Faas Wilkes (1961)
|Full name||Servaas "Faas" Wilkes|
|Date of birth||13 October 1923|
|Place of birth||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Date of death||15 August 2006(aged 82)|
|Place of death||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Servaas "Faas" Wilkes (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfaːs ˈʋɪlkəs], 13 October 1923 – 15 August 2006) was a Dutch football forward, who earned a total of 38 caps for the Dutch national team, in which he scored 35 goals (average 0.92 goals per game). However, for a prolonged period of his career, June 1949 through till March 1955, he was banned from the national team since the KNVB did not allow professional players to participate.
Wilkes played for Xerxes Rotterdam, before moving to Internazionale in the summer of 1949. There he played 95 matches, scoring 47 goals. After his stay in Milan ended in 1952, he had a one season spell at Torino. At age 30 he moved to Valencia in Spain, scoring a total of 38 goals in 62 appearances between 1953–54 and 1955–56, making him the first foreign idol of the club. He also played for VVV, Levante, and Fortuna '54. He died of a cardiac arrest in 2006, aged 82.
He is considered one of the best footballers the Netherlands ever produced, being especially known for his creative style of play and brilliant dribbling. Wilkes was the 4th Dutch player (after Gerrit Keizer, Bep Bakhuys and Gerrit Vreken) who moved to play abroad.
- Netherlands All-Time Top Scorer: 1959–1998
- Spanish Player of the Year: 1954
- Internazionale Top Scorer: 1950–51
- Valencia Top Scorer: 1953–54, 1955–56
- Levante Top Scorer: 1958–59
- "Faas Wilkes – Goals in International Matches". Retrieved 13 November 2008.
- "Faas Wilkes, futbolista holandés". El País. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
En 1954 fue elegido jugador del año, por encima de Kubala y Di Stéfano, los grandes del momento, con los que coincidió.
- Faas Wilkes at National-Football-Teams.com
- Faas Wilkes at Voetbal International (Dutch)
- Faas Wilkes at BDFutbol.com (Spanish)
- Faas Wilkes profile and stats at Wereld van Oranje (Dutch)
- In memorial for Faas Wilkes (Dutch)