Aron Mohamed Winter (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrɔn ˈʋɪntər], English approximation [VIN-ter]; born 1 March 1967) is a retired Dutch football midfielder and current head coach of the Dutch under-19 national team. He has played for Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands, for Italian sides Lazio and Internazionale, and for the Netherlands national team.
He began his career with amateur club Unicum, he also played for SV Lelystad, before joining AFC Ajax when he was 19 years old. His first game for Ajax was a match against FC Utrecht on 6 April 1986, which Ajax won 3–0. Winter won two KNVB Cups (1987 and 1988), the Eredivisie title (1990), the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1987) and the UEFA Cup (1992)
In 1992, he moved to the Roman team Lazio, playing his first match against Sampdoria on 6 September, which Lazio tied 3–3.
In 1996, Winter joined Inter Milan which won the UEFA Cup in 1998. He had also played in the previous year's final, with the game going to penalties. However, Winter missed his penalty as Inter lost to Schalke.
In 2001, he was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam. He played 32 games for Sparta Rotterdam and scored one goal before finishing his career at Ajax, where he chose to retire.
After a 3-year Assistant coaching career with the Ajax first academy team, Winter signed a 3-year contract with Canadian side Toronto FC on 6 January 2011. Winter brought former colleague Bob de Klerk from Ajax to be his assistant coach, while Paul Mariner was also brought in the same day being named Director of Player Development at the club. After a disappointing season opener against Vancouver Whitecaps that ended in a 4–2 away defeat on 19 March, Winter won his first game as Toronto's head coach the following week against Portland Timbers in a 2–0 home victory. Winter won his first trophy with Toronto in early July with a 3–2 win on aggregate over Vancouver, helping Toronto win its third consecutive Canadian Championship earning them a berth in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League.
Winter led Toronto to its first ever Champions League semifinals, this was also the first time a Canadian club had made it this far in the competition. Toronto eventually lost 7–3 on aggregate in the semis to Santos Laguna. Following a bright start to the season in continental play Toronto started the 2012 MLS season with nine straight losses, making Winter's 0–9–0 start is the worst start in the history of the MLS. Toronto won its tenth match with a 1–0 win over Philadelphia on 26 May 2012; however, it was not enough as Toronto announced on 7 June 2012 that Winter would be replaced by Paul Mariner, Toronto's director of player development.
He was a member of the Dutch national team that won the 1988 European Football Championship, however he made no appearances during the final tournament.
In the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he scored a goal against Brazil in the quarter-finals.
He was also selected for the Dutch national team for Euro 96, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
He left Inter for his former club Ajax in 1999. Winter placed in Rijkaard's Euro 2000 squad.
Having represented his national team 84 times, scoring six goals, Winter is currently the twelfth most capped player for the Dutch national team.
His grandfather, Zhang Junqiang, came from China and moved to Surinam, and Winter is his grandmother's surname.
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