jong is a player who can adapt to a new position in midfield, playing a little further forward. But I still think his best position is just in front of the back four - where [Sergio] Busquets plays. That’s his best position- where he plays for the national team and where he played with Ajax. It’s not a bad thing to adapt to other positions. He’s still only young and you have to give young players time. In no time he will show his quality with Barca. He’s done that with Ajax and with the national team. I’m in no doubt that he’s the right player for Barca. He knows he can do more, but he’s taking it all with calm because he’s happy at Barca

2020 08 25 Retrieve

[Lionel Messi’s meeting with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman allegedly triggered the Argentine to ask for a move] The privileges in the squad are over. I’m going to be inflexible, you have to think about the team