Boudewijn Zenden

Where is Boudewijn Zenden now?

After playing for some of the biggest teams across Europe, Bolo Zenden retired from playing in 2011 at the age of 34 after two seasons playing in the Premier League for Sunderland.

Part of the successful Middlesbrough side of 2003-04 and 2004-05 which finished a club record 7th in the Premier League, Zenden also played in and scored in the club’s 2004 League Cup win – their first ever national trophy win.

He also won La Liga with Barcelona, the Eredivisie with PSV and the UEFA Super Cup during his time at Liverpool.

On the international stage he was a regular for the Netherlands national side between 1997 and 2004 winning 54 caps and representing them at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals as well as the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships.
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After hanging up his boots Zenden wasn’t out of the game for long and in 2012 was surprisingly appointed as assistant manager of Chelsea by their interim manager Rafa Benitez, despite having no previous coaching experience.

He stayed at the club until the end of the 2012-2013 before leaving at the same time as Benitez.

Returning to his native Holland to work as a part-time specialist coach with his first club PSV Eindhoven, in January 2020 he was promoted to his current position as assistant manager.

He currently combines his coaching work with occasional punditry on Dutch television.

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Boudewijn Zenden: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forChelsea, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Sunderland

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