Adri van Tiggelen
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|Full name||Adrianus A. van Tiggelen|
|Date of birth||16 June 1957|
|Place of birth||Oud-Beijerland, Netherlands|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
His career in football was intimately connected to Sparta Rotterdam, in which he began as a professional footballer, going on to manage the side in several categories and capacities, but he also played with success in Belgium for Anderlecht.
Born in Oud-Beijerland, South Holland, Van Tiggelen – nicknamed "De Spijker" (nail) – started his professional career with Sparta Rotterdam, making his Eredivisie debut on 30 August 1978, in a 1–0 home in against neighbours Feyenoord. During his five-year spell at the club, he was an undisputed starter, also finding the net every season (for a total of 13 league goals).
In 1983, Van Tiggelen signed with fellow league side FC Groningen and remained there for three years, managing to again maintain top level status in every season. Afterwards, he had his first abroad experience, as he joined R.S.C. Anderlecht in neighbouring Belgium, where he also appeared regularly (as first-choice).
Aged 34, Van Tiggelen returned to his own country, moving to PSV Eindhoven. The veteran marker still managed to collect nearly 100 official appearances, playing 26 games as the side won the 1991–92 national championship. He saw out his career at 38, after one season – and again in the top division – with Dordrecht'90; his last game ended 5–1, at home against FC Volendam.
Van Tiggelen then returned to his first club, mainly serving as assistant manager and youth trainer. In 2005, he had his first head coach experience, and finished the season in the second position, helping Sparta return to the first division.
From 1986 onwards, Van Tiggelen was an automatic first-choice in the national team's setup: he played in every match and minute at UEFA Euro 1988, which the Netherlands won, and also represented the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992, retiring from international play following the side's elimination against eventual winners Denmark in the latter competition; he was aged 35, and formed in previous years an efficient fullback partnership with Berry van Aerle (also his club mate from 1991–94).
- Belgian League: 1986–87, 1990–91
- Belgian Cup: 1987–88, 1988–89
- Belgian Supercup: 1986, 1987; Runner-up 1988, 1989
- "Adri van Tiggelen - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.