Phillip Cocu

Phillip Cocu


Phillip Cocu

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Phillip John William Cocu (born 29 October 1970 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch football midfielder who is currently an assistant manager of the Dutch national team and Dutch club PSV

Cocu was a versatile player, being able to play in defence or midfield, in more than one position, but usually played a central playmaker role or defensive midfield, dictating his team's play. He was best known for his tackling, vision, and great teamwork.


Early career / AZ

Cocu first started out playing football at amateur level with clubs such as AFC '34 and DCS Zevenaar. He signed his first professional contract with AZ in the 1988-89 season when he was just 17 years old. After an encouraging start at the club, he joined Vitesse in 1990.


His career at Vitesse was blighted by him breaking his right leg in his first game against Sparta Rotterdam. After fully recovering in 1992, he assisted his club to a top five finish in the Eredivisie and a qualification spot for the UEFA Cup competition. AFC Ajax tried to sign him twice when he was at Vitesse, but it was Dick Advocaat who signed him for PSV in 1995.


During his tenure at PSV, Cocu won one Eredivisie league title. With international team colleagues such as Jaap Stam, Arthur Numan, Boudewijn Zenden, and Wim Jonk all forming the core of the squad, he was also a teammate of Ronaldo and Luc Nilis.

FC Barcelona

Having played some of his finest football at PSV, Cocu moved to La Liga giants FC Barcelona...
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