Koeman Brothers


The brother pair of Erwin and Ronald Koeman played together for the Dutch national team (for which their father Martin also once made an appearance) when it won its only major international prize to date, the 1988 European championship. The two played together in 4 of the 5 matches in that tournament in West Germany, and all 4 matches were won.

Just a month before, the two brothers had both won a major club trophy, and that with different clubs: after Erwin Koeman had lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup with rank outsiders and European debutants KV Mechelen from Belgium by beating Ajax in the final, Ronald did one better by lifting the Champions' Cup with PSV, defeating Benfica in the final in Stuttgart. Later Ronald would become the second player ever (after Miodrag Belodedici) to win the major European cup prize with two different teams, claiming the first ever European Champions' League win with Barcelona in 1992.

Together the two brothers obtained 109 Dutch caps (Ronald 78, Erwin 31), scoring 16 goals (Ronald 14, Erwin 2). Below we list all 26 matches of the Dutch national team in which both brothers played. It is interesting to note that the Dutch team had a better average performance in matches in which both played than in matches in which only one of the two (regardless whether Erwin or Ronald) made an appearance.


Cap  Goals	Date	Venue   	Opponent       Score	Competition
     EK RK  T
 1            27- 4-83  Utrecht         Sweden          0-3
 2       1  1  7- 9-83  Groningen       Iceland         3-0     European Champ. Qual.
 3            16-11-83  Rotterdam       Spain           2-1     European Champ. Qual.
 4            17-12-83  Rotterdam       Malta           5-0     European Champ. Qual.
 5            10- 9-86  Praha           Czechoslovakia  0-1
 6             1- 6-88  Amsterdam       Romania         2-0
 7            15- 6-88  Düsseldorf      England         3-1     European Championship
 8            18- 6-88  Gelsenkirchen   Ireland         1-0     European Championship
 9       1  2 21- 6-88  Hamburg         West Germany    2-1     European Championship
10            25- 6-88  München         Soviet Union    2-0     European Championship
11            14- 9-88  Amsterdam       Wales           1-0     World Cup Qualifier
12            19-10-88  München         West Germany    0-0     World Cup Qualifier
13             4- 1-89  Tel-Aviv        Israel          2-0
14            26- 4-89  Rotterdam       West Germany    1-1     World Cup Qualifier
15            31- 5-89  Helsinki        Finland         1-0     World Cup Qualifier
16    1  1  4 15-11-89  Rotterdam       Finland         3-0     World Cup Qualifier
17            21- 2-90  Rotterdam       Italy           0-0
18       1  5 30- 5-90  Wien            Austria         2-3
19             3- 6-90  Zagreb          Yugoslavia      2-0
20            12- 6-90  Palermo         Egypt           1-1     World Cup
21            16-10-91  Rotterdam       Portugal        1-0     European Champ. Qual.
22             4-12-91  Thessaloniki    Greece          2-0     European Champ. Qual.
23            12- 2-92  Faro            Portugal        0-2
24       1  6 13-10-93  Rotterdam       England         2-0     World Cup Qualifier
25            17-11-93  Poznan          Poland          3-1     World Cup Qualifier
26       1  7 19- 1-94  Tunis           Tunisia         2-2


Total Record
 
    GP    GW   GD   GL   GF  GA     Pts  Percentage
    26    17    5    4   43- 17      39      75.00
 

Types of Matches and Goals

                      Goals Matches Goals by Player
Friendlies        	 2    9     (Ronald 2)
World Cup                -    1
World Cup Qualifier	 3    7     (Ronald 2, Erwin 1)
European Championship    1    4     (Ronald 1)
European Champ. Qual.    1    5     (Ronald 1)

Total                	 7   26     (Ronald 6, Erwin 1)

Fathers and Sons in Oranje

Brothers in Oranje


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Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Karel Stokkermans (karel@rsssf.com)
Last updated: 6 Feb 2008

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