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Hans Kraay

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Full nameHans Kraay
Playing positionDefender

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Hans Kraay (born 14 October 1936) is a retired Dutch footballer who was active as a defender and then in football management and television.

Born in Utrecht, Kraay made his professional debut at DOS and also played for Feijenoord.

After his playing career, Kraay became manager at DFC, USV Elinkwijk, Go Ahead Eagles, Ajax Amsterdam, AZ'67, Edmonton Drillers, Sparta Rotterdam (only two days due to some health trouble), FC Den Haag and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He also served Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven as a technical director, as well as the NOS and other television channels with his views on football, both commentary and analysis. In 1986, he took place at PSV Eindhoven, as manager. The team was first in the League, but in March, 1987, he was replaced by Guus Hiddink, after a loss against FC Den Bosch, on penalties, for the KNVB Cup.

His son Hans Kraay, Jr. is also a retired professional footballer and television announcer.

Currently Kraay is working for N.E.C. Nijmegen as head of scouting and personal adviser of chairman Marcel Boekhoorn.


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