Konijnenburg (84) died, the man who brought Gullit and Van Basten to Milan
Konijnenburg in 2003 on business with Milan: ‘Berlusconi has been pushing car’
Apollonius Konijnenburg died Thursday at the age of 84. The flamboyant businessman was a purveyor of Dutch footballers to the Italian Serie A in the 1980s, bringing Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit to AC Milan.
After Cor Coster, Konijnenburg was the second major soccer broker in the Netherlands who also made regular appearances in the media. Coster was Johan Cruijff’s father-in-law and looked after his interests as well.
Konijnenburg was not necessarily business-minded. He was better known as an epicurean, who could achieve a lot with his charm. In doing so, he managed to put big names on the international map.
In recent years he lived in Italy and occupied himself more with his love of music and art.
In 2003 the NOS made the documentary “The Milan Three,” about the period of Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard at AC Milan. Apollonius Konijnenburg also appears in the documentary, which can be seen in its entirety here.