Abe VAN DEN BAN

Abe VAN DEN BAN started his football career at ZFC from Zaandam. He came in his youth not for football, but played basketball at Roda Westzaan. In Zaandam Mers, who were still professionally active in the sixties of the last century in the second division, he first played in the youth and quickly into the first team. In 1970, Van den Ban made at the age of 23 a transition to AZ'67 but he played mainly in the B team for his first professional season. He played only eleven league games. In his second season with the club AZ Alkmaar came out in the first division .Haarlem and AZ'67 ended on the first two places, which meant promotion to the Premiership. In 1972, Van den Ban was to FC Amsterdam transferred. At the Amsterdam merger club FC Amsterdam Van den Ban won immediate basis and played in his first season in 32 of the 34 league games with. He would remain four seasons and was with FC Amsterdam in the 1973/74 season fifth in the Eredivisie. The following season he reached the club to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup . In 1976, Van den Ban departed for HFC Haarlem, after his place at FC Amsterdam was no longer sure. A total of 82 league games he would play for the FC Amsterdam and make six goals. A total of five seasons would Van den Ban for HFC Haarlem games in which he emerged as the engine in midfield. 

In his fourth season with the team relegated Haarlem. In season 1980/81, Van den Ban was in Haarlem champion of the First Division, the only award he won as a player. In total he played 152 games for the red trousers, which he scored two goals. Van den Ban played under coach Barry Hughes along with players like Martin Hair , Keith Masefield , Gerrie Kleton , Eef Melgers and Ruud Gullit . After football, he first went into business and operated a barber shop, then a bar in Ijmuiden (a port city in the Dutch province of North Holland), and then rushed into the property . He lives in 2012 in Wijk aan Zee (a small town on the coast of the North Sea also in the province of North Holland), where he rents several apartments. In the same Wijk aan Zee he managed before seven years the team of the local refugee center. In addition he owns in Wormerveer (a town in the Dutch province of North Holland once again) a hotel restaurant that he has leased. And now from 1974 to 1982 his professional career in stickers, a tribute to the greatest stache in football history :
And by the way have a look to this crazy project by my friends of Dutch manufacturer COPA : In Abe Van Den Ban game

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