Erwin van de Looi

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Erwin van de Looi
Personal information
Full name Erwin van de Looi
Date of birth (1972-02-25) 25 February 1972 (age 46)
Place of birth Huissen, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 BVV Den Bosch 8 (0)
1992–1997 Vitesse Arnhem 133 (2)
1997–1999 NAC 47 (1)
2000–2000 Stuttgarter Kickers 7 (0)
2000–2002 FC Groningen 19 (0)
Total 214 (3)
Teams managed
2008–2010 FC Groningen (U21)
2010–2013 FC Groningen (assistant manager)
2013–2016 FC Groningen
2016–2018 Willem II
2018– Netherlands U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Erwin van de Looi is a Dutch football manager and former player, who is currently the manager of the Netherlands national under-21 football team.

Early coaching career

Van de Looi started his coaching career as head coach of FC Groningen U21 in 2008.[1] Two years later, he became assistant manager of FC Groningen.

Managerial career

FC Groningen

On 4 April 2013, it was announced that Van de Looi would become the new manager of FC Groningen for the 2013-14 season, signing a two-year contract.[2]

During the 2014-15 season, Van de Looi led FC Groningen through their most successful ever Dutch Cup campaign as they won it for the first time in the club's history by defeating cup holders PEC Zwolle 2-0 in the final.[3] By winning the Dutch Cup, FC Groningen qualified for the 2015-16 Europa League group stages.

On 27 January 2016, it was announced that Van de Looi would leave the club at the end of the season.[4]

Willem II

On 23 May 2016, Van de Looi was announced as the new manager of Dutch football club Willem II, signing a two-year contract.[5] Before the end of the season and his contract at Willem II, supporters demanded the leave of Van de Looi through a manifest. On 8 March 2018 Van de Looi decided to leave the club.[6]

Netherlands U-21

On 21 May 2018, Van de Looi was announced as the new manager of the Netherlands national under-21 football team, signing a contract until the end of 2020 with the contract automatically being extended until the summer of 2021 if the Netherlands qualifies for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[7]



FC Groningen

Managerial statistics

As of 11 May 2016.
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
FC Groningen 1 July 2013 Present 126 51 34 41 192 176 +16 040.48


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  7. ^ "Van de Looi nieuwe coach Jong Oranje" (in Dutch). 21 May 2018. 

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