Leo Canjels

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Leo Canjels
Leo Canjels 1973.jpg
Canjels in 1973
Personal information
Full name Leonard Canjels
Date of birth (1933-04-01)1 April 1933
Place of birth Breda, Netherlands
Date of death 26 May 2010(2010-05-26) (aged 77)
Place of death Breda, Netherlands
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1956 Baronie
1956–1963 NAC 149 (114)
National team
1959 Netherlands 3 (2)
Teams managed
1968–1971 NAC
1971–1973 Club Brugge
1973–1975 MVV
1975–1977 Patro Eisden
1977–1979 Beringen
1979–1982 Cercle Brugge
1982–1985 KV Mechelen
1985–1987 Eendracht Aalst
1987–1989 Patro Eisden
1989–1990 FC Boom
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leonard "Leo" Canjels (1 April 1933 – 26 May 2010) was a Dutch international footballer who played for NAC Breda.

Playing career[edit]


Canjels started playing football at Breda side VV Baronie. He made his debut for NAC in the 1956/1957 season and played seven years for the club before retiring. As a NAC Breda player, Canjels twice won the Eredivisie top goalscorers award, in 1958 and 1959.[1]

Canjels was nicknamed Het Kanon (the Gun) because of his powerful shooting.[2]


Canjels made his debut for the Netherlands in a May 1959 friendly match against Turkey and earned a total of 3 caps, scoring 2 goals. He won his other caps in friendlies against Bulgaria and Scotland in the same year.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Canjels became a coach, first at amateur sides Dongen and Baronie and later managed NAC Breda, as well as Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge among others in Belgium.[4] With Brugge he won the Belgian league title in 1973.[5]

He retired from coaching in 1990.

He died on May 26, 2010[6] after a long illness.


  1. ^ Afscheid van Esso-held Leo Canjels - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  2. ^ NAC-icoon Leo Canjels overleden - Omroep Brabant (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Intl career stats - EUFootball
  4. ^ Profile Archived 2017-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. - Club Brugge
  5. ^ Brugse kampioenencoach Leo Canjels overleden - Nieuwsblad (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Leo Canjels (77) overleden - NOS (in Dutch)

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