John van den Brom

John van den Brom

Van den Brom in September 2016
Personal information
Full name Joseph Anthonius van den Brom
Date of birth (1966-10-04) 4 October 1966
Place of birth Amersfoort, Netherlands
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
AZ (manager)
Youth career
AFC Quick 1890
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1993 Vitesse 225 (80)
1993–1995 Ajax 44 (7)
1995–1996 Istanbulspor 22 (3)
1996–2001 Vitesse 99 (13)
2002–2003 De Graafschap 42 (4)
Total 432 (107)
National team
1990–1993 Netherlands 2 (1)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Bennekom
2004–2007 Jong Ajax
2007–2010 AGOVV Apeldoorn
2010–2011 ADO Den Haag
2011–2012 Vitesse
2012–2014 Anderlecht
2014– AZ

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

John van den Brom (born 4 October 1966 in Amersfoort, Netherlands) is a former professional footballer and manager of Dutch Eredivisie side AZ. As a player he played for Vitesse, Ajax, De Graafschap en Istanbulspor. After his playing career van den Brom became a manager. He worked as a head coach for AGOVV Apeldoorn (2007-2010), ADO Den Haag (2010-2011), Vitesse (2011-2012) and Anderlecht (2012-2014). As of 30 september 2014 he is head coach for AZ.

Playing career

Club career

Van den Brom started his career at the amateurs of APWC in Amersfoort before signing as a professional footballer for Vitesse in 1986. After seven seasons with Vitesse, playing 225 games and scoring 80 goals, he made the move to Dutch giants Ajax, where he played for two seasons before moving abroad with Turkish side Istanbulspor.[1] He returned to Vitesse after one season, and spent another five seasons there before signing for De Graafschap for his final season, retiring from playing in 2003.

International career

Van den Brom made two appearances for the Dutch national team.[2] He played in the 8–0 win against Malta and the 6-0 win against San Marino. He scored one goal.

Managerial career

After his playing career he became head scout of De Graafschap and head coach of amateur side Bennekom, before becoming coach of the second team at Ajax, on 29 April 2004. From 2007 to 2010 he served as head coach of small Eerste Divisie club AGOVV Apeldoorn with impressive results, also winning a place in the promotion playoffs in his last season in charge. In May 2010 he was presented as new head coach of Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag,[3] with whom he qualified for the 2011–12 Europa League. In June 2011, Van den Brom was named as head coach of his old club Vitesse.[4] Again, he managed to qualify for the Europa League.

He signed with Belgian side Anderlecht on 29 May 2012 as head coach.[5] He was sacked on 10 March 2014.[6]

On 27 September 2014, it was announced that Van den Brom had signed a deal with AZ to succeed Marco van Basten as the new manager.[7]

Career statistics

Season Club Country League Apps Goals
1986–87 Vitesse  Netherlands Eerste Divisie 36 17
1987–88 Vitesse  Netherlands Eerste Divisie 25 10
1988–89 Vitesse  Netherlands Eerste Divisie 36 6
1989–90 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 33 14
1990–91 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 33 8
1991–92 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 32 10
1992–93 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 30 15
1993–94 Ajax  Netherlands Eredivisie 27 2
1994–95 Ajax  Netherlands Eredivisie 17 5
1995–96 Istanbulspor  Turkey Süper Lig 22 3
1996–97 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 28 5
1997–98 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 15 1
1998–99 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 26 1
1999–00 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 24 6
2000–01 Vitesse  Netherlands Eredivisie 6 0
2000–01 De Graafschap  Netherlands Eredivisie 16 2
2001–02 De Graafschap  Netherlands Eredivisie 23 2
2002–03 De Graafschap  Netherlands Eredivisie 3 0
Total 432 107


As Player

As Manager


  1. "Van den Brom en Van Vossen akkoord met Istanbulspor" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant (15 June 1995). Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. John van den Brom. Retrieved on 28 November 2016
  3. "Van den Brom nieuwe hoofdtrainer" (in Dutch). ADO Den Haag. 29 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  4. "John van den Brom toch trainer van Vitesse" (in Dutch). NRC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. "John van den Brom toch naar Anderlecht" (in Dutch). De Gelderlander. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. Van den Brom nieuwe trainer AZ (Dutch)
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