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Arthur Numan (born 14 December 1969) is a retired Dutch footballer. He played as a left back and was a regular fixture in Netherlands national football team. He is currently the team manager for the Netherlands B squad and a scout for AZ Alkmaar.
Numan pictured in 2013
|Full name||Arthur Numan|
|Date of birth||14 December 1969|
|Place of birth||Heemskerk, Netherlands|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Full back|
Netherlands B: Manager|
Aston Villa FC: Scout
|2008–||Netherlands B (team manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Heemskerk, North Holland, Numan started his career with the amateur club SV Beverwijk and was spotted by Haarlem, who handed him his first professional game against DS '79 on 26 March 1988 which his team won 2–0. He originally played in a more attacking role, but his long-time mentor Dick Advocaat, then the coach of Haarlem, positioned him as a left fullback.
Numan joined Twente at the close of the 1990–91 season where he has scored goals even as a defender. He was named team captain for the Enschede team and also captained the Dutch Under 21 national team. However, it was not until he joined PSV Eindhoven that his talents were fully appreciated. He was drafted into the Dutch team for a World Cup qualifying game against Poland which ended in a 2–2 draw on 14 October 1992. Numan was substituted after forty minutes by Advocaat, who was then the national team coach and brought on PSV teammate Gerald Vanenburg as his team was 2–0 down early in the game.
A £4.5 million deal took him to Rangers in May 1998, but Numan's time in Scotland was then blighted by injuries that forced him to sit out many games. Dick Advocaat, who managed the team at that time, waited for Numan to recover, a move which was rewarded when he helped the team to considerable league success as well as the treble in his first and final season at Rangers. Numan was awarded the teams vice-captaincy serving as deputy to captain Lorenzo Amoruso. He had a particularly prolific relationship with German international left sided midfielder Jorg Albertz. However, at the end of the 2002–03 season, he and the club could not agree a new contract so he left at the end of that season. He stated that he was willing to accept a pay-cut offer but felt that his club wanted too large a drop in wages. He soon announced his retirement. A late offer by Villarreal failed to change his mind and he refused to continue his career in Holland. He was not looking forward to start afresh training and playing hectic games every week. After Rangers, Numan still finds the time in between his other duties to attend games at Ibrox and can be seen mixing with fans and making appearances at Rangers bars in Glasgow singing Karaoke.
Numan was included in the squad for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, although he was never included in the starting line-up for any of the matches. His World Cup debut came against the Ireland as a substitute in the 75th minute. He was also selected for Euro 1996, yet also failed to start a match at the tournament.
Numan was chosen to captain the team. He featured in most of the qualification games for the 1998 World Cup. Numan played in all of the group matches in France, although the quarter final game against Argentina was marred with his second yellow card of the game (after a tackle on Diego Simeone). He missed the crucial clash with eventual finalist Brazil. He played in the third placing match against Croatia, but could not help his team win the bronze medal.
Numan continued to feature in the Dutch national team, representing his country on home soil during the Euro 2000 tournament. By 2000, Numan's career at the international stage appeared to wane and his automatic leftback spot was open to his contenders Winston Bogarde and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He was to play for the remaining games of his team's failed attempt to capture their first major trophy since 1988 culminating in the semi-final loss to Italy on penalties.
He was determined to assist his national team to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan under manager Louis van Gaal but the crucial game against Ireland at Landsdowne Road stadium in late 2001 was lost 1–0. He retired from international football after his final international game against United States on 19 May 2002, which the Dutch won 2–0 away.
Numan was a regular pundit on Scotsport SPL, Scottish and Grampian TV's round-up of Scottish Premier League action and remained in Hamilton for a few years after his retirement. He was also appointed treasurer of the Rangers Charity Trust.
He has taken up the position of team manager for the Netherlands B squad in December 2008.
- PSV Eindhoven
- Eredivisie: 1
- KNVB Cup: 1
- 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998
- 1999, 2000, 2003
- Scottish Cup: 4
- 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
- 1999, 2002, 2003
- "I couldn't say no to Holland job". Sundaymail.co.uk.
- "Aston Villa Scouting contract". Nusport.nl.
- "Arthur Numan Bounces Back from Aston Villa Departure to Take AZ Alkmaar Role". Insidefutbol.com. 22 September 2012.