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Jan de Koning born October 7, 1949 in Amsterdam, Netherlands is a Dutch footballer and manager. He played as a forward.

Senior career

1968 – 1970 AFC Ajax Amsterdam

1970 – 1971 Vitesse Arnhem

1971 – 1973 A.F.C. Ajax Amsterdam

1973 – 1978 Lokeren

1978 - 1980 Cercle Brugge

Teams Managed

2003 - 2004 Al Jazeera U.A.E.

2004 - 2005 Allttifaque

2005 – 2006 Stoke City

Jan de Koning (born 1949) is a Dutch former footballer, scout, manager and advisor. After working as assistant technical director at Liverpool FC's Academy he now scouts for Portsmouth in Europe.

In his playing career, de Koning served Ajax, Vitessse Arnhem, Lokeren, and Cercle Brugge. de Koning also regularly played for the U18 and U21 National teams of Holland. During his de Koning played with many of the greats such as Johan Cruyff, Ruud Krol, Johan Neeskens, Arie Haan and Johnny Rep.

After his playing career de Koning spent time in his family’s scrap metal business while achieving his coaching qualifications in the Netherlands. In 1990, after receiving all of his qualifications, de Koning was asked to join Ajax by Louis van Gaal to develop young talent. During his time at Ajax he trained some internationally known players such as Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Johnny Heitinga and Dave Van den Bergh. van der Vaart later stated in a Dutch TV interview that de Koning was the best coach he ever had.

de Koning also is renowned for his eye for talent. In 1994, #10 of Top Sport Group, and later ISM International brought him in as a talent scout. During the following eight years de Koning oversaw the transfer of several big-name players between clubs, notably Cristian Chivu. Chivu was bought by Ajax on de Koning's recommendation for 2.5 million euros and later sold to AS Roma for 20 million euros. In 2002, the English Premier League came calling for de Koning, who scouted for Sunderland, Newcastle United, and for Ray Clarke at Southampton.

Later in 2003, de Koning was yet again asked for help, this time from ex-Ajax footballer Piet Hamburg. Over the next two years, Hamburg and de Koning managed Al Jazeera UAE and Allttifaque Saudi Arabia.

In 2005, the Stoke City board appointed Arnor Gudjohnsen to find a new manager. His nomination was Jan de Koning, but he did not want to be No 1, so suggested his friend, the former Holland midfielder Johan Boskamp. de Koning served as assistant manager under Boskamp.

During 2006 de Koning once again worked with Ray Clarke, serving as head scout for Celtic, until 2007 when he joined Piet Hamburg at Liverpool's Academy. He is now scouting for Portsmouth, concentrating on Holland, Belgium and Germany.

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