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Hans Croon (25 May 1936 – 5 February 1985) was a Dutch football manager who won the 1976 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final with Anderlecht.

Hans Croon
NEC tegen PSV 2-2 NEC-keeper Formannoy geblesseerd. Naast hem trainer Hans Croo, Bestanddeelnr 929-6176.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1936-05-25)25 May 1936
Place of birth Malang, Dutch East Indies
Date of death 5 February 1985(1985-02-05) (aged 48)
Place of death Rotterdam, Netherlands
Teams managed
Years Team
1957–1959 DWS
1959–1963 SVV
1963–1969 HVC
1969–1972 FC Volendam
1972–1974 Waregem
1974–1975 Lierse S.K.
1975–1976 Anderlecht
1976–1978 NEC
1978–1979 FC VVV
1979–1981 Waregem
1981–1982 Beringen
1982–1983 Lierse S.K.


Managerial careerEdit

As well as Anderlecht, Croon coached in the Netherlands and Belgium with DWS, VER, HVC, FC Volendam, K.S.V. Waregem, Lierse S.K. and NEC.[1]

His Anderlecht side won the 1976 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with a 4–2 victory over West Ham United on 5 May 1976 at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.[2] He also won the Belgian Cup in 1976 with Anderlecht.[3] He left Belgium and moved to NEC, and coached the team until 1978. He later succeeded compatriot Kees Rijvers at Beringen, with whom he suffered relegation from the Eerste Klasse.[4]

In 1995, it was reported that Croon was persuading players to take drugs during his short tenure at FC VVV. Then VVV player Mikan Jovanovic confirmed the report, stating he was one of three players to take performance-enhancing pills.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring from the football world, the spiritual Croon joined the Bhagwan movement and named himself Shunyam Avyakul.[6]


He died in February 1985 in a Rotterdam hospital at the age of 48 following a car crash near Arnemuiden a week earlier.


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  2. ^ "1975/76: Anderlecht win six-goal thriller". UEFA. 2001-08-17. Archived from the original on 2005-11-25. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
  3. ^ Weiler in rijtje roemrijke coaches van paars-wit? - HLN ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  4. ^ Ook deze trainers degradeerden en wonnen een Europa Cup - AD ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  5. ^ 'Hans Croon zette spelers VVV aan tot dopinggebruik' - Trouw ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  6. ^ Column - Wie denkt er nog aan Shunyam Avyakul? - Voetbal International ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)