Pieter Robert Rensenbrink is a former Dutch footballer and member of the Dutch national football team that reached two World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978. A creative and prolific left winger or forward of considerable talent, he became a legend in Belgium whilst playing in the great Anderlecht side of the 1970s, he is the UEFA Cup Winners Cup's all-time top scorer, with 25 goals. A talented dribbler as well as a cool finisher and adequate passer, he only missed two penalties in his entire career, he was the first winner of the Onze d'Or. Born in Amsterdam, Rensenbrink started his career at DWS, an Amsterdam amateur club, before moving to Belgian side Club Brugge in 1969. Between 1971 and 1980 he played for Anderlecht. In total when in Belgium he twice won the Belgian Championships, the Belgian Cup five times and at European club level the European Cup Winners' Cup twice. Rensenbrink delivered a notable performance in the 1976 final as Anderlecht ran out 4-2 winners against West Ham United, he set up Francois Van der Elst for the fourth goal.
Among his team mates was Dutch internationalist compatriot, Arie Haan. In 1980, he left Anderlecht and wound down his career with a spell at Portland Timbers in the NASL, followed by a brief stay with Toulouse in France in 1981. Rensenbrink made his international debut for the Netherlands national football team against Scotland in 1968, but picked up few caps due to competition for the forward positions with Johan Cruijff and Piet Keizer. However, Rinus Michels included him for the 1974 FIFA World Cup squad that made the short trip to West Germany; the Dutch side that took part in the 1974 FIFA World Cup were the pinnacle of Total Football. Most of the 1974 team were made up of players from AFC Ajax and Feyenoord, so Rensenbrink was an outsider and was unfamiliar with playing the system, his preferred position was up front on the left, but that position was Johan Cruijff's domain, so he played on the left-wing position in midfield, taking over from Ajax player Piet Keizer. He missed one game in the tournament and was only half-fit for the final after picking up an injury during the semi-final against Brazil.
Rinus Michels gambled on Rensenbrink's fitness and played him from start – however he only lasted until half-time and was replaced by René van de Kerkhof. The Netherlands took an early lead through a Johan Neeskens penalty, but goals from Paul Breitner and Gerd Müller gave West Germany a 2–1 victory. Rensenbrink's performances saw him named to the team of the tournament and he was sought by Ajax as a replacement for Keizer. However, contract negotiations fell through and he remained at Anderlecht. Rensenbrink stayed in the Dutch national side during the qualifiers and finals of the 1976 European Football Championship. However, the Netherlands fell at the semi-final stage to Czechoslovakia. In the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament in Argentina, the Netherlands again reached the final, but this time without Cruijff and under the guidance of Ernst Happel rather than Michels. Out of the shadow of Cruijff, Rensenbrink found more room to showcase his own considerable talent, playing on the left-hand side of a front three alongside Johnny Rep and René van de Kerkhof.
He scored a hat-trick in the opening game against Iran, another against Scotland, goal number 1000 in World Cup history and a penalty in the 5–1 win over Austria. In the final against Argentina, the Netherlands yet again met the hosts. In a tumultuous match, the Netherlands fell behind to a first-half Mario Kempes strike. After Dick Nanninga's equalizer 9 minutes from time, a long pass from the Dutch captain Ruud Krol in the last 30 seconds of normal time gave Rensenbrink a half-chance to score but his shot from a narrow angle was deflected on to the post and bounced clear. Had he scored, it is certain that Holland would have won the World Cup with Rensenbrink being top goal scorer. Argentina scored twice in extra-time for a 3–1 victory and the Netherlands again had to settle for the runners-up spot. Rensenbrink played some of the qualifiers for Euro 80, but after earning his 46th cap in 1979, he retired from international football at the age of 32, having scored 14 times for his country, he along with Eusébio are the only players to score the most goals from a penalty spot in a tournament.
He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He was named Anderlecht's greatest foreign player in 2008. Played 4 UEFA Super Cup games where he scored 3 goals. Club BruggeBelgian Cup: 1970AnderlechtBelgian League: 1972, 1974 Belgian Cup: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976 UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1976, 1978 UEFA Super Cup: 1976, 1978ToulouseDivision 2: 1981–82 NetherlandsFIFA World Cup: 1974, 1978 UEFA European Football Championship: 1976 Belgian First Division top scorers: 1972–73 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup top scorers: 1975–76 Belgian Golden Shoe: 1976 Ballon d'Or: 1976, 1978 Onze d'Or: 1976 FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1978 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974, 1978 FIFA World Cup Most Assists: 1978 IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1975–76 Onze de Bronze: 1978, 1979 FIFA 100 Scorer of the 1000th World Cup goal UEFA Cup Winners' Cup All-time top scorer Rensenbrink is married and lives in Oostzaan. In summer 2015 he revealed he had been diagnosed with progressive muscular atrophy three years earlier.
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
Roger Claessen was a Belgian football player who played as a forward. He finished as the top scorer of the Belgian League with 20 goals in 1968 while playing for Standard Liège, he played 17 times with the Belgian national team between 1968, scoring 7 goals. Claessen made his international debut on 20 May 1961 in a 2–1 defeat to Switzerland and he scored, he was a strong header. Due to his lifestyle, the rest of his career was marred, he was nicknamed "Roger-La honte", he played for other teams, like Alemannia Aachen Beerschot and Crossing Schaarbeek before retiring from football in 1974. He was voted Standard de Liège player of the century by supporters. Profile at Standard Liège
Forward (association football)
Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, are therefore most responsible for scoring goals. Their advanced position and limited defensive responsibilities mean forwards score more goals on behalf of their team than other players. Modern team formations include one to three forwards. Unconventional formations may include none; the traditional role of a centre-forward is to score the majority of goals on behalf of the team. The player may be used to win long balls or receive passes and retain possession of the ball with their back to goal as teammates advance, in order to provide depth for their team or help teammates score by providing a pass. Most modern centre-forwards operate in front of the second strikers or central attacking midfielders, do the majority of the ball handling outside the box; the present role of centre-forward is sometimes interchangeable with that of an attacking midfielder in the 4–3–1–2 or 4–1–2–1–2 formations.
The term "target man" is used to describe a particular type of striker whose main role is to win high balls in the air and create chances for other members of the team. These players are tall and physically strong, being adept at heading the ball; the term centre-forward is taken from the early football playing formation in which there were five forward players: two outside forwards, two inside forwards, one centre-forward. When numbers were introduced in the 1933 English FA Cup final, one of the two centre-forwards that day wore the number nine – Everton's Dixie Dean a strong, powerful forward who had set the record for the most goals scored in a season in English football during the 1927–28 season; the number would become synonymous with the centre-forward position. The role of a striker is rather different from that of a traditional centre-forward, although the terms centre-forward and striker are used interchangeably at times, as both play further up the field than other players, while tall and technical players, like Zlatan Ibrahimović, have qualities which are suited to both positions.
Like the centre-forward, the traditional role of a striker is to score goals. They are fast players with good ball control and dribbling abilities. More agile strikers like Michael Owen have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short bursts of speed. A good striker should be able to shoot confidently with either foot, possess great power and accuracy, have the ability to link-up with teammates and pass the ball under pressure in breakaway situations. While many strikers wear the number 9 shirt, the position, to a lesser degree, is associated with the number 10, worn by more creative deep-lying forwards such as Pelé, with numbers 7 and 11, which are associated with wingers. Deep-lying forwards have a long history in the game, but the terminology to describe their playing activity has varied over the years; such players were termed inside forwards, creative or deep-lying centre-forwards. More two more variations of this old type of player have developed: the second, or shadow, or support, or auxiliary striker and, in what is in fact a distinct position unto its own, the number 10, exemplified by Dennis Bergkamp.
Other number 10s who play further back, such as Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, are described as an attacking midfielder or the playmaker. The second striker position is a loosely defined and most misapplied description of a player positioned somewhere between the out-and-out striker, whether he is a "target-man" or more of a "poacher", the Number 10 or attacking midfielder, while showing some of the characteristics of both. In fact, a term coined by French advanced playmaker Michel Platini, the "nine-and-a-half", which he used to describe Roberto Baggio's playing role, has been an attempt to become a standard in defining the position. Conceivably, a Number 10 can alternate as a second-striker provided that he is a prolific goalscorer. Second or support strikers do not tend to get as involved in the orchestration of attacks as the Number 10, nor do they bring as many other players into play, since they do not share the burden of responsibility, functioning predominantly as assist providers.
In Italy, this role is known as a "rifinitore" or "seconda punta", whereas in Brazil, it is known as "segundo atacante" or "ponta-de-lança". The position of inside forward was popularly used in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries; the inside forwards would support the centre-forward and making space in the opposition defence, and, as the passing game developed, supporting him or her with passes. The role is broadly analogous to the "hole" or second striker position in the modern game, although here there were two such players, known as inside right and inside left. In early 2–3–5 formations the inside-forwards would flank the centre-forward on both sides. With the advent of
Jan Mulder (footballer)
Johan "Jan" Mulder is a Dutch former footballer, columnist, TV personality. Johan Mulder is born on 4 May 1945 in Bellingwolde in the Netherlands. Mulder was a football striker and played for R. S. C. Anderlecht and AFC Ajax, he played five matches for the Netherlands, scoring once. Mulder was topscorer of the 1966–67 season in the Belgian Eerste Klasse, his son Youri grew up to become a football player, spending most of his career in the German Bundesliga at FC Schalke 04 until he retired in 2002. After his football career had ended, Mulder became a well-known writer and television-personality in the Netherlands, making his debut analysing a match of the Dutch national football team broadcast by TV channel RTL4 in 1996. From that point onwards he would guest star in the RTL4 shows by Frits Barend and Henk van Dorp, who presented both football-related programmes as well as talkshows concerning more political and social/public subjects. After having been a daily guest-star on the show Villa BvD, a football show during the 1998 World Cup in France, Mulder made more and more TV appearances until becoming daily guest-star on the late-night talkshow Barend & Van Dorp since March 1999, until the show stopped in April 2006.
The final season of Barend & Van Dorp was shown on the channel Talpa, who had bought the programme from RTL4 during the summer of 2005. Jan Mulder frequently appeared on another show, broadcast by Talpa. After Barend & Van Dorp Mulder became. Mulder has written several works, ranging from ultra-short stories to novels. Most people will associate his name with CaMu, the partnership between Remco Campert and Jan Mulder, writing daily front-page columns for national newspaper de Volkskrant since 1995; these columns are traditionally bundled into books entitled CaMu Jaaroverzicht at the end of each year. 1978: Opmars der strafschopgebieden 1982: De eeuwige reserve 1984: Sportjournalistiek bestaat niet 1987: De toespraken 1988: Diva in Winschoten 1992: De middagduivel 1994: De vuurspuger van Ootmarsum 1994: Fiebelekwinten 1994: La vase 1994: Spreek en vergissing 1996: Mobieliquette 1999: Familie-album 1999: Villa BvD 2000: Overwinningen & nederlagen 2001: Spelers en speelsters 2001: Hollandse Velden 2002: De vrouw als karretje 2002: Strafschopgebieden & Reserves 2002: Opkomst & Ondergang 2003: Iris 2009: De analyticus 2009: Labradoedel 2010: Chez Stans Media related to Jan Mulder at Wikimedia Commons Stats
Alphonse Léopold Bauduin Six was a Belgian football player. Six was born in Bruges and is remembered for his goal-scoring capacities. In his period with Cercle Brugge he scored, his 1910-1911 season was remarkable, when scoring 38 goals in 20 matches, half of the goals Cercle Brugge scored that season. In 1910 Six received his first cap for Belgium, winning 3-2 against the Netherlands and scoring once. Six played nine times for Belgium. Six still holds two Cercle Brugge team records: An average of 1.045 goals per match. Five goals in one match, against R. E. Sport's ClubIn 1912, Six left Cercle for Union SG. Due to Union SG not keeping their promises about a job for him - professional footballers were unheard of at that time - he moved to Olympique Lillois, a predecessor of Lille OSC; that season he became the first Belgian football player to become a champion in a foreign country. In the beginning of August 1914, the Germans invaded Six was called to arms. After the fall of the forts in Liège, King Albert I pulled his troops back to Antwerp.
During this manoeuvre, the Belgian troops were surrounded by the Germans near Boutersem. Six and his companions were killed on 19 August. CercleBelgian First Division: 1910–11UnionBelgian First Division: 1912–13 Belgian Cup: 1912–13LilleTrophée de France: 1914 Championnat USFSA: 1914 Championnat USFSA Nord: 1914 Cerclemuseum.be
Paul Van Himst
Paul Van Himst is a retired Belgian football forward and a football manager. Now retired, he still supports R. S. C. Anderlecht, his former team, he was nicknamed Polle Gazon due to the large number of fouls committed on him. In 1964, he played in the Belgium-Netherlands match alongside 10 Anderlecht players after the substitution of goalkeeper Delhasse by Jean-Marie Trappeniers. Van Himst won the Belgian championship 8 times, all of them with Anderlecht, a club for which he started playing his first professional season in 1959–60. With Anderlecht, he scored 233 goals in 457 matches, he played for RWDM in 1975–76 and for Eendracht Aalst in the following season. Between 1960 and 1974, "Polle Gazon" scored 30 goals for the Belgian national team; this performance made him Belgium's second topscorer—along with Bernard Voorhoof—and the 10th most capped player for his country. He made his debut on 19 October 1960 in a match against Sweden and he was part of Belgium's team which qualified for the 1970 World Cup.
Van Himst helped Belgium reach third place at the Euro 1972. As a football manager, Van Himst has worked notably for Anderlecht and the national team which he led to the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he holds the record of four times being awarded the Golden Shoe. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was named the Golden Player of Belgium by the Belgian Football Association as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years, he has been an ambassador for the Belgian/South-African NGO "Born In Africa" since 2005. His wife, Arlette Neckebroeck, died on 4 December 2013. Escape to Victory - Michel Fileu - The Players: Belgium Max - Himself List of UEFA Cup winning managers Media related to Paul Van Himst at Wikimedia Commons CV UEFA.com – Golden Player of Belgium Born In Africa – Ambassador of the NGO – Belgium still bow to Van Himst – By Berend Scholten on UEFA.com