Stanley Menzo

Stanley Purl Menzo (born 15 October 1963) is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and worked as a manager of Ajax Cape Town in the South African Premier Soccer League. He is currently the manager of the reserve team of Beijing Sinobo Guoan in China.

Stanley Menzo
Personal information
Full name Stanley Purl Menzo
Date of birth (1963-10-15) 15 October 1963
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan Reserves (Manager)
Youth career
TWW Centrum
1980–1983 AVV Zeeburgia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1994 Ajax 249 (0)
1984Haarlem (loan) 9 (5)
1994–1996 PSV 15 (0)
1996–1999 Lierse 73 (0)
1997Bordeaux (loan) 10 (0)
1999–2000 Ajax 0 (0)
2001–2002 AGOVV ? (?)
National team
1989–1992 Netherlands 6 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2003 AGOVV
2003–2004 AFC
2005–2006 AGOVV
2006–2008 Volendam
2008–2010 Cambuur
2010–2013 Vitesse (assistant)
2013–2014 Lierse
2014–2015 AFC
2016 Ajax Cape Town (youth)
2016–2017 Ajax Cape Town
2019– Beijing Guoan Reserves
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Most of his professional career was spent at Ajax (ten full seasons), appearing in more than 300 official matches with the club and winning nine major titles.

Menzo represented the Dutch national team in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career

Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, Menzo arrived at Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam at the age of 19, from amateurs A.V.V. Zeeburgia.[1]

After two seasons deputising for Hans Galjé, and a loan to fellow league side HFC Haarlem, he became the starter for the 1985–86 campaign. Newly appointed manager Johan Cruyff believed that Menzo was one of the first goalkeepers who could also make his mark as a field player.

Menzo then proceeded to remain an undisputed starter for seven full seasons, helping Ajax to the 1989–90 national title, as well as the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1991–92 UEFA Cup. However, after a game in the latter competition the following season, a 2–4 loss at AJ Auxerre, during which he scored an own goal and was also directly related to another, he lost his place to youth graduate Edwin van der Sar, and never regained it.

In the 1994 summer, Menzo signed with PSV Eindhoven, where he backed up Ronald Waterreus for two seasons. The 33-year-old managed to revive his career in Belgium with Lierse SK, which he helped win one league and one cup, eventually amassing nearly 100 official appearances. For a brief period of time, he also played in France for FC Girondins de Bordeaux, arriving in August 1997 to replace Gilbert Bodart. However, having lost his place to Ulrich Ramé (who would be the club's first-choice for more than one decade), he returned to Lierse, in January 1998.

In the summer of 2001, after a second spell at Ajax, Menzo joined amateur club AGOVV Apeldoorn, helping it to the amateur title. He retired from football at the end of the season.

International career

Menzo gained six caps for the Netherlands, the first arriving in 1989. He then spent nearly three years without any further appearances, but was summoned for the squads present at both the 1990 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1992, as third-choice.

After legendary Hans van Breukelen retired from international play following the latter competition, Menzo was named the starter for the qualification stages of the 1994 World Cup; following two unassuming performances, the 1–2 loss in Norway and a 2–2 home draw against Poland, he was benched, and ultimately did not even made the squad at all (Ed de Goey, Theo Snelders and van der Sar would be the goalkeepers listed as starter, reserve and third respectively).

Managerial career

In the summer of 2004, after former Ajax teammate Marco van Basten became head coach of the national team, Menzo was named its goalkeeping coach, remained there for two years.[2]

When coach Peter Bosz left in June 2005, Menzo became AGOVV's manager, remaining in the position for only one season: AGOVV became a professional club in the second division, but he did not have the qualifications to exercise in that category, subsequently moving to Amsterdam-based amateur club Amsterdamsche FC.[3]

In February 2005, Menzo received the necessary diploma to coach professional clubs. That summer, he returned as head manager of AGOVV. A year later, he joined FC Volendam,[4] lasting two seasons (incomplete) and signing with Cambuur Leeuwarden,[5] which he led to the second position in the second level in 2009–10, even though the team ultimately failed in the playoffs.

In October 2010, Menzo resigned from his position at Cambuur in order to join Vitesse Arnhem as assistant to new head coach Albert Ferrer.[6] In May 2013, he became the head coach of Lierse S.K,[7] where he stayed until his sacking at the end of August 2014.[8] On 28 October 2016, Menzo was appointed head coach of South African Premier Soccer League team, Ajax Cape Town. He left Just before Christmas 2017.

On 14 January 2019, Menzo was appointed as the manager of the reserve team of Beijing Sinobo Guoan in China.[9]



  1. Oud-Zeeburgianen Archived 19 June 2007 at (in Dutch)
  2. Menzo keeperstrainer af bij Oranje - ELF Voetbal (in Dutch)
  3. Stanley Menzo verruilt AGOVV voor AFC - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  4. Menzo volgt Brandts op als trainer van Volendam - Trouw (in Dutch)
  5. Menzo volgt Koolhof op bij Cambuur - Trouw (in Dutch)
  6. "Menzo verlaat Cambuur en wordt assistent Ferrer" [Menzo leaves Cambuur and becomes Ferrer's assistant] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  7. Stanley Menzo is nieuwe trainer van Lierse - HLN (in Dutch)
  8. Lierse zet Menzo op straat - AD (in Dutch)
  9. Chinees avontuur voor Stanley Menzo,, 14 January 2019
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