Top facts about Ronald Koeman, FC Barcelona's manager

Mon 21 December 2020 | 18:30

Ronald Koeman is a Dutch professional football manager and former player, who is the current head coach of Spanish club, FC Barcelona. Read on to find out more facts about Ronald Koeman.

Ronald Koeman is widely considered as one of the best attacking central defenders ever in football world.

During his football career, Koeman scored 193 goals in 553 match appearances while playing for top football clubs of


, PSV, Barcelona, and



In 1997, Koeman officially retired from professional football and in the same year, he become the assistant Manager of


national team.

In 2020,


appointed Ronald Koeman as their new manager following the sacking of Quique Setien. Koeman had been in charge of the Netherlands since February 2018 before taking the role at the Nou Camp.

Koeman spent six years as a player at Barcelona and was a member of Johan Cruyff's legendary 'Dream Team.'

The followings are some lesser-known facts about Ronald Koeman:

The first

fact about Ronald Koeman

is that he won four

La Liga

titles and scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final during his playing days at the Nou Camp.

Ronald Koeman biography

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Zaandam, Netherlands







Ronald Koeman was born in the city of Zaandam on the 21


day of March 1963 to his mother, Marijke Koeman and father, Martin Koeman. It means that

Koeman’s age

is 57.

Among facts about Ronald Koeman is that he was the second of two children born out of the union between his parents. There is not enough information available regarding

Ronald Koeman’s parents


His older brother Erwin Koeman was the head coach of Oman. Koeman's father is a former player.

Ronald Koeman's childhood

was spent in the city of Zaandam located in the north of Netherland.

Since his father was a football player, Ronald became interested in football at a very young age. In his childhood, he practically lived and breathe the game of soccer while growing up alongside his older brother.

Ronald Koeman professional career

Koeman began his journey in professional football with local clubs, VV Helpman and GRG Groningen. He progressed to FC Groningen and made his debut at the age of 17. This made him one of the youngest players in the club's history.

At Groningen, Koeman scored 33 goals in ninety appearances during three seasons which was a great record for a defender. This caused young defender to be called up by the Netherlands national team and earn a transfer to league champions Ajax Amsterdam.

His good run of form continued at Ajax which he helped win the Eredivisie title at 1984-85 season and the KNVB Cup at 1985-86 season.

After three seasons with Ajax, in the summer of 1986, Koeman

controversially joined to domestic rivals

PSV Eindhoven


In March 1987, club's manager Hans Kraay

resigned and was replaced by Guus Hiddink


under the management of whom PSV overtook league leaders Ajax in the final weeks of the season to defend their league title.

Under coaching of Guus Hiddink in the following seasons, PSV won the 1987-88 and 1988-89 Eredivisie- titles and the club's first and to date only, European Cup against Benfica on 25 May 1988.

During three seasons at PSV, Koeman managed to score 51 goals in 98 league appearances, in 1987-88 season Koeman recorded the highest scoring season of his club career, with 21 goals scored in the league.

An interesting fact about Ronald Koeman is that in 1989, he joined the Spanish club FC Barcelona to be coached by his former Ajax coach Johan Cruyff, where he became a member of the famous ''Dream Team''.

At the peak of his career as a player, Koeman saw Barcelona to four consecutive La Liga trophies from 1991 to 1994, along with players such as

Hristo Stoichkov, Romário, Pep Guardiola, and Michael Laudrup.

In 1991-92 seasons Barcelona reached to the final match of European Cup. They had to face


from Italy, in London Wembley Stadium. The match ended in a draw on 90 minutes, at the second half of extra times it was Koeman who scored the only goal of the match to make Barca European champion for the first time in its history.

With this, he became the first player to score in two consecutive finals of different European competitions, having scored Barcelona's consolation goal against

Manchester United

in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

Koeman was known for his powerful shots from free kicks and dead ball where he scored many vital goals for his club.

In the 1993-94 season Barcelona reached to the final match of UEFA Champions League but they lost the match to Italian club

AC Milan

. In that tournament Koeman was joint top scorer with eight goals.

Among noticeable

facts about Ronald Koeman

is that he accrued two nicknames during his career, including Tintin, for the striking likeness he bears to the classic comic book character; and the less likely, but certainly inventive, Floquet de Neu (Snowflake), after the famous albino gorilla in the Barcelona zoo.

Koeman was given the nickname by adoring Barcelona fans after he scored the only goal in the 1992 European Cup final against Sampdoria.

After six years at Barcelona and winning valuable trophies, Koeman left Spain to return to the Netherlands in 1995.

In joining Feyenoord, he became one of the few players to represent all of Dutch football's "Big Three". Koeman spent two seasons in Rotterdam, captaining Feyenoord to third- and second-place finishes in the Eredivisie respectively.

Koeman ended his career with 193 league goals from 533 matches (ahead of Daniel Passarella, who netted 182 goals in 556 matches) during his career, more than any other defender in the history of football.

His record was broken by Spanish defender Sergio Ramos who plays for the club

Real Madrid

in 2020.

Ronald Koeman's international career

Koeman's international journey began in April 1983, when he debuted for the Netherlands national team in a friendly match against Sweden.

This match also marked the first international appearance for his elder brother Erwin.

As another interesting fact about Ronald Koeman, it is worth mentioning that his first goal for the country came in September of the same year in a victory against Iceland.

Koeman's tournament debut came at Euro 1988 in West Germany, where Rinus Michels' team defeated the hosts at the semi-final stage, with Koeman scoring a crucial penalty to equalize and make it 1–1.

In the final match, Netherlands defeated the Soviet Union 2-0 at

Olympiastadion to win the nation's only major international trophy. This completed Koeman's extraordinary 1988 after winning the treble with PSV.

Koeman represented his nation at two UEFA Euro Championships and two FIFA World Cups. During twelve years playing for his nation he picked of a total of 78 caps and managed to score 14 goals.

In the end of 1997 season he retired from playing professional football and became a member of the Netherlands national football team coaching staff of Guus Hiddink during the 1998 World Cup.

Ronald Koeman managerial career

After the tournament, Koeman was appointed the assistant coach of Barcelona, and in 2000, he was handed his first managerial job as the head coach of Vitesse, where he led the team to a UEFA Cup spot on a relatively limited budget.

Koeman was appointed the manager of Ajax in 2001.

In four seasons being the manager of Ajax, his team managed to become the champions of Eredivise League in 2001-02 and 2003-04 season.

They also won the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruyff Shield in 2001-02 season. In his last season as a manager at Ajax, they were knocked out of UEFA Cup and had fallen points behind the rivals in the league so all of this led Koeman

to resign on 25 February 2005.

After a

disappointing end to his reign at Ajax


in February 2005, he became the manager of Portuguese champions



In Benfica, against whom he won the 1988 European Cup Final as a player with PSV, Koeman only won the Portuguese Super Cup; the team finished the Portuguese League in third place.

This bad results along with an offer from PSV, sufficed for the manager to leave one year before the end of his contract.

In the 2006-07 season Koeman appointed as the manager of PSV, as successor to Guus Hiddink. In that season his team became the champions of the league with the same points as Ajax but only with one more goal.

On 31 October 2007, Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia after the sacking of Quique Sánchez Flores, starting on 5 November 2007.

With Valencia he only could win the 2007-08 Copa Del Rey, a trophy he won as a player with Barcelona. During that season they ranked 15


in the league table and finished fourth in the group stage of UEFA Champions League.

A 5–1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao would prove the final straw for Koeman's time with Valencia. He was sacked the following day, on 21 April 2008.

Koeman was appointed manager of AZ Alkmaar on 18 May 2009, after Louis van Gaal, who won the 2008–09 Eredivisie with AZ, joined

Bayern Munich

. On 5 December 2009, AZ announced that Koeman no longer was in charge of AZ, after losing 7 of the first 16 games in the Dutch competition.

On 21 July 2011, Koeman was appointed as the manager of another Dutch club Feyenoord, signing a one-year contract.


Through this appointment, Koeman has notably become the first man ever to serve as both player and head coach at all teams of the so-called "big three" of Dutch football – Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV.

At the beginning of 2012, it was announced that his contract was extended. In February 2014, Koeman announced that he would leave his position at Feyenoord at the end of the 2013–14 season to pursue other ambitions.

In June 2014, Koeman was appointed as the head coach of English club


manager, signing a three-year deal with the club. His brother Erwin was appointed assistant manager.

On September, Koeman named

Premier League

Manager of the Month because of great results that his team achieved in the first six Premier League games. They won four matches and lost only one match.

In January 2015, Southampton won all three of their matches, including a first win against Manchester United since 1988, and Koeman was named Manager of the Month for the second time.


He led Southampton to a seventh-place finish at the end of the season.

Koeman won his third Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2016,


on the way to Southampton's highest ever Premier League finish, sixth place, highest ever Premier League points total, 63, and qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

Many believe that the pinnacle of Koeman's coaching career was his foray in the Premier League as Southampton's manager.

On 14 June 2016, Koeman was announced as manager of Everton, signing a three-year contract. His brother was again hired as his assistant.


In his first season, Koeman led Everton to qualification for the Europa League.

During the next season despite that Koeman was given the largest budget in club's history to spend on new players, he was sacked by the club on 23 October 2017, after his side fell into the relegation zone.

On 6 February 2018, Koeman was appointed manager of the Netherlands national football team on a four-and-half-year contract. He replaced Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.

On 9 June 2019, Netherlands reached the final match of 2018–19 UEFA Nations but lost it 1–0 against Portugal to become the runners-up of the tournament.

One of the recent

facts about Ronald Koeman

is that on 19 August 2020, he was announced as the new manager of Barcelona on a two-year contract until 30 June 2022.

He took over after Quique Setién had been dismissed from the position two days earlier, following an 8–2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. Many believe Koeman might just be the right man to steer the club back on the paths of glory following their embarrassing 2019-20 season.

On 24th October, he lost the first El Clasico of the season as the manager of Barcelona, to arch rivals Real Madrid.

The Clasico defeat was followed by a 1-1 draw against Alaves, which resulted Barcelona equaling their worst tally after the first six games in La Liga (8 points, as many as in 2002/03 season).

Ronald Koeman's style of play

About Koeman's style of play on the pitch, he was capable of playing both as a defender and a midfielder. He's known as one of the best and most prolific attacking central defenders of all time.

He was also known for his long-range accurate passes as well as his shooting accuracy and power from distance, especially on free kicks. He scored 26 goals from set pieces in all competitions for Barcelona.

He's the second top scoring defender in world football, and Barcelona's top scoring defender, with 90 goals in all competitions.


A clever set piece specialist, Koeman was nicknamed the King of free kicks.

He was also a penalty kick specialist and scored 46 goals from the penalty spot to be only behind Lionel Messi in the history of Catalan club, and he's the highest scoring defender in La Liga from penalties.

With 67 goals, he is the second most prolific defender in La Liga history, behind

Sergio Ramos

. Koeman currently holds the record for 25 consecutive successful penalty conversions in La Liga.

Koeman was not a type of defender who waits simply for the strikers of the opposing team, he liked nothing more than getting forward and scoring himself.

Ronald Koeman personal life

Here we present little known or untold interesting facts to help you get a complete picture of the Ronald Koeman.

Ronald Koeman married Bartina Koeman in December 1985 and they are living a happy life. Their marriage is blessed with three children.

Ronald Koeman’s children

include a daughter Debbie with two sons Ronald Koeman Jnr and Tim.

Among Ronald Koeman children, Ronald Jnr is the only one who decided to follow his father's footsteps. Ronald Jnr plays as a goalkeeper for the club FC Oss which competes in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of the Dutch football league system.

Some quick facts about Ronald Koeman

Apart from Dutch, Ronald Koeman can also speak English and Spanish very well.

He's an ambassador for the anti-smoking campaign Kick it with Help. He said that the cancer diagnoses of his wife, Bartina Koeman, and his friend, Johan Cruyff, motivated him to join the campaign.

Koeman's family has always been there for him, his father sparked his interest in the game and his mother penned letters defending him to a Dutch football magazine if they ever criticized him.

Also he is very close to his elder brother. According to Erwin. ''We don't have to speak to each other about football. We look at each other and we know what we want to do or not,'' he told the Daily Mail.

Koeman and his elder brother are the first siblings to have managed national teams at the same time. When Tintin was coach of his country, his brother Erwin was in charge of Oman.

Ronald Koeman's family have a stand at Groningen FC. The stand is in appreciation of the Koeman's contribution to the club's success. Ronald and his brother both began their career with the club.

Koeman's religion is yet unknown. However, deductions from the Christian names which his dad and daughter bears presents the likelihood that he is a believer who practices Christianity.

About Koeman's personality off the pitch, many regard him as an impressive individual who is emotionally intelligent, hopeful, high-spirited, and open to revealing his personal life.

A fun fact about Ronald Koeman is that he loves cycling, reading, and watching movies among his other hobbies.

He loves mayonnaise so much, during a press conference at Southampton before a match against QPR, one journalist quizzed Koeman on his love for mayonnaise. He responded, “Chips without mayonnaise is no chips.”

During the qualifying stages ahead of the 1994 World Cup, England were sat one point behind of the Netherlands with qualification in sight.

However, when the two sides met, it was Tintin’s free-kick which won the match and resulted in the Three Lions watching the tournament from home.

As mentioned before Koeman

has had quite the controversial career back in the Netherlands, with a number of transfers from rival to rival, both as a player and a manager.

As a result, incredibly, he has both played for and managed the three big Dutch clubs in Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.


Ronald Koeman’s social media

, it should be stated that his Instagram (


) has 725K followers and he shares some aspects of his personal life and professional career events with his fans via this platform.

Ronald Koeman career stats as a player


Ronald Koeman’s stats

, it should be mentioned that in three seasons playing for his first club Groningen, from 1980 to 1983, Koeman participated in 98 matches and managed to score 34 times for the club which was great for a defender.

He played three seasons for Ajax from 1983 to 1986, during playing for them he scored 30 goals in 114 matches and continued to his great goal scorings.

PSV was the third club which he played in for three seasons from 1986 to 1989. During three seasons with PSV, Koeman

recorded the highest scoring season of his club career, with 21 goals scored in the league during 1987-88 season. He managed to score 63 times in 130 appearances.

At the peak of his career as a player he played for Spanish club Barcelona from, 1989 to 1995. In six seasons playing for the Catalans he scored 88 goals in 264 appearances.

In final years of playing football he joined Feyenoord and played two seasons from 1995 to 1997. He managed to score 23 goals in 79 matches.

During his club career as a player, Koeman participated in 685 matches for his clubs and managed to score 239 goals which is a legendary goal scoring record for a defender.

Koeman played 12 years for the Netherlands national team from 1983 to 1994. He participated in 78 international matches and scored 14 goals for his country.

Ronald Koeman honors as a player


  • Eredivisie: 1984–85

  • KNVB Cup: 1985–86


  • Eredivisie: 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89

  • KNVB Cup: 1987–88, 1988–89

  • European Cup: 1987–88


  • La Liga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94

  • Copa del Rey: 1989–90

  • Supercopa de España: 1991, 1992, 1994

  • European Cup: 1991–92

  • European Super Cup: 1992


  • UEFA European Championship: 1988


Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1987, 1988

UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1988

Ronald Koeman honors as a manager


  • Eredivisie: 2001–02, 2003–04

  • KNVB Cup: 2001–02

  • Johan Cruyff Shield: 2002


  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2005


  • Eredivisie: 2006–07


  • Copa del Rey: 2007–08


  • Johan Cruyff Shield: 2009


  • UEFA Nations League runner-up: 2019


  • Rinus Michels Award: 2011–12

  • Premier League Manager of the Month: September 2014, January 2015, January 2016

Ronald Koeman net worth

Koeman joined Barcelona on a two-year contract this year. According to reports, he will earn a salary of around €5million (£4.5m) per year.

Various sources have stated that


Koeman’s net worth

is $8m (£6m).

He reportedly earned £6m per year during his time as Everton manager. Upon taking the Netherlands job, he was said to be given a £1.15m-a-year deal.

The FC Barcelona manager's net worth is estimated to be $8 million. He get handsomely paid, a development which explains why he's wealthy.


Koeman’s salary

, wages, and bonus, he does also have income tricking in for him via sponsorships and endorsements. He has a luxury life and lives in expensive houses that communicate his worth.

Koeman agreed to take a pay-cut on his £10m Barcelona salary to help save the club from financial ruin due to the effects felt from the coronavirus crisis.


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