Ronald de Boer

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Ronald de Boer
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De Boer in 2012
Personal information
Full nameRonaldus de Boer
Date of birth (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Hoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Youth career
VV De Zouaven
1983–1988 Ajax
Senior career*
1988–1991 Ajax 52 (14)
1991–1993 Twente 49 (22)
1993–1999 Ajax 172 (36)
1999–2000 Barcelona 37 (1)
2000–2004 Rangers 91 (32)
2004–2005 Al-Rayyan 22 (3)
2005–2008 Al-Shamal 56 (7)
National team
1993–2003 Netherlands 67 (13)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Qatar Olympic (assistant)
2010–2011 Qatar U–23 (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ronaldus "Ronald" de Boer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroːnɑld də ˈbuːr] ; [1] born 15 May 1970) is a Dutch former footballer who played as midfielder. He played for the Netherlands national team as well as a host of professional clubs in Europe. He is the older twin brother of Frank de Boer. The majority of his success as a football player was with Ajax. He currently works as the Ajax A1 assistant manager.

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Playing career


De Boer's first youth club was De Zouaven in Lutjebroek where he played before being selected for the Ajax youth programme in 1983. On the professional club level, De Boer played for Ajax (1988–91 and 1993–99), Twente (1991–93), Barcelona (1999–2000), Rangers (2000–04), Al-Rayyan (2004–05) and Al-Shamal (2005–08). In both Qatari clubs, he was reunited again with his brother Frank, his teammate at Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers.

Lutjebroek Place in North Holland, Netherlands

Lutjebroek is a village in the Netherlands. It is part of the municipality of Stede Broec. Lutjebroek has a population of just over 2000 people.

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Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, also known as AFC Ajax, Ajax Amsterdam or simply Ajax, is a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. Historically, Ajax has been the most successful club in the Netherlands, with 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cups. It has continuously played in the Eredivisie, since its inception in 1956 and, along with Feyenoord and PSV, it is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated that competition.

FC Twente Dutch professional association football club

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In his first spell at Ajax from 1988 to 1991, he won the Eredivisie title in 1989–90 under manager Leo Beenhakker. After two seasons at Twente from 1991 to 1993, he returned to Ajax under manager Louis van Gaal, and had his most successful spell as a player, winning three consecutive Eredivisie titles in 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96. He also won the 1995 UEFA Champions League, the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, and the 1995 UEFA Super Cup. He was also a runner-up of the 1996 UEFA Champions League, where Ajax lost on penalties to Juventus. When Louis van Gaal left Ajax for Barcelona in July 1997, Morten Olsen became the new Ajax manager, and De Boer won a fifth Eredivisie title in 1997–98 and also won the 1997–98 KNVB Cup.

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The Dutch Eredivisie in the 1989/1990 season was contested by 18 teams. Ajax won the championship.

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There was then controversy soon after De Boer and his twin brother Frank signed a six-year contract extension with Ajax at the start 1998–99 season, when Ronald and Frank took successful legal action to have the contract voided. Ajax had agreed verbally that if a lucrative offer for one brother came by, he would be released provided the other stayed. Ajax, however, apparently backed down on that agreement after floating the club on the stock market and pledging to shareholders that it would hold both of the De Boers and build around them a team to recapture the UEFA Champions League. [2]

Frank de Boer Dutch association football player and manager

Franciscus "Frank" de Boer is a Dutch football manager who is currently the head coach of Atlanta United. A former defender, De Boer spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cups, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Champions League. He later spent five years at Barcelona, where he won the 1998–99 La Liga title, before retiring after short spells at Galatasaray, Rangers, Al-Rayyan and Al-Shamal.

During the 1998–99 Dutch football season, AFC Ajax competed in the Eredivisie.

The fallout over the contract situation led to an increasing conflict between the De Boer twins and the Ajax hierarchy, with match results for Ajax suffering and manager Morten Olsen soon getting sacked. In January 1999, Frank and Ronald signed for Barcelona for £22 million, joining their former Ajax manager Louis van Gaal at the Camp Nou. [3]

Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona

Camp Nou is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.

While De Boer was impressive at Ajax during the 1990s and for the Netherlands up to and including the 1998 FIFA World Cup, his high-profile transfer to Barcelona in January 1999 marked what would be an unlikely bad patch for a prolific goal-scoring midfielder, as he managed to feature in only 33 La Liga games for the club and scored just one goal in La Liga. In the 2000–01 season, he opted to join the Dutch legion at Rangers under the manager Dick Advocaat. Among the Dutch internationals who at that time played for Rangers were Bert Konterman, Arthur Numan, Fernando Ricksen and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He spent four seasons with the club before joining Al-Rayyan after the 2003–04 season.

1998 FIFA World Cup 16th FIFA World Cup, held in France in 1998

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De Boer recovered from surgery on a neck injury and decided not to play in Al-Shamal's last two games of the 2006–07 season. On 19 March 2008, De Boer canceled his contract with Qatari outfit Al-Shamal and retired.


Ronald de Boer in Netherlands colours Ronald de Boer.jpg
Ronald de Boer in Netherlands colours

De Boer won 67 caps and scored 13 goals for the Netherlands national team. He played for the Netherlands in the 1994 and the 1998 World Cups, where he played in six matches and scored two goals. He missed a penalty in the penalty shootout against Brazil in the 1998 semi-finals. De Boer also played in Euro 1996 and Euro 2000.

In the Dutch national team, De Boer was used in various positions, including right-half, centre forward and attacking midfielder. In his early Ajax years, De Boer played either centre forward or attacking midfielder. In later years, he shifted to right midfield.

De Boer was never officially captain of the Dutch national team or Ajax, but he has worn the captain's armband on several occasions for both club teams and the national team when the first-choice captain was not playing. In most teams, this was his brother Frank, with whom he has played side by side for most of his career.

Managing career

De Boer is currently Ajax A1 assistant manager.

Career statistics



Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup Super Cup Europe Total
1987–88 Ajax Eredivisie 110011
1991–92 Twente Eredivisie 3311103411
1992–93 Ajax Eredivisie 15530185
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Super Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Barcelona La Liga 13041171
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Rangers Premier League 176101071247
QatarLeague Emir of Qatar Cup Qatari Stars Cup Asia Total
2004–05 Al-Rayyan Qatar Stars League 223000000223



Netherlands national team



AL Rayyan



De Boer featured in EA Sports' FIFA video game series; he was on the cover for the International edition of FIFA 96, alongside Jason McAteer. [8]

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