Phillip Cocu


Born on the same day and in the same year as colleague Edwin van der Sar, all rounder Phillip Cocu demonstrated his skills on each position he was needed in the team. Although his specialty was in the heart of the midfield area, during his long career the coaches gladly made use of his ability to adjust. Cocu therefore also played as left back defender, central defender and even as the second target striker.

Wherever he was posted, the former Dutch international became the leader of the team, with a special eye for the way the game had to be played. For that commitment and dedication, before playing his last match for FC Barcelona in 2005, he was honored by President Joan Laporta with a special plaque. After returning to his old club PSV Eindhoven, with the same dedication he led the club to three consecutive Dutch Championship titles. Nowadays, Cocu is the head coach of PSV. In 2015, he led his club to the first Dutch Championship in seven years.

Transfers made by Wasserman

  • 2007PSV EindhovenAl-Jazira
  • 2004FC BarcelonaPSV Eindhoven
  • 1998PSV EindhovenFC Barcelona
  • 1995VitessePSV Eindhoven
  • 1990AZ AlkmaarVitesse
  • 1988AZ Alkmaar

Club Career

  • 2007 - 2008Al-Jazira
  • 2004 - 2007PSV Eindhoven
  • 1998 - 2004FC Barcelona
  • 1995 - 1998PSV Eindhoven
  • 1990 - 1995Vitesse
  • 1988 - 1990AZ Alkmaar

International Career

  • 1996 - 2016Dutch national team101 caps, 10 goals

Coaching Career

  • 2019 - 2020Derby County FCHead Coach
  • 2018 - 2018Fenerbah├žeHead Coach
  • 2013 - 2018PSV EindhovenHead Coach
  • 2012 - 2012PSV EindhovenHead Coach (interim)
  • 2012 - 2013PSV EindhovenAssistant and Youth Coach
  • 2009 - 2012PSV EindhovenAssistant Coach
  • 2008 - 2009PSV EindhovenYouth Coach
  • 2008 - 2012Dutch national teamAssistant Coach

Club Honours

  • 2007Gulf Club ChampionshipAl-Jazira
  •  Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven
  • 2006Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven
  • 2005Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven
  •  Dutch CupPSV Eindhoven
  • 1999Spanish ChampionshipFC Barcelona
  • 1998European Super CupFC Barcelona
  • 1997Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven
  •  Dutch Super CupPSV Eindhoven

International Honours

  • 2006World CupQuarterfinals
  • 2004European ChampionshipSemi-Finals
  • 2000European ChampionshipSemi-Finals
  • 1998World CupSemi-Finals
  • 1996European ChampionshipQuarterfinals

Individual Honours

  • 2011FIFA Centrion Award
  •  Knight of the Royal Dutch Football Federation
  • 2004First foreign player with 200 league games for FC Barcelona

Coaching Honours

  • 2016Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven, Head Coach
  •  Dutch Super CupPSV Eindhoven, Coach
  • 2015Dutch ChampionshipPSV Eindhoven, Head Coach
  • 2012Dutch CupPSV Eindhoven, Head Coach
  • 2010Runner-up World Cup South AfricaDutch national team, Assistant Coach