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Hennie Spijkerman (born 28 October 1950 in Zwolle) is a Dutch football coach and former player who was most recently assistant manager to Marcel Keizer for Eredivisie side AFC Ajax.[2]

Hennie Spijkerman
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Personal information
Full name Hennie Spijkerman
Date of birth (1950-10-28) 28 October 1950 (age 68)[1]
Place of birth Zwolle, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
FC Groningen (assistant manager)
Youth career
1957–1968 PEC Zwolle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 PEC Zwolle 12 (0)
1969–1977 Go Ahead Eagles ? (0)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Go Ahead Eagles (youth)
1978–1994 Go Ahead Eagles (assistant)
1994–1996 Rohda Raalte
1996–1998 SV Urk
1998–2000 VVV-Venlo
2000–2003 FC Emmen
2003–2006 FC Zwolle
2006–2008 Ajax (assistant)
2008–2010 Ajax (scout)
2010 HFC Haarlem
2010 Ajax (scout)
2010 Ajax Cape Town (director)
2011–2017 Ajax (assistant)
2018– FC Groningen (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2014 (UTC)

During his playing career, he played as a goalkeeper for both PEC Zwolle and Go Ahead Eagles. Following his playing career he became the assistant manager for Go Ahead Eagles, and then manager for Rohda Raalte, SV Urk, VVV-Venlo, FC Emmen, PEC Zwolle and HFC Haarlem. He has served two terms as assistant manager for Ajax, and was briefly appointed as technical director of Ajax Cape Town in 2010.[3]


Club careerEdit

Hennie Spijkerman began his football career in his hometown of Zwolle, where he joined the youth ranks of local PEC Zwolle at the age of 6. He made his professional debut as a goalkeeper for the club during the 1968/69 season and went on to make 12 appearances for his home team. The following year saw Hennie Spijkerman join the Go Ahead Eagles in Deventer who were competing in the Dutch Eredivisie and had recently contested Celtic F.C. for the European Cup. He went on to play eight seasons for his new club before being appointed as assistant manager to Joop Brand for the same club following his retirement.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement in 1977, Hennie Spijkerman became the assistant manager for the Go Ahead Eagles, assisting Joop Brand, Jan Versleijen and Nico van Zoghel, before accepting a position as manager for Rohda Raalte in 1994, by which time he had been active with Go Ahead Eagles for 25 years both as a player and coach. Two years later he became the manager of SV Urk, a position he filled for two seasons before taking over as manager of VVV-Venlo.[5] In 2000 Spijkerman left Venlo to become the new manager of FC Emmen, managing them for three years before moving back to the club where it all started FC Zwolle on 8 October 2003.[6] Managing Zwolle for three seasons, Spijkerman left the club following disputes and differences with a supporters group, taking a position as assistant manager to Henk ten Cate at AFC Ajax in Amsterdam. Spijkerman then remained the assistant manager at the club under Adrie Koster following the departure of Henk ten Cate, he however then took a scouting position with the club following the arrival of Marco van Basten as the new manager at Ajax.[7][8] In 2010 Hennie Spijkerman took over as the new manager of HFC Haarlem a partner club of Ajax, Haarlem however filed for bankruptcy that same year, upon which Hennie Spijkerman filled a vacancy as technical director at Ajax Cape Town, Ajax' satellite club in South Africa.[9] In 2011 Hennie Spijkerman resumed his position as assistant manager for Ajax Amsterdam under newly appointed manager Frank de Boer. The club went on to win four consecutive national titles under the new management.[10] He and fellow assistant Dennis Bergkamp were sacked from their roles in December 2017.[11] Since 2018 Hennie Spijkerman is employed by FC Groningen as an assistant to head coach and former FC Groningen player Danny Buijs.



  1. ^ "Hennie Spijkerman Profile". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Hennie Spijkerman Profile". Ajax Inside. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Kennismaking met Hennie Spijkerman". PEC Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Niets bijzonders: FC Zwolle degradeert weer". Volkskrant. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  5. ^ "VVV haalt nieuwe trainer uit Urk: Hennie Spijkerman". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Hennie Spijkerman naar FC Zwolle". FC Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Ajax wil Spijkerman als hoofd-scouting". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Hennie Spijkerman naar Haarlem". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Spijkerman leaves Ajax Cape Town". Kick Off Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  10. ^ "'Hennie Spijkerman heeft kwaliteiten die ik niet heb'". Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Ajax sack assistant Dennis Bergkamp in coaching clear-out". BBC Sport. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.