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Van Basten in 2006
Personal information
Full nameMarco van Basten
Date of birth (1964-10-31) 31 October 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) [1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1970–1971 EDO
1971–1980 UVV
1980–1981 USV Elinkwijk
Senior career*
1981–1987 Ajax 133 (128)
1987–1995 Milan 147 (90)
National team
1981 Netherlands U21 15 (13)
1983–1992 Netherlands 58 (24)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Jong Ajax
2004–2008 Netherlands
2008–2009 Ajax
2012–2014 Heerenveen
2014 AZ
2014–2015 AZ (assistant manager)
2015–2016 Netherlands (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marcel "Marco" van Basten [2] (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkoː vɑn ˈbɑstə(n)] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); born 31 October 1964) is a Dutch football manager and former professional football player, who played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, as a striker. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He scored 300 goals in a high-profile career, but played his last match in 1993 at age 28 due to an injury which forced his retirement two years later. [2] He was later the head coach of Ajax and the Netherlands national team.

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AFC Ajax Dutch association football team

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Playing for the Netherlands, Van Basten won UEFA Euro 1988 where he was named player of the tournament, scoring five goals that included a memorable volley in the final against the Soviet Union. [2] [3] At club level, he won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners' Cup with Ajax, and three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan

UEFA Euro 1988 1988 edition of the UEFA Euro

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UEFA Euro 1988 Final final game of the UEFA Euro 1988

The UEFA Euro 1988 Final was a football match played on 25 June 1988 to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1988. The match was contested by the Soviet Union, playing in what would turn out to be the nation's last European Championship, and the Netherlands at the Olympiastadion in Munich. The Dutch won the match 2–0, with goals coming from captain Ruud Gullit, a header in the first half and tournament top scorer Marco van Basten. At 2-0, Hans van Breukelen saved a penalty from Igor Belanov, a penalty that he had given away for bringing down Sergey Gotsmanov.

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Known for his close ball control, attacking intelligence, impeccable headers, and spectacular strikes and volleys, Van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1992. [2] In 1998, he was ranked sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll, tenth in the European player of the Century election held by the IFFHS and 12th in the IFFHS' World Player of the Century election. [4] [5] He was also voted eighth in a poll organised by the French magazine France Football , consulting their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. [6] In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. [7] In 2004, a poll for the 100 greatest Dutch people was held in the Netherlands: Van Basten ranked number 25, the second highest for a football player, behind Johan Cruyff. In 2007, Sky Sports ranked Van Basten first on its list of great athletes who had their careers cut short. [8]

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Playing career

Van Basten celebrates his goal for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1983. Van Basten (r) juicht na zijn treffer (2-0), midden Feyenoorddoelman Hiele, Bestanddeelnr 932-7028.jpg
Van Basten celebrates his goal for Ajax against Feyenoord in 1983.

Early years

Marco van Basten was born on 31 October 1964 in Utrecht. He began playing for a local team, EDO, when he was six years old. A year later, he moved to UVV Utrecht. After nine years there, he briefly played for another club from Utrecht, Elinkwijk.

UVV Utrecht is a sports club based in Utrecht, Netherlands. It was founded in 1902. The club has teams in the following sports: football, tennis, baseball, softball and beach volleyball.


Van Basten lifting the 1987 KNVB Cup for Ajax. KNVB-bekerfinale FC Den Haag tegen Ajax het hele Ajax-team met beker, Bestanddeelnr 934-0064.jpg
Van Basten lifting the 1987 KNVB Cup for Ajax.

Ajax gave 16 year old Van Basten his debut 1981–82 season after his 20 year old brother Stanley was rejected April 1981, scoring in the 5–0 victory over NEC.

The Dutch Eredivisie in the 1981–82 season was contested by 18 teams. Ajax won the championship. From this season onwards, three clubs relegated instead of two.

N.E.C. (football club) Dutch association football club from Nijmegen

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In the 1982–83 season, he competed with the European top scorer and first choice Holland international Wim Kieft for the position of centre forward, and scored nine goals in 20 league matches. After Kieft left for Serie A club Pisa the following season, the 18 year old Van Basten solidified his position as his team's main attacker while Kieft left for Italy.

The Dutch Eredivisie in the 1982–83 season was contested by 18 teams. Ajax won the championship.

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He became a top scorer in the league for four seasons from 1983–84 to 1986–87, scoring 118 goals in 112 matches. In the 1985–86 season, he scored 37 goals in 26 league matches, including six goals against Sparta Rotterdam and five against Heracles Almelo, and won the European Golden Boot. He also scored the winning goal in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Lokomotive Leipzig in 1987. In total he scored 148 goals in 133 league matches for Ajax. [2] On November 1986 he scored his most famous goal in an Ajax jersey, a spectacular overhead kick against FC Den Bosch. [9]

A.C. Milan

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Van Basten at A.C. Milan

In 1987, Silvio Berlusconi signed Van Basten for A.C. Milan, with fellow countrymen Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard joining in 1988. In his first season, Milan won their first Scudetto in eight years, but Van Basten played only 11 matches and was constantly troubled by an ankle injury. [2] [10] In 1988–89, Van Basten won the Ballon d'Or as Europe's top footballer. [2] He scored 32 goals in all competition that year including two goals in the final of the European Cup as Milan triumphed against Steaua București. [2] In 1989–90, he became Capocannoniere again (Serie A's leading goal scorer) and Milan successfully defended the European Cup after beating Benfica in the final match. [2]

Milan struggled in the 1990–91 season, as Sampdoria won the Scudetto. After Van Basten fell out with Arrigo Sacchi, Berlusconi sacked the manager. Fabio Capello took over the following season, and Milan went undefeated in the league to win another Scudetto. Van Basten scored 25 league goals, and became Capocannoniere again; [2] his tally from the 1991–92 season was the highest number a goals that a player had scored in a single Serie A season since Luís Vinício achieved the same tally during the 1965–66 season. [11]

"Marco was the greatest player I ever coached. His early retirement was a mortal misfortune for him, for football, and for Milan."

—Former Milan manager Fabio Capello in 2010 on working with Van Basten and his premature retirement. [12]

In November 1992, he became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League match, against IFK Göteborg, including a picture perfect bicycle kick. [2] In December 1992, Van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year. [2] Milan stretched their unbeaten run into the 1992–93 season, going 58 matches over two seasons before they lost a match. [2] Van Basten was exceptional in the early part of the season. He was again voted the European player of the year, becoming the third player after Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini to win the award three times. [2]

His troublesome ankle injury [13] recurred in a game against Ancona, forcing him to endure another six months layoff. He returned for the last few matches in the season, before Milan lost 1–0 to Marseille in the Champions League final. The match was Van Basten's final match for the Italian club. [2] He came off in the 86th minute for Stefano Eranio after a brutal tackle behind from Basile Boli condemned van Basten to the third ankle surgery of his career. [14]

Van Basten had been hopeful of playing for his country at the 1994 World Cup as well as for his club in the 1994–95 season after spending the whole 1993–94 season out of action (missing Milan's victory in the European Cup as well as their Serie A title glory), [15] but his club ordered him not to take part in the World Cup amid fear of ruining his rehabilitation. Father Joop (1931-2014) proudly declared before he died that he had no regrets whatsoever of his son's shortened career because "Marco became a top, top player and fulfilled all my hopes and dreams". Joop himself was a semi professional in Holland in the 1950's but attended his son's every game at Ajax and Milan. [16] Marco finally conceded defeat in his battle to recover on 17 August 1995, when he announced his retirement as a player after two whole years on sidelines. Van Basten made a farewell appearance to thank the Milan fans before a home game at the San Siro, with an emotional Milan coach Fabio Capello breaking down in tears. [17]

International career

Van Basten celebrates his hat-trick against England at Euro 88 EK voetbal in West Duitsland Engeland tegen Nederland 1-3 Marco van Basten ju, Bestanddeelnr 934-2659.jpg
Van Basten celebrates his hat-trick against England at Euro 88

Van Basten's talent was already noticed at a young age and he was called up for the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship. He made his senior debut for the Netherlands national team that same year. At UEFA Euro 1988, Van Basten played a pivotal role in the victorious Dutch team. He scored a total of five goals, including a hat trick against England, the winning goal in the semi-final against West Germany, [18] and a spectacular volley from an acute angle in the final against the Soviet Union. [19] He finished top scorer and was named player of the tournament. Rising England defender Tony Adams admitted he was a mismatch to van Basten in the historic 3-1 defeat that sent England out of the tournament. [2] In a 2002 UK poll Van Basten's volley against the Soviet Union was ranked #21 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. [20]

The Dutch national team exited the 1990 World Cup early, losing to West Germany in the second round. Van Basten never scored in the World Cup Finals but was the highest scorer in the history of the European Championship having competed in 1988 and 1992. The Netherlands played with real swagger having trounced World Champions Germany 3-1 to reach the semi-final of UEFA Euro 1992 where they shockingly lost to the eventual champions Denmark in a penalty shootout, with Peter Schmeichel saving a penalty shot from Van Basten. [2] Van Basten was named player of the tournament for a second time in 1992. [21]

After retirement

Van Basten as FIFA technical director meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, July 2018 Vladimir Putin's meeting with the legends of world football (2018-07-06) 12.jpg
Van Basten as FIFA technical director meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, July 2018

Van Basten played in the Demetrio Albertini testimonial at the San Siro in March 2006, and headed in a goal before being substituted early in the first half. On 22 July 2006, he also returned for the testimonial to celebrate the 11-year Arsenal career of Dennis Bergkamp, in what was the first match played at the new Emirates Stadium. He played in the second half for the Ajax legends team. He entered the match as part of a double substitution that also introduced Johan Cruyff. He took part in Tyskie's (a Polish beer company) advertising campaign with Luís Figo and Zbigniew Boniek.

Style of play

A complete striker with a great skill set, Van Basten was dubbed the "Swan Of Utrecht" for his elegance and intelligent play with a penchant for scoring acrobatic goals. [2] [22] [23] His height and strength allowed him to excel in the air, and his technical ability and agility saw him execute spectacular strikes, such as volleys and bicycle kicks, truly marks him out as the "Ultimate centre forward". [22] [23] [24] [25] A fast and opportunistic striker with quick reactions and excellent movement, he often took advantage of loose balls in the penalty area due to his ability to anticipate defenders, and was capable of both controlling fast and difficult balls well with one touch, or even shooting first time. "Marco is the striker I would most like to have played with" said Diego Maradona. [23] [25] [26] Possessing a powerful and accurate shot, he was capable of scoring goals with both feet from inside or outside the penalty area, as well as with his head; he was also an accurate penalty kick and free-kick taker. [24] [27]

"It is between Romário and Van Basten."

Diego Maradona on who was the best player he ever saw. [28]

Although he was mainly known as a traditional attacker who operated in the penalty area throughout his career, [23] in addition to his goalscoring ability, Van Basten possessed excellent vision and distribution, which enabled him to play in deeper, more creative positions and provide assists to his teammates, the most notable of which was his assist to Frank Rijkaard for Milan's winning goal in the 1988 European Cup final. [27] [29] [30] His strong physique and close control also enabled him to hold up the ball for teammates when playing with his back to goal. [23] Van Basten had a collection of admirers among professionals themselves with Marco Simone, Johnny Bosman, Ruud Gullit and Paolo Maldini all credited him as the best player they have ever played with. Marco Simone who learned from van Basten as a young striker at Milan famously said he would have given a year of his own career just to watch (van Basten) play. Jean Pierre Papin the 1991 European Footballer of the year announced that he came to Milan to play with van Basten. [22]

Lack of protection from referees and inadequate football rules against rugged defending was identified as the source of his career's demise at a wretchedly early age of 29. In 1994 FIFA outlawed the tackle from behind and an automatic red became a norm for tackles with studs showing. [22] [26]

Media and sponsorship

Van Basten features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, and was named in the Ultimate Team Legends in FIFA 14 . [31] In his playing career, Van Basten was sponsored by Italian sportswear company Diadora. One of the most marketable players in the world, in the late 1980s Diadora launched his own personalized football boots, the San Siro Van Basten, earning him two million dollars over 5 years. [32]

Managing career

Ajax B

Van Basten officially left Milan in 1995 and retired from football, stating he would never try management. However, he changed his mind and took a course with the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). His first stint as a manager was as an assistant to his former teammate John van 't Schip with the second team of Ajax in 2003–04.


On 29 July 2004, Van Basten was named the new manager of the Netherlands national team, with Van 't Schip as his assistant. [33] Van Basten’s appointment as manager of the Netherlands sparked a little controversy at the time, since he only just started his managerial career and the media argued that he did not have a lot of experience yet. [33]

Van Basten while manager of the Netherlands. Van Basten Oranje.jpg
Van Basten while manager of the Netherlands.

As a manager, he soon established himself as a man of strong principles. Van Basten famously dropped regulars like Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids and Roy Makaay and benched Mark van Bommel, because he believed that they were either past their prime or constantly underachieving. There were also calls for Van Basten to call up Dennis Bergkamp, who had retired from the national team six years earlier for a final "hurrah" as he was retiring that season. Van Basten then revealed to the media that he never intended to do so despite Bergkamp's own willingness.

For probably the first time in decades, none of the "Big Three" Clubs (Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord) provided the backbone for the national team. Instead, newcomer AZ led the way with players such as Denny Landzaat, Barry Opdam, Barry van Galen, Ron Vlaar, Jan Kromkamp and Joris Mathijsen. AZ, at the time a local small football club for Dutch standards, proved to be successful in the Dutch league and in the UEFA Cup. Other unheralded choices were Khalid Boulahrouz, Hedwiges Maduro, Ryan Babel and Romeo Castelen. Van Basten had also wanted to include Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou, but was thwarted when Kalou was denied Dutch citizenship by the immigration authorities headed by Dutch Minister of Integration Rita Verdonk. Kalou eventually accepted a call-up to play for Ivory Coast.

Under his guidance, the team were unbeaten in their World Cup qualification group and made it through the group stages at the 2006 World Cup, but were eliminated in a frenzied 1–0 loss to Portugal in the Round of 16. Van Basten was heavily criticised for dropping Ruud van Nistelrooy before this match, in favour of Dirk Kuyt, who did not score throughout the entire tournament.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar couldn't reach the heights of his coach in Euro 2008. Van basten huntelaar.jpg
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar couldn't reach the heights of his coach in Euro 2008.

In November 2006, Van Basten recalled exiled Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf for a friendly against England at the Amsterdam Arena. In May 2007, Van Basten announced the end of his long-running dispute with Ruud van Nistelrooy, who had previously declared never to play for a Dutch national squad with Van Basten as its manager. [34] Other players, such as Roy Makaay, Mark van Bommel, Boudewijn Zenden and Edgar Davids, however, remained out of favour.

Van Basten had a contract with the KNVB for managing the Dutch national side until 2008. The KNVB had expressed its wishes to extend his contract to include the World Cup qualification route to 2010 World Cup in South Africa. On 22 February 2008, Van Basten signed a four-year contract with Ajax, starting from 1 July. [35] His last tournament thus was the UEFA Euro 2008, where the Netherlands surprised with a strong first round performance. They beat world champions Italy 3–0 in their first match, followed by a 4–1 win over World Cup runners-up France. In their third match, already qualified for the next round, Van Basten selected non-regulars such as Maarten Stekelenburg, Wilfred Bouma and Ibrahim Afellay for the starting lineup against Romania, a match the Oranje won 2–0. In the quarter-finals, Van Basten faced fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink's Russia. With the score at 1–1 after 90 minutes, Hiddink and Russia went on to win the match 3–1. He finished his reign with a record of 35 wins, 11 draws and six losses in 52 matches. [36]

Return to Ajax

Van Basten became manager of Ajax after Euro 2008 but resigned on 6 May 2009 after his team failed to qualify for the Champions League. [37] Van Basten started the season well, having spent millions on players such as Miralem Sulejmani, Ismaïl Aissati, Darío Cvitanich, Evander Sno, Eyong Enoh and Oleguer. However, in the second half of the season, striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar left for Real Madrid, and Van Basten started switching around his lineups. When Ajax lost 11 points in four matches, the Eredivisie title was out of sight. However, Ajax could still finish in second position, which would have ensured a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. But after two big losses against PSV (6–2) and Sparta Rotterdam (4–0), Van Basten's Ajax could only finish in third in the league table. Van Basten decided to resign as Ajax manager at the end of the 2008–09 season. Subsequently, Van Basten became a pundit for Sport1, but was still planning to return as a manager. He finished his reign with a record of 26 wins, 8 draws and 11 losses in 45 matches. [36]


On 13 February 2012, it was announced that Van Basten would become the manager of Eredivisie club Heerenveen in the 2012–13 season. [38] Van Basten led Heerenveen to an eighth-place finish in the 2012–13 year campaign. He then lead them to a fifth-place finish the following season, the 2013–14 campaign. He finished his reign with a record of 27 wins, 18 draws and 27 losses in 72 matches. [36]


AZ Alkmaar announced on 18 April 2014 that Van Basten would replace Dick Advocaat at the start of the 2014–15 season. [39] On 28 August 2014, Van Basten took a leave of absence for the following match against Dordrecht, with multiple Dutch news outlets reporting he was suffering of stress-related heart palpitations, and was replaced by assistant coaches Alex Pastoor and Dennis Haar. [40] [41] [42] Later, on 3 September, AZ confirmed Van Basten was given an extended leave of absence until 14 September. [41] [42] On 16 September 2014, parties agreed Van Basten would relinquish his role as manager in order to sign a new contract as assistant coach until 2016; this was motivated by Van Basten himself, who stated the stress caused by his full-time role as head coach was causing him physical and mental issues. [43] He finished his stint with two wins and three losses in five matches. [36]

FIFA technical director

Van Basten (middle) in Tehran, 2018 Marco van Basten in Tehran.jpg
Van Basten (middle) in Tehran, 2018

After a year at AZ, Van Basten decided to take up the vacant post of assistant coach under the new head coach of the Netherlands national team, Danny Blind. [44] Van Basten would work together with fellow assistant coach Ruud van Nistelrooy, whom Van Basten sent away when he was a head coach of the Netherlands. In August 2016, Van Basten announced he would be leaving the role to take up a position at FIFA as technical director. [44]

In March 2018 Van Basten travelled to Iran with FIFA President Gianni Infantino to mark 100 years of the Iran Football Federation. After meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani they were welcomed by the president of Iranian Football Federation Mehdi Taj at the Tehran Olympic Hotel. Attending the Tehran derby, Van Basten called for the ban on women entering sports venues to be lifted. [45]

Career statistics


[46] [47] [48] [49]

SeasonClubLeagueLeagueCupEurope [nb 1] Other [nb 2] Total
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup Europe OtherTotal
1981–82 Ajax Eredivisie 11100021
1982–83 20954002513
1983–84 262841203229
1984–85 332242454129
1985–86 263710202937
1986–87 273176964343
Italy Serie A Coppa Italia Europe OtherTotal
1987–88 Milan Serie A 1135530198
1988–89 331943910114733
1989–90 26194194104024
1990–91 31111020103511
1991–92 3125743829
1992–93 15131056112220
1993–94 -
1994–95 -
Career totals2802184426453142373277



Netherlands national team

International goals

Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first.


As of 16 September 2014.
MWDLWin %Ref.
Netherlands 29 July 2004 [33] 30 June 2008 [35] 5235116067.31 [36]
Ajax 1 July 2008 [35] 6 May 2009 [37] 4526811057.78 [36]
Heerenveen 1 July 2012 [38] 30 June 2014 [39] 72271827037.50 [36]
AZ 1 July 2014 [39] 16 September 2014 [43] 5203040.00 [36]

International matches

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  1. Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup (1989)
  2. Includes 1988 Supercoppa Italiana, 1989 Intercontinental Cup, 1990 Intercontinental Cup, 1992 Supercoppa Italiana

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