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Mr. Piet Hamberg

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Background Information

Employment History

Advisory Board Member


Technical Manager

Liverpool FC

Academy Technical Director

Liverpool FC

Youth Trainer


Member of the Coaching Staff

Grasshopper-Club Zurich

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Omegawave - About Us - Advisory Board [cached]

Piet Hamberg - Soccer Coach. Mr. Hamberg is the technical manager of Liverpool FC Academy. He coached Grasshopper-Club Zurich and as a player, represented Ajax Amsterdam.

Mr Liverpool FC: Gerrard Wins Football Writers Award [cached]

Liverpool academy technical director Piet Hamberg will leave the club at the end of the season, it has been announced. Hamberg has been in charge of things at Liverpool's highly-rated youth academy in Kirkby for two years.

dutchsoccernews [cached]

Hamberg replaces Versleijen at Al-Jazira

07 Feb 2003
Our thanks to Mohamed S. CHBARO Chief Editor at for the story). ABU DHABI, Feb. 7: Dutchman Jan Versleijen saw the recent poor run of Al-Jazira in the domestic league cost him as the capital outfit appointed fellow countryman Piet Hamberg as the new manager late Thursday night.Versleijen was impressive in turning Al-Jazira into a force to be reckoned with in the United Arab Emirates last season, steering them to second place in the table, behind champions Al-Ain, in his first-ever season as a club coach.The side were defeated 3-1 by Al-Wahda in their latest league outing on Wednesday, a negative result pushing them down to 6th spot in the table on 20 points, trailing pace-setters Al-Wahda by a massive 13-point mark.
"This being said, we will provide Mr. Hamberg with all the necessary help in order to enhance the club chances of attaining better results in the remainder of the league championship," he concluded.Hamberg, 49, who remained tight-lipped after the official signing, played at FC Groningen (youth) and went professional at NEC Nijmegen in 1972 where he played till 1974.His next clubs were Wageningen 1974-76 and FCUtrecht 1976-78, before he moved to Swiss outfit Servette Geneve, playing his club football till 1980.Ajax got interested in this versatile player and signed him at the start of the 1980/81 season, where he played till 1983.Piet was a youth trainer with the Amsterdammers between 1983 till 1990, where he saw all the talents-of-the-day from Bergkamp and Davids to Kluivert and Van der Sar.In the summer of 1995 he moved back to the Swiss mountains to become a member of the coaching staff at Grasshopper-Club Zurich (till December 1996).In the summer of 1997 he became national coach of the Youth Team of Saudi Arabia (till the summer of 1999), before joining Libyan side Al-Ahly Benghazi from July 1999 till December 1999.

Updated LFC news - every day... [cached]

Hamberg to leave Piet Hamberg will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

Hamberg was Rick Parry's man and the Chief Executive's departure sees Hamberg forced out as well and replaced by someone loyal to Rafael Benitez.
Hamberg was Rick Parry's man and the Chief Executive's departure sees Hamberg forced out as well and replaced by someone loyal to Rafael Benitez.

RAWK Writers' Archive [cached]

Another article - this time an interview with Academy supremo Piet Hamberg.

Hamberg's quote here maps perfectly to RM's model, and it's no surprise, given RM was the architect behind the Ajax system, and that Hamberg served his time there as a player and then coach. In retrospect it's no surprise that Hamberg was recruited. I'd argue Rafa's applying something like RM's model in his work at LFC.
Piet might as well be doing an impression of RM.
It's not immediately clear whether Piet will talk the talk and walk the walk, but at the very least, we're starting out with the right vision and philosophy if you see the current LFC project as one that follows RM's model.
Hamberg has introduced a structured skills framework in the Coerver method ( ), and while there's no conclusive proof of this, I'd argue that we're now seeing a pattern emerge in the way Liverpool plays football at youth, reserve, and senior level.
Taken out of context, his words question Rafa's desire to bring these players through; however, we've already seen the words of Hamberg on this front - when they're ready technically and tactically, they'll be compared 'like-for-like' with their counterparts in the first team squad.

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