René van de Kerkhof
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|Full name||Reinier Lambertus van de Kerkhof|
|Date of birth||16 September 1951|
|Place of birth||Helmond, Netherlands|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Reinier Lambertus van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛiniːr rəˈneː lɑmˈbɛrtʏs fɑn də ˈkɛr(ə)kɦɔf]; born 16 September 1951) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a right winger for FC Twente, PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands. He was part of the teams that reached the finals of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and the 1978 FIFA World Cup. Van de Kerkhof is the twin brother of Willy van de Kerkhof. Van de Kerkhof was a fast footballer with a great urge to move forward. His nickname was 'The Blind'. He was widely regarded as one of the best Dutch players of all time. Van de Kerkhof was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
Club career[change | change source]
Van de Kerkhof and his twin brother played as amateurs for RKSV MULO. They both made their professional debuts with FC Twente in 1970 and three years later they also went to PSV together. Their brother Gerard also played as a professional football player. Father Renier van de Kerkhof (1910-1956), was an amateur football player for Deurania, which was merged into SV Deurne in 1942. Van de Kerkhof played thirteen seasons at PSV, in ten of them together with Willy in the first team. He played his last three years with the PSV amateurs (1989-1992). 1978 was his most successful year, besides becoming runners-up at the World Cup, he also won the UEFA Cup, the Dutch championship and the KNVB Beker with PSV that year: "we had won everything possible – the title, the Dutch Cup and the UEFA Cup, and we had five or six players who had been runners-up at the FIFA World Cup in Argentina with the Netherlands. It was a beautiful period under coach Kees Rijvers", van de Kerkhof later would tell to Berend Scholten.
International career[change | change source]
Van de Kerkhof made his debut for the Dutch national team on March 28, 1973, during a friendly match against Austria. He played at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro 1976, the 1978 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 1980. He played a total of 47 games for the Orange squad, in which he – like his brother – scored five times. He scored those goals in the qualifying series for the 1974 World Cup, 1976 European Championship and 1978 World Cup, at the 1978 World Cup and in the qualifying series for the 1980 European Championship.
Van de Kerkhof was a substitute in the lost World Cup final against West Germany in 1974. According to measurements of the images in 2006, he was the best Dutch player in this match based on effectiveness, according to researchers from the University of Groningen and the Groningen company Team Support. systems.
Just before the kick-off of the World Cup final in 1978, Van de Kerkhof was the center of a riot. Because he had broken his hand, he played with a plaster cuff. Argentina captain Daniel Passarella demanded Italian referee Sergio Gonella be replaced. When national coach Ernst Happel subsequently sent the Dutch players to the dressing room, Gonella decided to allow Van de Kerkhof's 'hard hand' with some extra foam rubber and tape. The kick-off was fifteen minutes late. In 1978, the Van de Kerkhof brothers were the only twins to ever play in the final of a World Cup.
Career statistics[change | change source]
Club[change | change source]
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Apollon Smyrnis||1983–84||Alpha Ethniki||23||3|
Honours[change | change source]
- FIFA World Cup runner-up: 1974, 1978
- UEFA European Championship third place: 1976
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1978
- FIFA 100ː 2004
- Ballon d'Or nominee: 1978
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Rene van de Kerkhof – International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012.
- ↑ Van in isolation: [vɑn].
- ↑ PSV smell danger as Rangers visit stirs memories by Berend Scholten
- ↑ "FIFA World Cup Awards » All-Star Team". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2020.