Klaas Nuninga

Klaas Nuninga (born 7 November 1940) is a former Dutch international footballer who played for GVAV-Rapiditas, Ajax and DWS during his career.

Klaas Nuninga
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-11-07) 7 November 1940
Place of birth Winschoten, Netherlands
Playing position Forward
Youth career
WVV 1896
Be Quick 1887
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 GVAV-Rapiditas 88 (36)
1964–1969 Ajax 150 (73)
1969–1972 DWS 88 (7)
National team
1963–1967 Netherlands 19 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 August 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 August 2012

Club career

Early career

Nuninga began his career in the youth ranks of WVV 1896 in his home town of Winschoten. It was the same amateur club where Jan Mulder and Arie Haan began their careers. After a move to Be Quick 1887, he was recruited by GVAV-Rapiditas in 1961.[1][2]


Starting his professional career in Groningen, with GVAV-Rapiditas, Nuninga played alongside Tonny van Leeuwen and Martin Koeman among others, to make up a pretty competitive side at the time. It was during his playing period in Groningen that Nuninga was called up to play for the Netherlands national team, making a total of 19 appearances.[3]


His talent would not go unnoticed, and in 1964 Nuninga transferred over to Ajax. He was an integral part of what is considered the great 'blooming' period of the Amsterdam club. He participated in the 1968-69 European Cup, as the first choice striker for Ajax, and started in the Final, where Ajax would face, and eventually lose to AC Milan (4-1). After this loss, Nuninga was sidelined by then coach Rinus Michels.


Remaining in Amsterdam, Nuninga went on to sign with DWS, with whom he would play three more seasons, making 88 appearances, and scoring 7 times before retiring from professional football.

Post career

After his footballing career, Nuninga delved into Business, eventually becoming a member of the board at Ajax, and afterwards the IPO commissioner of Ajax N.V.

In 2005, he stepped down from his position, after a difference in opinion and dispute with then Chairman of the Board, John Jaakke.

International career

From 1963 to 1967, Nuninga made 19 appearances for the Netherlands national team, scoring a total of 4 goals.





  1. "WVV 1896 Geschiedenis (Dutch)". WVV 1896. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. "Nuninga (Dutch)". Voetbal Legends. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. "Over Klaas Nuninga (Dutch)". Bestevoetbalers.nl. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
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