Peter Sylvester Bosz (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːtər ˈbɔs], born 21 November 1963 in Apeldoorn, Gelderland) is a former football midfielder from the Netherlands, from July 2016 serving as head coach of the Dutch club AFC Ajax.
A midfielder, Bosz started his professional career played with Vitesse in 1981; after a loan season with then amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn in 1984, he returned into professional football with RKC Waalwijk (from 1985 to 1988), then moving to France with SC Toulon (1988 to 1991), and successively playing six seasons with Dutch giants Feyenoord (1991 to 1996), Japanese club JEF United Ichihara (1996–97), German club Hansa Rostock (1997–98), NAC Breda (1998–99). He retired at the end of the year 1999 after a second spell with JEF United Ichihara.
Bosz made his debut for the Netherlands in a December 1991 Euro qualification match against Greece and earned eight caps, scoring no goals. His final international was in 1995 against the Czech Republic. He was part of the Dutch squad at UEFA Euro 1992.
After his retirement, Bosz started a managing career, becoming first head coach of amateurs AGOVV Apeldoorn, a position he held from January 2000 to 2002; in 2002 he also won a national amateur league title.
Bosz made his move into professional football in 2002, becoming head coach of De Graafschap (2002–2003). The team finished last in the 2002–03 Eredivisie and was relegated to the Eerste Divisie.
Bosz next became manager of Heracles Almelo (2004–2006). He won the 2004–05 Eerste Divisie with the club and promoted with them to the Eredivisie. Bosz' Heracles secured their Eredivisie promotion the following year, finishing 13th in the 2005–06 Eredivisie.
Feyenoord (technical director)
In July 2006, Bosz accepted an offer as technical director at his former club Feyenoord. While at the club he was responsible for completing the signings of (amongst others) Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Roy Makaay, Tim de Cler, Kevin Hofland and Denny Landzaat. He left the position on 14 January 2009 due to his opposition to the dismissal of head coach Gertjan Verbeek.
Return to Heracles
In the summer of 2010, Bosz started his second spell as manager of Heracles Almelo, replacing Verbeek who had moved to AZ Alkmaar in the meantime. The team finished 8th in the 2010–11 Eredivisie, securing qualification for the European competition Playoffs, where they were eliminated by FC Groningen. Heracles finished 12th in the 2011–12 Eredivisie and 2012–13 Eredivisie. He left the club in 2013.
On 19 June 2013, Bosz became manager of Vitesse, signing a two-year deal, together with assistant manager Hendrie Krüzen who joined him from Heracles. Bosz replaced outgoing manager Fred Rutten whose contract had expired. In November 2013, Vitesse was top of the league in the Eredivisie for the first time since 2006. It was the first time since 2000 they'd been top of the league later than the first week. Halfway through the season, after 17 matches, Vitesse was top of the league. The team finished 2013–14 Eredivisie in sixth place.
The following season, Bosz extended his contract by one year, until 2016. Technical director Mohammed Allach and Bosz developed a multi-year plan where the Vitesse Academy should play a major role, scouting improved, and the attacking style Bosz preferred leading. In the 2014–15 Eredivisie, Vitesse finished fifth, qualifying for the European competition play-offs. By defeating PEC Zwolle in the semi-final, and SC Heerenveen in the final, the team secured qualification for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. At the end of the season, Bosz was nominated for the Rinus Michels Award (for manager of the year), but lost to Phillip Cocu, who had led PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title.
In the 2015–16 Eredivisie, Vitesse was in fifth place in the winter break, after which Bosz left the club.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
In January 2016 Bosz was announced as the new head coach of Israeli champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. Bosz left Tel Aviv in May 2016 for Dutch AFC Ajax. During his time in Israel, Bosz was undefeated in his 19 games in charge, with 12 wins and 7 draws.
In May 2016, AFC Ajax announced that Bosz was appointed to serve as the new head coach from July 2016 after signing a three-year contact. In his first competitive match as head coach, Bosz's side earned a 1–1 draw against PAOK in the Third qualifying round of the Champions League on 27 July 2016. Bosz was unable to lead Ajax to the group stage of the Champions League after losing 5–2 on aggregate to Russian side FC Rostov. On 11 September 2016, Bosz faced his former side Vitesse, as Ajax won 1–0. On 24th May 2017 Ajax were beaten 2-0 in Stockholm in the Europa league final by Manchester United. Bosz described the match as "a boring game".
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J.League Cup||Total|
|1996||JEF United Ichihara||J1 League||9||0||1||0||0||0||10||0|
|Netherlands national team|
|De Graafschap||1 July 2002||30 June 2003||7001400000000000000♠40||7001100000000000000♠10||7000600000000000000♠6||7001240000000000000♠24||7001550000000000000♠55||7001920000000000000♠92||−37||7001250000000000000♠25.00|
|Heracles Almelo||1 July 2004||30 June 2006||7001750000000000000♠75||7001370000000000000♠37||7001120000000000000♠12||7001260000000000000♠26||7002118000000000000♠118||7002101000000000000♠101||+17||7001493300000000000♠49.33|
|Heracles Almelo||1 July 2010||30 June 2013||7002116000000000000♠116||7001440000000000000♠44||7001250000000000000♠25||7001470000000000000♠47||7002212000000000000♠212||7002207000000000000♠207||+5||7001379300000000000♠37.93|
|Vitesse||1 July 2013||3 January 2016||7002103000000000000♠103||7001460000000000000♠46||7001270000000000000♠27||7001300000000000000♠30||7002197000000000000♠197||7002142000000000000♠142||+55||7001446600000099999♠44.66|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||4 January 2016||1 July 2016||7001190000000000000♠19||7001120000000000000♠12||7000700000000000000♠7||5000000000000000000♠0||7001390000000000000♠39||7001110000000000000♠11||+28||7001631600000000000♠63.16|
|Ajax||1 July 2016||Present||7001560000000000000♠56||7001360000000000000♠36||7001110000000000000♠11||7000900000000000000♠9||7002119000000000000♠119||7001500000000000000♠50||+69||7001642900000000000♠64.29|
- Eredivisie: 1992–93
- KNVB Cup: 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95
- Hoofdklasse: 2002
- Eerste Divisie: 2004–05