René van de Kerkhof

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René van de Kerkhof
Rene van de Kerkhof 1975c.jpg
René van de Kerkhof in 1975
Personal information
Full name Reinier Lambertus van de Kerkhof
Date of birth (1951-09-16) 16 September 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth Helmond, Netherlands
Playing position Right Winger
Youth career
FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 FC Twente 99 (34)
1973–1983 PSV 278 (85)
1983–1984 Apollon Smyrnis 23 (3)
1984–1985 Seiko
1985–1988 Helmond Sport 61 (8)
1988–1989 FC Eindhoven 30 (3)
Total 491 (133)
National team
1973–1982[1] Netherlands 47 (5)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Reinier "René" Lambertus van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛi̯niːr rəˈneː lɑmˈbɛrtʏs fɑn də ˈkɛrkɦɔf];[2] born 16 September 1951) is a former Dutch football player, who played for FC Twente, PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national football team.

Van de Kerkhof and his twin brother Willy were squad members of the Dutch national team that made the World Cup final in 1974 and became key players in the team that made the 1978 final. Overall, Van de Kerkhof appeared 47 times for his country, scoring five goals.

He is well remembered due to the incident before the 1978 World Cup final, when the opponent Argentinians objected to the cast he wore on his injured forearm since it could have injured an Argentinian player. Despite the bandage having been passed by FIFA and worn in previous matches, the referee, Italian Sergio Gonella vacillated, while the Dutch players threatened to walk off the field. Finally an extra layer of padding was applied to the bandage as a solution, and the match could start.[3]

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. [4]

René van de Kerkhof was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1970–71 Twente Eredivisie 33 12
1971–72 32 10
1972–73 34 12
1973–74 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 31 20
1974–75 30 9
1975–76 34 8
1976–77 28 9
1977–78 29 10
1978–79 27 8
1979–80 29 3
1980–81 18 1
1981–82 29 9
1982–83 23 8
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983–84 Apollon Smyrnis Alpha Ethniki 23 3
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
1984–85 Seiko First Division
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1985–86 Helmond Sport 14 4
1986–87 23 3
1987–88 24 1
1987–88 FC Eindhoven 11 1
1988–89 19 2
Total Netherlands 468 130
Italy 0 0
Greece 23 3
Hong Kong
Career total



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  2. Van in isolation: [vɑn].
  3. Salvation army: part two. Guardian (4 June 2006). Retrieved on 8 November 2013.
  4. PSV smell danger as Rangers visit stirs memories by Berend Scholten Archived 9 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine