BERT VAN LINGEN
Bert van Lingen is the former assistant coach of the Dutch, Belgian and Russian men’s national teams, as well as Glasgow Rangers FC, FK Zenit St. Petersburg and Sunderland AFC. With the Netherlands, van Lingen was a part of multiple youth national team coaching staffs, including coaching at 1983 U20 World Championships with Marco van Basten on the team. He then moved to the staff of the senior men’s national team, at one point working under legendary coach Rinus Michels, and was part of the group that won the 1988 UEFA European Championship in West Germany. Van Lingen also was on staff with the Orange at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, with the team progressing to the Quarter-Finals and losing to eventual champions Brazil. During those tournaments van Lingen coached some of the most famous Dutch footballers of all time, including Frank de Boer, Dennis Bergkamp and Ruud Gullit. Van Lingen returned to the Dutch national team later in his career to coach at the 2004 UEFA European Championship with a squad that featured the likes of Patrick Kluivert, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. His other international experiences took place with the national teams of Russia and Belgium. Van Lingen also spent time as an assistant with Glasgow Rangers FC, FK Zenit St. Petersburg and Sunderland AFC.