Stanley Menzo (1963)

Stanley Menzo (October 15, 1963) kept the goal clean for Ajax, HFC Haarlem, PSV, Lierse SK, the French Girondins de Bordeaux, again Ajax and AGOVV.

Menzo played more than 350 games at the highest level in his career, mainly for Ajax, but spicy enough also 15 games for PSV. Menzo played six times for the Dutch national team, where he had Hans van Breukelen ahead of him in his best time. When he stopped, Menzo became the first goalkeeper, but he soon lost his place to Ed de Goeij of Feyenoord.

In 1989 Stanley Menzo was one of the football players who would play a tournament in Suriname with the Colorful Team. He and Hennie Meijer did not fly with the large group but took an earlier flight; that is how both escaped the SLM disaster.

Menzo started at Ajax and managed to become the first goalkeeper. He was admired in professional football for the first time on September 11, 1983 (FC Den Bosch-Haarlem). Haarlem had lured him from Amsterdam and hired him. In nine games Menzo proved to be a goalkeeper who could play football. It was trainer Johan Cruyff who therefore believed in him; 249 matches for Ajax were the result.

Menzo was actually (one of) the first goalkeepers to play football and set a trend that is expected until today. In addition, Menzo was not the strongest mentally, because otherwise ..!? And also his bright green and yellow goalkeeper suits must have been mentioned when we talk about Stanley Menzo.

Who doesn't remember Menzo's blunder against AJ Auxerre? Who can no longer imagine how the corner from the left whirled over Menzo, who had just taken a step forward, into the goal? And who didn't feel sorry for this sympathetic goalkeeper? An own goal and debt to another resulted in a 4-2 loss, elimination and a final spot on the bench. Not even the referee could comfort the unfortunate Menzo.

Stanley lost his place to Edwin van der Sar, no shame afterwards, and left for PSV in 1994. Here too he quickly lost his starting spot, now to Ronald Waterreus. After two seasons and 15 games, Menzo went to Lierse SK in Belgium. Under the leadership of former PSV player Eric Gerets, he immediately became champion of Belgium.

A trip to the French Girondins de Bordeaux was unsuccessful and after half a season Menzo returned to Lierse. Now he won the Belgian Cup under the leadership of Walter Meeuws. In 1999 he returned to Ajax, where he had to end his professional career in 2001 due to an injury.

After ending his professional career in June 2001, Stanley Menzo went to goalkeeping with the ambitious amateurs of AGOVV, with which he also became champion of the C major league and later also became the general amateur champion of the Netherlands. At the end of the 2001-2002 season, trainer Peter Bosz left and Stanley Menzo was appointed as the new trainer of the Apeldoorn club for the 2002-2003 season, in addition to being a keeper.

Several clubs followed that received training from Stanley Menzo: AFC, goalkeeper coach Dutch national team, AGOVV, FC Volendam (Title Jupiler League), SC Cambuur, Vitesse, old known Lierse SK and in 2014 again AFC from Amsterdam.

(Photo: ANP – Hans Steinmeier)

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