UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|AFC Ajax||Johan Cruijff ArenA - AmsterdamTuesday 17 September 2019|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group H - Matchday 1
Date of birth: 2 February 1970
Playing career: Twente (three times), De Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk, Utrecht
Coaching career: Twente (youth, assistant), PSV Eindhoven (assistant), Go Ahead Eagles, Bayern München II, Utrecht, Ajax
• Born in Haaksbergen in the east Netherlands close to Enschede, Ten Hag's early days were spent with local club Bon Boys before a move to the youth department of Twente, where he made his professional debut aged 19 in December 1989.
• A defensive midfielder and defender, he then spent two seasons with De Graafschap, winning promotion to Eredivisie in his first, before returning to Twente for two years. Ten Hag moved on to single-season stays at both RKC Waalwijk and Utrecht, and then returned to Twente again in 1996, this time for good.
• Reached the last 16 of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup, losing to Auxerre, and in 2001 he won his only silverware with the club, Fred Rutten's team beating PSV Eindhoven on penalties in the Dutch Cup final with Ten Hag as captain. After ending his playing career in 2002 he became head of Twente's youth department, also working as assistant coach for several years, alongside Rutten from 2006/07. Followed the head coach to PSV in 2009, serving as his assistant for three seasons.
• Took his first post as head coach at Go Ahead Eagles, winning promotion to the Dutch top flight in his 2012/13 debut season, before moving on to Bayern München's second team, winning the Regionalliga title in 2014 and working with Josep Guardiola. Took over at Utrecht in summer 2015, winning the Rinus Michels award as the Netherlands' coach of the year 12 months later.
• Succeeded Marcel Keizer at Ajax in December 2017, leading the club to second place in the Eredivisie at the end of that campaign. In 2018/19, guided Ajax into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in four years and took them all the way to a first semi-final since 1997, knocking out holders Real Madrid and Juventus before a last-gasp defeat by Tottenham; consolation came in the form of a domestic league and cup double.
Date of birth: 23 August 1966
Playing career: Marseille (twice), LOSC Lille, Toulouse, Angers, Nîmes, Monza, Liaoning Yuandong
Coaching career: Marseille (assistant, caretaker), Aris Thessaloniki (assistant), Bastia (assistant, caretaker), Al-Ain (assistant), Portsmouth (assistant), Sochaux (assistant), Lyon (assistant), St-Étienne (assistant), St-Étienne, LOSC Lille
• Primarily a defender who could also play in midfield, Galtier was a UEFA European Under-21 Championship winner with France in 1988 alongside Laurent Blanc and Eric Cantona; at club level he started out at his native Marseille, reaching successive Coupe de France finals, before departing for LOSC Lille in 1987.
• Spent three years with Les Dogues before a similar stint at Toulouse; after a season at both Angers and Nîmes and a return to Marseille between 1995 and 1997, tried his luck in Italy with Monza, hanging up his boots in 1999 after a year at Chinese club Liaonin Yuandong.
• Joined Marseille again, this time as an assistant coach to Bernard Casoni, Rolland Courbis and Abel Braga, before linking up with Alain Perrin in 2004; the pair won the French Cup with Sochaux in 2007, beating Marseille in the final, and claimed a domestic double with Lyon the following season – the first in the club's history.
• Perrin and Galtier nevertheless left Lyon at the end of that 2007/08 campaign, resurfacing at local rivals St-Étienne in November; 13 months later the assistant replaced Perrin as head coach and during an eight-year spell in charge helped to develop players including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Blaise Matuidi, Dimitri Payet and Kurt Zouma. Galtier also took Les Verts to French League Cup success in 2012/13, when he was named joint coach of the season alongside Paris Saint-Germain's Carlo Ancelotti.
• Left St-Étienne in May 2017, returning to the game seven months later at LOSC Lille, where he succeeded Marcelo Bielsa; following a challenging first campaign, Galtier guided an exciting young side to second place in the league in 2018/19, being rewarded with a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage and his second coach of the season award.
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