Monday, 8 June 2009

Ex-Barça: Neeskens to Galatasaray

Former Barcelona midfielder and assistant coach Johan Neeskens (57) has been appointed as assistant coach of Galatasaray.

Neeskens, whose contract as head coach of Holland B expired this summer (read more
here), becomes the assistant of new Galatasaray manager Frank Rijkaard.

Arriving from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam in 1974, Johan Neeskens played five season for Barcelona. In 1979, the popular Dutch international left for New York Kosmos.

After the 2006 World Cup, Neeskens quitted as assistant coach of the Australian national team and returned to Barcelona to become the first assistant coach of Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard. He left the club in the summer of 2008.

With Barcelona, Neeskens won one Spanish cup in 1978 and one European Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 as a player and one Spanish super cup in 2006 as assistant coach.

Read more:
Ex-Barça: Rijkaard to Galatasary
Ex-Barça: Cruyff to Valletta
Ex-Barça: Neeskens to Holland B

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