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Arthur Numan (1969)

Arthur Numan (December 14, 1969) is a former defender / midfielder who played for HFC Haarlem, FC Twente, PSV and Glasgow Rangers. In addition, the left back represented Orange 45 times. Nowadays Numan is a scout for AZ Alkmaar.

Numan started playing football at the amateur club SV Beverwijk. HFC Haarlem soon noticed him and he was added to the youth academy. On March 26, 1988, Numan then made his debut in the first team, at home against DS'79, who was knocked 2-0. This with, among others, Marcel Peeper as a teammate. Numan performed strongly and after three seasons FC Twente took over the left half. At the Tukkers, Numan played together with Mitar Mrkela and Youri Mulder and the left leg stood out with his defensive qualities. In 1992 PSV then took over the winger for 2.8 million guilders.

In Eindhoven, Numan ended up in a very strong team. With Berry van Aerle, Bwalya Kalusha, Gerald Vanenburg and Juul Ellerman in the ranks, the Johan Cruijff scale was immediately won. Numan also won this four times. In 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1998. He also won the national championship with the Brabant team in 1997. In 1998 PSV coach Dick Advocaat left for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland. The little General took Numan with him to Scotland, which yielded PSV seventeen million euros. Numan then had five very successful years at the Scottish top club, in which he became national champion three times.

He reached his peak as an Orange international at the 1998 World Cup in France. The Dutch national team played an excellent tournament, but was killed in the semi-finals after penalties against Brazil. Arthur Numan was also present at the 1996 and 2000 European Championships and the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

In 2008 Numan got the positions of team chief and assistant trainer at Nederland B under Johan Neeskens. After a year, Nederland B was disbanded and from July 2009 he fulfilled the same functions at Jong Oranje under trainer Cor Pot. After that he became a scout for various clubs. In 2011 for example at Aston Villa and later at AZ in Alkmaar.

Photo: ANP – Ed Oudenaarden

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