Kees Rijvers

Cornelus Bernardus "Kees" Rijvers (born 27 May 1926) is a former Dutch footballer who was active as a midfielder and later as coach for o.a PSV Eindhoven and the Dutch national team. He was born in Breda.

Kees Rijvers
Rijvers in 1982
Personal information
Full name Cornelus Bernardus Rijvers
Date of birth (1926-05-27) 27 May 1926
Place of birth Breda, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Groen Wit
NAC Breda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1950 NAC Breda ? (?)
1950–1953 Saint-Étienne 76 (20)
1953–1955 Stade Français ? (?)
1955–1957 Saint-Étienne 66 (16)
1957–1960 Feijenoord 92 (36)
1960–1962 Saint-Étienne 57 (15)
1962–1963 NAC Breda 14 (1)
National team
1946–1960 Netherlands 33 (10)
Teams managed
1964–1966 Willem II (assistant)
1966–1972 FC Twente
1972–1980 PSV Eindhoven
1980–1981 Beringen
1981–1984 Netherlands
1986–1989 FC Twente (technical director)
1994–1995 PSV Eindhoven
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2007

Playing career

Rijvers made his debut at NAC Breda and also played for AS Saint-Étienne, Stade Français and Feijenoord. He was a member of the Dutch team at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games.[1]

Coaching career

As a manager, he took over FC Twente and coached the team for six years, with good results. After those successful seasons, he moved to PSV Eindhoven. He led the team to win the 1977–78 UEFA Cup. He also won with PSV three Eredivisie titles, in 1975, 1976 and 1978, and the double in 1976. After leaving PSV, he took over the national team and introduced young players like Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. The Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 1984 having better goal difference against Spain until the last day of the qualification, but after Spain's 12-1 win over Malta, the Netherlands ended second in the group. After that Rijvers was sacked by the KNVB and replaced by Rinus Michels.



NAC Breda




See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Kees Rijvers". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
Preceded by
Rinus Michels oeuvre award
Succeeded by
Piet de Visser
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