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Frank de Boer

Franciscus de Boer
The Netherlands
Centre back

AFC Ajax (1988-99)
FC Barcelona (1999-2003)
Galatasaray AŞ  (2003-04)
Rangers FC (2004)
Al-Rayyan SC (2004-05)
Al-Shamal SC (2005-06)

The Netherlands (1990-2004)
112 caps / 13 goals

AFC Ajax (youth)
The Netherlands (assistant)
AFC Ajax (2010-2016)
Crystal Palace FC  Contract:  2020

UEFA Champions League: winner 1995
UEFA Cup: winner 1992
UEFA Super Cup: winner 1995
European/South American Cup: winner 1995
Dutch League: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998
Spanish League: 1999
Dutch Cup: 1993, 1998

Dutch League: 2011, 2012 & 2013, 2014
Dutch League Runner-up: 2015 & 2016


Started out as a left-back but matured into a dominant centre-half at AFC Ajax, where he came through the ranks along with his twin Ronald. Broke into the first team aged 18, winning the first of five Eredivisie titles in 1990. A member of the team that lifted the 1992 UEFA Cup, he helped AFC Ajax beat AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final in Vienna three years later, adding the UEFA Super Cup and European/South American Cup that same year. Won the domestic double in 1998, his last full season with AFC Ajax, before moving to FC Barcelona with Ronald. A La Liga title followed in 1999.

Moved to Galatasaray AŞ in summer 2003, signed for Rangers FC the following January, and hung up his boots in 2006 after a spell in Qatar, ending a career that brought 112 caps for the Netherlands. De Boer was in the Oranje side that reached the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000 semi-finals, missing two penalties in a defeat by Italy in the latter. Returned to AFC Ajax as a youth coach in 2007 and, the following year, was appointed assistant to Bert van Marwijk with the senior national side, who reached the 2010 World Cup final.

In December 2010, he was installed as AFC Ajax’s caretaker coach following the departure of Martin Jol, where good results subsequently earning him a long-term contract as Head Coach.

Inspired by Cruyff’s philosophy and his own experience, Frank soon brought his personal touch to the team to end his debut season in charge with the club’s first league title since 2004. He had started building a highly competitive team based on the idea of nurturing and empowering of young talent from the academy. This long-term strategy paid off as he retained the Eredivisie crown the following three seasons, making it a record four in-a-row. Then, in the last two seasons Ajax finished runners-up to PSV twice.

After five and a half years of full dedication and commitment to his beloved club, Frank eventually stepped down to focus on seeking his next sporting challenge.