Wim Suurbier passed away. The Ajax icon and sixty-fold Orange international, who was hit by a cerebral hemorrhage at the end of April, has turned 75 years old.

Suurbier was found at his home on April 25 by his ex-wife. He has since been in intensive care at the VUmc in Amsterdam.

Suurbier was one of the important players of Ajax in the heyday of the people of Amsterdam in the seventies of the last century. He played 509 official matches for Ajax between 1964 and 1977, during which time he won the European Cup I three times, once the World Cup for clubs and seven times the league title.

The striking right back came to sixty international matches for the Dutch national team, with which he is in 37th place in the eternal ranking. He participated in the lost World Cup finals against West Germany (1-2) and Argentina (1-3) in 1974 and 1978.

In 1977 Suurbier exchanged Ajax for Schalke 04 and afterwards also wore the shirt of FC Metz, Los Angeles Aztecs, Sparta Rotterdam, San Jose Earthquakes, Golden Bay Earthquakes and Tampa Bay Rowdies. At the latter club he ended his professional career in 1987 at the age of 42.

See also: Lolbroek Suurbier was the first Dutch modern right back