Frank Rijkaard

Date of birth30 September 1962
Place of birthSurinam
NationalityDutch
Weight80 kg
Height1.90 m
PositionMidfielder

Rijkaard played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan, and represented his national side 73 times, scoring 10 goals.

Rijkaard was described in The Daily Telegraph as having been "a stylish player of faultless pedigree". He is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in footballing history and one of the best players of his generation.

Starting his career at Ajax, Rijkaard played as a central defender (1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85), a right midfielder and a central midfielder (1985–86). During this period he won the Dutch league championship three times (1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85) and the Dutch Cup three times (1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87). In the 1986–87 season he won the Cup Winners' Cup with Ajax.

He moved on to spend five seasons at Milan where he won the European Cup twice (1989 and 1990) and the Serie A twice playing alongside the Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.

Rijkaard returned to Ajax in 1993 enjoying more domestic honours before playing his final game as Ajax won the Champions League, with a 1–0 victory over Milan in the 1995 final.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
DWS Amsterdam 01 Jul 1979
Ajax 01 Jul 1979 01 Jan 1988
Sporting Clube Portugal
Real Zaragoza 01 Jul 1988
AC Milan 01 Jul 1988 01 Jul 1993
Ajax 01 Jul 1993 01 Jul 1995

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1981-82 Netherlands International Friendly 3
1
1982-83 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1982-83 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 1
1983-84 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1983-84 Netherlands UEFA European Championship
1
2
1984-85 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 3
1985-86 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 2
1985-86 Netherlands International Friendly 1
1986-87 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1986-87 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 5
1987-88 Netherlands International Friendly 3
1987-88 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 5
1988-89 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 4
1988-89 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1989-90 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 6
1
1989-90 Netherlands International Friendly 3
1
1991-92 Netherlands International Friendly 4
1
1
1991-92 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 6
2
1992-93 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 5
1992-93 Netherlands International Friendly 1
1993-94 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 6
1
1993-94 Netherlands International Friendly 5
4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
01 Sep 1981 Switzerland v Netherlands L 2-1 International Friendly
23 Mar 1982 Scotland v Netherlands L 2-1 International Friendly
14 Apr 1982 Netherlands v Greece W 1-0 International Friendly
25 May 1982 England v Netherlands L 2-0 International Friendly
01 Sep 1982 Iceland v Netherlands D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Nov 1982 Netherlands v France L 1-2 International Friendly
27 Apr 1983 Netherlands v Sweden L 0-3 International Friendly
21 Sep 1983 Belgium v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
17 Dec 1983 Netherlands v Malta W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
14 Mar 1984 Netherlands v Denmark W 6-0 International Friendly
17 Oct 1984 Netherlands v Hungary L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 5
01 May 1985 Netherlands v Austria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 5
14 May 1985 Hungary v Netherlands W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 5
04 Sep 1985 Netherlands v Bulgaria W 1-0 International Friendly
16 Oct 1985 Belgium v Netherlands L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 1 play-off
20 Nov 1985 Netherlands v Belgium W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 5-6 play-off
10 Sep 1986 Czechoslovakia v Netherlands L 1-0 International Friendly
15 Oct 1986 Hungary v Netherlands W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
19 Nov 1986 Netherlands v Poland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
21 Dec 1986 Cyprus v Netherlands W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 5
21 Jan 1987 Spain v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 1987 Netherlands v Greece D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
29 Apr 1987 Netherlands v Hungary W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
09 Sep 1987 Netherlands v Belgium D 0-0 International Friendly
24 May 1988 Netherlands v Bulgaria L 1-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 1988 Netherlands v Romania W 2-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 1988 Netherlands v USSR L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
15 Jun 1988 England v Netherlands W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
18 Jun 1988 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
21 Jun 1988 Germany v Netherlands W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Semi-final
25 Jun 1988 Netherlands v USSR W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Final
14 Sep 1988 Netherlands v Wales W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
19 Oct 1988 West Germany v Netherlands D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
16 Nov 1988 Italy v Netherlands L 1-0 International Friendly
22 Mar 1989 Netherlands v USSR W 2-0 International Friendly
26 Apr 1989 Netherlands v West Germany D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 4
31 May 1989 Finland v Netherlands W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 4
11 Oct 1989 Wales v Netherlands W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 4
15 Nov 1989 Netherlands v Finland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
21 Feb 1990 Netherlands v Italy D 0-0 International Friendly
30 May 1990 Austria v Netherlands L 3-2 International Friendly
03 Jun 1990 Yugoslavia v Netherlands W 0-2 International Friendly
12 Jun 1990 Netherlands v Egypt D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
16 Jun 1990 England v Netherlands D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
21 Jun 1990 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
24 Jun 1990 Germany v Netherlands L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
11 Sep 1991 Netherlands v Poland D 1-1 International Friendly
16 Oct 1991 Netherlands v Portugal W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 6
04 Dec 1991 Greece v Netherlands W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 6
25 Mar 1992 Netherlands v Yugoslavia W 2-0 International Friendly
27 May 1992 Netherlands v Austria W 3-2 International Friendly
30 May 1992 Netherlands v Wales W 4-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 1992 Netherlands v Scotland W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Finals group 2
15 Jun 1992 Netherlands v CIS D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals group 2
18 Jun 1992 Netherlands v Germany W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Finals group 2
22 Jun 1992 Denmark v Netherlands L 2-2 (4-5) UEFA European Championship Semi-final
09 Sep 1992 Netherlands v Italy L 2-3 International Friendly
23 Sep 1992 Norway v Netherlands L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
14 Oct 1992 Netherlands v Poland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
16 Dec 1992 Turkey v Netherlands W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Group 2
28 Apr 1993 England v Netherlands D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Jun 1993 Netherlands v Norway D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
22 Sep 1993 San Marino v Netherlands W 0-7 FIFA World Cup Group 2
13 Oct 1993 Netherlands v England W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
19 Jan 1994 Tunisia v Netherlands D 2-2 International Friendly
23 Mar 1994 Scotland v Netherlands W 0-1 International Friendly
20 Apr 1994 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland L 0-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 1994 Netherlands v Hungary W 7-1 International Friendly
12 Jun 1994 Canada v Netherlands W 0-3 International Friendly
21 Jun 1994 Netherlands v Saudi Arabia W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
25 Jun 1994 Belgium v Netherlands L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
04 Jul 1994 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
09 Jul 1994 Brazil v Netherlands L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final final


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.