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Co Prins

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Full nameJacobus Theodorus Wilhelmus Prins
Date of birth5 June 1938
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Date of death26 September 1987(age 49)
Place of deathAntwerp, Belgium
Playing positionStriker

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Jacobus Theodorus Wilhelmus "Co" Prins (June 5, 1938 in Amsterdam - September 26, 1987 in Antwerp) was a Dutch football player. He played 184 matches for football club Ajax Amsterdam from 1959 to 1966 where he scored 60 goals. He played for the German football team 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the mid-sixties, being then one of the few foreign football professionals in Germany.

Prins earned his first international cap on November 30, 1960, in the Netherlands' 4-0 friendly match defeat to Czechoslovakia in Prague and won his tenth and last cap in a 0-0 World Cup Qualifier draw with Switzerland on November 17, 1965 in Amsterdam.

As an actor, Prins played Dutch football player and Allied POW Pieter Van Beck in the film Escape to Victory in 1981.

He died of a heart attack while playing in a match in 1987.




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