Arthur Numan (born 14 December 1969 in Heemskerk, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch footballer. He played as a left back in the years from 1997 to after 2000 and was a regular fixture in Netherlands national football team
He started his career with the amateur club SV Beverwijk and was spotted by Haarlem who handed him his first professional game against DS '79 on 26 March 1988 which his team won 2-0. He originally played in a more attacking role, but his long-time mentor Dick Advocaat, then the coach of Haarlem, positioned him as a left fullback.
Numan joined FC Twente at the close of the 1990/1991 season where he has scored goals even as a defender. He was named team captain for the Enschede team and also captained the Dutch Under 21 national team. However, it was not until he joined PSV Eindhoven that his talents were fully appreciated. He was drafted into the Dutch team for a World Cup qualifying game against Poland which ended in a 2-2 draw on October 14, 1992. Numan was substituted after forty minutes by Advocaat, who was then the national team coach and brought on PSV teammate Gerald Vanenburg as his team was 2-0 down early in the game.
More domestic success was to follow with PSV and he was selected to represent the Dutch team for the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. by Dick Advocaat, although he was never included in the starting line-up for any of the Netherlands' games in that tournament. He did cap his World Cup debut against the Ireland team as a substitute 15 minutes before the end of that match. His long-term appearance in a major tournament was also hindered by not starting in the Euro 96 tournament although by then, his talents had already been appreciated by team manager Guus Hiddink.
By then, PSV was already a star-studded team with players such as Jaap Stam, Philip Cocu, Luc Nilis and Ronaldo. Numan was selected for the captaincy of the team although he was often in conflict with fellow fullback Serbia-Montenegro Željko Petrović over captaincy issues. Numan was at the peak of his career then and this is no less evident in the Dutch team's run-up to the qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France, where he featured in nearly all of the qualification games. Numan played in all of the group matches in France although the quarterfinal game against Argentina was marred with his second yellow card of the game (after a tackle on Diego Simeone) and he was to miss the crucial clash with eventual finalist Brazil in which his drafted stand-in Winston Bogarde was also absent due to injury. He played in the 3rd placing match against Croatia but could not help his team win the bronze medal.
In a £4.5 million deal that took him to Rangers at the end of the 1997/1998 season, Numan's career was then blighted by recurring injuries that forced him to sit out many games. Dick Advocaat, who managed the Scottish team at that time, patiently waited for Numan to recover, a move which was rewarded when he helped the team to considerable league success as well as the treble in his penultimate season at Rangers. Numan was awarded the teams vice-captaincy serving as deputy to captain Lorenzo Amoruso. He had a particularly prolific relationship with German international left sided midfielder Jorg Albertz. However, at the end of the 2002/2003 season, he informed the club that he could not agree a deal with them and that he would mutually terminate the contract come the end of the season. He stated that he was willing to accept a pay-cut offer but felt that his club has under-rated him.
Meanwhile, Numan continued to feature in the Dutch national team, representing his country on home soil during the Euro 2000 tournament. By 2000, Numan's career at the international stage appeared to wane and his automatic leftback spot was open to his contenders Winston Bogarde and Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He was to play for the remaining games of his team's failed attempt to capture their first major trophy since 1988 culminating in the semi-final loss to Italy on penalties.
He was determined to assist his national team to qualify for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan under manager Louis van Gaal but the crucial game against Ireland at Landsdowne Road stadium in late 2001 was lost 1-0. He retired from international football after his final international game against United States on 19 May 2002, which the Dutch won 2-0 away.
At the end of the Scottish Premier League season of 2002/2003, he announced his retirement. A late offer by Villarreal CF from the Spanish La Liga failed to convince him to renounce his retirement vow. He refused to continue his career in Holland as he was not looking forward to start afresh training and playing hectic games every week. His total of international caps for the Dutch team stands at 45.
Honours: Eredivisie League Championship Winner 1996-97 Dutch Cup Winner 1995-96 Dutch Super Cup Winner 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 Scottish Premier League Winner 1999, 2000, 2003 Scottish Cup Winner 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 Scottish League Cup Winner 1999, 2002, 2003
Numan can be seen as a regular pundit on Scotsport SPL, Scottish and Grampian TV's round-up of Scottish Premier League action. He currently resides in Hamilton, Scotland. He is also treasurer of Rangers Charity Trust.
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