Danny Blind

Soccer Player

Danny Blind was born on August 1st, 1961 in Oost-Souburg, Zeeland, Netherlands and is the Soccer Player from Kingdom of the Netherlands. Discover Danny Blind's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 61 years old.

Date of Birth
August 1, 1961
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Place of Birth
Oost-Souburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
61 years old
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Association Football Manager, Association Football Player
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About Danny Blind

Dirk Franciscus "Danny" Blind (Dutch pronunciation: [dɪr(ə)k frɑnˈsɪskəz ˈdɛni blɪnt]; born 1 August 1961) is a former Dutch international football player and coach. He played as a defender for Sparta Rotterdam, Ajax and the Netherlands national team.

He is one of only two Dutch players, together with Arnold Mühren to have won all UEFA club competitions.

Playing career

Blind made his professional football debut on 29 August 1979 with Sparta Rotterdam. He stayed under contract with Sparta for seven seasons when in July 1986 he transferred to Ajax, attracted there by manager Johan Cruyff. Blind's signing, however, was much to the chagrin of Ajax superstar Marco van Basten, who was upset that his manager had brought in a relatively unknown, defensive player from a fairly small club like Sparta, instead of splashing out on a big-money, big-name transfer. With Ajax, Blind amassed an impressive trophy list, winning all three European trophies (UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1987, the UEFA Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 1995). He also secured the Intercontinental Cup in 1995 against Brazil's Grêmio by scoring the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out.

Blind was again a penalty hero when he converted twice against Real Zaragoza in the European Super Cup Final of 1995, which Ajax won 5–1 over the two legs. The two penalties Blind converted were in the 65th and 69th minutes of the second leg.

Domestically, with Ajax, he won five Dutch Eredivisie Championships and four national cups. He retired on 16 May 1999.

Blind was known for being a solid, dependable defender and a leader on the field. However, he was also a technically gifted and cultured player who could pass and strike the ball well for a non-attacking player. Whilst famous for being a centre back, Blind started his career as a right full-back.

Blind gained 42 caps for the Netherlands over a ten-year period, scoring once against Greece in a UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier. He made his debut in 1986 against Scotland but was not capped at all in 1987 or 1988, an absence which meant he missed being a part of the triumphant UEFA Euro 1988 side. He did, however, appear at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1992 and 1996 European Championships, retiring after the latter.

Management career

Blind was head coach at Ajax from 14 March 2005 (appointed as successor to Ronald Koeman) until 10 May 2006, after only 422 days in charge. He led Ajax to victory in the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield.

In 2007–08, Blind became director of football at his old club, Sparta Rotterdam. On 15 May 2008, he returned to Ajax to become the new director of football in Amsterdam but switched roles when Martin Jol joined the club to assistant coach. Moving to the position of technical director for Ajax at the beginning of the 2011–12 season, on 9 February 2012 it was announced that Blind would retire from his duties as technical director at Ajax, concluding a heated dispute surrounding the club's board of directors.

On 1 July 2015, Blind was named Guus Hiddink's successor as head coach of the Dutch national team. He failed to lead them to Euro 2016, and he put the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at stake after more meagre results. He was sacked by the Dutch FA on 26 March 2017, the day after losing 2–0 away at Bulgaria, which left their chances of qualification in serious doubt.

On 4 August 2021, Blind returned to the Dutch national team. He is Louis van Gaal's assistant coach.

Personal life

Blind is the father of professional footballer Daley Blind, who currently plays for Ajax and has also spent several years at Manchester United. His son is also a Dutch international, and is one of their ten most featured players of all time with over 90 caps.


Louis van Gaal returned as Holland coach last year with this World Cup likely to be his last dance

www.dailymail.co.uk, November 21, 2022
Speaking to a boy no older than 12, Van Gaal appears his usual jovial self discussing with the child their shared distrust of the media. 'That is the stupid media,' the boy suggests. 'That is the stupid media,' Van Gaal agrees. 'I guess you've seen me talking about them.' Before they move on to discuss the young boy's own playing exploits. 'I'm also a good player,' the boy tells the legendary Dutch coach. 'What position?' he asks. 'Right-back.'

Manchester United 'want club legend Edwin van der Sar to become their new director of football'

www.dailymail.co.uk, October 21, 2022
Manchester United are lining up legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar as their next director of football - and already made an approach for the Ajax chief last week - according to reports from Holland.  The Red Devils have started a new chapter this season featuring plenty of talent from the Dutch club - having already plucked manager Erik ten Hag, winger Antony and centre-back Lisandro Martinez. And now they want their club legend Van der Sar - who has been integral to Ajax's recent success - to guide them into the future, as reported by Dutch outlet...