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 30)
Place of birth Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands
Playing position Left back / Left winger
Club information
Current team
Number 11
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– Ajax 48 (13)
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).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ 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 Dutch footballer, currently playing for Ajax in the Vrouwen Eredivisie. She has won four league titles with Ter Leede and AZ.[2]

She is 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 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)
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