Ab Fafié

Ab Fafié (4 March 1941 – 27 November 2012) was a Dutch professional football player and manager.

Ab Fafié
Personal information
Full name Albert Fafié
Date of birth (1941-03-04)4 March 1941
Place of birth Rotterdam
Date of death 27 November 2012(2012-11-27) (aged 71)
Playing position Leftback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1963 Feijenoord 4 (0)
1963–1968 Xerxes 65 (1)
1968–1970 PSV 13 (0)
Teams managed
1981–1984 Feyenoord (assistant)
1984–1986 Feyenoord
1986 AEK Athens
1987 PAS Giannina
1988–1989 AA Gent
1990–1993 FC Utrecht
1994 AEK Larnaca
1995–1996 Go Ahead Eagles
1996–1997 Bandung Raya
1997–1998 Persija Jakarta
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career


Fafié made his debut for hometown club Feijenoord against Fortuna '54[1] in 1959[2] and also played for Rotterdam club Xerxes as well as for PSV. During an injury-hit spell he only played 13 games for the Eindhovenaren.[3][4]

Managerial career

Fafié became assistant to Feyenoord manager Hans Kraay in 1981 and was named caretaker after Kraay's dismissal in 1983. He took charge in 1984 after Thijs Libregts was sacked and ended up third in the Eredivisie in both his seasons at the helm.[5] He later managed a number of teams throughout Europe, including AEK Athens, AA Gent,[6] FC Utrecht and Go Ahead Eagles where he had succeeded the dismissed Henk Ten Cate.[7][4]

FC Utrecht

At Utrecht, he earned the nickname King Ab after steering them to European football with a fourth-placed finish in his first season.[8] The club crashed out of next year's UEFA Cup to Spanish giants Real Madrid and after some less successful seasons, Fafié was given the sack in 1994.[9]

He also had spells in charge at two Indonesian clubs[10] and coached the final years of his life at amateur sides CVV, Overmaas, WSE and NBSVV.[5]

Personal life

Fafié died in November 2012, aged 71.[11]


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