Dick Nanninga

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Dick Nanninga
Dick Nanninga 1978color.jpg
Dick Nanninga in 1978
Personal information
Full name Dirk Jacobus Willem Nanninga
Date of birth (1949-01-17)17 January 1949
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Date of death 21 July 2015(2015-07-21) (aged 66)
Place of death Maaseik, Belgium
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Veendam 31 (15)
1974–1982 Roda JC 225 (107)
1982–1983 Seiko
1983–1986 MVV 67 (26)
National team
1978–1981 Netherlands 15 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dirk "Dick" Jacobus Willem Nanninga (17 January 1949 – 21 July 2015) was a Dutch footballer, who played for the Dutch clubs BV Veendam, Roda JC and MVV Maastricht. He also had a short spell with Hong Kong club Seiko.

Nanninga earned 15 caps and scored 6 goals for the Netherlands national football team.[1] In the 1978 FIFA World Cup final, he scored the equalizing goal against Argentina in normal time; however, Argentina went on to win 3–1 in extra time.

In 2012 Nanninga went into a coma and only regained conscience five months later. Due to diabetes his left lower leg had to be amputated.[2]

Having lost left lower leg, he was asked what he missed most about not having a leg. The answer went along the lines of, "..er, well, actually eh..., the lower part."[3] In 2014 his right lower leg also had to be amputated.[4] His death was announced on 21 July 2015.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dick Nanninga – 17 januari 1949 at the Internet Archive. voetbalstats.nl
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dick Nanninga (66) overleden" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. May 20, 2014, Netherlands TV, Nederland 1; (VARA) De wereld draait door. http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/gemist
  4. "Dick Nanninga overleden" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)