Ernie Brandts in 1978
|Full name||Ernstus Wilhelmus Johannes Brandts|
|Date of birth||3 February 1956|
|Place of birth||Nieuw-Dijk, Gelderland|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|N.E.C. (ass. manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Didam, he played for local club De Sprinkhanen before joining De Graafschap at 17. After three seasons he moved on to PSV with whom he won two Eredivisie league titles in 7 seasons. He later played for Roda JC, MVV and Belgian side Germinal Ekeren before returning to his first professional club De Graafschap.
Brandts earned 28 caps and scored five goals for the Netherlands national football team and played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. In a second-round match against Italy, he became the first and to date only player to score goals for both teams in the same match in the World Cup. He scored an own goal in the 18th minute, and then scored the equalizer for the Netherlands in the 50th minute. His teammate Arie Haan eventually scored the winning goal, giving the Netherlands a 2–1 win.
Halfway through the 2007-08 season, Brandts was informed that his contract as head trainer of NAC would not be extended, despite the best results (3rd position in 2007–08 Eredivisie) NAC Breda had seen for a long time. This decision was not taken lightly by the NAC Breda supporters - despite all the complaints the NAC top directors went ahead with their plan. Brandts was replaced by Robert Maaskant at the beginning of the 2008–2009 season.
He was appointed as the coach of Iranian side Rah Ahan in summer of 2009 and he was appointed coach of Rwandan army club APR in 2010 and achieved the double. In 2012-2013 he was coach of Young Africans and won all the cups. On 25 December 2013, he left the club with a mutual consent agree by both parties.
He returned to the Netherlands and started as head coach of FC Dordrecht in June 2014, but after a decent start of their Eredivisie campaign Brandts decided with agreement of the club to stop in February 2015. Brandts was named assistant manager at N.E.C. in 2016.
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- Football : Ernie Brandts. Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved on 2013-11-08.
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- G. Beerschot praat met Brandts - Voetbal België (Dutch)
- Intl career stats - Ons Oranje (Dutch)
- Ernie Brandts – FIFA competition record
- "Ernie Brandts gaat vierdeklasser DIA in Teteringen trainen" (in Dutch). Omroep Brabant. 11 April 2014.
- Supporters NAC steunen Brandts - NU (Dutch)
- Ernie Brandts naar Iraanse club Rah-Ahan - Omroep Brabant (Dutch)
- Ernie Brandts trainer in Rwanda - Omroep Brabant (Dutch)
- FC Dordrecht met coach Ernie Brandts Eredivisie in - AD (Dutch)
- Brandts per direct weg als trainer FC Dordrecht - Voetbal International (Dutch)
- NEC stelt Ernie Brandts aan als assistent-trainer - NU (Dutch)
- Ernie Brandts at National-Football-Teams.com