René van de Kerkhof

René van de Kerkhof
René van de Kerkhof in 1975
Personal information
Full name Reinier Lambertus van de Kerkhof
Date of birth (1951-09-16) 16 September 1951
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

Reinier "René" Lambertus van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɛiniːr rəˈneː lɑmˈbɛrtɵs fɑn də ˈkɛrkɦɔf];[2] born 16 September 1951) is a Dutch former football player, who played as a right winger 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, losing to hosts West Germany and Argentina, respectively. 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. The Dutch players threatened to walk off the field in protest, delaying the kickoff of the game. 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
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1973–74PSV EindhovenEredivisie3120
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983–84Apollon SmyrnisAlpha Ethniki233
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
1984–85SeikoFirst Division
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1985–86Helmond Sport144
1987–88FC Eindhoven111
Total Netherlands 468130
Italy 00
Greece 233
Hong Kong
Career total





  1. "Rene van de Kerkhof - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012.
  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
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