Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

Marco van Basten - the nickname Marcel van Basten, Dutch football player and coach, who became three times European Player of the Year seasons 1988, 1989 and 1992. In 1992, FIFA named him the best player in the world.

Marco van Basten: biography

Marco was born on 10.31.1964 in the family of semi-professional footballer Joop van Basten and the former gymnast Leni van der Borght in the Dutch city of Utrecht. There's also the age of seven he began his football career. Marco first club was a local team of UVV. After spending ten years there, the athlete transferred to another local club - Elinkwijk. However, his professional career began in 1981 when seventeen footballer was spotted by scouts "Ajax". Aware of the enormous potential, Marco van Basten (photo given later in this article) has agreed to an offer to play for the famous Amsterdam football club. Coaches "Ajax" and physiologists immediately recognized its great potential. Path of the great forward began with a goal is scored in his debut match, which took place on 04.03.1982 In the same game, he replaced the famous Dutch football player Cruyff.

The following season, Marco van Basten scored the ball in the net nine times. Nevertheless, the most important event in 1983 was his debut in the national team of the Netherlands, which took place in the match against Iceland on 7 September. His first goal for the team of "orange" Marco scored only two weeks later, in a very prestigious match against eternal rival - Belgium.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

Star team

Marco was unbeaten in the Dutch top soccer league, "Eredivisie", beyond the reach of the defenders and the goalkeeper to the merciless. He's four was the best scorer of the championship, and in 1986 was awarded the "Golden Boot", scoring 37 goals in 26 games! During his stay in "Ajax" Marco chalked up 151 goal in 172 games, and this outstanding effectiveness was secured victory in the Cup Winners' Cup.

Move to Milan

Parting with the Amsterdam "Ajax" was now only a matter of time. Many well-known clubs lining up to sign a contract with Van Basten, including "Barcelona", but Marco decided to move to Milan, who was then reorganizes the Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. Shuttle was "red-black" dream deal for the club, which paid for the 22-year-old star of the "Orange" only 800 thousand. Dollars. Eventually two other Dutch superstar, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit, also became the "Rossoneri". At that time no one could have expected that the trio will govern European football next five years.

While the Flying Dutchman has scored a goal in his first game against the "Pisa" (09/13/1987), his first season was far from perfect. Mark out on the field in only 11 matches and scored 3 goals, and spent most of the season, recovering his form after an ankle injury. The same injury was fatal to his career a few years later. The club, however, the first time since 1979, managed to win the Italian championship. "Rossoneri" also succeeded in the Italian Super Cup.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

Marco van Basten: best goals

Nevertheless, the Dutch striker was still ahead. Having missed most of the games of the season, football player Marco van Basten (photo given in the article) went out only to replace a part of the Dutch national team at Euro 1988 in West Germany. In the first match of the Dutch national team has shown a fairly weak football - the game ended in a loss of the USSR national team. Dutch coach Rinus Michels in the next match in the group against the British decided to put Marco in the starting lineup, and this decision was in the bull's-eye! Swan of Utrecht played one of the best matches of his career, scoring a hat-trick and sending England home. And that was only the beginning of the one-man show! In the semifinal match against the hosts of the championship Marco scored an incredible goal, literally pushed the ball into the net. This happened in the 88th minute of the match, and thus strike the Netherlands reached the EURO finals, where she reunited with the USSR team. Unlike group match, "orange" showed great football and have surpassed their opponents. The bout ended with the score 2: 0, and one of the greatest goals in the history of football. 54 minutes into the game, Marco struck by an incredible angle, beating the Soviet goalkeeper. The ball is still considered the most beautiful of those were scored in the finals of the football competition!

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

At Euro 88 Marco van Basten Goals scored five times, becoming not only the most efficient scorer, but his best player.

The triumphant return of

Marco returned to Milan even bigger star than he was before the European Championship. In the fall of 1988, he received two of the most prestigious French award in football - the "Golden Ball" and the title of Player of the year by World Soccer magazine. Moreover, he graduated from the 1988/1989 season, with the 32 titles, of which three are the most prestigious in club football - the champion of Europe (after scoring twice in the final against "Steaua Bucharest"), the holder of the Intercontinental Cup and European Super Cup. In addition, Marco once again was named the best European footballer of the year by France Football magazine (1989).

Success Repetition

The following season, Marco van Basten repeated 19 goals scored in Serie A, but this time this amount was enough for him to become the top scorer of the competition. Moreover, the Dutchman has once again been successful in European and international club competitions. Unfortunately, developments in the national team were completely opposite. The Dutch were among the favorites in the race for the World Cup. The reality, however, okazadas completely different. Team did not win a single match and was eliminated from the tournament after the infamous match against the Germans, when it gave way with the score 1: 2.

In 1991, "Milan" was on his way to a third consecutive title of European champion. But unexpectedly, the team decided not to continue the semifinal game against the "Marseille" after the failure of the floodlights. UEFA banned the Italian team played in European competition for a year. Marco finished the season with 11 goals scored and without a trophy.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

At the height of the form

After winter comes spring necessarily, and, after an unsuccessful year for the San Marco came in his best career season 1991/1992 gg. His thirst for victory earned him a second title of the best gunner championship, this time with 25 goals in just 31 matches! "Milan" again won the championship in Italy and was ready to conquer the world of football. Marco would like to consolidate their best to achieve all-time career in the Netherlands national team in the 1992 European Championship. As a result, the Netherlands reached the semifinals and lost to Denmark in the knockout competition. Marco, one of the best performers penalty kick in the team did not score a goal, and "orange" were forced to watch the final from the stands. The saddest was the fact that it was the last international tournament for a great striker.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

Footballer Marco van Basten following season started with impressive matches against the "Napoli" in Serie A and "IFK Göteborg", during which he scored 4 goals, including the incredible "bicycle" kick in the competition, which has since received the designation League Champions. In addition, in late 1992, the Marco for the third time in his career won the "Golden Ball", and was named player of the year as the FIFA and the magazine "World Soccer". Scored just three months 12 goals promised him another great season full of trophies and personal achievements. But it ended suddenly and unexpectedly ...

career End of

Injury ankle, which was his nightmare a few years ago, once again, only this time it marked the end of his remarkable career. In 1993, for the fourth time before going to surgery, Marco felt that it was time to say goodbye to the sport. Although football has appeared in the final match of the Champions League with "Marcel", he was not at all similar to that of the great striker who once was Marco van Basten. "Milan" was defeated with the score 1: 0, but even worse, lost one of the greatest players in the world. Marco tried to fight with the injury two years, but was eventually forced to retire August 18, 1995, during a match, "Berlusconi Trophy". More than 70 000 fans, including crying Capello, standing ovation, while an outstanding football player made a victory lap.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

Again, in line

Since 2003, Marco van Basten took up coaching as an assistant in duplicating the "Ajax", but the following summer he was assigned the role of head coach. The start was good, and the Dutch finished the qualifiers 2006 World Cup without defeat, but the team left the competition in the second qualifying round.

In March 2006, he played in a match in honor of Demetrio Albertini, scoring a goal in front early in the replacement of the first half.

In 2008, the legend "Ajax" became the manager of his former club and retired national team coach after the summer of the same year the team lost to Russia in the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Despite his four-year contract with "Ajax", in May 2009, Marco has resigned after the club failed to qualify for the European Cup matches.

Marco van Basten: biography, photos and accomplishments

After "Ajax"

After working a commentator on Dutch TV channel "Sport 1" in February 2012, Marco returned to the football field as the UK leader "Heerenveen", leading the club to 8th place. The following season the team was already the fifth.

18/04/2014 football club AZ announced that at the beginning of the season 2014/2015 gg. Marco van Basten will replace Dick Advocaat. But at the end of August, he took a vacation. In September, the parties agreed that Marco will become an assistant coach. In five games, held under his leadership, the team won twice and lost three times. After a year of work in AZ, he decided to take the vacant position of assistant coach of the national team of Holland. In August 2016 Marco van Basten announced he was leaving to work in FIFA.


Marco van Basten had married Lisbeth van Kappelleven in 1993. The couple had two daughters, Rebecca and Deborah, and son Alexander.