One of the ‘greats’ of modern football and a permanent fixture in the Dutch international squad for a number of years, Clarence Seedorf is the only man to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs.
Early Career and Professional Debut
Clarence started his career as a right midfielder for Ajax during the early 1990s. He made his professional debut on 29 November 1992 at the age of 16 years and 242 days, making him the youngest debutant for Ajax ever.
Clarence Seedorf was a key member during Ajax’s 1995 UEFA Champions League winning campaign.
He moved to Real Madrid in 1996. In his first season, he helped that team regain the La Liga title; in his second season (1997–98), he played a major role in the team’s Champions League success, as Real Madrid secured a 1–0 victory over Juventus in the final, earning his second Champions League title of his career.
At the end of the 2006–07 season, Seedorf was voted best midfielder of the Champions League.
Seedorf received his first call up in 1994, at the age of 18, against Luxembourg. He scored on his debut, helping his team to a 5-0 victory in a Euro 1996 qualifying match.
Clarence was in the Netherlands’ squad for the UEFA European Championships in 1996, 2000 and 2004, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Clarence Seedorf has dabbled in media-related work. He joined the BBC’s team covering the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, working as a television pundit. He also joined the BBC for their Match of the Day Live coverage of the 2012 UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
On 5 June 2009 Clarence Seedorf announced at a press conference after a meeting with Nelson Mandela that he had become the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s latest Legacy Champion.
Because of his strong connection with the country Suriname, where he was born, he is involved in many social development projects there. He built his own Clarence Seedorf Stadium in the district of Para in Suriname.
What he offers
With his Champions for Children Foundation he supports projects for good causes in Suriname. For this, Suriname has honoured him to Commandor of the High-Order of the Yellow Star and recently in 2011 the Netherlands also honoured him to Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau (OON).
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