Claudia van den Heiligenberg

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Claudia van den Heiligenberg
Personal information
Full name Anna Gerarda Maria van den Heiligenberg[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-25) 25 March 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Youth career
SV Alkmania
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 RCL Leidendorp
2005–2007 Ter Leede (16)
2007–2011 AZ 84 (34)
2011–2013 Telstar 30 (6)
2013–2015 Ajax 48 (13)
2015–2017 Jena
National team
2005– Netherlands 96 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:00, 9 June 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:53, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Anna Gerarda Maria "Claudia" van den Heiligenberg (born 25 March 1985) is a retired Dutch footballer, lastly played for USV Jena in the Bundesliga (women). She has won four league titles with Ter Leede and AZ.[2]

She was a member of the Dutch national team,[3] and played the 2009 European Championship. Her mother Mary van de Meer was also an international footballer.[4]

In December 2009, then national coach Vera Pauw dropped Van den Heiligenberg and Dyanne Bito from the squad ahead of a match against Belarus. The decision proved controversial and it was reported that the duo were kicked out because they were in a relationship.[5] Pauw angrily dismissed the claims, saying it was an insult to suggest they were excluded because of their relationship.[6]

Van den Heiligenberg and Bito remained together[7] and both were restored to the national team by incoming national coach Roger Reijners in 2010. A 2–0 win over Ireland in August 2010 was Van den Heiligenberg's 50th international cap. She was selected in the Netherlands squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[8]


  1. ^ "UEFA Competitions Association player list" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Statistics in
  3. ^ Statistics in
  4. ^ Profile Archived 2012-07-16 at in UEFA's 2009 Euro archive
  5. ^ "'Verliefde' speelsters uit Oranje gezet" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Verhaal gebaseerd op leugens'" [Story based on lies]. OnsOranje.NL (in Dutch). Royal Dutch Football Association. 2 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Hoogenboom, Alieke. "‘Mijn werk combineren met voetbal is zwaar’" (in Dutch). Hier! in de Regio. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Trio miss cut in Netherlands squad". UEFA. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Profile at (in Dutch)
  • Profile at (in Dutch)
  • Profile at