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Albert Stuivenberg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstœy̯və(n)bɛrx]; born 5 August 1970) is a Dutch professional football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager of the Wales national team.

Albert Stuivenberg
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-08-05) 5 August 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Club information
Current team
Wales (assistant)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
HFC Haarlem
SC Telstar
National team
1986 Netherlands U17 2 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2013 Netherlands U17
2013–2014 Netherlands U21
2014–2016 Manchester United (assistant)
2017 Genk
2018– Wales (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stuivenberg played professionally for SC Telstar and HFC Haarlem, before suffering a serious injury and moving into coaching with Feyenoord and RWD Molenbeek. He then coached the youth team at Al Jazira Club and the Netherlands under-17 and under-21 national teams. He was appointed assistant coach to Louis van Gaal at Manchester United in 2014 before making his managerial debut with Genk in 2017. Stuivenberg became assistant manager to Ryan Giggs for the Wales national team in 2018.


Born in Rotterdam, Stuivenberg began his playing career in the academy of his local club, Feyenoord, but was unable to break into the first team and moved to HFC Haarlem. He later joined SC Telstar, but tore cruciate ligaments in 1986, which forced his premature retirement three years later in 1989.[1]

After retiring, Stuivenberg moved into coaching and was educated at the CIOS sports academy in Overveen. In 1992, he was given a job as a youth coach with his former club, Feyenoord, where he later became head of youth in 2001. He spent the 2000–01 season as an assistant first-team coach with Feyenoord's Belgian feeder club, Racing White Daring Molenbeek. After spending 13 years coaching at Feyenoord, working with the likes of Robin van Persie, he moved to the Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2004 to head their youth system.[2]

After two years in the Middle East, he returned to the Netherlands to take over as the coach of the under-17s national team. He twice led the team to victory in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, in 2011 and 2012, leading to his promotion to manage the under-21s in 2013.[3] Stuivenberg also scouted for the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and educated professional coaches at the KNVB Academy.[2]

In July 2014, Stuivenberg was appointed as an assistant coach at Manchester United by new manager Louis van Gaal, working alongside assistant manager Ryan Giggs.[4] On 23 May 2016, two days after winning the 2016 FA Cup it was announced that Louis van Gaal had been relieved of his management duties. As part of his coaching team, it was also announced that Stuivenberg had departed the club.[5]

In January 2017, he started a new coaching job at Genk. He replaced Peter Maes who was sacked because of an unsatisfactory ranking in the Belgian First Division A. Despite leading the club to the quarter-finals of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League,[6] Stuivenberg was fired on 10 December 2017.[7] In 2018, he was appointed as assistant manager of the Wales national team, working under his former Manchester United colleague Ryan Giggs.[8]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played December 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Genk 27 December 2016 10 December 2017 48 23 15 10 047.9 [9]
Total 48 23 15 10 047.9



  1. ^ "Stuivenberg success proves worth to United". UEFA. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Netherlands". (Union of European Football Associations). 1 March 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ Waugh, Chris (6 July 2014). "Louis van Gaal adds Dutchman Albert Stuivenberg to his Manchester United backroom staff". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal adds Albert Stuivenberg to coaching set-up". The Telegraph. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Louis van Gaal has been sacked as Manchester United manager -". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ "Former Man Utd assistant and Wales No2 Albert Stuivenberg the latest name linked with Swansea City job". Wales Online. 5 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  7. ^ "KRC Genk en Albert Stuivenberg gaan uit elkaar". KRC Genk. Archived from the original on 11 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Mitchelmore, Ian (15 March 2018). "Meet Wales' new-look backroom team as Ryan Giggs taps into his Manchester United connections". WalesOnline. Media Wales. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Managers: Albert Stuivenberg". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2019.