Robert Maaskant

Robert Patrick Maaskant (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroː.bərt ˈpɑt.rɪk ˈmaːs.kɑnt]; born 10 January 1969) is a Dutch former professional footballer and current manager, who played as a midfielder.

Robert Maaskant
Robert Maaskant 2011.jpg
Maaskant as Wisła Kraków manager in 2011
Personal information
Full name Robert Patrick Maaskant
Date of birth (1969-01-10) 10 January 1969 (age 51)
Place of birth Schiedam, Netherlands
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Go Ahead Eagles 21 (1)
1990–1991 Emmen 12 (0)
1991–1992 Motherwell 12 (0)
1992–1995 Zwolle 75 (3)
1995–1996 Excelsior 12 (1)
Total 132 (5)
Teams managed
1999–2002 RBC Roosendaal
2002–2003 Go Ahead Eagles
2003–2004 RBC Roosendaal
2004–2005 Willem II
2006–2007 RBC Roosendaal
2007–2008 MVV Maastricht
2008–2010 NAC Breda
2010–2011 Wisła Kraków
2012 Texas Dutch Lions
2012–2013 Groningen
2013 Dinamo Minsk
2014 Columbus Crew (assistant)
2015 NAC Breda
2017 Go Ahead Eagles
2019 VVV-Venlo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Maaskant played for Go Ahead Eagles, Emmen, Motherwell, Zwolle and Excelsior.

Managerial careerEdit

A former assistant at Go Ahead Eagles and Zwolle, Maaskant was named head coach of RBC Roosendaal for the 1999–2000 season. He worked there for three years, before joining Go Ahead Eagles. Maaskant worked in Deventer for seven months, came back to Roosendaal, and then moved on to Willem II in the summer of 2004. He was sacked on 21 November 2005 and replaced by Kees Zwamborn. On 4 January 2006, Maaskant was re-instated as the manager of RBC Roosendaal, as the successor of Dolf Roks. Maaskant was sacked in 2007 and signed a one-year contract with MVV Maastricht for the 2007–08 season with an option to extend it for two more years. In February 2008, he left MVV and signed for NAC Breda to be the auxiliary coach of Ernie Brandts. In the summer of the same year, as soon as Brandts left the Bredase club, Maaskant took the spot.

Maaskant had two rather successful seasons at NAC Breda. In the first season, NAC qualified for the UEFA Cup. In Maaskant's second season at NAC, the club nearly missed play-offs for the UEFA Cup. From May 2010 onwards, it appeared that NAC had financial problems. Directly afterwards, he raised his concerns via the press[1][2] and Maaskant wasn't able to afford new players.

On 21 August 2010, NAC and Maaskant made public that he would leave NAC Breda for Polish football club Wisła Kraków, signing a two-year deal.[3] Maaskant won the Polish championship in his first season at Wisła Kraków. However, he missed the qualification to the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage. On 7 November 2011, a day after Wisła's first away loss against city rival Cracovia since 28 years, Wisła Kraków announced that they had parted ways with Maaskant.[4]

On 1 May 2012, Maaskant joined Texas Dutch Lions as an advisor and head coach.[5][6]

On 23 May 2012, Maaskant signed as head coach for Groningen.[7] This was possible because of a clause in his Dutch Lions contract, that allowed him to leave early.[8]

Groningen announced on 11 March 2013 that it would not be renewing its one-year contract with Maaskant.[9]

In June 2013, Maaskant signed a one and a half-year contract with Belarusian side Dinamo Minsk.[10]

In January 2014, Maaskant signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer to be their assistant coach.

On 2 January 2015, it was announced that Maaskant had returned as head coach of Eredivisie side NAC Breda.

On 25 March 2017, Maaskant was appointed manager of Go Ahead Eagles for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[11]

Maaskant was appointed director of football at Almere City on 24 March 2018.[12] He left the position at the end of the 2018–19 season to become manager of VVV-Venlo.[13]


Wisła Kraków


  1. ^ Dutch news article Maaskant demands openness NAC board
  2. ^ Dutch news article Maaskant needs to talk to NAC board
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2010-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Dutch article on transfer Maaskant
  4. ^ "Robert Maaskant przestał być trenerem Wisły Kraków". Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Dutch top Coach Robert Maaskant joins Dutch Lions FC organization". Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  6. ^ "TDL FC signs top players Kolkka and Polak". Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Maaskant gaat tekenen bij FC Groningen".
  8. ^ "Maaskant: "Voor spektakel zorgen in Euroborg"".
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  10. ^ "Maaskant tekent voor anderhalf jaar in Minsk". Archived from the original on 2013-06-21.
  11. ^ Robert Maaskant nieuwe trainer Go Ahead Eagles: 'Stap er met volle energie in' (Dutch) Go Ahead Eagles. 25 March 2017.
  12. ^ Robert Maaskant terug in voetballerij, oud-trainer wordt technisch directeur bij Almere City,, 24 March 2019
  13. ^ Robert Maaskant nieuwe trainer VVV,, 17 June 2019

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