Henk Fraser

Hendrikus "Henk" Fraser (born 7 July 1966)[1] is a Dutch football coach and former player who coaches Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam.

Henk Fraser
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Fraser with ADO Den Haag in 2012
Personal information
Full name Hendrikus Fraser
Date of birth (1966-07-07) 7 July 1966 (age 54)
Place of birth Paramaribo, Suriname
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Sparta Rotterdam (head coach)
Youth career
RFC Rotterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Sparta Rotterdam 12 (0)
1986–1988 FC Utrecht 58 (12)
1988–1990 Roda JC 58 (6)
1990–1999 Feyenoord 138 (15)
Total 266 (33)
National team
1989–1992 Netherlands 6 (1)
Teams managed
1999–2007 Feyenoord (youth)
2007–2009 ADO Den Haag (assistant)
2009–2011 PSV Eindhoven (youth)
2011–2014 ADO Den Haag (assistant)
2012–2014 Netherlands U21 (assistant)
2014–2016 ADO Den Haag
2016–2018 Vitesse
2018– Sparta Rotterdam
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played as a defender for various Dutch teams. Born in Suriname, he earned seven caps for the Netherlands national football team in which he scored one goal. He was a member of the Dutch team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy under coach Leo Beenhakker. He made his debut for the Netherlands on 6 September 1989, in a friendly against Denmark (2-2).

Playing careerEdit

Fraser played for Sparta Rotterdam (1984–86), FC Utrecht (1986–88), Roda JC (1988–90), and Feyenoord Rotterdam (1990–99), with whom he won the Dutch title twice (in 1993 and 1999). After his professional career he became a youth coach at Feyenoord.

Managerial careerEdit

ADO Den HaagEdit

Being assistant of Maurice Steijn for two years, Fraser became first the caretaking manager of ADO Den Haag after Steijn had been sacked. However, a month later he signed deal with the club to be the permanent manager until the summer of 2016.


Vitesse Arnhem announced on 13 June 2016 that Fraser would replace Peter Bosz at the start of the 2016–17 season. In his first full season, won the club first major trophy in its 125-year existence. Fraser defeating AZ by a score of 2−0 in the final of the KNVB Cup, with two goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel. [2] On 5 August 2017 Vitesse were beaten 1–1 (4–2 pen.) at De Kuip, Rotterdam in the Johan Cruyff Shield final by Feyenoord.

On 18 December 2017, Fraser announced he would not be extending his ending contract at the end of the season, leaving the club.[3] On 12 March 2018, it was announced that russian coach Leonid Slutsky would replace Henk Fraser as the new manager of Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem, for the start of the 2018-19 season. On 23 March 2018, Fraser was presented as the new head coach for Sparta Rotterdam for the next season.[4] Following a significant dip in form, Fraser was relieved of his duties in April 2018, two months prior to the conclusion of his contract at Vitesse.[5]

Sparta RotterdamEdit

In December 2017, the board of Sparta Rotterdam announced that they had recruited Dick Advocaat to succeed the dismissed Alex Pastoor. The former national team coach of Netherlands signed for six months and was instructed to keep Sparta in the Eredivisie. In the meantime, club management were looking for a head coach for the new season. On 23 March 2018, Fraser signed a two-year contract with Sparta, beginning on 1 July.[6] Despite Advocaat's presence, Sparta were relegated to the second-tier Eerste Divisie after a 1–3 defeat against FC Emmen. In his first season as head coach, Fraser won promotion to the Eredivisie through the play-offs. In the following season, Sparta finished 11th in the COVID-19 abandoned Eredivisie season. In the 2020–21 season, Sparta finished in 8th place in the Eredivisie under the leadership of Fraser, thereby qualifying for the European football play-offs.[7] However, Sparta was defeated by Feyenoord in the first play-off round.[8]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 19 May 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
ADO Den Haag   5 February 2014 13 June 2016 82 25 30 27 117 120 −3 030.49 [9]
Vitesse   13 June 2016 11 April 2018 78 33 19 26 124 96 +28 042.31 [10]
Sparta Rotterdam   1 July 2018 Present 107 45 27 35 180 151 +29 042.06 [11]
Total 267 103 76 88 421 367 +54 038.58







  1. ^ Fraser met of zonder puntjes op de a?, clubachterdeduinen.nl, 6 April 2014
  2. ^ "Van Wolfswinkel fires Vitesse to first major trophy". Goal.com. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Trainer Henk Fraser stopt na dit seizoen bij Vitesse". AD.nl. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Henk Fraser vanaf volgend seizoen traner Sparta Rotterdam". Sparta-Rotterdam.nl. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "VITESSE AND HENK FRASER APART". Vitesse.nl. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Henk Fraser vanaf volgend seizoen trainer van Sparta Rotterdam". Sparta Rotterdam (in Dutch). 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Sparta kan zich na zege op Heerenveen opmaken voor play-offs om Europees ticket". nos.nl (in Dutch). 16 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Feyenoord rekent af met stadgenoot Sparta en treft Utrecht in finale play-offs". NU (in Dutch). 19 May 2021.
  9. ^ "ADO Den Haag: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  10. ^ "SBV Vitesse: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Sparta Rotterdam: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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