Frank de Boer

This is a Dutch name; the family name is de Boer, not Boer.
Frank de Boer

De Boer in March 2011
Personal information
Full name Franciscus de Boer
Date of birth (1970-05-15) 15 May 1970
Place of birth Hoorn, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Sweeper
Youth career
1984–1988 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1999 Ajax 328 (30)
1999–2003 Barcelona 144 (5)
2003–2004 Galatasaray 15 (1)
2004 Rangers 15 (2)
2004–2005 Al-Rayyan 16 (5)
2005–2006 Al-Shamal 1 (0)
Total 519 (43)
National team
1990–2004 Netherlands 112 (13)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Ajax (youth)
2008–2010 Netherlands (assistant manager)
2010–2016 Ajax
2016 Internazionale

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Franciscus "Frank" de Boer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɑŋg də ˈbuːr];[2] born 15 May 1970) is a Dutch football manager and former player.

A former defender, he spent most of his professional playing career with Ajax, winning five Eredivisie titles, two KNVB Cups, one UEFA Cup and one UEFA Champions League. He later spent five years at FC Barcelona, where he won the 1998–99 La Liga title, before retiring after short spells at Galatasaray, Rangers, Al-Rayyan and Al-Shamal.

De Boer is the most capped outfield player in the history of the Netherlands national football team, with 112 caps.[3] He captained the Oranje to the semi-finals of both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.

After retiring from playing, he went into management with the Ajax youth team and as assistant to Bert van Marwijk with the Dutch national team. In December 2010, he took over as manager of Ajax and went on to win the Eredivisie title in his first season. In 2013, De Boer received the Rinus Michels Award for manager of the year in the Netherlands after leading Ajax to their third successive Eredivisie title.[4] A year later, he became the first manager to win four consecutive Eredivisie titles.[3] In August 2016 he was appointed as manager of Internazionale, replacing Roberto Mancini, before being dismissed approximately three months later.

He is the twin brother of Ronald de Boer, with whom he was a teammate at Ajax, Barcelona, Rangers, Al-Rayyan, Al-Shamal and the Netherlands national team.

Club career

De Boer began his career as a left back at Ajax before switching to centre back, a position he made his own for many years in the national team. He won both the 1991–92 UEFA Cup and 1994–95 UEFA Champions League while at Ajax, in addition to five Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups. However, after signing a six-year contract extension with Ajax for the 1998–99 season, he and his twin brother Ronald took successful legal action to have it voided. Ajax had a verbal agreement that if a lucrative offer for one brother came by, he would be released provided the other stayed. However, Ajax apparently backed down on that agreement after floating the club on the stock market and pledging to shareholders that it would hold both of the De Boers and build around them a team to recapture the UEFA Champions League.[5]

In January 1999, Frank and Ronald de Boer signed for FC Barcelona for £22 million, joining their former Ajax manager Louis van Gaal at the Camp Nou.[6] After winning the 1998–99 La Liga title, they were unable to repeat their earlier triumphs. In 2000, Van Gaal was sacked by Barcelona and Frank suffered the ignominy of testing positive for the banned substance nandrolone a year later. He was suspended but he was reinstated after a successful appeal.[7]

He briefly moved to Galatasaray in the summer of 2003 before joining his brother at Rangers in January 2004. He made a total of 17 appearances for Rangers, scoring two goals. The De Boer brothers left Rangers after UEFA Euro 2004 to play the rest of their football careers in Qatar with Al-Rayyan. De Boer announced his retirement from football in April 2006.

International career

Having represented his national team 112 times,[8] he was the most capped player in the history of the Netherlands national team, until Edwin van der Sar surpassed him. De Boer made his debut for the Netherlands in September 1990 against Italy. De Boer also played for the Netherlands in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, and the 1992, 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships. He is well-remembered for the arching 60-yard pass which allowed Dennis Bergkamp to score the last-minute goal that knocked out Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup.[9][10][11] During Euro 2000, hosted in his home country and Belgium, De Boer reached another semi-final with the Dutch team. De Boer missed an important penalty kick in the penalty shootout in the semi-finals, which led to defeat against Italy. He also missed a penalty during the match.[12]

On 29 March 2003, in a home match against Czech Republic, De Boer became the first Dutch male footballer to gain 100 caps.[13] He ended his international career after an injury forced him to be replaced in a quarter-final game with Sweden at Euro 2004.[14] The injury ruled him out from the semi-final match against Portugal, which the Netherlands lost 2–1.[15][16]

Managerial career

Entering management

In 2007, De Boer took up a coaching role at his former club Ajax where he was in charge of the club's youth sector. During the 2010 World Cup, he was the assistant of the Netherlands national football team to manager Bert van Marwijk, together with retired player Phillip Cocu.[17] The Dutch team reached the final of the tournament, losing to Spain.


On 6 December 2010, after the resignation of Martin Jol, De Boer was appointed caretaker manager of Ajax until the winter break. His first game in charge was a UEFA Champions League match against A.C. Milan at the San Siro, a game they won 2–0 through goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Toby Alderweireld.[18] He then went on to help Ajax become champions of the Eredivisie for the 2010–11 season in a 3–1 home victory over FC Twente, the champions of the previous year, on the final match day, making the first year of his professional coaching career a golden one. "I couldn't have wished for a more beautiful birthday present," said De Boer, as the club's 30th championship was won on his 41st birthday.[19]

In two and a half years at the helm of Ajax, De Boer has already won three championships, making eight in total (when including the five that he won as a player). According to reports, De Boer was offered the chance to interview for the Liverpool job but turned it down to remain with Ajax. "I am honoured by the request [from Liverpool] but I have only just started with Ajax," he said.[20] In 2013, De Boer received the Rinus Michels Award for manager of the year in the Netherlands after leading Ajax to their third successive Eredivisie title.[4]

On 27 April 2014, De Boer won his fourth successive Eredivisie title with Ajax, the first manager ever to achieve this in the Dutch league. Moreover, it is the first time Ajax has ever won four successive Eredivisie titles. De Boer has now won a total of nine Eredivisie championships with Ajax as a player and manager, another record. Johan Cruijff, Sjaak Swart and Jack Reynolds all won eight Eredivisie championships with Ajax. Ajax finished the 2014–15 Eredivisie in second position, a massive 17 points behind PSV Eindhoven. On 11 May 2016 Frank de Boer announced his resignation as manager of Ajax following a disappointing season when Ajax lost out on the 2015–16 Eredivisie to PSV Eindhoven on the final match day of the season.[21]


On 9 August 2016, after the departure of Roberto Mancini, De Boer signed a three-year contract with Internazionale for the start of the 2016–17 season.[22] De Boer's first match in charge was Inter's final pre-season friendly, a 2–0 win against Celtic on 13 August, played on neutral ground at Thomond Park, Republic of Ireland.[23]

De Boer's first competitive match was a 2–0 away loss against Chievo on 21 August 2016. The club management board also approved expensive signings João Mário and Gabriel Barbosa for the team and de Boer (they were in fact linked to Mancini and Inter in July),[24] and the return to Turkey of recent acquisition Caner Erkin in the last days of transfer window. However, Gabriel was rarely used in Serie A matches, and could not be registered in European competitions due to a penalty imposed on Inter for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations in previous seasons.

Following a run of four defeats in the last five Serie A matches, which left Inter in twelfth place in Serie A, De Boer was sacked on 1 November 2016, having been in charge for only 85 days.[25] Ironically, during a press interview in the annual general meeting of the shareholders of Internazionale on 28 October, CEO Michael Bolingbroke had confirmed that the club was 100% backing de Boer.[26] (Bolingbroke himself resigned a few days later. Liu Jun, vice-president of parent company Suning Sports, replaced Bolingbroke.)

Wikinews has related news: Inter sacks de Boer in 85 days

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1998–99FC BarcelonaLa Liga19242234
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2003–04GalatasaraySuper League151000060231
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04RangersPremier League1521010172
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004–05Al-RayyanQatari League165165
Total Netherlands 328301744269841844
Spain 14451932050621514
Turkey 151000060211
Scotland 1521010172
Qatar 175175
Career total 51943377721251368866



Netherlands national team

International goals


Scores and results list Netherlands' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1.5 June 1991Helsingin olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
2. 9 November 1996 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Wales
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 29 March 1997 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  San Marino
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 30 April 1997 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino
1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 1 June 1998 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Paraguay
7. 4 June 2000 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland  Poland
8. 11 June 2000 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Czech Republic
UEFA Euro 2000
9. 21 June 2000 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  France
UEFA Euro 2000
10. 15 November 2000 Estadio Olímpico, Seville, Spain  Spain
11. 2 June 2001 Lilleküla staadion, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 27 March 2002 Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Spain
13. 19 November 2003 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Scotland
UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying

Managerial statistics

As of match played 30 October 2016.[29]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
Ajax 6 December 2010 11 May 2016 262 158 57 47 60.3
Inter 9 August 2016 1 November 2016 14 5 2 7 35.7
Total 276 163 59 54 59.1




Al Rayyan




De Boer was assistant manager for the Dutch at the 2010 World Cup.

Assistant coach





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