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Wim Jansen

Wim Jansen
Wim Jansen in 1974
Personal information
Full name Wilhelmus Marinus Anthonius Jansen
Date of birth (1946-10-28) 28 October 1946
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Youth career
0000–1965 Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1980 Feyenoord 415 (33)
1980 Washington Diplomats 27 (0)
1980–1981 Ajax 17 (0)
1981 Washington Diplomats 29 (0)
1981–1982 Ajax 32 (0)
Total 520 (33)
National team
1967–1980 Netherlands 65 (1)
Teams managed
1982–1986 Feyenoord (youth coach)
1986–1987 Feyenoord (assistant)
1987–1988 SC Lokeren
1988–1990 SVV (technical director)
1990–1993 Feyenoord
1993–1994 Saudi Arabia (assistant)
1995–1996 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1997–1998 Celtic
2002–2003 Urawa Red Diamonds (assistant)
2005–2008 Feyenoord (technical advisor)
2008–2009 Feyenoord (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Wilhelmus Marinus Anthonius Jansen (born 28 October 1946 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch former footballer and manager. Jansen won 65 international caps with the Netherlands national football team and played in the Dutch teams that reached the 1974 and 1978 World Cup Finals.


  • Playing career 1
  • Managerial career 2
  • Honours 3
    • Player 3.1
    • Manager 3.2
  • Managerial statistics 4
  • Club statistics 5
  • National team statistics 6
  • References 7

Playing career

He spent most of his playing career with his hometown team, Feyenoord, between 1965 and 1980. At Feyenoord, Jansen won four League Championships, one Dutch Cup, one UEFA Cup in 1974, and the European Cup in 1970 when Feyenoord defeated Celtic 2–1 in Milan.

Jansen signed for the American side Washington Diplomats in 1980, but after playing 27 games for them, he returned to the Netherlands to sign for Ajax, on the advice of Johan Cruyff, who played together with Jansen at the Washington Diplomats.

Jansen would play as libero and fill a gap in the Ajax defence after the departure of Krol in the summer of 1980. By November 1980, after 13 rounds of the Eredivise Ajax were 8th, by the end of the season they had picked up form and finished as runners-up behind AZ and in front of FC Utrecht. The next season Ajax went on to win the Eredivisie with Jansen in the team. Feyenoord fans didn't like former player Jansen playing for their main rivals Ajax. On his Ajax debut (which, incidentally, was away to Feyenoord. Ajax lost 4–2) a snowball was thrown at his eye and Jansen had to leave the field for treatment. Jansen stayed at Ajax until summer 1982 when he retired at age 35.

Managerial career

He began his management career at his old club Feyenoord, where he worked as a coach, and then as assistant manager, between 1983 and 1987. After a season as manager of Belgian club SC Lokeren, he was appointed as Technical Director at second division SVV, where he won the league alongside his manager – future Rangers manager Dick Advocaat.

In 1991, he returned to Feyenoord as manager, winning the Dutch Cup in 1991 and 1992 and taking them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991–92. He became Technical Director in 1992, with Hans Dorjee being appointed as manager, but Dorjee became ill and Jansen took over as manager again. Dorjee later resigned and was replaced as manager by Jansen's old teammate, Willem van Hanegem. Feyenoord won the Dutch Championship in 1993 and the Dutch Cup again the following season, but after a dispute with the executives of the club, Jansen left to work as assistant manager of Saudi Arabia alongside Leo Beenhakker. Between 1994 and 1997 he also managed Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

On 3 July 1997, Wim Jansen was appointed as head coach of Celtic, replacing the sacked Tommy Burns. He went on to guide them to their first Scottish league championship in 10 years, ending the hopes of rival Rangers to win a tenth consecutive championship. Despite winning the league and the Scottish League Cup during his only season in charge, Jansen left the club less than 48 hours after the title was secured due to a personality clash with general manager Jock Brown. His most notable transfer was the signing of Henrik Larsson from Feyenoord.

At the beginning of the 2008–09 season Jansen took up the position of assistant to the head coach of the Feyenoord first team, Gertjan Verbeek.

Wim Jansen lives in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht since the 1970s.






Managerial statistics

As of 30 November 2013
Team Nat From To Record
G W D[a 1] L Win %
SC Lokeren 1987 1988
Feyenoord 1990 1993
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1995 1996 82 32 0 50 39.02
Celtic 1997 1998 51 33 10 8 64.71
  1. ^ At the time of Jansen's tenure in Japan, the result of a J-League match could not be a draw. In the event of scores being level at the end of 90 minutes, matches would be decided by extra time and penalties.

Club statistics

Jansen in 1978
Jansen in 2013
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1965–66 Feijenoord Rotterdam Eredivisie 2 0
1966–67 34 2
1967–68 34 6
1968–69 33 3
1969–70 34 8
1970–71 34 2
1971–72 34 2
1972–73 27 3
1973–74 Feyenoord Rotterdam Eredivisie 30 0
1974–75 28 3
1975–76 26 1
1976–77 21 1
1977–78 32 0
1978–79 30 1
1979–80 16 1
United States League Open Cup North America Total
1980 Washington Diplomats NASL 27 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1980–81 Ajax Eredivisie 17 0
United States League Open Cup North America Total
1981 Washington Diplomats NASL 29 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1981–82 Ajax Eredivisie 32 0
Country Netherlands 464 33
United States 56 0
Total 520 33

National team statistics

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
1967 3 0
1968 5 1
1969 3 0
1970 5 0
1971 5 0
1972 1 0
1973 1 0
1974 11 0
1975 4 0
1976 5 0
1977 4 0
1978 12 0
1979 5 0
1980 1 0
Total 65 1


  1. ^ Wim Jansen at
  2. ^ "Wim Jansen – International Appearances". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
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