Phillip Cocu | 1998-2000

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Phillip Cocu | 1998-2000

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Phillip John William Cocu (born 29 October 1970 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch football midfielder who is currently an assistant manager of the Dutch national team and Dutch club PSV

Cocu was a versatile player, being able to play in defence or midfield, in more than one position, but usually played a central playmaker role or defensive midfield, dictating his team's play. He was best known for his tackling, vision, and great teamwork.


Early career / AZ

Cocu first started out playing football at amateur level with clubs such as AFC '34 and DCS Zevenaar. He signed his first professional contract with AZ in the 1988-89 season when he was just 17 years old. After an encouraging start at the club, he joined Vitesse in 1990.


Vitesse

His career at Vitesse was blighted by him breaking his right leg in his first game against Sparta Rotterdam. After fully recovering in 1992, he assisted his club to a top five finish in the Eredivisie and a qualification spot for the UEFA Cup competition. AFC Ajax tried to sign him twice when he was at Vitesse, but it was Dick Advocaat who signed him for PSV in 1995.


PSV

During his tenure at PSV, Cocu won one Eredivisie league title. With international team colleagues such as Jaap Stam, Arthur Numan, Boudewijn Zenden, and Wim Jonk all forming the core of the squad, he was also a teammate of Ronaldo and Luc Nilis.


FC Barcelona

Having played some of his finest football at PSV, Cocu moved to La Liga giants FC Barcelona after the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Louis van Gaal, who coached Barça at that time, also signed many Dutch World Cup players such as Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert, Boudewijn Zenden, Ruud Hesp, Michael Reiziger, Winston Bogarde, as well as Marc Overmars in 2000 and the Spanish team, who was soon nicknamed "Oranje Barcelona" or "Ajax Barcelona", were crowned league champions in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999.

In the following seasons, while most of the Dutch contingent at Barcelona, like the de Boer brothers and Zenden, were transferred, Cocu managed to stay with the club. At the start of the 2003-04 season, Kluivert, Reiziger, Overmars, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and Cocu were the remaining Dutch players (Edgar Davids would join halfway during the season on loan from Juventus). The man in charge was another Dutchman, Frank Rijkaard.

In February 2005, Cocu was honoured by FC Barcelona and the Camp Nou faithful with a hearty ovation before the start of a match, and president Joan Laporta presented the player with a plaque to commemorate his career, highlighting his dedication and loyalty to the club. Cocu holds the record of appearances for Barça as a foreign player, with 292 overall appearances.


Return to PSV

Although he was proposed a new contract, Cocu left Barcelona before the start of UEFA Euro 2004 for his old club PSV. With PSV, Cocu led the team to three championships in just three years. In what would become his final match for PSV, on 29 April 2007, Cocu sealed PSV's Eredivisie win by scoring the fifth goal against Vitesse, thereby finishing above Ajax, who at that point were virtual champions on goal difference.


Al-Jazira

Cocu left PSV at the end of the season and signed on 15 August 2007 for Al-Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates for one year.



International career

It was at PSV that Cocu got first called-up to the Dutch national squad, and he was handed his debut in a friendly on 24 April 1996 against Germany. He was then selected in the final squad for UEFA Euro 1996.

By 1998, Cocu was a permanent fixture in the national side and was selected by Guus Hiddink for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, where he scored two goals in the group stage. Cocu was used in a variety of different positions in that tournament. An example would be in the semi-final against Brazil where he filled in at left-back, as incumbent Numan was suspended and substitute Bogarde suffered a serious knee-injury during a training session prior to the match. The game would not end well for Cocu, however, as he missed one of the penalties in the shootout which saw the Dutch exit the tournament.

Cocu represented his country in UEFA Euro 2000 on home ground and also played in UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal. In the latter, Cocu was captain of the Dutch side, but after the tournament, new coach Marco van Basten handed the captain's armband over to Edgar Davids and later to goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

With Cocu in a pivotal role in midfield, in 2004-05, the Netherlands won 10 out of their 12 qualifying games en route to qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Cocu retired from the national team after that tournament, having appeared in all four of the Netherlands' games.


HONOURS:

*Eredivisie champions: 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007
*La Liga champions: 1999
*Dutch Cup: 1996, 2005
*Dutch Super Cup: 1996, 1997
*UEFA Super Cup: 1998
*Gulf champions league: 2007


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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998/1999

Postby Fides » 2009 Aug 01, 15:44

For some reason he looked a bit taller then 1.82....but all sources I find say he is 1.82, so guess thats right then.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fevernova » 2009 Aug 06, 17:44

I don't know why is he so underated, he's easilly one of Barça´s best DM of all times, not to mention one of the most consistent players of all times for the Camp Nou´s team. Even though, very few people remember him as such...
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby p1rha » 2009 Sep 17, 13:46

Underated?! Forget he hasn't got a right foot and he is perfect!
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fevernova » 2009 Sep 17, 13:59

No, I didn´t mean the stats, I said generally...
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fides » 2009 Sep 17, 15:05

Its kinda true. Even when he was the captain of Barca he was still tossed around on different position in the Dutch NT because on the 3 midfield positions he had competition from Seedorf, Davids, R. de Boer, Winter, Jonk and Witschge....
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby p1rha » 2009 Sep 17, 15:17

i think his technical abilities r a bit overated, it wasn't his best quality.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fides » 2009 Sep 17, 15:21

Hmm, I think he was far more technical then for example van Bommel. As Barry is on TECH: 84 I would say Cocu should be 85/86
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fevernova » 2009 Sep 17, 15:47

Yeah, Fides is right P1rha, he made some classy runs and escapades in the midfield...

BTW, Fides, I think this pic represents better the time you´re trying to recreate, remember 1998-1999 was the Barça´s centenary and the wore a special outfit...

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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby p1rha » 2009 Sep 17, 16:11

Maybe, he liked to keep it simple so he wouldn't flash so much. I'd put him at 84 together with Lampard. And i would also decrease his other technical abilities, i still think their a bit too high, like LPA. He had some great spreads i remember that but he has playmaking and that insane TW.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby SportingGijón » 2010 Jan 11, 14:01

I'm sure his teamwork could perfectly be red...couldn't It?
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Uzair » 2010 Jan 11, 17:37

i had it on 95 originally. but i think the red value is better suited for playmakers with amazing vision so i lowered it.i dunno, it's open for debate.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Fevernova » 2010 Jan 11, 18:16

Hey, Uzair, why don´t U update him with the new standards (format, coloured positions, cards...)? I can help you, it´s a 10 minutes job. Brezza, Plava Cigra and electric_trigger are asking for us to help ´em update all the players ASAP. Let me know. I can help U with the colours and cards and stuff. ;)
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-1999

Postby Uzair » 2010 Jan 11, 19:51

for cards i'm thinking

P04 – Anchor Man
P08 – Pinpoint Pass
P14 – Enforcer
S01 – Reaction
S06 – Outside Curve
S09 – Covering

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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby Fevernova » 2010 Jan 11, 20:59

They look fine to me, I´ll PM U the format, It´ll be exactly as U left him but with the new standars, OK? Changes still can be made as users make their own suggests later, OK?

OK, I´ll PM U with the instructions...in a few minutes. ;)

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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby juan92 » 2012 Sep 17, 21:24

as the set is a bit old i'm gonna post the konami's set, just in case that somebody want it

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Name: Phillip John William Cocu
Positions: ★ MC, CWP, SB, DMF, WB, SMF, WF, SS
Nationality: Dutch
Age: 30

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Injury Tolerance: B
Foot: L
Side: L

Attack: 77
Defence: 77
Balance: 84
Stamina: 87
Top Speed: 77
Acceleration: 75
Response: 84
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 71
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 81
Long Pass Accuracy: 84
Long Pass Speed: 81
Shot Accuracy: 79
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 78
Free Kick Accuracy: 77
Curling: 76
Header: 86
Jump: 82
Technique: 81
Aggression: 72
Mentality: 90
Keeper Skills: 50
Teamwork: 98

Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 4

SPECIAL ABILITIES:
★ Reaction
★ Playmaking
★ 1-Touch Pass
★ Outside
★ Covering
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby Defo » 2012 Sep 17, 22:24

Not even in the editor? :x

Anyway I remember we discussed this with Jurgens a while ago, wasn't his classic set a copy of his current PES set when he retired (kinda like Maldini)? If it was so, it needs some work to represent his prime, even if the above posted set could be a good start/base.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby Korinov » 2012 Sep 17, 23:23

I had been working on a prime set but lost the Edit file I was using back then. The set in the first post has a problem: it depicts him (more or less, as it's in very old standards) in his late years, not in his prime. He was a box-to-box midfielder in his best years, well worthy of the red TW Konami give him. In fact, Konami's default set looks pretty nice.
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby Yazid » 2013 Jan 08, 23:01

update?
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Re: Phillip COCU | 1998-2000

Postby juan92 » 2013 Jan 14, 19:48

juan92 wrote:as the set is a bit old i'm gonna post the konami's set, just in case that somebody want it

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Name: Phillip John William Cocu
Positions: ★ MC, CWP, SB, DMF, WB, SMF, WF, SS
Nationality: Dutch
Age: 30

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 74 kg

Injury Tolerance: B
Foot: L
Side: L

Attack: 77
Defence: 77
Balance: 84
Stamina: 87
Top Speed: 77
Acceleration: 75
Response: 84
Agility: 75
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 71
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 81
Long Pass Accuracy: 84
Long Pass Speed: 81
Shot Accuracy: 79
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 78
Free Kick Accuracy: 77
Curling: 76
Header: 86
Jump: 82
Technique: 81
Aggression: 72
Mentality: 90
Keeper Skills: 50
Teamwork: 98

Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 4

SPECIAL ABILITIES:
★ Reaction
★ Playmaking
★ 1-Touch Pass
★ Outside
★ Covering
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