​The 411 on Coach Stanley Menzo 

Full name:  Stanley Purl Menzo
Date of birth: 15 October 1963 (age 53)

Place of birth: Paramaribo, Surinam

Playing position: Goalkeeper

Stanley Purl Menzo is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and currently worked as a Youth coach at Ajax Cape Town. ( now head coach of Ajax Cape Town) 

Most of his professional career was spent at Ajax (ten full seasons), appearing in more than 300 official matches with the club and winning nine major titles.

Menzo represented the Dutch national team in one World Cup & one European Championship.

Born in Paramaribo, Suriname, Menzo arrived at Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam at the age of 19, from amateurs A.V.V. Zeeburgia.

After two seasons deputising for Hans Galjé, and a loan to fellow league side HFC Haarlem, he became the starter for the 1985–86 campaign. Newly appointed manager Johan Cruyff believed that Menzo was one of the first goalkeepers who could also make his mark as a field player.

Menzo then proceeded to remain an undisputed starter for seven full seasons, helping Ajax to the 1989–90 national title, as well as the 1986–87 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1991–92 UEFA Cup. However, after a game in the latter competition the following season, a 2–4 loss at AJ Auxerre, during which he scored an own goal and was also directly related to another, he lost his place to youth graduate Edwin van der Sar, and never regained it.

In the 1994 summer, Menzo signed with PSV Eindhoven, where he backed up Ronald Waterreus for two seasons.

The 33-year-old managed to revive his career in Belgium with Lierse SK, which he helped win one league and one cup, eventually amassing nearly 100 official appearances. 

For a brief period of time, he also played in France for FC Girondins de Bordeaux, arriving in August 1997 to replace Gilbert Bodart. However, having lost his place to Ulrich Ramé (who would be the club’s first-choice for more than one decade), he returned to Lierse, in January 1998 

In the summer of 2001, after a second spell at Ajax, Menzo joined amateur club AGOVV Apeldoorn, helping it to the amateur title. He retired from football at the end of the season.

Menzo gained six caps for the Netherlands, the first arriving in 1989. He then spent nearly three years without any further appearances, but was summoned for the squads present at both the 1990 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1992, as third-choice.

After legendary Hans van Breukelen retired from international play following the latter competition, Menzo was named the starter for the qualification stages of the 1994 World Cup; following two unassuming performances, the 1–2 loss in Norway and a 2–2 home draw against Poland, he was benched, and ultimately did not even made the squad at all (Van der Sar would be the third goalkeeper in the list.)


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