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Michael Reiziger

Michael Reiziger

Dutch footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Dutch footballer
A.K.A. Michael John Reiziger
Countries Kingdom of the Netherlands
Occupations Association football player
Gender male
Birth 3 May 1973 (Amstelveen)
Star sign Taurus
Height: 177 cm
The details

Michael John Reiziger (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑikəl ˈɟɔn ˈrɛizəɣər], born 3 May 1973) is a Dutch retired footballer who played mainly as a right back, and is the manager of Jong Ajax.

After making a name for himself at Ajax, with whom he won one Champions League, he went on to represent four teams in as many countries, most notably Barcelona for which he played in 249 official games in seven years.

Reiziger represented the Dutch national team for a full decade, competing at three European Championships and the 1998 World Cup and finishing fourth in the latter tournament.

Club career

Born in Amstelveen, North Holland to Surinamese parents, Reiziger started his career with hometown's AFC Ajax, making his first-team debut at the age of 17 then serving two consecutive loan spells, with FC Volendam and FC Groningen: with the latter, in the 1993–94 season, he scored a career-best six goals while operating also as a midfielder.

Upon his return to Ajax, Reiziger established himself as a renowned defensive element, helping the club to, among other conquests, the 1994–95 edition of the UEFA Champions League. In 1996 he signed for A.C. Milan, but after a season marred by injury, he departed for FC Barcelona where he spent the following seven years, arriving at the same time as compatriot and former Ajax boss Louis van Gaal; though not an undisputed starter, he nonetheless featured heavily for the Catalans, amassing more than 200 overall appearances and helping the club to back-to-back La Liga titles.

In 2004, Reiziger moved to Middlesbrough on a Bosman transfer. He scored once in the league for Boro, against Aston Villa in December 2004. However, after another campaign plagued by physical problems, he left and returned to the Netherlands to see out his career at PSV Eindhoven (in his second year he won the Eredivisie, and was also reunited with Ajax, Barça and national team mate Patrick Kluivert, although the two rarely ever played).

After retiring, Reiziger settled in Barcelona. He later went on to coach Sparta Rotterdam at youth level and, on 20 June 2017, returned to Ajax as manager of the reserves who competed in the Eerste Divisie, replacing Marcel Keizer.

International career

Reiziger (wearing No.2) in the Dutch wall, facing a free kick against Sweden at Euro 2004.

Reiziger made his debut for the Dutch national team on 12 October 1994, against Norway. He played for his country at the UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, retiring from international play after the latter.

Shortly after signing for PSV, Reiziger said he would consider playing for the Netherlands again if the opportunity arose, but he was never recalled again, amassing 72 appearances in ten years.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Ajax Eredivisie 1 0
1991–92 1 0
1992–93 1 0
1992–93 Volendam 10 2
1993–94 Groningen 34 6
1994–95 Ajax 34 0
1995–96 26 1
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Milan Serie A 10 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1997–98 Barcelona La Liga 29 0
1998–99 26 0
1999–2000 29 0
2000–01 25 0
2001–02 13 0
2002–03 21 0
2003–04 30 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Middlesbrough Premier League 18 1
2005–06 4 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 PSV Eredivisie 13 0
2006–07 12 1
Total Netherlands 132 10
Italy 10 0
Spain 173 0
England 22 1
Career total 337 11


Year Apps Goals
1994 1 0
1995 5 0
1996 9 0
1997 7 0
1998 11 1
1999 5 0
2000 8 0
2001 5 0
2002 6 0
2003 8 0
2004 7 0
Total 72 1

International goals

Scores and results list Reiziger's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 1998 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Germany 1–0 1–1 Friendly




  • Eredivisie: 1994–95, 1995–96
  • KNVB Cup: 1992–93
  • Johan Cruijff Shield: 1994, 1995
  • UEFA Champions League: 1994–95
  • UEFA Cup: 1991–92
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1995
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1995


  • La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Copa del Rey: 1997–98
  • UEFA Super Cup: 1997


  • Eredivisie: 2005–06, 2006–07


Jong Ajax

  • Eerste Divisie: 2017–18
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