Wim Jansen dead: Celtic hero and former Dutch World Cup star passes away at 75

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Former Celtic manager Wim Jansen has died at the age of 75, his former club Feyenoord confirmed on Tuesday.

The Dutchman was in charge of the Scottish giants in the 1997-98 season and memorably won the league title, preventing rivals Rangers from winning their tenth consecutive crown.

Jansen, who also won the Scottish League Cup in his sole campaign at the helm, was the manager who oversaw the arrival of club legend Henrik Larsson from his former club Feyenoord.

The former central midfielder made over 500 appearances for the Dutch club and featured in the 1970 European Cup final in which Feyenoord, somewhat ironically, defeated Celtic.

Jansen also won the Eredivisie title on five separate occasions; four times with Feyenoord and later at their domestic rivals Ajax.



Wim Jansen was an iconic figure during his playing days for Feyenoord and Netherlands
Wim Jansen was an iconic figure during his playing days for Feyenoord and Netherlands

Jansen had signed for the American side Washington Diplomats in 1980 where he played alongside Johan Cruyff, who recommended that he join Ajax.

Jansen would adapt his position to play as a libero in Ajax’s defence, with his debut coming in a 4-2 loss against his former club Feyenoord.

Feyenoord fans didn’t like former player Jansen playing for their main rivals and during that match, one fan threw a snowball that hit his eye – forcing him off the field for treatment.

Yet Jansen is most well known at club level for his 15-year stint at Feyenoord, where he also won one Dutch Cup and the UEFA Cup in 1974.



Jansen spent just one season at the helm of Celtic before promptly leaving the club
Jansen spent just one season at the helm of Celtic before promptly leaving the club


Jansen celebrated Celtic's long wait for a league title with Tom Boyd
Jansen celebrated Celtic’s long wait for a league title with Tom Boyd

Jansen was capped on 65 occasions for the Netherlands and featured in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals on the losing side, alongside their third-placed finish in the 1976 European Championships.

After returning to Feyenoord in a coaching capacity, Jansen was appointed as boss at Belgium boss Lokeren in 1987 and later moved back to Feyenoord as manager – where he won the Dutch Cup in 1991 and 1992.

Between 1994 and 1997 he also managed Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima before replacing Tommy Burns in the Parkhead hotseat.



Celtic Coach Wim Jansen and Murdo McLeod revelled in the 1998 celebrations at Parkhead
Celtic Coach Wim Jansen and Murdo McLeod revelled in the 1998 celebrations at Parkhead

Jansen was Celtic’s first non-British or Irish manager and secured the league title on the final day of the season with a home win over St. Johnstone.

He would swiftly resign from his position – his last role in management – and he was replaced at the Glasgow club by Jozef Venglos.

Alongside the arrival of Larsson, Jansen also oversaw deals to sign Craig Burley, Paul Lambert and Regi Blinker.

His old club paid tribute to “a wonderful person and great Feyenoord player” who was previously diagnosed with dementia.



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