Gerard van der Lem

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Gerard van der Lem
File:Van der Lem scoort langs Nijhuis.jpg
Gerard van der Lem and goalkeeper Nijhuis
Personal information
Full name Gerard van der Lem
Date of birth (1952-11-15) November 15, 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Ajax Amsterdam
FC Amsterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 FC Amsterdam 66 (8)
1975–1977 Roda JC 66 (10)
1977–1980 Feyenoord Rotterdam 72 (9)
1980 Sparta Rotterdam 10 (1)
1980–1984 FC Utrecht 86 (17)
Total 300 (45)
National team
Netherlands 0 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1985 AZ Alkmaar (assistant)
1985–1986 AZS
1986–1990 HFC Haarlem (assistant)
1990–1997 Ajax Amsterdam (assistant)
1997–1999 FC Barcelona (assistant)
1999–2001 AZ Alkmaar
2002–2003 Ajax Amsterdam (youth coach)
2003–2004 Saudi Arabia
2007 Apollon Limassol
2007 Sharjah FC
2008–2010 Panathinaikos FC (coach)
2010– Kayserispor (technical director)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2007.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2007

Gerard van der Lem (born November 15, 1952 in Amsterdam, North Holland) is a retired football (soccer) winger from the Netherlands, who made his professional debut for FC Amsterdam on August 12, 1973 against PSV Eindhoven. He later played Roda JC, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Utrecht.

After his professional playing career Gerard Van der Lem started his coaching career as assistant coach to world-famous coaches like Piet de Visser, Dick Advocaat and Louis van Gaal.

In his first engagement at FC Alkmaar (AZS) he was responsible coach for the amateur teams (and became Holland Champion in 1985) as well as assistant coach to Piet de Visser with the senior team. From 1986 to 1989 he was employed with FC Haarlem starting out as assistant coach to Dick Advocaat, and then following him into the position of head coach during the last year.

Having always given great emphasis to youth development Gerard van der Lem joined Ajax Amsterdam in 1990 as Head of the Youth Development Department. After a successful year and lots of new impressions he was chosen to be co-coach to Louis van Gaal with the great and famous Champions League team. During this period from 1991 to 1997 one title followed the next:

3 x Dutch Champion 2 x Dutch Cup Winner 1 x Winner of the European Champions League 1 x UEFA Cup Winner 1 x Winner of the FIFA World Cup for Clubs 2 x Winner of the Dutch Super Cup

These successes did not go unseen. The next engagement of Louis van Gaal and Gerard van der Lem followed suit at equally famous Spanish Premier League club FC Barcelona. In the two seasons there Gerard van der Lem was able to achieve the titles:

2 x Spanish Premier League Champion 1 x Spanish Cup Winner 1 x Winner of the Spanish Super Cup

After his time in Spain Gerard van der Lem returned to his native Netherlands to become the head coach of FC Alkmaar again followed by one season in Japan at Oita Trinita of the J-League.

Another memorable and highly successful period followed in Saudi Arabia in his first engagement as National Coach. He and his team became for Saudi Arabia:

1 x Winner of the Gulf Cup / 1 x Winner of the Arab Cup / Qualification to the Asian Cup

Furthermore he was awarded "Best Coach of the Middle East"

After some time back home with Ajax Amsterdam where he worked in several positions, he returned to the Middle East for an engagement with United Arab Emirates 1st Leaguist Al Sharjah Club in the season 2007–2008.

In 2008 Gerard van der Lem joined his fellow manager Henk ten Cate in an appointment at famous Greek club Panathinaikos.

At present Gerard van der Lem is technical director at Kayserispor, Turkey.



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
1973–74 FC Amsterdam 33 2
1974–75 33 6
1973–75 Total 66 8
1975–76 Roda JC 33 5
1976–77 33 5
1975–77 Total 66 10
1977–78 Feyenoord 34 6
1978–79 19 2
1979–80 19 1
1977–80 Total 72 9
1979–80 Sparta Rotterdam 10 1
1979–80 Total 10 1
1980–81 FC Utrecht 23 5
1981–82 31 7
1982–83 17 1
1983–84 15 4
1980–84 Total 86 17
Total Netherlands 300 45
Career total 300 45