Tschen La Ling
Tschen La Ling in 1978
|Date of birth||January 6, 1956|
|Place of birth||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1973–1975||FC Den Haag||42||(3)|
|1986–1987||FC Den Haag||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Tscheu La Ling (born 6 January 1956) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played for clubs in the Netherlands, Greece and France. His name has been spelled in various ways throughout his career, but usually as Tscheu La Ling; he was generally uninterested in how it was spelled but revealed in a February 2007 interview that his name was officially Ling Tshen La. This name uses Chinese naming customs. The family name is Ling. In June 2015 he was appointed to the advisory board of Ajax Amsterdam.
Born in The Hague to a Chinese father and a Dutch Mother, Ling began his career with his hometown team Den Haag. He joined Ajax in the 1975–76 season. Ajax won the Eredivisie title in the seasons 1976–77, 1978–79 and 1979–80, but these feats paled in comparison to the European successes during the early 1970s. In December 1981, Johan Cruijff returned to Ajax. The team was built around him, and Ling lost his place in the starting line-up to Gerald Vanenburg. He moved to Panathinaikos and then Marseille. He spent a year with Ajax's bitter rival Feyenoord for the 1985–86 season and moved back to Den Haag for one season before retiring.
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