Ten things you didn’t know about Ronald Koeman

By SFC Media time Mon 16 Jun Club

Southampton’s new First Team Manager has plenty of pedigree, but here are the things you probably don’t know about Ronald Koeman.

Koeman is a vastly respected figure in the game both as a player and a manger, and we’ve found some additional insight on the new man at St Mary’s:

- After taking the reins at previous club Feyenoord in 2011, Koeman became the first to both play and manage the ‘big three’ after earlier spells with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

- The 51-year-old will already be very familiar with one of his new crop, having brought José Fonte to Portuguese side Benfica when in charge of the side in January 2006.

- The Dutchman was named the Rinus Michels Coach of the Year for the 2011/2012 season – voted for by fellow Eredivisie managers – after guiding Feyenoord a second-placed finish in the league that year.

- As a PSV player in the 1987/88 campaign, Koeman won every footballing competition he participated in as he collected winners medals in the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and European Cup before being crowned a European champion on the international stage with Holland. The former defender was also named Dutch Footballer of the Year for his performances while amassing his haul of honours.

- A gifted set-piece taker, to this day Koeman still holds La Liga’s record for successful consecutive penalty conversions with a tally of 25.

- Ronald hails from a talented footballing family and shares similarity with brother Erwin and late father Martin, due to the trio all having represented their nation at senior level and club side FC Groningen.

- Koeman currently holds the record as the top-scoring defender in world football with a stunning 239 club career goals from his time with Groningen, Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and Feyenoord that stretched over a 17-season period.

- With a keen eye for goal from a young age, the-then 19-year-old centre-back was joint-top scorer at Groningen in just the second campaign of his senior career after he netted 15 times alongside striker Peter Houtman. 

- Upon his move to Spain, he was a next door neighbor of his boss at Barcelona, Johan Cruyff.

- While in Catalonia, Barca fans affectionately named Koeman ‘Floquet de Neu’ after the albino gorilla in Barcelona’s zoo.

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