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Aron Winter

Aron Winter
Full nameAron Mohamed Winter
Date of birth (1967-03-01) 1 March 1967 (age 48)
Place of birthParamaribo, Suriname
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Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Youth career
0000–1985SV Lelystad
Senior career*
2001–2002Sparta Rotterdam (loan)32(1)
National team
Teams managed
2005–2009Ajax A1 (assistant)
2007–2009Ajax A2
2011–2012Toronto FC
2014–Netherlands U-19

Aron Mohamed Winter (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrɔn ˈʋɪntər], English approximation [VIN-ter];[2] 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.

Playing career

AFC Ajax

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)

SS Lazio

In 1992, he moved to the Roman team Lazio, playing his first match against Sampdoria on 6 September, which Lazio tied 3–3.

Inter Milan

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.

Sparta Rotterdam

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.

Manager career

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] Toronto eventually lost 7–3 on aggregate in the semis to Santos Laguna.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


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.[10]

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.

Personal life

His grandfather, Zhang Junqiang, came from China and moved to Surinam, and Winter is his grandmother's surname.

Managerial statistics

As of 8 June 2012
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Toronto FC 6 January 2011 7 June 2012 64 18 21 25 28.13
Total 64 18 21 25 28.13






Toronto FC

See also


  1. ^ Aron Winter at
  2. ^ "Introducing Aron Winter". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  3. ^ "New Management team announced". Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Martina's brace lifts Toronto FC to first victory of the season". The Star. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Toronto Takes Third Straight Crown". Toronto FC. 2 July 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Reds Rocket To CCL Semifinals". Toronto FC. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "TFC eliminated from CCL with loss to Santos". Rogers Sportsnet. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "DeRosario keeps Toronto FC winless". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Aron Winter out as Toronto FC head coach, replaced by Paul Mariner". The Star. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
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