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Facts about Clarence Seedorf, the Dutch legend

Tue 06 April 2021 | 19:29

Clarence Seedorf is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders that the sport ever saw and one of the best players to ever emerge in Netherlands. Read on to find out more facts about Clarence Seedorf.

The Dutch was born on 1 April, 1976 meaning that

Clarence Seedorf's age

is 45. Clarence Seedorf's parents are Dulce and Johann Seedorf. He has two younger brothers, Jurgen and Chedric.

Seedorf began his soccer career in the Dutch settlement of Suriname and debuted professionally for

Ajax

in 1992.

The Dutch soccer player, Clarence Seedorf, is regarded as one of the best Dutch footballers of all time and one of the best midfielders in the history of football.

Seedorf is the only player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs, winning his last two with

AC Milan

.

He won an enviable amount of silverware throughout his illustrious playing career.

The followings are some facts about Clarence Seedorf:

Clarence Seedorf is the first player in history to win the Champions League four times with three different clubs: Ajax,

Real Madrid

, and AC Milan.

Clarence Seedorf early life:

Clarence Clyde Seedorf, born 1 April 1976, is a Dutch retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Ajax,

Sampdoria

, Real Madrid,

Inter Milan,

AC Milan, and Botafogo during his professional career.

The fact about

Clarence Seedorf's childhood

is that he was born in Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname, where is a small country on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America.

Clarence Seedorf's parents

moved from Suriname to Almere, Flevoland in Netherlands when Clarence was only two years old.

Clarence Seedorf's father had played football before him and currently works as a talent agent. In later years, his younger brothers, Jürgen and Chedric, also took up football.

Growing up in a footballing family caused that Clarence begins his football career at the age of 6, in the youth ranks of his local amateur sides VV AS '80 and Real Almere.

Later Clarence was discovered and recruited to the ranks of nearby Dutch giants Ajax by Urgent Scouting team.

The talent agency was set up by Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff, which was responsible for recruiting great talents like De Boer brothers, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert to the club as well.

Following in their brother's footsteps, under the guidance of their father and talent agent, Seedorf's siblings, as well as cousin Stefano, would later also join the ranks of Ajax. He is also a pundit on BBC.

Clarence Seedorf personal life

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's personal life is that he is married to a Brazilian woman named Luviana. There is no information about the exact date of their marriage and also no information about Luviana.

An interesting fact about the couple is that they co-own a restaurant called Finger's in Milan.

About

Clarence Seedorf's children

, it should be mentioned that he has four children, son Denzel, and daughters Jaysyley, Jusy, and Darjaene.

During his tenure at Milan he received the nickname "il professore" ("the professor") due to an interview in 2011, when he revealed that he was pursuing a master's degree in business at the renowned Bocconi University in Milan.

Clarence Seedorf has been involved in sports journalism as a commentator and columnist in recent years.

He has also served as a football pundit on BBC and wrote a column called ‘Seedorf Responds’ for ‘The New York Times.’

Clarence revealed that he had been selected to be the Nelson Mandela Foundation's latest Legacy Champion, in June 2009.

A noted philanthropist, he was named the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Legacy Champion for helping promote civil rights in 2009 after a personal meeting with Mandela.

Clarence Seedorf has also been inducted into the AC Milan Hall of Fame.

Clarence Seedorf is involved in many social development projects in Suriname, due to his strong connection with the country where he was born.

He has even built his own "Clarence Seedorf Stadium" in the district of Para in Suriname. Clarence is a supporter of projects for good causes in Suriname, for this he has been honored to Commandor of the High-Order of the Yellow Star by Suriname.

Clarence Seedorf was invested as a knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau (OON), which is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry.

Clarence Seedorf club career

The

fact about Clarence Seedorf

's club career is that he won many major trophies during his long professional career with big clubs of Europe.

The Dutch footballer started his career as a midfielder for Ajax during the early 1990s.

Clarence Seedorf made his professional debut on 29 November 1992 at the age of 16 years and 242 days against Groningen, this made Clarence Seedorf the youngest-ever debutant for Ajax, at the time.

Clarence quickly established himself as the first choice on his position under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal.

During his first season with Ajax, Clarence played 17 matches for the club in all competitions and managed to score only one goal which came against Vitesse in Eredivisie.

He won the KNVB Cup with Ajax in his first season but in the league they became third behind Feyenoord and PSV, with only four points less than the champions.

In the 1993-94 season, his second with the club, he helped Ajax to win the Eredivisie title and the Dutch Super Cup. Clarence participated in 19 Eredivisie matches and scored four goals in that season.

The following season was Seedorf's best in Ajax; he helped his team to secure consecutive Super Cup and Eredivisie titles.

Van Gaal's players did a great job in 1994-95 season, they managed to win the Eredivisie title without losing to any team in League matches.

But the team's great performances weren't limited to domestic league competitions. They managed to reach the final match of UEFA Champions League and in the final they won Italian giants AC Milan.

It was fourth European Cup trophy for Ajax and they won the UCL after 21 years since their last championship in the competition with Dutch icon Johan Cruyff.

In 1994-95 season which was Seedorf's last with the club he participated in all 34 league matches and all 11 UCL tournament matches which shows that he had a key role in the team.

Seedorf managed to score 6 goals in League matches and played a key role in the final match of UCL against Milan, the club which he would later go on to represent for a decade.

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's time at Ajax is that he was part of a trio known as ''De kabel'', composed of himself, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert.

Clarence Seedorf is one of the luckiest football players in all time, because he became a member of one of the greatest football teams when he was only 16 and he won the UCL title when he was 18.

In that time Ajax had many young talents and all of them later became great players in Europe and many of them were invited to the

Netherlands national team

.

During his time at Ajax, Clarence Seedorf became the Dutch football talent of the year two years in a row in 1993 and 1994.

Sampdoria

After spending three successful seasons with Ajax and becoming champion of Europe, Clarence Seedorf decided to leave Ajax to join Italian club Sampdoria.

He signed a one year contract with Italian

Serie A

side. Seedorf participated in 32 matches in Serie A and managed to score three goals.

He helped his side to an eighth-place finish in the league table, all the while maintaining the form he had demonstrated at Ajax in the past.

Real Madrid

After spending an unsuccessful season in Italy, Clarence Seedorf moved to Spanish club Real Madrid in 1996. The fact about Clarence Seedorf's transfer to Real Madrid is that he returned to great form that he had built with Ajax.

In his first season in Spain, Seedorf helped his side regain the La Liga title. He appeared in 38

La Liga

matches and managed to score 6 goals and provided three assists.

In 1997-98 season, Clarence Seedorf won Supercopa de Espana with his side. They won the title with defeating club's archenemy, Barcelona and Seedorf scored one goal and provided an assist in the second leg to play a huge role in winning that title.

That season wasn't a success for Los Blancos in the La Liga competitions but they managed to win the UCL title and it was Seedorf's second Champions League title.

Clarence Seedorf played a major role in the team's Champions League success, as Madrid secured a 1–0 victory over 

Juventus

 in the final match of the tournament.

Seedorf scored 7 times and provided 5 assists in all competitions in that season for Real Madrid.

In 1998-99 season, which was Seedorf’s third with Real Madrid, they couldn't repeat the great form that they had in the previous season and only managed to win the Intercontinental Cup.

Seedorf's side won Brazilian club Vasco da Gama in the final match of Intercontinental Cup, and he provided an assist in that match.

1998-99 season was a big failure for Real Madrid without a doubt, they lost the final match of UEFA Super Cup to Chealsea and were knocked out of the UCL tournament in the quarter-finals, by Ukrainian club

Dynamo Kyiv

.

In the La Liga competitions they couldn't win the trophy either and became second behind rival side Barcelona.

That season wasn't good at all for Seedorf's side but it was his best season with the club statistically. He managed to score seven goals in all competitions and provided six assists for his teammates.

At the end of the 1998–99 season,Real Madrid and Juventus wanted to swap Clarence Seedorf for Zinedine Zidane, but the deal did not go through and Zidane waited two more years before joining Real Madrid.

Clarence Seedorf's role at Real Madrid became less prominent from summer of 1999, during the tenure of Dutch manager Guus Hiddink at the club.

Inter Milan

After cementing his place in the Real Madrid midfield for over three years, Clarence Seedorf transferred back to Italy and moved to Inter in a $24.35 million deal on 24 December 1999.

During theee seasons playing for Inter, Seedorf couldn't help his team to win any major trophy.

In his first season with Inter, they reached to final match of Coppa Italia but lost the match 2-1 on agreegate to Lazio where Seedorf scored Inter's only goal.

Seedorf is remembered by Inter fans for his double against Juve on 9 March 2002, both of which were superb long-range efforts.

In three seasons playing for Italian club, Seedorf managed to score 14 goals in all competitions.

AC Milan

After three years with Inter, Clarence Seedorf moved to their city rivals AC Milan in 2002, in an exchange with Francesco Coco.

Clarence Seedorf played for Milan for a decade from 2002 to 2012 and in these years he won many major trophies with the Italian club.

In 2002-03 season which was his first season with Milan he won the Coppa Italia and also won the UEFA Champions League for third time during his career to become the first player to win the UCL with three different clubs. 

In that season Milan won the Coppa Italia which was the first time they had won the competition in 26 years.

The all Italian final match of UCL saw Milan beat Juve on penalties, despite Seedorf failed to convert his own penalty.

Seedorf's great performances in that year made him a player of UEFA Team of the Year.

The following season, 2003-04, he won the Serie A title with Milan which was his fourth national league title of Seedorf's career.

Before this he had won two Dutch titles with Ajax and one La Liga title with Real Madrid.

In 2005, Seedorf reached another UEFA Champions League's final match with Milan, where he played a major role for his side.

Seedorf appeared in all 13 competition matches and scored one goal against Shakhtar in their opening group match.

They lost the final match against Liverpool where they led the first half 3-0 and eventually lost on penalties, Seedorf didn't take a penalty-kick.

In the 2006-07 season, Seedorf reached to final match of UCL competition for the third time with Milan.

They had to face again against Liverpool but this time they won 2-1 in Athens, with Seedorf collecting his fourth Champions League medal.

In that same year, Seedorf was a part of the Milan squad that won the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup, becoming the first European player to win the trophy with three clubs (Ajax in 1995 and Real Madrid in 1998).

Clarence Seedorf was voted best midfielder of the Champions League at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Seedorf played his 100th match at the Champions League against Celtic on 4 December 2007.

Clarence Seedorf became the foreigner with the most appearances for Milan following a game against his former club, Sampdoria, which he scored in. At 395 appearances, he passed Nils Liedholm for this historic milestone.

With scoring in that match he also became the ninth-highest scoring foreigner for Milan, with 58 goals.

In 2010-11 season, Seedorf won his second Scudetto with Milan where he scored four goals in 36 appearances in Serie A.

Seedorf added yet another medal to his trophy cabinet in the 2011-12 season which was his last with Milan.

He played the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 comeback win over rivals Inter Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.

On 21 June, Seedorf held a press conference announcing his departure from Milan, stating, "I am leaving after 10 wonderful years... I leave a family".

The

fact about Clarence Seedorf

's career in Milan is that after playing for the Rossoneri for a decade and winning two Champions League, two Scudettos and a Coppa Italia, he became one of the most successful foreign players in the history of club.

Botafogo

Clarence Seedorf signed a two-year contract with Brazilian club Botafogo, on 30 June 2012.

He made his debut with the club on 22 July against Grêmio. On 5 August, Seedorf scored his first goal for Botafogo, curling in a free kick against Atlético Goianiense.

Seedorf won his first title with Botafogo on 10 March 2013: the 2013 Taça Guanabara.

Seedorf announced his retirement from professional football on 14 January 2014.

 He announced that he is ending his playing career to take up the manager position at Milan following the sacking of Massimiliano Allegri.

Clarence Seedorf international career

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's international career is that he played 14 years for the Netherlands national team.

Seedorf received his first call up at the age of 18, on 14 December 1994. He scored on his debut in a match against

Luxembourg

in a Euro 1996 qualifying; they won the match 5-0.

He was a member of Dutch squad in UEFA European Championships in 1996, where his penalty miss proved decisive in the quarter-final shootout defeat to 

France

.

Clarence Seedorf also represented his country in Euro 2000 and 2004, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and reached the semi-final of all three tournaments with his side but they never won any of these tournaments.

His last international match came on 26 March 2008 against

Austria

in a friendly match.

In 14 years playing for Netherlands national team, Seedorf collected 87 caps and managed to score 11 goals for his country.

Clarence Seedorf managerial career

Seedorf terminated his contract with Botafogo early in order to take on the managerial role at Milan and he was appointed as the new head coach of the club on 16 January 2014.

He was dismissed by the club after only 4 months on the job, on 9 June 2014 and was replaced by former Milan teammate Flippo Inzaghi.

In July 2016 he was appointed manager of Chinese club Shenzhen. But he wasn't successful there too and after five months was replaced by Swedish manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

He joined to Brazilian club Atlético Paranaense in 2017, as both a coach and a sporting director. Within a month the deal was cancelled after both parties failed to reach an agreement.

Clarence was appointed as the manager of Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruna in February 2018. At the end of the season, the club was relegated form La Liga and he left the club.

Seedorf was appointed as the manager of Cameroon national team in August 2018 and was joined by former teammate Patrick Kluivert as his assistant manager.

He was sacked in July 2019 after a disappointing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where his side was eliminated by Nigeria in the round of sixteen.

Clarence Seedorf stats

Seedorf began his senior career with Dutch club Ajax in 1992. In three seasons playing for the club he played 90 matches in all competitions and managed to score 11 goals which all of them came in Eredivisie competitions.

Seedorf spent an unsuccessful season with Italian club Sampdoria in 1995-96. He scored four goals for the club in 34 matches that he played in all competitions.

He moved to Spain in 1996 to play for Real Madrid. In three seasons playing for Spanish club, Seedorf played 159 matches in all competitions and scored 20 times.

In 1999, Seedorf moved back to Italy to play for Inter. Seedorf played three seasons for the club and scored 14 goals in 93 matches that he played in all competitions.

In 2002 he joined to Milan and spent a decade at the club. In ten seasons playing for his side, he managed to score 62 goals in 432 appearances in all competitions.

He moved to Brazil to play for Botafogo in 2012. In two seasons, he scored 24 goals for the club and played 81 matches in all competitions.

Some quick facts about Clarence Seedorf

About Clarence Seedorf's age, it should be mentioned that he was born on 1 April 1976, so till now he has 44 years of age.

Clarence Seedorf is regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation and also one of the best in the history of football.

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's playing style is that he was a hardworking and versatile player, who was gifted with pace, strength and notable physical attributes, which allowed him to play anywhere in midfield and contribute both offensively and defensively.

Seedorf primarily served as a playmaker in the center due to his significant tactical intelligence. He was also deployed as an attacking midfielder during his career.

Clever Clarence is fluent in six languages: Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish and Sranan Tongo.

He's the only player in history of football to have won Champions League with three different clubs.

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's championship winnings is that, 17 years separate his first European league title with Ajax in 1994 and his last with AC Milan in 2011.

With 432 appearances for Milan, he is the 8th player with most appearances in the history of club and he has the most appearances for the club as a foreigner.

The fact about Clarence Seedorf's profile in UCL is that he's one of the most successful players in the history of tournament. With playing in 125 UEFA Champions League matches he's the 10th player with most appearances in the history of competitions.

Clarence Seedorf social media

About

Clarence Seedorf social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@clarenceseedorf

) and has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, he mostly posts pictures of himself on his social media platforms.

Clarence Seedorf body measurement

About

Clarence Seedorf's body measurements

, it should be mentioned that there is no exact information on his body measurements but he stands 1.75m tall.

Clarence Seedorf net worth and salary

Speaking about

Clarence Seedorf net worth and salary

, it should be mentioned that his highest market value has been €18.00 million in year 2004 when he was 28.

About Clarence Seedorf net worth, it’s worth mentioning that the 45 year old Dutch former football player has earned most of his money from being a soccer player and manager. His net worth is estimated to be around $20 million in 2021.

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