Johnny Rep

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Johnny Rep
Johnny Rep 1974.jpg
Rep in 1974
Personal information
Full name John Nicholaas Rep
Date of birth (1951-11-25) 25 November 1951 (age 71)
Place of birth Zaandam, Netherlands
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
ZFC Zaandam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Ajax 97 (41)
1975–1977 Valencia 55 (22)
1977–1979 Bastia 65 (33)
1979–1983 Saint-Étienne 131 (44)
1983–1984 PEC Zwolle 32 (5)
1984–1986 Feyenoord 43 (5)
1986–1987 Haarlem 5 (0)
Total 428 (150)
International career
1973–1981 Netherlands 42 (12)
Managerial career
1994–1996 De Zwarte Schapen
1996–2001 Omniworld
2002–2005 Texel'94
2005–2007 Omniworld (scout)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Nicholaas Rep (born 25 November 1951) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a right winger. He holds the all-time record for FIFA World Cup goals for the Netherlands with 7.

Playing career[edit]

Rep played as a right-footed striker in the Dutch World Cup teams of 1974 (West Germany) and 1978 (Argentina). He scored the winning goal for Ajax Amsterdam against Juventus in the 1973 European Cup Final in Belgrade and also helped SC Bastia reach the finals of the 1978 UEFA Cup. His pairing with Rob Rensenbrink was seen as an offensive powerhouse.[1]

He said that his time at Valencia was not good and that the only thing they helped him do was "learn Spanish".[1] He claimed that SC Bastia suited him best.[1] After his time in Bastia, Rep joined AS Saint-Étienne[2] and was part of a side that included Michel Platini.

Personal Life[edit]

He said he liked to distract himself by reading books by Harold Robbins and by playing cards.[1]








Rep is included in the "Classic Netherlands" team in the football video game Pro Evolution Soccer 6 under the name of "Rak".

Rep is the namesake of the Irish indie pop band Jonny Rep. He also has a song in his honour, written by French rock band Mickey 3D, who hail from Saint Etienne.


  1. ^ a b c d Se llama rep y vive del gol [It's called rep and it lives on goals], web: Goles Mundial, June 1978, Issue #1538, 1978, retrieved 13 March 2023
  2. ^ "Johnny Rep: Les Verts and Oranje Legend". 21 June 2011.
  3. ^ "France - Footballer of the Year". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.

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