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
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Date of death 21 July 2015(2015-07-21) (aged 66)
Place of death Maaseik, Belgium
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Veendam 31 (15)
1974–1982 Roda JC 225 (107)
1982–1983 Seiko 20 (2)
1983–1986 MVV 67 (26)
National team
1978–1981 Netherlands 15 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dirk Jacobus Willem "Dick" Nanninga (17 January 1949 – 21 July 2015) was a 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 against Argentina in Buenos Aires, he scored the equalizing goal in normal time, but 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 Bernd Hölzenbein clashed as the Dutch took a free kick and 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.


In 2012 Nanninga went into a coma and only regained consciousness five months later. Due to diabetes his left lower leg had to be amputated.[2] In 2014 his right lower leg also had to be amputated.[3] His death was announced on 21 July 2015.[2]


  1. ^ Dick Nanninga – 17 januari 1949 at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 March 2009). voetbalstats.nl
  2. ^ a b "Dick Nanninga (66) overleden" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dick Nanninga overleden" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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