FC Cincinnati announces Jaap Stam as new manager with a picture of a man who is not Jaap Stam

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Jaap Stam is the new coach of FC Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Jaap Stam is the new coach of FC Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

FC Cincinnati’s unveiling of former Netherlands player and longtime coach Jaap Stam as its new manager did not go smoothly.

The MLS team announced Stam as its manager on Thursday afternoon with a customary graphic announcing Stam’s arrival. There was one problem with that graphic, however. The man pictured was not Stam. The man is Ajax youth coach Tinus van Teunenbroek.

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This man is not Jaap Stam and this tweet was deleted.
This man is not Jaap Stam and this tweet was deleted.

Oh no.

The mixup can be easily explained, however. Stam is still in Europe and has not arrived in the United States to officially join the team and meet the staff according to the team’s release announcing his hire. His introductory news conference on Friday will be via Zoom.

And whoever thought they were adding a picture of Stam to the graphic picked the photo from Getty Images. The 2013 picture of van Teunenbroek in a game between Ajax and Heracles Almelo identifies him as Jaap Stam. Here’s the original photo and caption below.

Jaap Stam of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Heracles Almelo on November 23, 2013 at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Jaap Stam of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Heracles Almelo on November 23, 2013 at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

The team was also able to handle the mistake well. After deleting the original tweet announcing Stam, it sent out another one with a new graphic with a photo of the correct person.

Stam, 47, comes to FC Cincinnati after a short stint as the manager at Dutch club Feyenoord. Stam was announced as the team’s manager in March of 2019 but resigned in October after a 4-0 loss to Ajax. He was hired as the replacement for Ron Jans, who resigned in February after he was accused of using a racial slur.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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