Jan Wouters

Jan Jacobus Wouters (born 17 July 1960) is a Dutch professional football coach and a former midfielder. He used to play defensive midfielder and was Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1990.

Jan Wouters
Personal information
Full name Jan Jacobus Wouters
Date of birth (1960-07-17) 17 July 1960
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 FC Utrecht 168 (21)
1986–1992 AFC Ajax 150 (21)
1992–1994 FC Bayern Munich 66 (6)
1994–1996 PSV Eindhoven 52 (5)
Total 434 (55)
National team
1982–1994[1] Netherlands 70 (4)
Teams managed
1996–1997 FC Utrecht (assistant)
1997 FC Utrecht (caretaker)
1997–1998 AFC Ajax (youth)
1998–2000 AFC Ajax
2001–2006 Rangers (assistant)
2006–2007 PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
2007 PSV Eindhoven (caretaker)
2008–2009 PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
2009–2011 FC Utrecht (assistant)
2011–2014 FC Utrecht
2015 Kasımpaşa (caretaker)
2015– Feyenoord (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Career

Wouters played for several clubs including PSV, FC Utrecht, Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam. He was also a Dutch international (70 caps, 4 goals) and was hugely influential in 1988 when the Netherlands won the European Football Championship.

He was coach of Scottish Premier League club Rangers under Dick Advocaat and then Alex McLeish. He left Rangers at the end of the 2005–06 season along with McLeish and Andy Watson.

Wouters is infamous to England supporters after elbowing Paul Gascoigne and fracturing his cheekbone during a World Cup qualifier in 1993 at Wembley. Gascoigne was forced to wear a Phantom of the Opera style facemask to protect his fractured cheekbone until his injury healed. The following day, the Daily Mirror newspaper labelled Wouters a "Dutch thug". The match was drawn 2–2 and damaged England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup finals in the United States, despite England leading the match 2–0.

Career statistics

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81UtrechtEredivisie191
1981–82334
1982–83276
1983–84314
1984–85251
1985–86335
1986–87AjaxEredivisie324
1987–88284
1988–89220
1989–90285
1990–91305
1991–92101
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1991–92Bayern MunichBundesliga171
1992–93334
1993–94181
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94PSV EindhovenEredivisie101
1994–95221
1995–96203
Total Netherlands 37045
Germany 686
Career total 43851

Honours

Club

FC Utrecht
AFC Ajax
FC Bayern Munich[3]
PSV Eindhoven

International

Netherlands

Individual

References

  1. Stokkermans, Karel (16 January 2009). "Jan Wouters - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. "Jan WOUTERS". Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  3. "Jan Wouters" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. "Bundesliga Historie 1992/93" (in German). kicker.
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