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Co Adriaanse
Co Adriaanse 2009.JPG
Personal information
Full name Jacobson Adriaanse
Date of birth July 21, 1947 (1947-07-21) (age 62)
Place of birth    Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Qatar
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
De Volewijckers

176 (0)   
Teams managed
PEC Zwolle
FC Den Haag
Jong Ajax
Willem II
Metalurh Donetsk
Red Bull Salzburg

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jacobson "Co" Adriaanse (born 12 July 1947 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland) is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who is currently the head coach of the Qatar national football team[1].


Playing career

As a professional player, Adriaanse played for six seasons with De Volewijckers (from 1964 until 1970) and a further six with FC Utrecht (1970 until 1976), retiring from football at the age of 29.

Managerial career


Early career

He started his managing career with Zilvermeeuwen in 1979, and after four years he joined AZ for the first time as scout and youth trainer. After a year, for the 1984-85 season he resumed his coaching career with two four-year stints with PEC Zwolle and FC Den Haag, where he would be sacked for the first time. He was then chosen to direct the youth side of AFC Ajax, a position he would occupy for five seasons.

Willem II

Willem II followed in his career, and after ending his first season fifth place, achieved a second place and the title of best Dutch team of the year. This meant that Willem II, a team better known for finishing in the bottom half of the Dutch league, would be playing in the Champions League. The Champions was a bridge too far for Willem II, and the team ended up last in the 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League group stage, and after failing to achieve a European spot, Adriaanse resigned on 20 May 2000.


He returned to Ajax as manager, but after a third place season he was released early in the next season, on 29 November 2001, after some poor results. During his tenure he made a number of controversial statements to the press – he called the chairman of PSV a "talking lampshade," and most famously said of Marco van Basten (mooted to join the Ajax staff at the time), "A good horse does not make a good rider." New coach Ronald Koeman went on to capture Ajax's 28th Eredivisie title.


After starting the 2002-03 season without a club, he was signed to AZ in November 2002. A 10th place in the first season was followed by a fifth, which allowed the Alkmaar team to join the UEFA Cup in the 2004-05 season. There, the club upset Spanish side and top contenders Villarreal CF in the quarter finals before being knocked out on away goals in the semi-finals by Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the final minute of extra time. In the Eredivisie, AZ also performed above the expectations, ending third after topping the league for a week at the end of the first half and spending most of the second in second place. Adriaanse again coined a number of colourful phrases while at AZ, the best known being "Scoreboard journalism," "Cheese viewers," "Woonerf football," and "Evening footballer."


After much speculation and his stated desire to leave the club (he was succeeded by Louis van Gaal), on 24 May 2005, he was presented as the new manager of Portuguese club FC Porto (replacing José Couceiro), and became the fourth manager to sign for the Portuguese side since the departure of José Mourinho. In the first season as Porto coach, he achieved the "Dobradinha" for the first time since the departure of Mourinho, by winning the Portuguese Liga and the Cup of Portugal.

Metalurh Donetsk

On 9 August 2006, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Porto. Four months later, he became coach of Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk. On 17 May 2007, Adriaanse resigned as manager of Metalurh Donetsk with four games to play in the Ukrainan Premier League.

Al-Sadd Sports Club

On 27 August 2007, Adriaanse signed a one year deal with Al-Sadd Sports Club and resigned as coach on 28 January 2008.

Red Bull Salzburg

On 13 March 2008, Adriaanse signed a two year deal with the Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg and he left the club after the end of his contract on 30 June 2009.[2]

Managerial style

Tactical approach

Adriaanse gained a lot of fame in the Netherlands after qualifying for the Champions League with the average Dutch club Willem II. It was even more impressive, because Willem II often played attacking football. Throughout his whole manager career he always stuck to play attacking football. His game approach is in many ways similar to that of Louis van Gaal, who eventually succeeded him at AZ.


Adriaanse is famous for his controversial training approach. At Willem II, he once ordered his whole squad to follow him by car, while they drove 13 km away from their training ground. At a remote spot, all players had to give their car keys to Adriaanse. Then he drove back to town, while the squad had to run in front of his car. Back at the training ground, the players got their car keys back. However, since their cars where still parked far from the training ground, they all had to walk back another 13 km.[3] At AZ Alkmaar he once ordered the whole squad to search for Easter eggs during a training session. They looked for an hour until Co Adriaanse finally revealed there were no eggs hidden.[4] Adriaanse already had these strange training methods at the start of his career, because when he was a youth trainer at Ajax, he sometimes ordered his players to lay on the ground. Then a teammate (with football boots on) would run over the bodies.[5] Because of all these infamous incidents, Adriaanse is sometimes nicknamed "Psycho Co".



Preceded by
José Rachão
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Paulo Bento


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