Leo Ehlen

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Leo Ehlen
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Ehlen (left) tripping Ajax' Søren Lerby in May 1982
Personal information
Full name Petrus Leonardus Ehlen
Date of birth (1953-05-20)20 May 1953
Place of birth Broeksittard, Netherlands
Date of death 10 February 2016(2016-02-10) (aged 62)
Place of death Sittard, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Fortuna SC
1975–1984 Roda JC 233 (6)
1984–1985 Waterschei
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leo Ehlen (20 May 1953 – 10 February 2016) was a Dutch football player.

Club career[edit]

A tough-tackling defender or defensive midfielder, Ehlen started his professional career with Fortuna SC and joined Roda JC in 1975,[1] where he played alongside Dick Nanninga, Pierre Vermeulen and Theo de Jong. Nicknamed the Neeskens of Roda after Holland hard man Johan Neeskens, Ehlen scored 6 goals in 233 official matches for the club[2] and left them after nine years for a spell with Belgian side Waterschei.

He later played for amateur team EHC.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

After retiring, Ehlen owned a bar in Broeksittard.[4]

He died in February 2016, aged 62. He had suffered from a kidney disease.[5] He was survived by his wife and son.[6] A minute silence was observed in his memory before kick-off of Roda's home game against FC Twente three days later.[7]


  1. ^ Oud-speler van Roda en Fortuna Leo Ehlen (62) overleden - 1Limburg (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Oud-Roda JC speler Leo Ehlen (62) overleden - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Oud EHC-speler Leo Ehlen overleden - EHC (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Oud-speler Roda JC Leo Ehlen (62) overleden - Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Leo Ehlen op 62-jarige leeftijd overleden - Sittard-Geleen Nieuws (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Obituary - Mensenlinq (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Voorafgaand aan Roda JC-FC Twente een minuut stilte - Twente Insite (in Dutch)

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