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Thijs Libregts
Personal information
Date of birth January 4, 1941 (1941-01-04) (age 69)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1962 Excelsior Rotterdam
1962–1968 Feyenoord
1968–1972 Excelsior Rotterdam
Teams managed
1975–1980 Excelsior Rotterdam
1980–1983 PSV Eindhoven
1983–1984 Feyenoord
1984–1986 Aris
1986–1987 PAOK
1987–1988 Olympiacos
1988–1990 Netherlands
1991–1994 Iraklis
1994–1995 Olympiacos
1998–1999 Nigeria
2001–2002 Grazer AK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thijs Libregts (born 4 January 1941 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch football coach and former player, who played professionally in the 1950s. His daughter Patricia was one of Holland's leading water polo players in the 1980s and 1990s.

Club career

Libregts began his playing career at Excelsior Rotterdam, where he played from 1958 to 1962. From Excelsior he moved to Rotterdam's larger team Feyenoord, where he remained until 1968. After 6 years at Feyenoord, Libregts returned to Excelsior where he played until 1972 when he announced his retirement.

Managerial career

Libregts' first coaching position was at Excelsior Rotterdam, where he worked from 1975 to 1980. Excelsior were relegated in Libregts' first season, but they won promotion in 1978/9. From Excelsior he moved to PSV Eindhoven, who he took to 2nd place in the Eredivisie in 1981/2. In 1983 Libregts moved to Feyenoord, where he won a league and cup double in his first season. At Feyenoord Libregts was involved in a race row after he was alleged to have referred to Ruud Gullit as "blackie" and criticised him for being lazy, though Libregts defended himself by claiming that it was merely a nickname.[1]

In November 1984 Libregts moved to Greece with Aris Thessaloniki, where he remained until 1986. In the 1986/87 season he joined PAOK, but his stay was brief and in December 1987 he switched to Olympiacos. Libregts was appointed as Holland manager in 1988 as he took over from Rinus Michels as coach of the European champions. Holland easily qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but Libregts was replaced by Leo Beenhakker before the tournament itself.

From 1991-1994 he was a coach with Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece and from 1994-1995 returned to coach Olympiacos. Having been dismissed by Olympiakos, Libregts took charge of the Nigeria national football team in August 1998 who he managed until October 1999. After 2 years out of work Libregts joined Grazer AK in October 2001 where he remained until August 2002[2] and who he led to the Cup, as well as to the victory in Supercup.

In August 2002 he was replaced by Walter Schachner and he has been without a club since then.


  1. ^ Brian Glanville, Footballers Don't Cry p4
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