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Age 53 (21.11.63) Af­ter a decade-anda-half of rel­a­tively un­her­alded tech­ni­calarea work in Hol­land with AGOVV, De Graaf­schap, Her­a­cles and Vitesse, and then in Is­rael with Mac­cabi Tel Aviv, he achieved his big break in May 2016 when he took charge of Ajax.

With his love of at­tack­ing foot­ball and be­lief in young play­ers, he proved a good fit at the Am­s­ter­dam club, and to crown his in­au­gu­ral cam­paign he led them to the Fi­nal of the Europa League.

Capped eight times by Hol­land as a hard-work­ing mid­fielder, he also had two-and-a-half years as tech­ni­cal direc­tor at Feyeno­ord.

This sea­son he be­came the first coach in the his­tory of the Bun­desliga to guide his side to a clean sheet in his first five games in charge.

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