Feyenoord paid tribute to "our all-time greatest player" after former Dutch international winger Coen Moulijn died in the early hours of Tuesday following a stroke at the end of last week. He was 73.
"With huge sadness Feyenoord learned of the passing of former player Coen Moulijn," the club announced in a statement. "A legendary left-winger, he was priceless in the development that Feyenoord went through in the sixties and seventies."
Born in Rotterdam on 15 February 1937, Moulijn started his career at XerxesDZB before joining Feyenoord in 1955. Over the course of more than 500 appearances he established hero status at De Kuip, his stock in trade the sleight of feet that allowed enough space to work a pin-point cross – the prolific Ove Kindvall often the beneficiary.
Capped 38 times by the Netherlands, Moulijn won five championships and two Dutch Cups with Feyenoord but the highlight came in May 1970 when he helped them to European Champion Clubs' Cup glory, beating Celtic FC 2-1 in the final in Milan.
Moulijn bowed out in June 1972 and while he turned attentions to a fashion shop he opened in Rotterdam, he remained a loyal visitor to De Kuip. He was immortalised in a bronze statue outside the ground in October 2009. "Without over-exaggerating, I can say I am a legendary figure," Moulijn joked; few would disagree, with the club calling him "Feyenoord's all-time greatest player".
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