Piet Hamberg

Piet Hamberg (born 22 January 1954) is a former Dutch footballer and manager. He worked at Liverpool as technical manager for their academy.[1] On 22 December 2009, he became the general manager of Tunisian club Etoile Sportive du Sahel.[2]

Piet Hamberg
Hamberg with Ajax in 1980
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-22) 22 January 1954
Place of birth Winschoten, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 NEC 1 (0)
1974–1976 Wageningen 51 (5)
1976–1978 Utrecht 55 (11)
1978–1980 Servette 56 (28)
1980–1982 Ajax 18 (4)
Teams managed
1999–2002 Al-Ahly
2000–2002 Grasshopper (head of youth department)
2003–2004 Al Dhafra
2004–2006 Al Jazira
2006 Togo (assistant)
2006–2007 Liverpool (head of youth department)
2007–2009 Grasshopper (head of youth department)
2009–2010 ES Sahel
2012 Red Bull Salzburg (assistant)
2012– Red Bull Salzburg (scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Hamberg began his youth career with Groningen. During his playing career, Hamberg represented NEC, Wageningen, Utrecht, Servette and Ajax. During a European Cup clash in Madrid his knee was injured, and it took him quite a while to get fit. Once he was declared fit to play, the same knee was injured in a match against PSV Eindhoven and he was sidelined for quite a period yet again, and eventually an Achilles tendon injury ended his career as a player.[3]

Hamberg played in one match for Netherlands national football team, but was unavailable for further selection due to the Achilles tendon injury that ended his career.[4]

Managerial career

After his playing career, Hamberg became a coach and worked in Saudi Arabia, Libya, the United Arab Emirates and Togo.[5] He led the Saudi Arabia under-20 team toward the World Cup before becoming a manager at Libyan club Al-Ahly. In 2003, he replaced fellow Dutch manager Jan Versleijen at Al-Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates.[6] For Togo he was the assistant to manager Otto Pfister at their 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. However, Hamberg and Pfister stepped back from their position after it was announced that their players had not received any promised money for qualifying for the World Cup.[7] Eventually Pfister returned before their World Cup opener against South Korea, but Hamberg decided not to and told the press he is a man of his words.[8] In between he was manager and technical director of Grasshopper Club Zürich in two different stints between 1997 and April 2007.[9][5] As a result of his successes, Hamberg became known as one of the best youth developers in the world, leading to his appointment as technical manager for Liverpool F.C. Academy in July 2007. His successes continued at Liverpool, as he groomed six youth international players and guided the under-18 team to the Football Association Youth Cup Final. On 11 May, Liverpool announced that Hamberg was to leave the club at the end of the season. No reason was given for his departure. In December 2009, he became the manager of Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel.






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