Bennie Muller

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Bennie Muller
Bennie Muller 1961.jpg
Bennie Muller in 1961
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-08-14) 14 August 1938 (age 81)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1970 Ajax
National team
1960–1968 Netherlands 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bennie Muller (born 14 August 1938) is a Dutch former footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a midfielder.

Muller was born in the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam-East.[1] His grandfather was a fruit seller named Levi Sluiter.[2] Approximately 200 members of Muller's extended family were killed in the Holocaust.[3]

Football career[edit]

Muller played club football for Ajax.[4][1]

He also appeared for the Dutch national side on 43 occasions.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bennie Muller getting married on 27 September 1961

Muller is Jewish,[6][7] and was one of only five Jewish players to have played for Ajax – the others being Eddy Hamel, Johnny Roeg, Sjaak Swart and Daniël de Ridder.[8][9]

Muller married on 27 September 1961. He has a daughter, Petra,[10] and a son Danny, who is also a professional footballer. Muller later owned a cigar shop near Central Station.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest ... - Simon Kuper
  3. ^ a b Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer - David Winner
  4. ^ Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest ... - Simon Kuper
  5. ^ "Bennie Muller – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  6. ^ Franklin Foer; Marc Tracy (30 October 2012). Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame. Grand Central Publishing. pp. 130–. ISBN 978-1-4555-1611-7.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Anne Frank and antisemitism: The unwelcome focus of European soccer - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post
  9. ^ "Bennie Muller | 1968-1969" - PES Stats Database
  10. ^ Aankomst Ajax op Schiphol, Bennie Muller werd op Schiph begroet door zijn dochtertje Petra. Nationaal Archief 2010–2013