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Name Ruud van Nistelrooy
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Van Nistelrooy broke 20 goals in four of his five Premier League seasons, winning a Golden Boot and a PFA Player of the Year Award en route. He perhaps should have won more than his solitary title, but was competing in an era of Wenger’s Invincibles and Mourinho’s Chelsea. Even so, he is undoubtedly one of the league’s greatest finishers


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Manchester United

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’m very grateful for the chances and support he gave me over the five years (I was at Manchester United). [. . .] he was able to get the best out of each individual, and he did that for me as well, not only on the pitch but off the field as well, he gave me a lot and I’m very grateful for it

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[Ruud van Nistelrooy speaking at the Oxford Union about what would happen if he ran into Martin Keown, who lives in the area, recalling the duo’s clash in 2002 in the Battle of Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal] He’d probably jump all over me again … I thought you had to be clever to live around here

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Having spent the first six months of his PSV career with the Under-19 team, he worked closely with legendary striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and the former Manchester United ace is impressed with Richard Ledezma’s potential] He’s making a difference in midfield with very quick-thinking passes, movement, can score a goal, play people in, he’s creating chances for the whole team. So a very promising talent, I was really happy to work with him for now

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Inside the managerial mind of Man Utd legend Ruud van Nistelrooy] The reason that I’m coaching and training is to help players develop, share my experience and train and coach them to the next level. I love that process and that’s why I do this. I experienced the situations that the players are in now both on and off the pitch. I know what’s being asked and then it’s up to my qualities as a person, as a coach to get the players there where we want them. And that’s what I love about the job. I think that I look at the players’ perspective. It’s not that I impose my vision on a group of players. I obviously have my ideas on how to play, but I think I want to create a team from the players that I have as individuals, the personalities and the footballing qualities. I want to combine that into what’s best for that group of players

So in that sense I’m starting to analyse first what I have and what I’m going to work with and then I’m building a team and a style of play that suits the qualities. The measurement of success is always the player. Without the will of the player there’s nothing. I have to follow the player’s lead where he wants to go and guide him the way I feel he should be guided. I think that’s the way I work and the way we work as a club. Values are important, education is important. It’s not just about getting people here and developing them as football players, no, I think the human side is just as important

[Having been in his current role for a little over a year now, Van Nistelrooy has come to the realisation that the best way to learn is still to just get yourself out there and experience what it’s like to be a coach] It is quite challenging. Many former managers and coaches that I spoke to told me I just needed to get on with a coaching job and experience it. Only then would I know and feel what it’s all about. And I think they’re right. I obviously did all my coaching badges and you learn and everything and that helps, but I think by actually starting and doing it and making your decisions yourself in every aspect of an individual, a team, a staff within the club you work for, yeah, that’s what it’s all about

[While his predecessor Van Bommel enjoys a close relationship with former Netherlands coach – and father in law - Bert van Marwijk, Van Nistelrooy has a number of managers to fall back on for advice] I learnt so much from the managers that I worked for and I took bits from training sessions, from the way they coached, the way they talked, the way they are as human beings. I was fortunate to work with the best, with very different styles of management and different styles of play as well. It’s great to be able to call former coaches and managers and to talk things through what I am experiencing as a coach. I don’t have one guy like Mark has, but I do like to call Foppe de Haan, a coach I had at Heerenveen. I’m mostly in touch with him and it’s fantastic to learn from his experience

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Former PSV and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who now coaches PSV’s Under-19s side on Mohamed Ihattaren] He joined us from the U17 team in the U19s but he was younger than everyone, so I thought he’s going to need at least a season to develop and get used to things, but he developed like a rocket really. He joined the winter break training camp with the first team last season and he just blew everybody away. That’s not normal with a player who is 16 years of age, of course. I was saying to him: ‘I want to develop you so that you will make the step to the first team and then I don’t want to see you back here anymore.’ That’s the way I think it should be because for players who go and come back it’s very difficult. He managed to develop himself at such speed that he left and we never saw him come back.

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Ruud van Nistelrooy on Lionel Messi] There is no-one who is at his level, he seems to play like a PlayStation player. Nobody comes close to Messi. Tell me who… Cristiano Ronaldo is a goalscorer, Andres Iniesta is a brain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe are excellent players, but Messi is all that together

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Kluivert enjoyed the Newcastle nightlight upon his arrival on Tyneside in 2004, which didn’t sit well with his Netherlands teammate, Van Nistelrooy. And when Kluivert was spotted at a rave in Amsterdam after the first leg of the Euro 2004 playoff against Scotland, the Manchester United forward aimed a thinly-veiled shot at his strike partner] I can’t do it all myself. I can’t be the only Dutch player who closes down and leads from the front

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello says Partying Ronaldo created problems] According to some statements attributed to Fabio Capello, pointing out that I, in his day, told him that the dressing room of Real Madrid ‘smelled of alcohol’ I want to flatly deny such claims. That dressing room from the first day showed maximum professionalism. From the first to the last team-mate, we worked to defend the club’s badge in a comprehensive and professional manner