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Jan Wouters

Jan Wouters
Personal information
Full name Jan Jacobus Wouters
Date of birth (1960-07-17) 17 July 1960
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 FC Utrecht 168 (21)
1986–1992 AFC Ajax 150 (21)
1992–1994 FC Bayern Munich 66 (6)
1994–1996 PSV Eindhoven 52 (5)
Total 434 (55)
National team
1982–1994[1] Netherlands 70 (4)
Teams managed
1996–1997 FC Utrecht (assistant)
1997 FC Utrecht (caretaker)
1997–1998 AFC Ajax (youth)
1998–2000 AFC Ajax
2001–2006 Rangers (assistant)
2006–2007 PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
2007 PSV Eindhoven (caretaker)
2008–2009 PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
2009–2011 FC Utrecht (assistant)
2011–2014 FC Utrecht
2015 Kasimpasa (caretaker)
2015– Feyenoord (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Jan Jacobus Wouters (born 17 July 1960 in Utrecht, Netherlands) is a former professional football midfielder. He used to play defensive midfielder and was Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1990.


  • Career 1
  • Career statistics 2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Country 3.2
    • Individual 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Wouters played for several clubs including PSV, FC Utrecht, Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam. He was also a Dutch international (70 caps, 4 goals) and was hugely influential in 1988 when the Netherlands won the European Football Championship.

He was coach of Scottish Premier League club Rangers under Dick Advocaat and then Alex McLeish. He left Rangers at the end of the 2005–06 season along with McLeish and Andy Watson.

Wouters is infamous to England supporters after elbowing Paul Gascoigne and fracturing his cheekbone during a World Cup qualifier in 1993 at Wembley. Gascoigne was forced to wear a Phantom of the Opera style facemask to protect his fractured cheekbone until his injury healed. The following day, the Daily Mirror newspaper labelled Wouters a "Dutch thug". The match was drawn 2–2 and damaged England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup finals in the U.S.A., despite England leading the match 2–0.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81 Utrecht Eredivisie 19 1
1981–82 33 4
1982–83 27 6
1983–84 31 4
1984–85 25 1
1985–86 33 5
1986–87 Ajax Eredivisie 32 4
1987–88 28 4
1988–89 22 0
1989–90 28 5
1990–91 30 5
1991–92 10 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1991–92 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 17 1
1992–93 33 4
1993–94 18 1
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1993–94 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 10 1
1994–95 22 1
1995–96 20 3
Total Netherlands 370 45
Germany 68 6
Career total 438 51



FC Utrecht
AFC Ajax
FC Bayern Munich[3]
PSV Eindhoven





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External links

  • profile Jan Wouters (Dutch)
  • Jan Wouters profile and stats at Wereld van Oranje (Dutch)
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