Henk Houwaart

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Henk Houwaart
Personal information
Date of birth (1945-08-31) August 31, 1945 (age 68)
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966-1967 ADO Den Haag 87 (34)
1967 Golden Gate Gales 12 (9)
1967-1969 FC Twente 34 (7)
1969-1972 RWD Molenbeek 81 (11)
1972-1976 Club Brugge 89 (15)
1975-1976 Royal Antwerp FC 3 (0)
National team
1969 Netherlands 1 (0)
Teams managed
1977-1978 K.S.V. Roeselare
1978-1979 K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst
1979-1983 K.V. Kortrijk
1983-1984 Cercle Brugge
1984-1989 Club Brugge
1989-1990 K.V. Kortrijk
1990-1991 AO Xanthi
1991-1993 Cercle Brugge
1994 K.S.V. Waregem
1994-2000 K.R.C. Harelbeke
2000 K.A.A. Gent
2000-2001 Omonia Nicosia
2002-2003 Royal Antwerp FC
2003-2004 AEL Limassol
2004-2005 Omonia Nicosia
2006-2007 K. Sint-Truidense V.V.
2007 Aris Limassol
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Henk Houwaart (born in the Hague on August 31, 1945) is a Dutch football manager and a former football player.

He began his career in 1963 as a footballer playing for ADO Den Haag until 1967, when he left the club to play for FC Twente. After being selected once for the Dutch national team,1 he continued his career in 1969 in Belgium to play for Club Brugge K.V. and in his first season his team won the Belgian Cup and the championship in 1973. He was transferred to Royal Antwerp FC in 1975 but 6 month later, he sustained an injury in a UEFA Cup match against Śląsk Wrocław that ended his career.

Coaching career

However he did not stop his football career and began to work as a trainer. Beginning his career as a trainer of K.S.V. Roeselare in 1977, the following season he became trainer of K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst. K.V. Kortrijk was his next club in 1979 and after finishing second in Belgian Second Division his team promoted to First Division.

In 1983 he moved to Cercle Brugge K.S.V.; however, Houwaart's aim was to become trainer of Club Brugges and one year later he moved there. He won his first trophies with this club, the Belgian Cup in 1986 and the Belgian Supercup the same year. He also won his first Championship as a coach in the season 1987-88 and the same season his team played in UEFA Cup and reached the semi-finals, when they were eliminated by RCD Espanyol in extra time.

He was fired in 1989 after bad results and he returned to his former club K.V. Kortrijk. He then moved to Greece to be the coach of AO Xanthi. After one year in Greece, he returned to Belgium and returned for two years to Cercle Brugge K.S.V. until 1993. His next team was K.R.C. Harelbeke, and he helped them to promote to the first division. He stayed there six years, from 1994 until 2000. After six years coaching K.R.C. Harelbeke, he went to K.A.A. Gent, but few months after, he was fired after a home defeat of the team in UEFA Cup by AFC Ajax.

For the second time in his career he left Belgium, this time he moved to Cyprus in November 2000 and became coach of Omonia Nicosia. Despite that Omonia was the most successful team in Cyprus, they had not won the Cypriot First Division in eight years. Omonia were seven points behind Anorthosis Famagusta, who were champions the previous four years and another year seemed lost for Omonia. After Houwaart's departure, Omonia performance changed rapidly and they won the championship after 8 years and a few months later they won the Cyprus Super Cup. After a bad beginning in the 2001-02 season, Houwaart quit as coach and went back to Belgium and to Royal Antwerp FC for the remaining season. He coached Sporting West Ingelmunster-Harelbeke in 2002-03.

He moved to Cyprus again, this time for AEL Limassol during the middle of the season 2003-04. Since the day he began coaching AEL Limassol, his team was unbeaten and reached the Cypriot Cup final. The unbeaten record ended in that final against AEK Larnaca, when his team lost 2-1. Six months later, he returned to his first Cypriot team, AC Omonia and won the Cypriot Cup after beating Digenis Morphou in the final 2-0. A few months later, they won the Cyprus Super Cup again. In the Super Cup, Omonia beat Anorthosis Famagusta 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 result. The 2005-06, Omonia was contenter for the Championship title, however the team performed badly and he resigned again from Omonia. Since then, he moved to K. Sint-Truidense V.V. in February 2006, where he saved them from relegation. He is now Head Coach from Belgian lower division team Royal Knokke F.C..

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