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Johan Neeskens

Johan Neeskens
Personal information
Full nameJohannes Jacobus Neeskens
Date of birth15 September 1951(age 65)
Place of birthHeemstede, Netherlands
Height1.78 m
Playing positionMidfielder

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Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens (-nlˈjoː.ɦɑ.nəs jɑ.ˈkoː.bʏs ˈjoː.ɦɑn ˈneːs.kəns) (born 15 September 1951 in Heemstede, Netherlands) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups. Former England manager Alf Ramsey said Neeskens was "as good as any player" in the tournament. He was the assistant coach to Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona but was sacked along with Rijkaard as the end of the 2007 08 season. He was the head coach of the Dutch B national team until June 2009, at which date he has been appointed as the assistant coach to Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray SK.

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