Johnny Rep

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Johnny Rep
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Personal information
Full name John Nicholaas Rep
Date of birth (1951-11-25) 25 November 1951 (age 71)
Place of birth Zaandam, Netherlands
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
ZFC Zaandam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Ajax 97 (41)
1975–1977 Valencia 55 (22)
1977–1979 Bastia 65 (33)
1979–1983 Saint-Étienne 131 (44)
1983–1984 PEC Zwolle 32 (5)
1984–1986 Feyenoord 43 (5)
1986–1987 Haarlem 5 (0)
Total 428 (150)
National team
1973–1981 Netherlands 42 (12)
Teams managed
1994–1996 De Zwarte Schapen
1996–2001 Omniworld
2002–2005 Texel'94
2005–2007 Omniworld (scout)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Nicholaas "Johnny" Rep (born 25 November 1951 in Zaandam, Noord-Holland) is a former Dutch football striker. He currently holds the all-time record for FIFA World Cup goals for the Netherlands with 7. He played two European Cup I finals and two World Championship finals for The Netherlands (1974 and 1978). A side striker who later became a right winger, he was a fast and skilled dribbler who was well suited to Dutch "total football". Considered as one of the best Dutch players and he is regarded as one of the greatest wingers in 1970s.

Rep made his debut for Ajax on 29 August 1971. He earned his 'Goudhaantje (Goldcrest)' due to his ability to score decisive goals. During the return match for the Intercontinental Cup against Independiente in 1972 he scored two of the three Ajax goals. In 1973 he scored the decisive 1-0 in the European Cup I final against Italian Juventus.

In 1975 Rep left Ajax for the Spanish club Valencia CF. Then he was superseded by Tscheu La Ling. He played two seasons at Valencia during which he scored 22 goals. The next step in his career took Rep to France. He played two seasons for SC Bastia (33 goals) and four seasons for AS Saint-Etienne (44 goals). He returned to the Dutch league in 1983 to play for PEC Zwolle, Feyenoord before ending his professional player career at HFC Haarlem.