Patrick Stephan Kluivert, born on July 1, 1976, is a former Dutch football player, coach, and sports director. He played as a striker for teams like Ajax, Barcelona, and the Netherlands national team.
At the age of 18, Kluivert was part of Ajax’s successful team in the 1990s, scoring the winning goal in the 1995 UEFA Champions League Final. He spent six years at Barcelona, where he formed a great partnership with Rivaldo and helped the team win the Spanish La Liga championship in 1999. During his time at Barcelona, Kluivert scored 124 goals in 249 appearances.
Kluivert represented the Netherlands national team from 1994 to 2004, scoring 40 goals in 79 appearances. He played in multiple European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In Euro 2000, he was the joint top scorer, with a total of five goals during the tournament. In 2004, he was honored by being included in the FIFA 100 list, which features the 125 greatest living footballers, as selected by Pelé as part of FIFA’s 100th-anniversary celebrations. Kluivert is widely regarded as one of the finest Dutch strikers in history.
Kluivert’s coaching journey started with roles as an assistant coach at AZ and NEC, as well as overseas with the Brisbane Roar in Australia. He also managed Jong FC Twente, leading them to a national title in the Dutch reserves league. Notably, he worked as an assistant to Louis van Gaal during the Dutch national team’s impressive third-place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In 2015, Kluivert took on the role of head coach for the Curaçao national team, leading them through the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifiers. He later served as a sporting director for both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona’s academy. Additionally, he coached the Ajax A1 (under-19) team and provided assistance to Clarence Seedorf during his tenure as coach for the Cameroon national team.
Patrick Stephan Kluivert was born on July 1, 1976, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His family background was rich in football culture, with his father hailing from Suriname and his mother from Curaçao. Kluivert’s journey into football began on the streets of Amsterdam, where he honed his skills. At the age of seven, he took a significant step by joining the Ajax Youth Academy. During his youth, he showcased his versatility by playing in various positions, even as a defender. He possessed notable strengths, including excellent technique, football intelligence, and impressive speed. However, he was sometimes criticized for being impulsive on the field. Kluivert’s talent was evident from a young age, and he represented the Dutch national teams at the under-15, under-16, and under-17 levels.