Willy van de Kerkhof

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Willy van de Kerkhof
Willy van de Kerkhof 1975.jpg
Willy van de Kerkhof in 1975
Personal information
Full name Wilhelmus Antonius van de Kerkhof
Date of birth (1951-09-16) 16 September 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth Helmond, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 FC Twente 93 (14)
1973–1988 PSV 418 (57)
Total 511 (71)
National team
1973–1986 Netherlands 63 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wilhelmus "Willy" Antonius van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪl.ɦɛl.mʏs ˈwɪli ɑn.ˈtoː.niʏs vɐn də ˈkɛrk.ɦɔf]) (born 16 September 1951) is a former Dutch footballer.

Van de Kerkhof and his twin brother René 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. He also played for the Netherlands at the Euro 1980. Overall, Van de Kerkhof appeared 63 times for his country, scoring five goals.[1]

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

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 27 6
1971–72 32 6
1972–73 34 2
1973–74 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 31 10
1974–75 32 7
1975–76 33 6
1976–77 31 1
1977–78 32 5
1978–79 30 3
1979–80 30 2
1980–81 27 4
1981–82 29 8
1982–83 26 2
1983–84 23 3
1984–85 33 2
1985–86 29 0
1986–87 19 3
1987–88 12 1
Total Netherlands 510 71
Career total 510 71

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (6 February 2008). "Willy van de Kerkhof – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Article: FIFA top 120 list". AP. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-01.