Jo Bonfrere

Jo Bonfrére
Personal information
Full name Johannes-Franciscus Bonfrére
Date of birth (1946-06-15) 15 June 1946
Place of birth Eijsden, Limburg, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1985 MVV 335 (50)
Teams managed
1983 MVV
1985 MVV
1988–1990 Verbroedering Geel
1991 Nigeria Women
1992–1993 Verbroedering Geel
1995–1996 Nigeria
1996–1997 Qatar
1998 Al-Wahda
1999–2001 Nigeria
2001–2002 Al-Wahda
2001–2002 United Arab Emirates
2002–2003 Al-Ahly
2004–2005 South Korea
2007 Dalian Shide
2007–2008 Al-Wahda
2011 Henan Jianye

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Johannes-Franciscus "Jo" Bonfrére (born 15 June 1946) is a Dutch football coach and former midfielder, who spent his playing career with MVV Maastricht. In a long coaching career Bonfrére managed several teams in Africa and Asia. He guided Nigeria to their victory in the 1996 Olympic Games.

Playing career

Between 1963 and 1985 Bonfrére scored 50 goals in 335 league appearances for MVV Maastricht, his only club.[1]

Coaching career


Bonfrére led Nigeria national football team to the 1996 Summer Olympics gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] He was the coach of Al-Ahly in Egypt in 2002/03 where he lost the league at the very last match with a difference of two points. His contract was terminated after that.

He also led Nigeria to the 2000 African Cup of Nations co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana. Bonfrére led the Nigerian team to the finals, where they lost to Cameroon by penalties.

Asia and South Korea

He was hired to coach the South Korea national football team in June 2004 to replace Humberto Coelho, who was forced to quit after a draw with the Maldives national football team in a FIFA World Cup qualification. The Dutch coach got off to a promising start by crushing a highly rated German squad of World Cup stars such as Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn, 3-1, with a young Korean team in a friendly match in December 2004. In 2005, South Korea qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup under him, but a string of disappointing losses thereafter fueled fan and media ire against Bonfrére.[3] He resigned on 23 August that year after poor results in the East Asian Football Championship and a World Cup qualifier loss against Saudi Arabia. Korea Football Association then hired Dick Advocaat as its third Dutch coach, and Advocaat angered his predecessor by saying he will be another Guus Hiddink, not Bonfrére.

Bonfrére joined former Chinese Super League champions Dalian Shide on a one-year contract in the 2007 league season. Despite the team finishing fifth in the league, they were never in contention to win the title and opted not to extend his contract. On 29 June 2011, another Chinese Super League club Henan Construction announced that Bonfrére would lead the team on a 1+1 contract and fight for staying in the Super League.

In February 2015, Bonfrère was added to the MVV youth team staff.[4]


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