Coen Moulijn

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Coen Moulijn
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Moulijn on the left
Personal information
Full name Coenraadt Moulijn
Date of birth (1937-02-15)15 February 1937
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date of death 4 January 2011(2011-01-04) (aged 73)
Place of death Rotterdam
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Xerxes 38 (4)
1955–1972 Feyenoord 487 (84)
Total 525 (88)
National team
1956–1969 Netherlands 38 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Coenraadt "Coen" Moulijn OON (15 February 1937 – 4 January 2011) was a Dutch footballer who played for Feyenoord from 1955 to 1972 and was part of their European Cup victory in 1970.

Club career[edit]

Compared by some to Stanley Matthews,[citation needed] Moulijn was considered one of the most talented leftwingers in Dutch football history. Johan Cruyff added him to his alltime favorite Dutch national team, stating that "Coen mastered one movement better than anyone: threatening to pass his opponent through the center, and then speeding past him on the other side. He was an exceptionally talented football player. A typical product of the Dutch school."

Hans Kraay was a tough defender in Feyenoord in those days. “Coen was unique. Coaches tried to tell him how to play but he’d shrug and do his own thing. Like Messi. He played on intuition. His move to the inside was unique. He was able to make the opponent stand stiff like a puppet and he’d race past him. He didn’t look like much though. When I saw him first up close I didn’t even recognize him. He looked like an accountant.”

Rinus Israël: “He was a modest, hardworking man. I think the fans loved him because of that too. Whenever Coen would have ball possession, people would get religious experiences. I think he was the best Feyenoord player ever.”

Wim Jansen: "Coen was tremendous. I dare to say that in pure football skills he was as good as Johan Cruyff. Johan was a leader and would impact the whole team, whereas Coen was an individual player, but man oh man, was he good."

Moulijn played in the 1950s to the 1970s as left-winger for the Rotterdam club Feyenoord. He starred when the team won both the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1970.

International career[edit]

Statue of Coen Moulijn in Rotterdam

He earned 38 caps and scored 4 goals for the Netherlands national football team.[1]

Moulijn was struck by a cerebral infarction on New Year Day 2011 and died three days later.


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