Theo van Duivenbode

Theo van Duivenbode (born 1 November 1943) is a Dutch former footballer who played for Ajax and Feyenoord and was part of their European and Intercontinental Cup victory in 1970.

Theo van Duivenbode
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Theo van Duivenbode in 1968
Personal information
Full name Theodorus van Duivenbode
Date of birth (1943-11-01) 1 November 1943 (age 77)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
0000–1964 VVA/Spartaan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1969 Ajax 135 (6)
1969–1973 Feyenoord 83 (1)
1973–1974 Haarlem 46 (0)
Total 264 (7)
National team
1968–1970 Netherlands 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Amsterdam, van Duivenbode made his senior debut on 3 May 1964 for hometown club Ajax against Sparta but was deemed not hard enough by manager Rinus Michels after they lost the 1969 European Cup Final to Milan.[1] He subsequently left the club for arch rivals Feyenoord, with whom he did win international silverware. He was the third Ajax player in history to join Feyenoord after Eddy Pieters Graafland and Henk Groot and also scored the only goal in his first Klassieker in a Feyenoord-shirt, on 2 November 1969.[2]

He finished his career at Haarlem, his final game was in December 1974 against Excelsior.

International careerEdit

Van Duivenbode made his debut for the Netherlands in a September 1968 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Luxembourg and earned a total of 5 caps, scoring no goals. His final international was an October 1970 UEFA Euro qualification match against Yugoslavia.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring as a player he became a successful businessman and was a commercial director at insurance company Stad Rotterdam Verzekeringen,[4] who had been shirtsponsoring Feyenoord.[5]

Football administrationEdit

Van Duivenbode worked for Ajax in different positions and also was a member of the board at the KNVB.[6] As of 2017, he has a seat in the Board of Supervisors of Ajax.[7]





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