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Foppe Geert de Haan[1] OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfɔpə də ˈɦaːn], born 26 June 1943 in Lippenhuizen, Friesland) is a Dutch football coach[2]. He is known for his long association with Frisian club SC Heerenveen. De Haan was the manager of the Tuvalu national football team during 2011 and then rejoined Heerenveen's youth programme. He is also a politician for the Partij van de Arbeid.

Foppe de Haan
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Foppe de Haan in 2017
Personal information
Full name Foppe Geert de Haan
Date of birth (1943-06-26) 26 June 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Lippenhuizen (Opsterland), Netherlands
Playing position Manager
Teams managed
Years Team
1974–1978 VV Akkrum
1976–1977 SC Heerenveen (youth)
1977–1980 Drachtster Boys
1980–1983 ACV
1983–1985 Steenwijk
1985–1988 SC Heerenveen
1992–2004 SC Heerenveen
2004–2009 Netherlands U-21
2008 Netherlands U-23[1]
2006–2007 Indonesia U-23
2009–2011 Ajax Cape Town
2011 Tuvalu
2015−2016 SC Heerenveen (interim)


De Haan started his managerial career in 1974 with VV Akkrum. After two years he combined this role with the youth team manager's position at SC Heerenveen. By 1978 he had become the manager for Drachtster Boys. He then moved to ACV in 1980, and to Steenwijk in 1983. In 1985 de Haan re-joined Heerenveen, this time as assistant coach. He would go on to spend 20 years with the club, the longest time a coach worked for a Dutch professional football club.[3] De Haan was made head coach in 1992, and in 1993 led the club back to the Eredivisie. The finished in second place in the Eredivisie with Heerenveen in 2000, thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history.[3]

In 2003, he received the Sport Award and on 10 May 2004, after his final game as coach of SC Heerenveen, he was invested as a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.[citation needed] He was successively appointed as coach of the Netherlands national under-21 football team (Dutch: Jong Oranje), with whom he won the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[4] De Haan was accused by Steven Taylor of calling him a "cheat" as he had been injured in the match and was originally not going to take a penalty in the semi-final penalty shoot-out. Taylor eventually took and scored his penalty in the shootout which the Netherlands won despite this. A semifinal spot in the latter tournament also qualified the Dutch for the 2008 Summer Olympics football tournament, leading his side to the quarter-finals where they were ultimately defeated by Argentina after extra time.[1]

De Haan had announced that he would retire from football at the end of the 2008–09 season, when his contract with the KNVB expired.[3] Instead he returned to work as a senior advisor at SC Heerenveen, before being appointed head coach at South African Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town.

De Haan managed the Tuvalu national football team through their 2011 Pacific Games campaign.[5] De Haan left his post after the tournament to rejoin Heerenveen's youth programme.[6]

On October 20, 2015 De Haan became interim coach of SC Heerenveen after the team had a disappointing start of the season and Dwight Lodeweges left as head coach. Under De Haan the team went on to win 4 of their first six games, drawing and losing one. [7][8]


  1. ^ a b c ARG – NED 2:1 a.e.t.,, Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008
  2. ^ "Foppe de Haan tot tranen toe geroerd".
  3. ^ a b c "Dutch legend De Haan to retire from coaching". 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  4. ^ "De Haan reveals secrets of success". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "De Haan: We will be a surprise package". Oceania Football Confederation. August 26, 2011. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ De Haan terug bij Heerenveen – De Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  7. ^ "Foppe de Haan interim-trainer sc Heerenveen na vertrek Lodeweges - NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Kramer hat-trick seals derby win for Feyenoord". Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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Preceded by
Wiel Coerver
Rinus Michels oeuvre award
Succeeded by
Leo Beenhakker