Sonny Silooy

Jan Jacobus "The Peacock" Silooy (born 31 August 1963 in Rotterdam) is a former Dutch footballer and football manager. His last team as a manager was United Emirates squad Al Shabab under 19. His most successful time as a player was in his period with Ajax. He won seven Eredivisie titles, four KNVB Cups, three Johan Cruyff Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.

Sonny Silooy
Personal information
Full name Jan Jacobus Silooy
Date of birth (1963-08-31) 31 August 1963
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1987 Ajax 157 (4)
1987–1989 Matra Racing 55 (2)
1989–1996 Ajax 111 (0)
1996–1998 Arminia Bielefeld 37 (0)
1998–2000 De Graafschap 46 (0)
Total 406 (6)
National team
1983–1993[1] Netherlands 25 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2008 Ajax (Assistant)
2010 Dayton Dutch Lions
2011–2014 D.C. United (Assistant)
2014–2015 KNVB (Assistant U18)
2015 Sparta Rotterdam (B1)
2015 KNVB (Assistant U19)
2015–2016 Al Shabab (U19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career


Silooy played as a right or central defender and is one of the legends of Ajax Amsterdam, where he made his debut on 3 May 1981, playing over 250 league games for the Amsterdam club in two separate periods. Silooy also played for Matra Racing, Arminia Bielefeld,[2] De Graafschap and the amateurs of GVV Unitas from Gorinchem. He played in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus, but missed a key penalty in the shootout which Ajax ultimately lost.[3]


Silooy, a member of the Dutch squad at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, obtained 25 caps for the Netherlands national football team,[4] including 8 appearances in Euro 88 qualifying, but never played in a major international competition.

Coaching career

Silooy was also coach of the Jong Ajax youth academy and juniors team.[5] In 2010, he was appointed as head coach of new branch Dayton Dutch Lions.

He left Dayton Dutch Lions to become an assistant coach with the Major League Soccer club D.C. United.[6] In 2015 he was appointed as head coach of Al Shabab under 19.






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