John van 't Schip

Johannes Nicolaas van 't Schip (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɟɔn vɑn ət ˈsxɪp]; born 30 December 1963) is a Dutch Canadian and former Dutch international footballer, who played as a winger. He spent his club career with Ajax, where he won four Eredivisie titles, a UEFA Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup, as well as Genoa. He was also a member of the Dutch side which won the 1988 European Championships.

John van 't Schip
Van 't Schip in 2012
Personal information
Full name Johannes Nicolaas van 't Schip[1]
Date of birth (1963-12-30) 30 December 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Fort St. John, Canada
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Greece (manager)
Youth career
1972–1976 NFC
1976–1981 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1992 Ajax 273 (29)
1992–1996 Genoa 107 (11)
Total 380 (40)
National team
1986–1995 Netherlands 41 (2)
Teams managed
1997–2000 Ajax (youth)
2000–2001 Ajax (assistant)
2001–2002 Twente
2002–2004 Jong Ajax (assistant)
2004–2008 Netherlands (assistant)
2008–2010 Ajax (assistant)
2010–2012 Melbourne Heart
2012–2013 Guadalajara
2013–2017 Melbourne City[2]
2017–2018 PEC Zwolle
2019– Greece
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Van 't Schip is currently the manager of the Greek national football team, a role he has had since July 2019. He previously was the manager of PEC Zwolle in his native Netherlands and Melbourne City FC in Australia among others.

Early life

Van 't Schip was born in Fort St. John, British Columbia, and was raised in Powell River, British Columbia, where he grew up playing youth football in the small community before his family moved back to the Netherlands in 1972.

Club career

Van 't Schip began his career in the Ajax youth academy. Debuting for the first team 6 December 1981 (Ajax-Haarlem 4–1), he spent the next 11 seasons with the club. During this period he became league champion in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1990, and cup champion in 1983, 1986 and 1987. He also helped Ajax win the 1987 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1992 UEFA Cup. After Ajax's UEFA Cup victory, he was bought by Italian team Genoa, where he played four seasons before finishing his career. He helped the club to lift the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup.

International career

On the international level, Van 't Schip, a member of the Dutch squad at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, was capped 41 times and scored two goals for the Dutch national team. His debut came against Scotland in April 1986, and his final match was a Euro qualifying match against Belarus in June 1995. Van 't Schip featured in the victorious Euro 1988 squad, as well as 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992 tournaments.

Coaching career

After retiring, Van 't Schip became a youth coach for Ajax and manager for FC Twente. From August 2004 he assisted Marco van Basten in coaching the Dutch national team, until Van Basten left the position of head coach following Euro 2008. Van 't Schip followed Van Basten to Ajax, becoming assistant coach with Rob Witschge, for the 2008–09 season.[3] On 6 May 2009, after Marco van Basten's resignation, he was named as the interim head coach of Ajax and coached the club till the end of the season.

Melbourne Heart

He was signed by Australian A-League club Melbourne Heart on 12 October 2009, to be their inaugural coach for the 2010–11 season.[4] On 1 February 2012, Van 't Schip announced that he would be leaving the Melbourne Heart at the end of the 2011–12 season, citing personal reasons for his decision.[5] Van't Schip took Heart to their first finals appearance in their second season.[6] Van 't Schip had a major role in the development of Melbourne Heart.[7]


On April 2012, Guadalajara announced, through its Twitter account, that Van 't Schip would be the new coach of the club. Van 't Schip was recommended by his fellow countryman Johan Cruyff, who was working at that moment in a project with the club. Van 't Schip's first competitive game was against Toluca, in which the Chivas lost 2–1.[8]

Van 't Schip was relieved of his duties as coach of Chivas a few days before the start of the Clausura 2013 Season. He was replaced by former Chivas coach Benjamin Galindo.

Return to Melbourne City

On 30 December 2013, following 17 winless games by Melbourne Heart and the early termination of John Aloisi's contract, Melbourne Heart appointed Van 't Schip as the coach until the end of the season.[9]

On 19 March 2014, after 11 matches coaching the club, including a seven-match unbeaten run, Van 't Schip signed a three-year contract with the club (who would be renamed Melbourne City FC in June 2014), through to the end of the 2016–17 season.[10]

On 3 January 2017, Van 't Schip resigned as Melbourne City manager to return to the Netherlands to help care for his terminally-ill father.[11]


In July 2019, he was hired as coach of Greece national football team.[12]

Personal life

In addition to his native Dutch, Van 't Schip can also speak English, Spanish [13][14] and Italian.[15]

Coaching record

As of match played 6 June 2021
Team From To Record
Twente July 2001 June 2002 40 13 12 15 032.50
Ajax (interim) May 2009 May 2009 1 1 0 0 100.00
Melbourne Heart October 2009 April 2012 58 17 21 20 029.31
Guadalajara April 2012 November 2012 23 8 6 9 034.78
Melbourne Heart / Melbourne City January 2014 January 2017 96 43 22 31 044.79
PEC Zwolle July 2017 December 2018 57 21 11 25 036.84
Greece July 2019 present 19 9 7 3 047.37
Total 294 113 78 103 038.44
  • 1.^ Includes League, Liguilla, Copa MX and CONCACAF Champions League.









Melbourne City FC


  1. Pelayo, Alejandro (21 April 2012). "John van't Schip llegó al rebaño" [John van't Schip came to the flock]. ESPN. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  2. the team was known as Melbourne Heart prior to 2014
  3. Marco van Basten new coach Ajax Archived 1 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (22 February 2008)
  4. Grant, Robert. (12 October 2009) Foxsports – Heart get their Dutchman. Retrieved on 4 January 2013.
  5. Gatt, Ray (1 February 2012). "The Australian – Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip to quit A-League club". The Australian.
  6. Proud Heart coach John van't Schip sails into sunset. Herald Sun (2 April 2012)
  7. "Van 't Schip leaves legacy of youth". The Age. 28 April 2012.
  8. Van't Schip, nuevo técnico de Chivas | RÉCORD Archived 23 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (21 April 2012). Retrieved on 4 January 2013.
  9. "Melbourne Heart FC appoint John van't Schip as Head Coach". Football Federation Australia. 30 December 2013.
  10. "John van't Schip Reappointed Head Coach". Football Federation Australia. 19 March 2014.
  11. "John van't Schip resigns as Melbourne City coach". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  12. "Greece Hires John Van't Schip as National Team Coach". The National Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved 1 August 2019.