|Sep 21, 1950
|73 years old
Karel Bonsink was a Dutch centre-forward, originally from Amsterdam, where he made his first steps in professional football. Indeed, in 1968 he made his debut in the Dutch First Division with DWS Amsterdam, where he would spend three seasons before being spotted by FC Utrecht in 1971. With Utrecht, he would have three impressive seasons, totalling over 80 appearances in that time. His career really took off from 1974 onwards, when he migrated across the border into Belgium, signing for Liège with whom he played over 120 matches in four seasons. In 1978, RWD Molenbeek signed him for one season, during which he would catch the eye of the great Ajax Amsterdam, who would buy him the following year. He would go on to win his first title there, finishing Dutch Champions with Ajax in 1980, in spite of having only limited game-time. He was released by the Dutch giants and returned briefly to RWD Molenbeek in 1980, before signing for Stade Rennais the following season. In 1981, he would have a disappointing season with the Red and Blacks. Still not a starter for the first-team, he would alternate with Saliné on the left wing. He still managed to make 26 appearances, though, scoring a modest four goals that season. His stay in France would last just one year, and he left for Asia where he would join Seiko SA in Hong Kong, where he would finish with the national league title in 1983. He ended his playing days in 1984, before swapping his role as a player for a seat on the bench as Manager in the Netherlands, managing both amateur and professional clubs (notably in the Dutch Second Division) between 1989 and 2013.