Tim de Cler

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Tim de Cler
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Personal information
Full name Tim de Cler[1]
Date of birth (1978-11-08) 8 November 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Leiden, The Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left Back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2002 Ajax 75 (2)
2002–2007 AZ 157 (4)
2007–2011 Feyenoord 87 (1)
2011–2013 AEK Larnaca 41 (0)
Total 361 (8)
National team
2005–2008 Netherlands 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 August 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Tim de Cler (born 8 November 1978) is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a left back for Ajax, AZ, Feyenoord and AEK Larnaca.

Early life

De Cler is born and raised in Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands. In Leiden he grew up in a neighbourhood with 15–20 boys around the same age. Together with his brother Henk he was found on the streets playing football constantly.

Club career


When he was six years old he joined his first football team, amateur side Lugdunum. There he played as a centre back until he was twelve years old. Ajax showed interest in him and despite being a Feyenoord supporter he joined their rival's world-famous youth academy.[2]


At Ajax he played at first as a left winger, but eventually he was positioned as a left back when he reached the A-level in youth football.[2] He was offered his first professional contract and joined Ajax' second team. Once in a while he was added to the first team squad to train with the elite at the club.

On 23 April 1998 he made his professional debut in a 6–1 home win over Willem II. Two days after his debut he played another match with the second team and he broke his tibia, which sidelined him for four months.[2] That season Ajax won both the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup and although these were his first official trophies there were mixed feelings due to his injury.[2] Once he was declared fit again his tibia was hit by a ball and he was sidelined for another four months. He rejoined Ajax first team squad again right after he was declared fit for the second time.[2] The KNVB Cup that was won in 1999 offered him much more joy than the one won a year before. In his years at Ajax he had a tough competition with players like Cristian Chivu, John O'Brien and Maxwell. Still he managed to play a lot of matches. In his final year at the club he won both the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup for the second and third time respectively.


De Cler decided to leave Ajax in the summer of 2002 and joined AZ, which in these days was a team that performed in the middle areas of the league table. In his first season at the club they finished in 10th position, but things changed when Co Adriaanse was appointed as their new manager in 2003.[2] Under Adriaanse AZ almost secured European football in his first season. It was the start of a unique period in which AZ found themselves improving among the three historical giant teams in the Netherlands and even in Europe. In 2005 AZ unexpectedly made it to the UEFA Cup semi-finals, only to be beaten on away goals by Sporting Lisbon. He was part of Marco van Basten's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During the World Cup he played one match, the goalless draw against Argentina.

In his last year at AZ, during the 2006–07 season AZ could claim the Eredivisie championship at the last matchday as they were equal on points with both Ajax and PSV, but AZ had the far better goal difference and would have been the champions when all teams stayed equal on points. Where Ajax and PSV both won their final match of the season AZ lost theirs against Excelsior and finished in third position as a result. They also reached the final of the KNVB Cup, but were again denied the trophy as Ajax won the cup after a penalty shoot-out.


After five years at AZ he felt it was time for a change. Both PSV and Feyenoord showed interest. His agent Rob Jansen, who also works with Roy Makaay and Kevin Hofland made a unique effort to discuss the future of his players with them, each other and their future club Feyenoord to bring them all together at the club. Also Sigi Lens the agent of Giovanni van Bronckhorst was a part of the deal and when manager Bert van Marwijk signed his contract as the new Feyenoord manager all these players were contracted within a few weeks time span.[2][3]

AEK Larnaca

Having parted company with Feyenoord, de Cler signed a two-year contract with the Cypriot First Division side AEK Larnaca on 30 June 2011 following a suggestion from the club's coach Jordi Cruyff.[4]

After finishing his professional career in 2013,[5] De Cler returned to his youth club Lugdunum.[6]

During his career he has won two Eredivisie championships and three KNVB Cups.

International career

De Cler also represented the Dutch national team. He had been a constant member of the Dutch national team since Marco van Basten took over as coach in August 2004 and was selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008.

Personal life

De Cler has two sons, Twan and Thijn.[citation needed]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Ajax Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1998–99 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1999-00 21 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2000–01 25 2 0 0 0 0 25 2
2001–02 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2002–03 AZ Eredivisie 30 2 0 0 0 0 30 2
2003–04 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2004–05 32 1 0 0 12 0 44 1
2005–06 30 0 0 0 7 0 37 0
2006–07 32 1 0 0 11 0 43 1
2007–08 Feyenoord Eredivisie 32 1 0 0 0 0 32 1
2008–09 19 0 2 0 5 0 26 0
2009–10 7 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11 29 0 1 0 2 0 32 0
Cyprus League Cypriot Cup Europe Total
2011–12 AEK Larnaca Cypriot First Division 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
2012–13 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Totals Netherlands 320 7 6 0 37 0 363 7
Cyprus 41 1 0 0 0 0 41 1
Career totals 361 8 6 0 37 0 404 8





  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 19. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Tim de Cler spelers info, feyenoord.nl
  3. ^ Het succes van Feyenoord, feyenoord-internet.nl
  4. ^ De Cler vervolgt carrière op Cyprus, (in Dutch) feyenoord-internet.nl
  5. ^ Tim de Cler stopt definitief met voetballen - (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Lugdunum viert langverwacht kampioensfeest - Sleutelstad (in Dutch)

External links

  • Tim de Cler at National-Football-Teams.com
  • (in Dutch) Voetbal International – Tim de Cler
  • (in Dutch) Official Kevin Hofland Feyenoord.nl profile
  • Tim de ClerFIFA competition record
  • Tim de Cler at Wereld van Oranje (in Dutch)
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