Peter Bosz Biography

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During the recent years, especially at Ajax, he managed to establish himself as one of the best Dutch coaches. In this article, we will take a look at Peter Bosz biography.

Peter Bosz, born November 21, 1963 in Apeldoorn in Holland, is a Dutch former international footballer who became a coach after finishing his active career. He played as a midfielder during the 1980s and 1990s. He played professionally for eighteen years, mainly in his native country for Vitesse Arnhem, AGOVV Apeldoorn, RKC Waalwijk, Feyenoord and NAC Breda. He has also had experience in Germany (FC Hansa Rostock) and Japan (JEF United Ichihara) after emerging in France with Sporting Club de Toulon.

On 4 December 1991, Bosz played his debut for the Dutch national team in a 2-0 away win against Greece where he substituted for Wim Kieft in the 85th minute. He was called up by Rinus Michels to the team for the European Championships in Sweden in 1992.

He played in one match, won 3:1 against


as he entered the field in the 88th minute, and the Netherlands reached the semi-finals of the tournament. His final game in the national team was on 26 April 1995, when the Netherlands lost 1:3 away to the Czech Republic. Altogether, he played in 8 matches and did not score a goal.

After finishing his football career Bosz became a coach. At first he trained players from his hometown club, AGOVV Apeldoorn. Afterwards he was a coach of De Graafschap team, and between 2004 and 2006 he led the first division Heracles Almelo. Between 2006 and 2009 he worked as a technical director at Feyenoord. He returned to lead Heracles in 2010, where he worked until 2013, and was named coach of Vitesse Arnhem before the 2013/14 season.

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He stepped down from this position in January 2016 and joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv as coach. He was appointed coach of Ajax Amsterdam at the beginning of the 2016/17 season. Thereafter, he signed a two-year contract with Borussia Dortmund in June 2017. Later he was manager of Bayer Leverkusen for three years and since 2021, he is the coach of Lyon.

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Peter Bosz Bio

  • Full Name: Peter Sylvester Bosz

  • Nickname: N/A

  • Profession: Professional Football Coach

Peter Bosz Physical Stats

  • Weight: 75 Kg

  • Height: 1.78 m

  • Eye Color: Brown

  • Hair Color: Brown

Peter Bosz Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 6

  • Professional Debut: 1981

Peter Bosz Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 21 November 1963

  • Birth Place: Apeldoorn, Netherlands

  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

  • Nationality: Dutch

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Peter Bosz Early Life

Bosz started as a player with the amateurs of OBV and the Apeldoornse Boys before joining the youth team of


in 1981 to train at the CIOS in Arnhem. At Vitesse he refused to sign a contract that was submitted to him, as he insisted on a clause in his contract that would have declared him a free agent at the end of the contract.

As a result of this conflict Bosz went back to the amateurs of AGOVV in 1984, since after two years the transfer rights of the club would expire. He eventually went back to Vitesse after one season, after which he bought back his own transfer rights with borrowed money from friends and family.

RKC Waalwijk

In that summer, he signed a three-year contract with

RKC Waalwijk

, under the condition that a transfer fee of 25 thousand guilders would be sufficient at the end of the contract. In the end, Bosz fulfilled his contract with RKC, with whom he became the 1988 First Division champion.

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SC Toulon

He then moved to France, where he played for SC Toulon, which had failed to keep up with John Bosman's transfer fee. In his five-year contract, he had a fixed transfer fee of 150 thousand francs, approximately 50 thousand Dutch guilders, if he stayed at the club for at least three years.

The French financial police raided the club in October 1987, after which the head coach, who was also the technical director, and several other staff members were detained for over 100 days. In spite of the chaos this caused, the assistant coach and the players were able to save the club from relegation.

While the club was banned from making any transfers, Bosz's contract clause made him the only one who had the option of leaving the club, and


signed in 1991.


In 1991, Feyenoord brought him back to the


. There he signed a contract for three years. This time he did not have a fixed transfer fee in his contract, but instead relied on a lower age limit for the transfer of players and a fixed percentage that he would also benefit from in the event of a transfer.

Bosz won the Dutch national title once (1993) and the cup three times (1992, 1994 and 1995). He left the Rotterdam Arena in the summer of 1996 to play for JEF United in Japan. In 1998, Bosz left to join

Hansa Rostock

in Germany, where he played 14 league games.

In the winter transfer window of 1998, he went back to Netherlands, this time to

NAC Breda

, where he played 26 league games and scored a goal. The next season he was transferred again to the Japanese club and stayed there for one season. Bosz ended his playing career in November 1999.

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Dutch National Team

While he was playing for RKC Waalwijk in the First Division in March 1988, Bosz was invited by then coach Rinus Michels to play for the Dutch national team against England. It would take until 1991 before Bosz made his debut in the national team, again under Michels. Ultimately, Bosz played eight international matches for the Dutch national team. He was included in the Dutch national selection for the 1992 European Championship.

Peter Bosz Profile

Not long after his retirement as a football player, Bosz began his career as a coach with the amateurs of AGOVV. During the 2001/02 season, AGOVV won the Hoofdklasse C championship and later the Dutch national amateur championship.

De Graafschap

He then joined

De Graafschap

. At the Doetinchem team, Bosz debuted as head coach in professional football. He wanted De Graafschap to play professional football, but this idea turned out to be a failure. They were in danger of being relegated the entire season. In the end, the club finished eighteenth and last in the final ranking, which meant relegation to the First Division was inevitable.

Heracles Almelo

Following the relegation with De Graafschap, Bosz went to Heracles Almelo. He won the First Division with Heracles and was promoted to the


. After the 2004/05 season, Bosz was also nominated for the Rinus Michels Award. In the end PSV coach Guus Hiddink was chosen as the winner.

During the 2005/06 season, Bosz was able to keep the club in the Eredivisie, partly thanks to draws against champions PSV, Ajax and AZ. In the first round of the cup the club won against the amateurs of RKSV DCG from Amsterdam, but the club was disqualified by the Dutch Football Association for fielding a non-playing player, Sergio Hellings.


From the beginning of the 2006/2007 season until 14 January 2009, Bosz was Feyenoord's technical manager. During his first season, the performances of the first team were poor and reinforcements were deemed necessary. In the meantime Feyenoord was on the verge of bankruptcy. The bad situation forced the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to put the club into administration.

It became painfully clear during the 2006/07 season that the squad was lacking in quality after the departure of Kuijt and Kalou. They finished the season in seventh place, their lowest ranking since 1991. In the end, coach Erwin Koeman announced his retirement on 3 May 2007.

Feyenoord were paid a record transfer fee for the sale of Kuijt and Kalou, but just a fraction of that amount was available for investment in new players. The new coach Bert van Marwijk managed to persuade Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Roy Makaay, Tim de Cler and Kevin Hofland to join Feyenoord. And Bosz showed his worth by acquiring Denny Landzaat from



Feyenoord ended the season outside the top five. This time the Rotterdammers finished sixth, despite only being one point behind leaders PSV after 17 games. However, Feyenoord did win the KNVB Cup on 27 April 2008, defeating Roda JC in their own Kuip stadium 2-0 thanks to goals from Landzaat and Jonathan de Guzmán. In the 2008/2009 season Feyenoord again experienced a disappointing season, however, finishing in seventh place.

On 14 January 2009 Verbeek left the club after the players lost confidence in him. While the club's management were fully behind the coach, they decided to go for the big guns on the pitch and sacked him. Bosz expressed his sympathy with Verbeek and stepped down shortly afterwards.

Return to Heracles

In 2010 Bosz returned to the same club. Heracles finished eighth in the 2010/11 season under Bosz. In the following play-offs for participation in the qualification round for the UEFA Europa League, Heracles lost two games to FC Groningen. In the Cup, the club was disgraced by losing in the fourth round to the amateurs of Achilles '29 with a score of 5-3.

Bosz and Heracles reached the final of the


in the 2011/12 season, losing 3-0 to PSV. Following the season, Bosz was nominated for the Rinus Michels Award. The award was ultimately given to Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman.


With effect from the 2013/14 season, he became the coach of Vitesse. He replaced Fred Rutten there. He started the season well and was exactly halfway through the season, after 17 rounds of play, the first team in the league and thus winter champion. However, in the last match before the winter break Ajax came alongside Vitesse after a draw and Vitesse fell back to second place on goal difference.

Because of a poor second half of the season Vitesse ended in sixth place, so Vitesse had to take part in the play-offs to qualify for European football. FC Groningen proved too strong over two games in the first round and thus they failed to qualify.

During his second season, Vitesse was often hailed in the media as the best footballing team in the Eredivisie, fighting Feyenoord and AZ until the final matchday for third place and a straight European ticket. In the end, Bosz achieved European football with Vitesse by winning the play-offs. At the end of the 2014/2015 season Bosz was nominated for the Rinus Michels Award. In the end, PSV coach Phillip Cocu walked away with the award.

Following his second season at Vitesse, there was interest from foreign clubs for Bosz. In fact, Maccabi Tel Aviv showed concrete interest. During the winter break of the 2015/16 season, Bosz stated that he was leaving Vitesse with immediate effect. He was replaced by his assistant Rob Maas.

Maccabi Tel Aviv

On December 2015, technical director Jordi Cruijff recruited Bosz immediately to

Maccabi Tel Aviv

, the reigning national champions of Israel. In early March 2016, Johan Cruijff was visiting his son Jordi in Tel Aviv just before his death, where he also spent time with Bosz. Footage of this went around the world as the last moving images of Cruijff.

Bosz finished his first season with the team in second place, with two points less than champion Hapoel Beer Sheva. Just three days later, Bosz went on to lose the National Cup final with Maccabi, losing 1-0 to Maccabi Haifa. In this section of Peter Bosz biography stay tuned as we want to share some information about his coaching career with Ajax.


Following a short career at Maccabi, he took up his post at Ajax as successor to Frank de Boer. On 26 July 2016, Bosz made his debut in the UEFA Champions League as head coach in his first official match. On this occasion, Ajax drew 1-1 at home in the third qualifying round against PAOK Saloniki, before qualifying for the Champions League play-offs with a 1-2 win in Thessaloniki to secure European football and thus playing the group stage in the Europa League.

A round further, in the play-offs, Ajax was knocked out of this season's Champions League. The Amsterdammers failed to get their game on, losing 4-1 to RK Rostov after a 1-1 draw in the home game (aggregate: 2-5). The team had a rough start in the league as well, in part due to the major changes in the style of play.

However, after some time Ajax began to play better with a fixed starting eleven. Later, Bosz described the KNVB Cup match against Willem II (5-0) as the turning point, transforming the poor results into the kind of game and result that Bosz, in line with the Cruyff philosophy, had in mind. Consequently, many players who had been key players in the previous season were sidelined.

Ajax lost 2-1 in the eighth round of the KNVB Cup to SC Cambuur on 15 December, and were therefore eliminated from the competition. Ajax did make a name for itself in the UEFA Europa League, despite the poor result in the cup. During the group stage, Ajax enjoyed its fifth win at home against Panathinaikos FC (2-0) with a remarkable young squad, which made the Amsterdammers the group winners.

Additional European success was on the cards, as Bosz's team triumphed over successive Legia Warsaw (1-0) and FC Copenhagen (3-2) in two matches in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Ajax thus qualified for the quarterfinals of a European major tournament again after fourteen years. In the return match against Schalke 04 the ten-man team suffered a 3-2 loss.

That was enough after the 2-0 home win a week earlier. Following this success, Ajax faced Olympique Lyon at home in the semi-finals; the first semi-final for Ajax in twenty years.

Ajax fought against Feyenoord for the national championship. Only three days into their European adventure, Ajax suffered a 1-0 defeat against

PSV Eindhoven

, while Feyenoord won against Vitesse (0-2) earlier in the day, before playing in the cup final a week later.

As a result, Ajax and Feyenoord were now four points adrift of each other with two league games to play. Feyenoord's surprising loss at Excelsior (3-0) came after a week of no league action. The defeat by the Rotterdammers and Ajax's win in the ArenA against Go Ahead Eagles meant that the Ajax again had an unexpected hope of winning the national title.

Feyenoord won 3-1 against Heracles Almelo on 14 May 2017, securing the title in the final round of matches. Despite a 1-3 win on the final day against Willem II, Ajax finished in 2nd place with one point less.

By beating Olympique Lyon in the semi-final of the Europa League on aggregate (4-5), Ajax found itself in a European final for the first time since 1996. The week before the final against Manchester United in Solna, Bosz was chosen as Coach of the Year in the Eredivisie. After winning this prestigious award, in his first year as head coach of AFC Ajax, he played the Europa League final in Solna (Friends Arena).

It was a special match, but with a dark side due to a terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May (two days before the Europa League final). Manchester United won the match 0-2, meaning Bosz and his team missed out on the trophy.

In particular, Bosz' performance in Europe was widely praised by the domestic and foreign press. There was interest from foreign clubs for Bosz after the Europa League final. The likes of Borussia Dortmund showed real interest. The club contacted Ajax for a transfer of the coach, who also entered into talks with the German club.

At the same time, it was revealed that there was an internal power struggle within Ajax. Already early in the season, the relationship between the technical staff members (including Dennis Bergkamp and Hennie Spijkerman) had soured, due to different views. Because of the awkward situation, Bosz was even more intent on leaving the German club.

Borussia Dortmund

From the 2017/18 season, Bosz was appointed head coach of Borussia Dortmund. He agreed a two-year contract with the German club. In addition to Krüzen, Albert Capellas, formerly Bosz's assistant coach at Vitesse, also transferred to Dortmund.

With the Spanishman's arrival, Bosz once again started with the same technical staff as in the 2013/14 season at Vitesse. In his official debut, on 5 August 2017, Bosz narrowly lost the German Super Cup to Bayern Munich in the penalty shootout (5-4), after a 2-2 score after regular playing time. As with Ajax, Bosz had a difficult start to the season, not least because of the major changes to the style of play.

However, after a while Dortmund began playing better with a regular starting eleven. After only five league games, the team had already picked up thirteen points and so Bosz took the lead in the Bundesliga. At the same time, the team set a new club record. Dortmund have never before managed to stay clear in their first five league games.

Following a flying start to the league, Bosz's concerns began to grow again. Top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was disciplined by Bosz and the five-point lead over Bayern Munich soon turned into a deficit. Since October, the Borussians have failed to win a single league match. The team also missed out on a win in the group stage of the UEFA

Champions League


The only victory in the German Cup was against third division side 1. FC Magdeburg. Again Bosz was heavily criticized. While the club management supported the coach, Dortmund was preparing to sack him, according to German media. Borussia Dortmund finished third in Group H of the Champions League group stage.

As a result of Apoel Nicosia's defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, Dortmund advanced to the UEFA Europa League on goal difference with two points from six games. On 10 December 2017, the club then dismissed him after 163 days.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bosz took up his post as head coach of German Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 4 January 2019, replacing Heiko Herrlich, who ended the first half of the 2018/19 season in ninth place in the table with 24 points and was subsequently dismissed.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen won 34 points in the second half of the season under Bosz, helping them finish 4th in the table on the final matchday and qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. During the winter break of the 2019/20 season, the Dutchman was awarded a contract extension until June 2022.

He narrowly missed qualifying for the Champions League in his second Bundesliga season with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and finished the season in fifth place in the standings. As a result, Bayer 04 went on to play in the Europa League the following season.

Bosz led the Werkself to the DFB Cup final for the first time in 11 years in the 2019/20 DFB Cup season, in which they played defending champions FC Bayern Munich. The final against FC Bayern Munich was ultimately lost 4-2, this being Bosz's third lost final as a professional coach.

Following their elimination from the 2019/20 Champions League, after finishing third in the group stage behind Juventus Turin and Atletico Madrid, they reached the 2019/20 Europa League, where after wins against FC Porto and Glasgow Rangers, they were eliminated only in the quarter-finals, against eventual finalists Inter Milan. It was the first time since 2008 that Bayer 04 Leverkusen had made it to the third last round of a European Cup competition.

While Bayer 04 had been at the top of the Bundesliga standings for the first time in six years with Bosz in charge on Matchday 11 and 12 of the 2020/21 season, the team failed to achieve success after the turn of the year, earning only 12 points in 13 games, which was less than half of what they had earned in the previous 13 games (28).

Furthermore, the team was knocked out by BSC Young Boys in the Europa League and in the DFB Pokal against fourth-division team Rot-Weiss Essen. Following only one win from the last six league games and defeats against relegation candidates Arminia Bielefeld and Hertha BSC, Bosz was dismissed from his duties on 23 March 2021 after matchday 26 because of the "continuing negative results."

Olympique Lyon

Several months after his dismissal from the Bayer 04 job, on 29 May 2021, Bosz was appointed head coach of French side Olympique Lyon. There he replaced

Rudi Garcia

and signed a contract for two seasons.

Style of Play

Peter Bosz was primarily a midfielder, but he was also a versatile player who could play as a defender when necessary.

As a coach, Peter Bosz is renowned for his playing philosophy. Taking his cue from Pep Guardiola, who in turn was influenced by his fellow countrymen Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels, he favours an attacking style of play based on possession and high tempo when the ball is lost.

"I don't just try to win, but also to get people excited. I believe that fans expect a team to have possession, to create a lot of chances and of course to score a lot of goals," he said in 2015 when he was in charge of Vitesse Arnhem. He is also not afraid to rely on very young players.


Bosz is widely regarded as one of the best coaches of his generation in the world of football. As a master tactician, his team’s always play entertaining football.

Peter Bosz outside Football

According to Dutch media, Peter Bosz bought a new house worth a whopping 1.85 million euros in 2017, when he was the manager of Ajax. The villa was located in Vinkenveen, just 15 kilometres from the Amsterdam Arena. The house has a total living area of 218 square metres and has, among other things, six rooms and at least two bathrooms.

Peter Bosz Personal Life

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Peter Bosz religion


Family, Children and Relationships

The Bosz family is quite large: with his former wife Anette, he has sons Gino and Sonny, and daughter Bo. One of them gave him a grandson, although it is not entirely clear who. Gino and Sonny are both professional football players, but so far less successful than their father. Gino is without a club and Sonny exchanged his career for a job at Vitesse.

Bosz has been married for six years to Jolyn, his second wife. The woman from Enschede, who is 17 years younger than the coach, pledged her heart to Peter in 2010. At that time she was already married and he had been single for some time. In the newspaper Trouw, Bosz told that he was no longer happy in his first marriage.

"I could have stayed with Annette, my ex-wife, but over the long term I would have been selling myself - and her - short," says Bosz. "Then I wouldn't have got the maximum joy out of it. I do that now. Because I learned from my first relationship, in which I led my own life far too much."

Bosz gave his first big interview as Ajax coach to his niece! He appeared in the vlog of Joy, who boasts half a million subscribers to her channel BeautyNezz. During the interview, Joy discussed a number of football-related topics, and other things as the favourite ice cream of the coach.


Peter is always a part of many charity football matches. For example, in 2019, he took part in the charity match between Nowitzki All-Stars and Schumacher & Friends which was played to raise funds for 41 Campus Project of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and other charitable causes.

Legal Issues

So far there are no reports of any legal disputes or issues on the English and Dutch media regarding Peter Bosz.

Peter Bosz Career Statistics

In this section of Peter Bosz biography, we will take a look at his career stats on the international and club level.


During his playing career between 1981 and 1999, Peter Bosz has played more than 520 league matches from different European and Asian clubs, scoring 16 goals.


Between 1991 and 1995, Peter Bosz managed to play a total of eight matches for his country, without scoring a single goal.


With 285 wins, 120 draws and 189 losses, Peter Bosz has a win ratio of 47.98 percent in a total of 594 matches that he has coached his teams.

Peter Bosz Honors

As a player, Bosz has won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup (3 times) with Feyenoord. During his coaching career, he has also won the Hoofdklasse with AGOVV Apeldoorn and the Eerste Divisie with Heracles Almelo.

In 2017, he managed to win the Rinus Michels Award following his great job with Ajax Amsterdam.

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