Peter Bosz

Peter Sylvester Bosz (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːtər ˈbɔs], born 21 November 1963) is a Dutch former football midfielder and current manager of Bayer Leverkusen.[2][3]

Peter Bosz
Bosz managing Ajax in 2016
Personal information
Full name Peter Sylvester Bosz
Date of birth (1963-11-21) 21 November 1963
Place of birth Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen (manager)
Youth career
Apeldoornse Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Vitesse 81 (2)
1984–1985 AGOVV (amateurs)
1985–1988 RKC 105 (4)
1988–1991 Toulon 93 (0)
1991–1996 Feyenoord 155 (6)
1996–1997 JEF United Ichihara 36 (3)
1998 Hansa Rostock 14 (0)
1998–1999 NAC 26 (1)
1999 JEF United Ichihara 11 (0)
National team
1991–1995 Netherlands 8 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2002 AGOVV
2002–2003 De Graafschap
2004–2006 Heracles Almelo
2010–2013 Heracles Almelo
2013–2016 Vitesse
2016 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2016–2017 Ajax
2017 Borussia Dortmund
2018– Bayer Leverkusen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career


A midfielder, Bosz started his professional career played with Vitesse in 1981; after a loan season with then amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn in 1984, he returned into professional football with RKC Waalwijk (from 1985 to 1988), then moving to France with SC Toulon (1988 to 1991), and successively playing six seasons with Dutch giants Feyenoord (1991 to 1996), Japanese club JEF United Ichihara (1996–97), German club Hansa Rostock[4] (1997–98), NAC Breda[5] (1998–99). He retired at the end of the year 1999 after a second spell[6] with JEF United Ichihara.


Bosz made his debut for the Netherlands in a December 1991 Euro qualification match against Greece and earned eight caps, scoring no goals.[7] His final international was in 1995 against the Czech Republic. He was part of the Dutch squad at UEFA Euro 1992.

Managerial career

Entering management

After his retirement, Bosz started a career in management, first becoming head coach of amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn, a position he held from January 2000 to 2002. In 2002 he also won a national amateur league title.

De Graafschap

Bosz made his move into professional football in 2002, becoming head coach of De Graafschap (2002–2003). The team finished last in the 2002–03 Eredivisie and was relegated to the Eerste Divisie.

Heracles Almelo

Bosz next became manager of Heracles Almelo (2004–2006). He won the 2004–05 Eerste Divisie with the club and promoted with them to the Eredivisie. Bosz' Heracles secured their Eredivisie promotion the following year, finishing 13th in the 2005–06 Eredivisie.

Feyenoord (technical director)

In July 2006, Bosz accepted an offer as technical director at his former club Feyenoord. Whilst at the club he was responsible for completing the signings of (amongst others) Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Roy Makaay, Tim de Cler, Kevin Hofland and Denny Landzaat.[8][9] He left the position on 14 January 2009 due to his opposition to the dismissal of head coach Gertjan Verbeek.[10]

Return to Heracles

In the summer of 2010, Bosz started his second spell as manager of Heracles Almelo, replacing Verbeek who had moved to AZ Alkmaar in the meantime. The team finished 8th in the 2010–11 Eredivisie, securing qualification for the European competition Playoffs, where they were eliminated by FC Groningen. Heracles finished 12th in the 2011–12 Eredivisie and 2012–13 Eredivisie. He left the club in 2013.


On 19 June 2013, Bosz was appointed as manager of his old club Vitesse on a two-year contract. Bosz replaced outgoing manager Fred Rutten whose contract had expired. In November 2013, Vitesse was top of the league in the Eredivisie for the first time since 2006. It was the first time since 2000 they'd been top of the league later than the first week. Halfway through the season, after 17 matches, Vitesse was the leader in the competition. The team finished 2013–14 season in sixth place. The following season, Vitesse finished fifth, qualifying for the European competition play-offs. Also, Bosz was nominated for the Rinus Michels Award (for manager of the year), but lost to Phillip Cocu, who had led PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title. In the 2015–16 season, Vitesse was in fifth place in the winter break, after which Bosz left the club.[11]

Maccabi Tel Aviv

In January 2016 Bosz was announced as the new head coach of Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv.[11] Bosz left Tel Aviv in May 2016 for Dutch team AFC Ajax.[12] During his time in Israel, Bosz was undefeated in 19 games in charge, with 12 wins and 7 draws.However, Tel Aviv lost the title to Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Lost in the Israeli cup final to Maccabi Haifa.[13]

AFC Ajax

In May 2016, AFC Ajax announced that Bosz was appointed to serve as the new head coach from July 2016 after signing a three-year contact.[12] In his first competitive match as head coach, Bosz's side earned a 1–1 draw against PAOK in the Third qualifying round of the Champions League on 27 July 2016.[14] Bosz was unable to lead Ajax to the group stage of the Champions League after losing 5–2 on aggregate to Russian side FC Rostov.[15] On 11 September 2016, Bosz faced his former side Vitesse, as Ajax won 1–0.[16] On 24 May 2017 Ajax were beaten 2–0 at Friends Arena, Stockholm in the Europa League final by Manchester United.[17]

Borussia Dortmund

On 6 June 2017 it was announced that Peter Bosz would transfer to German club Borussia Dortmund. Since there was no buy-out clause in his contract with his previous club, Ajax received nearly €5 million for compensation in order to buy out his contract. It was a record buyout of a head coach for a German club, breaking the previous record of €4 million.[2][18]

After no wins in their Champions League group stage, Dortmund dropped into the Europa League. On 10 December 2017, Bosz was sacked and replaced by Peter Stöger.[19]

Bayer Leverkusen

On 23 December 2018, he was appointed as the new head coach of Bayer Leverkusen.[20]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1996JEF United IchiharaJ1 League901000100
Total 4733080583




As of match played 14 December 2019[22]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
De Graafschap 1 July 2002 30 June 2003 40 10 6 24 55 92 −37 025.00
Heracles Almelo 1 July 2004 30 June 2006 75 37 12 26 118 101 +17 049.33
Heracles Almelo 1 July 2010 30 June 2013 116 44 25 47 212 207 +5 037.93
Vitesse 1 July 2013 3 January 2016 103 46 27 30 197 142 +55 044.66
Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 January 2016 1 July 2016[23] 19 12 7 0 39 11 +28 063.16
Ajax 1 July 2016[23] 6 June 2017 56 36 11 9 119 50 +69 064.29
Borussia Dortmund 6 June 2017 10 December 2017 24 8 7 9 53 38 +15 033.33
Bayer Leverkusen 23 December 2018 Present 43 22 7 14 77 56 +21 051.16
Total 476 215 102 159 870 697 +173 045.17





AGOVV Apeldoorn
Heracles Almelo



  2. Peter Bosz vertrekt naar Dortmund na knallende ruzie
  3. "1999Jリーグ ディビジョン1". Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  4. Peter Bosz verruilt Japanse voetbalclub voor Hansa Rostock – Trouw (in Dutch)
  5. NAC versterkt zich met Peter Bosz – Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  6. Bosz terug naar JEF United – Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  7. Intl career stats Archived 5 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine – Ons Oranje
  8. "Manager Bosz 'blij dat nieuw Feyenoord vorm krijgt' / Ook Makaay en Hofland bij nieuwkomers in Kuip" (in Dutch). Trouw. 3 September 2007.
  9. "Van papier naar werkelijkheid" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 29 June 2007.
  10. Seizoengids 2010/2011 (in Dutch). Voetbal International. p. 108.
  11. "Vitesse coach Peter Bosz heads for Tel Aviv". 4 January 2016.
  12. "Ajax hire Peter Bosz to replace the departing Frank de Boer". ESPN. 24 May 2016.
  13. 2016 Israel State Cup Final
  14. "Ajax 1–1 PAOK". 27 July 2016.
  15. "Four-time European champions Ajax missed out on a place in the Champions League group stage after losing 4–1 to Rostov". BBC Sports. 24 August 2016.
  16. "Ajax 1 – 0 Vitesse: Första hemmasegern". 11 September 2016.
  18. Dortmund presenteert Bosz vanmiddag, Ajax krijgt bijna 5 miljoen –
  19. "Borussia Dortmund trennt sich von Trainer Bosz". 10 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  20. "Peter Bosz übernimmt Trainer-Amt von Heiko Herrlich". (in German). Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 23 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  21. Peter Bosz at
  22. Peter Bosz at Soccerbase
  23. "Ajax stelt Bosz aan als opvolger De Boer". (in Dutch). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
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