Hans Dorjee

Hans Dorjee (26 July 1941 – 25 July 2002) was a Dutch professional football player and manager.

Hans Dorjee
Dorjee in 1982
Personal information
Full name Hans Pieter Hendrik Dorjee
Date of birth (1941-07-26)26 July 1941
Place of birth Delft, Netherlands
Date of death 25 July 2002(2002-07-25) (aged 60)
Place of death Delft, Netherlands
Playing position Leftback
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1966 DHC
1966–1968 Xerxes
1968–1971 Holland Sport
1972 Haarlem 0 (0)
Teams managed
1971–1974 Hermes DVS
1974–1976 Xerxes
1976–1977 De Graafschap
1977–1979 NAC
1979–1980 FC Vlaardingen[1]
1980–1982 Excelsior
1982–1984 DS'79
1986–1987 Vitesse
1987–1991 PSV (assistant)
1991–1992 Feyenoord
1993 AA Gent
1994–1995 FC Oss
1996 Netherlands (assistant)
1996–1998 Netherlands U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Dorjee came through the youth system of hometown club DHC to make his senior debut for the club aged only 17.[2] He lost the 1962 KNVB Cup final with DHC to Sparta. He then was snapped up by Xerxes, where he played alongside Rob Jacobs, Ab Fafié, Eddy Treytel and Willem van Hanegem only to return to Delft when Xerxes and DHC merged. The newly-formed club was dissolved a year later and Dorjee joined Holland Sport for whom he scored the final goal of their existence and moved on to Haarlem. He would never play a game for Haarlem after being injured in preseason.

Managerial career

Dorjee took up coaching after retiring as a player and won league titles with amateur sides Hermes DVS and Xerxes as well as with Eerste Divisie clubs Excelsior and DS'79.[3] He also managed De Graafschap, with whom he suffered relegation from the Eredivisie,[4] FC Vlaardingen and NAC.


The highlight of his professional career was being assistant to Guus Hiddink at PSV in the 1987-1990 seasons.[5] Dorjee and Hiddink worked together for three full seasons[6] and won the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and UEFA Champions Cup in 1988.[7] He stayed at the club when Hiddink left in 1990 and was succeeded by Bobby Robson, but Dorjee left the club in 1991.

Controversy at Feyenoord

He then was appointed manager of Feyenoord, but his time in charge was marred by heart problems and he was later dismissed after he accused the club of him being used and abused by Feyenoord in a Dutch newspaper.[8][9]

He later was manager at FC Oss,[10] the Dutch Olympic team[11] and appointed assistant to Hiddink again when Holland played at UEFA Euro 1996. He quit coaching in 1998 due to medical reasons.[12]

Personal life

While still at DHC, he married the daughter of a successful local butcher and they had two daughters. His wife suddenly died in 1967.[2]


Dorjee died in Delft on 25 July 2002 and got a cardiac arrest (his third) during a game of tennis. He was going to celebrate his 61st birthday on 26 July, the day after his death.[6]


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