Bert van Marwijk

Lambertus "Bert" van Marwijk OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛrt fɑˈmɑrʋɛi̯k]; born 19 May 1952) is a Dutch football manager who last managed United Arab Emirates national team. As a footballer, he played for the Go Ahead Eagles, AZ, MVV and Fortuna Sittard amongst other clubs, and represented the Netherlands once.

Bert van Marwijk
Van Marwijk as Australia manager in 2018
Personal information
Full name Lambertus van Marwijk
Date of birth (1952-05-19) 19 May 1952
Place of birth Deventer, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1975 Go Ahead Eagles 146 (16)
1975–1978 AZ 69 (20)
1978–1986 MVV 225 (35)
1986–1987 Fortuna Sittard 11 (1)
1987–1988 FC Assent 17 (0)
Total 468 (72)
National team
1975 Netherlands 1 (0[1])
Teams managed
SV Meerssen[2]
1998–2000 Fortuna Sittard
2000–2004 Feyenoord
2004–2006 Borussia Dortmund
2007–2008 Feyenoord
2008–2012 Netherlands
2013–2014 Hamburger SV
2015–2017 Saudi Arabia
2018 Australia
2019 United Arab Emirates
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In 1982, van Marwijk began his transition into a manager, retiring as a player in 1988 and becoming a full-time manager. In 2002, he won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord. Van Marwijk managed the Netherlands from 2008 until June 2012 and guided the country to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, which was lost 1–0 in extra-time to Spain. He left this position after the Netherlands lost all of their three matches at UEFA Euro 2012. Van Marwijk is the father-in-law of former Netherlands international Mark van Bommel.[3] He coached the Australian national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career

Van Marwijk was born in Deventer, Overijssel. As a forward and a midfielder, he played 393 matches in the Dutch highest division, the Eredivisie. He began his career at Go Ahead Eagles, his hometown club. After six seasons, he left Deventer and started to play in Alkmaar, for AZ. In 1978, he moved to MVV Maastricht, playing there for eight seasons before playing one season for Fortuna Sittard. He ended his playing career in 1988 after playing one season for the Belgium Football Club Assent. Van Marwijk had opportunities to play for bigger clubs like Feyenoord or West Ham United, but because of injuries he never made a big transfer.

In 1975, van Marwijk was called up by Rinus Michels to play for the Dutch national team in a friendly match against Yugoslavia, which was his only cap.

Managerial career

Early years

Van Marwijk began his professional managerial career at his former club Fortuna Sittard. His side finished seventh in the Eredivisie in 1998, and reached the KNVB Cup final in 1999. Fortuna had players like Mark van Bommel, Kevin Hofland and Wilfred Bouma during that period.


In 2000, van Marwijk became the manager of Rotterdam-based club Feyenoord. In his first season, he led Feyenoord to a second-place finish in the Eredivisie and in his second season, 2001–02, he had one of the biggest successes of his career. After beating SC Freiburg, Rangers, PSV and Internazionale in the knock-out stage, he won the UEFA Cup final after beating Borussia Dortmund in the final, 3–2. Feyenoord ended in third place in the league with van Marwijk in the 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons. In July 2004, he became manager of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund; he was succeeded at Feyenoord by Ruud Gullit.

Borussia Dortmund

In both of his first two seasons with Dortmund, 2004–05 and 2005–06, van Marwijk ended seventh in the Bundesliga table. During his third season, his side was stagnating, situated mid-table in ninth, whereupon van Marwijk and the club announced that they would part ways at the end of the 2006–07 season.[4] On 18 December, however, Dortmund and van Marwijk parted company earlier than announced; he was replaced by Jürgen Röber.


In June 2007, van Marwijk returned to Feyenoord, also bringing back Feyenoord veteran Giovanni van Bronckhorst from Barcelona. He also brought in Tim de Cler, Kevin Hofland and Roy Makaay, and with this team Feyenoord squad, he won the KNVB Cup in 2008 after beating Roda JC 2–0 in the final.

Netherlands national team

Van Marwijk's return to Feyenoord would be short-lived; before the end of the 2007–08 season, it was announced van Marwijk would succeed Marco van Basten as head coach of the Dutch national team after UEFA Euro 2008. During his two spells as coach of Feyenoord, five seasons in total, they would finish second once, in 2000–01. Van Marwijk was succeeded at Feyenoord by Gertjan Verbeek.

Van Marwijk's management staff as Dutch coach included former internationals Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu, as well as Dick Voorn.[5] In the 2010 World Cup, van Marwijk led the Dutch to the final against Spain after defeating Slovakia in the round of 16, Brazil in the quarter-finals and Uruguay in the semi-finals. They lost, however, 1–0 in extra time. He opted for a very hard style of play, especially during the final, in strong contrast with the Dutch football tradition.

On 8 December 2011, van Marwijk extended his contract with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) for four more years through to the summer of 2016, including participation in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 tournaments.[6] At the Euro 2012 tournament, however, the Dutch ended up without a single point and being widely criticized, prompting van Marwijk to resign on 27 June.[7]


On 26 September 2013, van Marwijk became the head coach of German side Hamburger SV after refusing offers from Southampton and Sporting CP.[8] On 8 February, Hamburg lost for their sixth consecutive league match and gave up three goals in their fifth-straight league match.[9] The supervisory board at Hamburg met on 9 February 2014 to discuss the future of van Marwijk, opting to let him continue in his role.[10] He was then, however, sacked on 15 February[11] after Hamburg lost 4–2 to Eintracht Braunschweig.[12] Hamburg had lost seven-straight league matches and a DFB-Pokal loss to Bayern Munich.[13] His assistant coach, Roel Coumans, was sacked as well.[13] Van Marwijk lasted 143 days at the helm of Hamburg.[12][13]

Saudi Arabia

On 26 August 2015, van Marwijk became the new manager of the Saudi Arabia national team on a one-year contact.[14] On 3 September 2015, he managed his first game, winning 7–0 against East Timor at the 2018 Asian World Cup qualifiers. On 24 March 2016, he clinched qualification to the third (final) round by winning 2–0 against Malaysia. After criticism from local media for not staying in the country and watching league games, van Marwijk helped Saudi Arabia to directly qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in their last game against Japan. Saudi Arabia qualified for their fifth FIFA World Cup and first since Germany 2006. But days after their last qualifying match, van Marwijk left the Saudi Arabia post having been unable to agree on a new contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.[15]


On 24 January 2018, van Marwijk was appointed as the new head coach of the Australia national soccer team.[16][17][18] On 8 March 2018, it was announced that he will be replaced as Australian coach by Graham Arnold after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[19]


On 20 March 2019, van Marwijk became the new manager of the UAE national team.[20][21] On 4 December 2019, UAE Football Association announced the sacking of van Marwijk following their 4-2 defeat to Qatar in the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup.[22][23]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1969–70Go Ahead EaglesEredivisie00----
1982–83Eerste Divisie278----
1986–87Fortuna Sittard111----
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88FC AssentBelgian Second Division170----
Total Netherlands 45172----
Belgium 170----
Career total 46872----


As of match played 2 December 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Hedera Millen 1990 1991
RKVCL Limmel 1991 1995
Meerssen 1995 1998
Fortuna Sittard 1998 2000
Feyenoord 1 July 2000[24] 30 June 2004[24] 182 110 32 40 060.44
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 2004[25] 18 December 2006[25] 95 35 32 28 036.84 [25]
Feyenoord 1 July 2007[24] 31 July 2008[24] 38 24 6 8 063.16
Netherlands 1 August 2008 27 June 2012 52 34 10 8 065.38
Hamburger SV 26 September 2013[8] 15 February 2014[11] 17 4 3 10 023.53 [26]
Saudi Arabia 1 September 2015 15 September 2017 20 13 4 3 065.00
Australia 24 January 2018 14 July 2018 7 2 2 3 028.57
UAE 20 March 2019 4 December 2019 11 6 1 4 054.55 [27]

Netherlands matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Saudi Arabia matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

Australia matches

  Win   Draw   Loss

United Arab Emirates matches

  Win   Draw   Loss



MVV Maastricht




See also


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  2. "Robbie Servais begint aan zijn eerste WK" (in Dutch). De Limburger. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. "mark van bommel Posts : Soccer Blogs". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 May 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Bert van Marwijk succède à Marco van Basten". FIFA (in French).
  6. Scholten, Berend. "Van Marwijk extends Netherlands commitment".
  7. "Van Marwijk stapt per direct op als bondscoach van Oranje". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 27 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  8. "Van Marwijk arbeitet an der Organisation". kicker (in German). 26 September 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  9. "Ramos besiegelt historische HSV-Pleite". kicker (in German). 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  10. "Van Marwijk bleibt vorerst HSV-Trainer". Die Welt (in German). 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  11. Schiller, Kai; Lemm, Dennis (15 February 2014). "HSV beurlaubt Bert van Marwijk – kommt Slomka?". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  12. "Bert van Marwijk reagiert "nüchtern" auf Entlassung". kicker (in German). 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  13. "Hamburg sack Bert van Marwijk after seventh straight league loss". BBC. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  14. "Bert van Marwijk appointed Saudi Arabia boss". Eurosport. PA Sport. 26 August 2015.
  15. "World Cup 2018: Edgardo Bauza leaves UAE to manage Saudi Arabia in Russia tournament". The National. Abu Dhabi, UAE: International Media Investments. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  16. "Van Marwijk appointed new Socceroos coach". The World Game. AAP. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  17. "Socceroos name former Netherlands boss Bert Van Marwijk as coach for 2018 World Cup". ABC News. Australia. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  18. Bossi, Dominic (25 January 2018). "FIFA World Cup 2018: Bert van Marwijk appointed new Socceroos coach". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  19. "Arnold named Van Marwijk's eventual successor". 8 March 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  20. McAuley, John. "Bert van Marwijk appointed UAE manager". The National. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  21. "Van Marwijk bondscoach Emiraten". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  22. "UAE Football Association". Retrieved 4 December 2019.
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  27. "Bert van Marwijk confirmed as new UAE boss". Arab News. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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