Co Prins and Nico Rijnders (middle), in 1970
|Full name||Nico Rijnders|
|Date of birth||30 July 1947|
|Place of birth||Breda, Netherlands|
|Date of death||16 March 1976(aged 28)|
|Place of death||Brugge, Belgium|
|1968–1969||Go Ahead Eagles||32||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 July 2011
Nico Rijnders (30 July 1947, Breda - 16 March 1976) was a Dutch footballer who played for NAC Breda and Ajax Amsterdam and was part of their European Cup victory in 1971. He earned 8 caps for the Netherlands national football team. He collapsed on 12 November 1972 while playing for Club Brugge against RFC Liège and was clinically dead when he was transported off the pitch, he was successfully reanimated by the club doctor but the incident ended Rijnders' playing career. His health condition was never fully recovered and he died three years later, aged 28.
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