Former Sparta and PSV keeper Pim Doesburg has passed away at the age of 77. The eight-time international of Orange played 687 games in the Eredivisie, making it the record holder.
‘One of the greatest Spartans in club history’
Doesburg is mainly associated with Sparta. The born Rotterdammer played in two periods (1962-1967 and 1970-1980) a record number of 471 matches for the club where he attended the youth academy. In 1966 he won the cup with Sparta.
The goalkeeper switched to PSV twice, where he was under contract between 1967 and 1970 and between 1980 and 1987, with which he became the national champion twice: in 1986 and in 1987.
Doesburg made his debut in 1967 in a friendly against Belgium in Orange (1-0 defeat). A month later he also played against Hungary, but had to wait until 1979 for his third of eight international matches.
The keeper was in the selection for the 1978 World Cup, on which Orange reached the final. National coach Ernst Happel gave playing time to Jan Jongbloed and Piet Schrijvers during the tournament, but not to Doesburg. The Rotterdammer did play one game at the 1980 European Championship at the age of 36.
After his long active career, Doesburg was a goalkeeper coach at Sparta, Feyenoord and the Dutch national team for many years (1990-2000). He said goodbye to Feyenoord in 2007 after no less than eighteen years.
In recent years Doesburg was still regularly at Het Kasteel to watch matches of Sparta, the club that appointed him Member of Merit in 1988.
The Rotterdammers mention Doesburg Wednesday in one reaction “one of the greatest Spartans in club history”.
Sparta will play with mourning ties in the home game with ADO Den Haag on Sunday and before the game there will be a minute of silence in memory of Doesburg.