Hans Kraay Sr.

Hans Kraay (14 October 1936 – 27 October 2017) was a Dutch football player (defence). Subsequently, he became well known for his football management skills as well as analysis of matches on Dutch television.

Hans Kraay
Personal information
Full name Johan Hendrik Kraay
Date of birth (1936-10-14)14 October 1936
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Date of death 27 October 2017(2017-10-27) (aged 81)
Place of death Tiel
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1960 DOS 155 (0)
1960–1968 Feyenoord 192 (2)
1968–1970 DOS 18 (0)
National team
1957–1964 Netherlands 8 (0)
Teams managed
1968–1969 DFC
1970–1973 Elinkwijk
1973–1974 Go Ahead Eagles
1974–1975 Ajax
1976–1979 AZ'67
1979–1980 Edmonton Drillers
1980 Sparta Rotterdam
1980–1981 Den Haag
1982–1983 Feyenoord
1985–1987 PSV Eindhoven (technical director)
1988–1989 Feyenoord (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Utrecht, Kraay made his professional debut at DOS and also played for Feijenoord.

After his playing career, Kraay became manager at DFC, Elinkwijk, Go Ahead Eagles, Ajax Amsterdam, AZ'67, Edmonton Drillers, Sparta Rotterdam (only two days due to some health trouble), FC Den Haag and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He also served Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven as a technical director, as well as the NOS and other television channels with his views on football, both commentary and analysis. In 1986, he took place at PSV Eindhoven, as manager. The team was first in the League, but in March, 1987, he was replaced by Guus Hiddink, after a loss against FC Den Bosch, on penalties, for the KNVB Cup.

His son Hans Kraay Jr. is also a retired professional footballer and television personality.

Kraay also worked for N.E.C. Nijmegen as head of scouting and personal adviser of chairman Marcel Boekhoorn.


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