Jan van Roessel
Jan van Roessel in 1952
|Full name||Joannes Cornelis Christianus van Roessel|
|Date of birth||7 April 1925|
|Place of birth||Tilburg, Netherlands|
|Date of death||3 June 2011(aged 86)|
|Place of death||Tilburg, Netherlands|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2011|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2011
A big striker and fierce header of the ball, Van Roessel was picked up at LONGA by local rivals Willem II in Tilburg in 1951, and won the 1952 Dutch (then still amateur) league title and in 1955 the first professional Eredivisie championship. He formed a potent strike force with Toon Becx and Piet de Jong and was reportedly linked to neighbours PSV Eindhoven and some Italian clubs, most notably Sampdoria and Torino, but Czech coach František Fadrhonc convinced him to stay in Tilburg.
Van Roessel was named Player of the Century of Willem II.
Van Roessel made his debut for the Netherlands in a June 1949 friendly match against Finland and had earned a total of 6 caps, scoring 5 goals. He represented his country at the 1952 Summer Olympics, where he scored against Brazil.
- Scores and results list Holland's goal tally first.
|1||16 June 1949||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||Friendly|
|3||16 July 1952||Kupittaa, Turku, Finland||Brazil||1952 Summer Olympics|
|4||21 September 1952||Idraetsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||Friendly|
|5||15 November 1952||Boothferry Park, Hull, England||England Amateurs|
Personal life and death
Van Roessel married Louisa van Laarhoven in 1956 and the couple had one daughter, who died of leukemia in 1988. In his later years, he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Van Roessel died on 3 June 2011 of a lung disease at the age of 86.
- Netherlands - Champions - RSSSF
- Netherlands 1954/55 - RSSSF
- Jan van Roessel, ooit een roemruchte midvoor - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
- In memoriam: Jan van Roessel (1925-2011) Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine - Willem II (in Dutch)
- Netherlands roster - FIFA
- National team stats - Voetbalstats (in Dutch)
- Jan van Roessel (86) overleden - NOS (in Dutch)