Aron Mohamed Winter (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrɔn ˈʋɪntər]; born 1 March 1967) is a retired Dutch football midfielder and current head coach of the Ajax Under-19 squad. He has played for Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands, for Italian sides Lazio and Internazionale, and for the Netherlands national team.
Winter pictured in 2013
|Full name||Aron Mohamed Winter|
|Date of birth||1 March 1967|
|Place of birth||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Ajax (U-19 manager)|
|2001–2002||→ Sparta Rotterdam (loan)||32||(1)|
|2005–2009||Ajax A1 (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He began his career with amateur club VV Unicum in Lelystad, moved on to SV Lelystad, and the same year joined Ajax at the age of 19. His first game for Ajax was a match against FC Utrecht on 6 April 1986, which Ajax won 3–0. Winter won two KNVB Cups (1987 and 1988), the Eredivisie title (1990), the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1987) and the UEFA Cup (1992)
In 1996, Winter joined Inter Milan, with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 1998. He had also played in the previous year's final, with the game going to penalties. However, Winter missed his penalty as Inter lost to Schalke.
Ajax return and Sparta Rotterdam loanEdit
Winter left Inter for his former club Ajax in 1999. In 2001, he was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam. He played 32 games for Sparta Rotterdam and scored one goal before returning to Ajax to finish his career, and where he chose to retire in 2003.
Winter placed in Rijkaard's Euro 2000 squad.
Having represented his national team 84 times, scoring 6 goals, Winter is currently the twelfth most capped player for the Dutch national team.
After three years as assistant coach for the Ajax first academy team, Winter signed a three-year contract with Canadian side Toronto FC on 6 January 2011. Winter brought former colleague Bob de Klerk from Ajax to be his assistant coach, while Paul Mariner was also brought in the same day as Director of Player Development. After a disappointing season opener against Vancouver Whitecaps that ended in a 4–2 away defeat on 19 March, Winter won his first game as Toronto's head coach the following week against Portland Timbers 2–0 in Toronto.
Winter won his first trophy with Toronto in early July as Toronto defeated Vancouver 3–2 on aggregate to capture its third consecutive Canadian Championship, thereby earning a berth in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League. Winter then guided Toronto to the Champions League semifinals, the first time a Canadian club had progressed that far in the competition. Toronto eventually lost 7–3 on aggregate to Santos Laguna.
However, Toronto began the 2012 MLS season with nine straight losses, the worst start to a season in the history of the MLS. Toronto won its tenth match 1–0 versus Philadelphia on 26 May 2012, but it was not enough to save Winter's job, as the club announced on 7 June 2012 that he would be replaced by the director of player development, Paul Mariner.
- As of 8 June 2012
|Toronto FC||6 January 2011||7 June 2012||64||18||21||25||28.13|
- Dutch Young Player of the Year (1): 1986
- Toronto FC
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- "Reds Rocket To CCL Semifinals". Toronto FC. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "TFC eliminated from CCL with loss to Santos". Rogers Sportsnet. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "DeRosario keeps Toronto FC winless". The Globe and Mail. Associated Press. 19 May 2012. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012.
- "Aron Winter out as Toronto FC head coach, replaced by Paul Mariner". The Star. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.