Dick Nanninga

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Dick Nanninga
Dick Nanninga 1978color.jpg
Dick Nanninga in 1978
Personal information
Full name Dirk Jacobus Willem Nanninga
Date of birth (1949-01-17) 17 January 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Veendam 31 (15)
1974–1982 Roda JC 225 (107)
1982–1983 Seiko
1983–1986 MVV 67 (26)
National team
1978–1981 Netherlands 15 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dirk "Dick" Jacobus Willem Nanninga (born 17 January 1949 in Groningen) is a former Dutch footballer, who played for the Dutch clubs BV Veendam, Roda JC and MVV Maastricht. He also had a short spell with Hong Kong club Seiko.

Nanninga earned 15 caps and scored 6 goals for the Netherlands national football team.[1] In the 1978 FIFA World Cup final, he scored the equalizing goal against Argentina in normal time; however, Argentina went on to win 3–1 in extra time.

In the same World Cup, Nanninga became the first substitute player to be sent off, 7 minutes after coming on against West Germany. He and Holzenbein clashed as the Dutch took a free kick, Nanninga was shown the yellow card. He was then reported to have laughed at the referee's decision. Confusion reigned, as he was ordered off.

He is Roda JC's all time topscorer having scored 107 goals in 225 matches for the Kerkrade-based club.

Now having lost left lower leg, he was asked what he missed most about not having a leg. The answer went along the lines of, "..er, well, actually eh..., the lower part."[2]


  1. ^ Dick Nanninga – 17 januari 1949 at the Wayback Machine (archived March 28, 2009). voetbalstats.nl
  2. ^ May 20, 2014, Netherlands TV, Nederland 1; (VARA) De wereld draait door. http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/gemist

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