Arnold Mühren

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Arnold Mühren
Mühren in 1972
Personal information
Full name Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren
Date of birth (1951-06-02) 2 June 1951 (age 72)
Place of birth Volendam, Netherlands
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Ajax (youth coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Volendam 26 (2)
1971–1974 Ajax 62 (16)
1974–1978 Twente 108 (39)
1978–1982 Ipswich Town 161 (21)
1982–1985 Manchester United 70 (13)
1985–1989 Ajax 99 (14)
Total 516 (105)
International career
1978–1988 Netherlands[1][2] 23 (3)
Managerial career
Volendam (youth coach)
Ajax (youth coach)
Medal record
Representing  Netherlands
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1988 West Germany
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren (born 2 June 1951) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. His older brother Gerrie, also a midfield player, won three European Cup titles with Ajax in the early 1970s. Mühren is among the few players to have won all three major UEFA-organised club competitions,[3] the European Cup (1972–73), the Cup Winners' Cup (1986–87) and the UEFA Cup (1980–81). The last of these was won with Ipswich Town, while the other titles were won while playing for Ajax. He is also one of the two Dutch players, together with Danny Blind, to have won all UEFA club competitions.


Born in Volendam, North Holland, Mühren started his career at FC Volendam. He moved to Ajax Amsterdam in 1971, winning three domestic and three international titles in his first two seasons there. His third season with Ajax yielded no titles, but he found further success after a transfer to FC Twente, winning the KNVB Cup in 1977 and reaching the 1975 UEFA Cup Final. A year later he moved to Ipswich Town in England for a fee of £150,000; in the same year he made his international debut in a 4–0 win against Tunisia.[2]

Mühren was part of the successful Ipswich team that won the 1981 UEFA Cup, and finished second in the league that year and the season after. In 1982, he transferred to Manchester United. He helped United win the 1983 FA Cup Final by scoring a penalty in the replay against Brighton, and left the club after the 1985 FA Cup Final, in which United defeated Everton. He did not feature in the match squad for the 1985 final, having lost his place in the team that season to new signing Jesper Olsen. Mühren was one of the few players from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland playing in English football during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

After seven years in England, Mühren returned to Ajax, where he added the European Cup Winners' Cup (1986–87) to his trophy collection. Mühren also reached the final the following year in 1988 but lost to KV Mechelen. At the age of 37, he achieved the highlight of his career, when he was a vital part of the Netherlands national team that won the European Championships in 1988. In the final against the Soviet Union he provided the cross from which Marco van Basten scored the second goal (considered one of the greatest volleyed goals of all time). Mühren continued playing for Ajax for one more season after that, before retiring in 1989 at the age of 38.[4]


Arnold Mühren and Gerrie Kroon getting married on 12 March 1974



Ipswich Town

Manchester United



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arnold Mühren at
  2. ^ a b Stokkermans, Karel (6 February 2008). "Arnold Mühren – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  3. ^ List of players to have won the three main European club competitions
  4. ^ "Six of the best". BBC Sport. 26 May 2004. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Ajax - RBC 3 - 0 (5/28/1986)".
  6. ^ "FC den Haag - Ajax 2 - 4 (6/5/1987)".
  7. ^ "1972-73 Europa Cup I".
  8. ^ "Arnold Mühren profile". Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Four Town players in Hall of Fame". East Anglian Daily Times. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014.[permanent dead link]

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