Date of birth: 29 October 1970
Playing career: AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse, PSV Eindhoven (twice), FC Barcelona, Al-Jazira Club
Coaching career: Netherlands (assistant), PSV Eindhoven
• The epitome of versatility, Cocu was capable of operating as a central or left-sided midfielder, at full-back, or even as a second striker. He started his career in the Dutch second division with AZ before developing into one of his country's best young players under the guidance of Herbert Neumann during five years at Vitesse.
• In 1995 he opted for a move to PSV, where he won the title and the Dutch Cup, scoring 31 goals in 93 Eredivisie matches over three seasons. Left for Barcelona in 1998 and won the title in his first campaign, the highlight of a six-season stay before he returned to Eindhoven.
• Cocu was inspirational as PSV won the double in 2004/05 and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. He won two more championships in Eindhoven before finishing his career with Al-Jazira Club in 2007/08.
• Made his international debut against Germany in April 1996 and played at EURO '96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA EURO 2000 and was captain during the Netherlands' run to the semi-finals at UEFA EURO 2004. He retired after a 1-0 loss to Portugal at the 2006 World Cup in Germany having won 101 caps.
• He became youth coach and assistant coach at PSV, and assisted Bert van Marwijk during the run to the 2010 World Cup final. In March 2012 he became interim head coach at PSV, promptly winning the Dutch Cup. After working as Dick Advocaat's assistant the next season, he became head coach on 1 July 2013. He led PSV to a fourth-place finish in his first season. Last season he celebrated winning the Dutch championship and being voted Dutch coach of the year.
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