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Jan van Beveren

Personal information
Date of birth5 March 1948
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Date of death26 June 2011(age 63)
Place of deathBeaumont, TX, United States
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Jan van Beveren (5 March 1948, Amsterdam - 26 June 2011, Beaumont, Texas) was a Dutch football goalkeeper who played 32 caps for the Dutch National Team during the late 1960s and the 1970s.

He played professional club football for Sparta Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven. With the latter team he won two domestic cups, three domestic championships, and, in 1978, the UEFA Cup.

Although he "was considered by far the best Dutch goalkeeper of the '70s", he did not play in the 1974 FIFA World Cup (due to injury), nor in the 1976 European Football Championships and 1978 FIFA World Cup (due to a long feud with Johan Cruijff).

In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL), and the Dallas Sidekicks (MISL). Sports Illustrated described him in a 1982 article as the NASL's top goalie

After retiring, Van Beveren opted to stay in the US, though he remained a Dutch citizen. He ran a stamp store in Houston, Texas and was the goalkeeping coach of, among others, the Dallas Texans Soccer Club. In 2010, Mart Smeets produced a timely portrait of Van Beveren for the NOS for Dutch television. At the time of this interview and of his death at the age of 63 he was the Director of Training for Spindletop Select in Beaumont, Texas, coaching about a dozen youth teams.

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