Ronald Koeman is a former Dutch professional footballer and is also the current manager of Premier League club, Everton. A composed player, Koeman was capable of being deployed both as a defender and as a midfielder. Frequently played as a sweeper, Koeman had brilliant vision and ability on the ball.
Described as ‘One of the best attacking central defenders of all time’, Koeman was renowned for his long-range passing, Koeman’s shooting accuracy and power from distance, especially on free kicks, earned him an extremely prestigious reputation, and has also allowed him to be the top scoring defender, in the world of football. Koeman was also an accurate penalty-kick taker.
Internationally, Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands National Team, alongside the likes of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Dennis Bergkamp. Throughout his career with the Netherlands, Koeman was part of the team that won the UEFA Euro 1988, and also played at the 1990 and 1994 Fifa World Cups, taking the position of Captain at the latter. Koeman began his career at FC Groningen before transferring to the Netherlands’ most successful club, Ajax, where Koeman won the National Eredivisie Title in the 1984/85 season. Koeman then joined Ajax’s rivals, PSV, taking part in the winning of three consecutive Eredivisie titles as well as the 1988 European Cup.
A year later in 1989, Koeman moved to Barcelona and became part of Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’, helping the club to win the La Liga, four years in a row. Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ also won the European Cup, where he scored the winning goal of the final against Sampdoria in 1992. As a manager, Koeman has won three Eredivisie titles; twice with Ajax and once with PSV. Koeman is the only individual to have both played for and managed ‘The Big Three’ of Dutch football; Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord.
Prior to joining Southampton, Koeman also had spells in Portugal with Benfica as well as Valencia, coaching Los Che to victory in the 2007/08 Copa Del Rey. Most recently, Koeman was announced the manager of Premier League side, Everton.
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