Dyanne Bito

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Dyanne Bito
Personal information
Full name Dyanne Marie Christine Bito
Date of birth (1981-08-10) 10 August 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Curaçao
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Playing position Forward, Defender
Youth career
1994–1998 Geel-Wit
1998–2000 TYBB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Wartburgia
2004–2007 Heike Rheine 63 (30)
2007–2008 ADO Den Haag 16 (3)
2008–2011 AZ Alkmaar 65 (3)
2011–2015 Telstar 84 (5)
National team
2000–2015 Netherlands 146 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dyanne Marie Christine Bito[1] (Dutch pronunciation: [diˈɑnə maːˈri krɪsˈtinə ˈbitoː]; born 10 August 1981) is a Dutch former football defender who played for the Netherlands women's national football team and clubs in the Netherlands and Germany.

Club career[edit]

Bito began her career in Haarlem where she played for Geel-Wit in 1994, she moved to The Yellow Black Boys (TYBB) in 1998 and to ASV Wartburgia in 2000.[1][2]

In 2004, she signed with FFC Heike Rheine of the German Bundesliga. She stayed 3 seasons in Germany and scored 30 league goals in 63 league appearances.[3]

She returned to the Netherlands ahead of the 2007–08 season and played for ADO Den Haag in the inaugural women's Eredivisie.[1] Until that point in her career, Bito played as a forward but at ADO she began playing as a right-back.[4] She also made her debut in the UEFA Women's Cup (now known as UEFA Women's Champions League) during the 2007–08 UEFA Women's Cup first qualifying round match against of the Faroe Islands.[5]

In 2008, she signed with AZ Alkmaar and won the Eredivisie titles in 2008–09[6] and 2009–10.[7] Bito won the KNVB Women's Cup in 2010–11, she played in the final where AZ defeated SC Heerenveen by 2–0.[8]

When AZ decided to stop its women's football activities after the conclusion of the 2010–11 season,[9] Bito was amongst the many players who moved to newly created club Telstar.[10] She played in the BeNe League, when it replaced the Eredivisie in 2012. After four seasons at the club, Bito announced her retirement from football in 2015.[11][12]

International career[edit]

For 15 years, Bito was a member of the Dutch national team. Her debut came against Hungary on 14 October 2000, she came in as a substitute in the 75th minute of an away match valid for the UEFA Women's Euro 2001 qualification play-off which the Netherlands won 3–0.[1][5][13][14]

She was part of the Dutch squad which played the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 in Finland.[12] In December 2009, then national coach Vera Pauw left Bito and Claudia van den Heiligenberg out of 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.[15] Pauw angrily dismissed the claims, saying it was an insult to suggest they were excluded because of their relationship.[16] Van den Heiligenberg and Bito remained together[17] and both were restored to the national team by incoming national coach Roger Reijners in 2010.

On 22 April 2010, Bito made her 100th appearance for the Dutch national team at a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match against Macedonia.[1]

In June 2013 national team coach Roger Reijners selected Bito in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.[18]

Reijners selected Brito as part of the Dutch squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[19] Shortly after the conclusion of the tournament, she announced her retirement from football and by that time, she was the second most capped Dutch international player with 146 appearances (behind only Annemieke Kiesel's 156).[12]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Netherlands goal tally first.[20]
Goal # Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 March 2001 Gemeentelijk Stadion, Kontich, Belgium  Belgium 4–0 4–0 Friendly
2. 8 May 2001 West Lothian Courier Stadium, Livingston, Scotland  Scotland 4–0 4–0 Friendly
3. 9 October 2001 Gemeentelijk Stadion, Kontich, Belgium  Belgium 3–2 5–2 Friendly
4. 27 November 2002 Sportpark Rijsoord, Ridderkerk, Netherlands  Belgium 4–0 4–0 Friendly
5. 17 December 2002 Estádio Capitão Josino Costa, Lagoa, Portugal  Portugal 2–1 2–1 Friendly
6. 9 February 2013 Regenboogstadion, Waregem, Belgium  Belgium 1–1 3–2 Friendly


AZ Alkmaar


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  2. ^ Hofmann, Pieter (19 August 2015). "'Vrouwenvoetbal toch een ondergeschoven kindje'". Omroep NTR (in Dutch). 
  3. ^ "Profile". DFB (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Heike Rheine Kader Frauen Bundesliga 2006/07". DFB (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Dyanne Bito". UEFA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "AZ Vrouwen kampioen na galavoorstelling". AZ Alkmaar (in Dutch). 28 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "AZ Vrouwen wederom kampioen na monsterzege". AZ Alkmaar (in Dutch). 12 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "AZ Vrouwen veroveren KNVB beker". AZ Alkmaar (in Dutch). 21 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "AZ stopt met vrouwenvoetbal". AZ Alkmaar (in Dutch). 22 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dyanne Bito aan het woord". Telstar (in Dutch). 9 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dyanne Bito benoemd tot bondsridder". Telstar (in Dutch). 12 March 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c van As, Inge (28 July 2015). "Dyanne Bito: 'Moeilijke beslissing'". Onsoranje (in Dutch). 
  13. ^ "Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Hungary 0-3 Netherlands match report". Onsoranje (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "'Verliefde' speelsters uit Oranje gezet" (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "'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. 
  17. ^ Hoogenboom, Alieke. "'Mijn werk combineren met voetbal is zwaar'" (in Dutch). Hier! in de Regio. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Trio miss cut in Netherlands squad". UEFA. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "2015 World Cup Squads" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Profile". onsoranje.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 December 2017. 

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