Ronald Koeman extends contract with Ajax to 2006

Ajax and Ronald Koeman have expressed faith in one another and extended their mutual contract until July 1 2006. The current agreement with the head coach was to run out next summer. As usual, Ajax do not disclose financial details of the new agreement.

Ronald Koeman was appointed as the successor of Co Adriaanse in December 2001. Last Tuesday's match against Club Brugge in the first round of the UEFA Champions League was his 100th official match as Ajax's coach. Of those 100 matches, Koeman won 63 times, drew 21 times and lost 16 matches. Under his guidance, Ajax scored 222 goals and conceded 94.

In the last match in the Holland Casino Eredivisie, against Feyenoord (2-0), Koeman won his 50th match in the Dutch league with Ajax. His record with Ajax in the Holland Casino Eredivisie is: 50 wins, 11 draws and 6 losses, with 175 goals scored and 62 allowed.

Ronald Koeman's string of successes as the head coach of Ajax was rewarded with the Dutch championship, the national cup and the Johan Cruijff Shield in the 2001-2002 season. He also reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League last season and won the prestigious Amsterdam Tournament twice (2002 and 2003) with Ajax. He was personally awarded the title 'Coach of the Year' by the representatives of the players' union.

Ronald Koeman played for Ajax from 21 August 1983 to 28 May 1986. He won the title in 1985 and the Dutch Cup in 1986 with the club.

Ronald Koeman also played for Helpman, G.R.C., FC Groningen, PSV, FC Barcelona and Feyenoord. With those teams he captured seven national titles, three national cups, three national Super Cups, one European Super Cup and twice the European champions' Cup (in 1988 with PSV and in 1992 with FC Barcelona).

Ronald Koeman wore the orange jersey of Holland 78 times since 27 April 1983. He scored 14 goals as an international and played on the European Championships of 1988 and 1992 and the World Cups of 1990 and 1994. With Holland he booked his greatest result in 1988 when he won the European title in Germany. With 193 goals in 533 league matches Ronald Koeman is also the most productive defender of all time.

After his playing career Ronald Koeman served as an assistant coach with Holland and FC Barcelona before becoming the head coach at Vitesse. Ronald Koeman (of 21 March 1963, Zaandam) is 40 years old.