Fransen in 1965
|Date of birth||5 July 1936|
|Place of birth||Groningen, Netherlands|
|Date of death||2 August 2015(aged 79)|
|Place of death||Groningen, Netherlands|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Nicknamed Mr. FC Groningen, Fransen played the majority of his career for FC Groningen and its predecessor GVAV. He totalled 484 official matches for the club, scoring 82 goals. He started his career at Velocitas and was part of their first professional Tweede Divisie squad, when the third professional football league was introduced in the Netherlands in 1956.
He also had a spell at Feyenoord.
He made his debut for the Netherlands in an October 1964 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Albania and has earned a total of 6 caps, scoring 1 goal. He represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
- Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first.
|1||26 January 1965||Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel||Israel||1–0||1–0||Friendly match|
Death and legacy
- Piet Fransen (79) overleden: vanavond minuut stilte Archived 2015-08-06 at the Wayback Machine - FC Groningen (in Dutch)
- Velocitas prominenten - Velocitas 1897 (in Dutch)
- National team stats - Voetbalstats (in Dutch)
- Piet Fransen – FIFA competition record
- National team stats - EU Football
- FC Groningen-icoon Fransen overleden (79) - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
- Oosterparkwijk krijgt roemruchte straatnamen - Trots van het Noorden (in Dutch)
- Piet Fransen Tribune in Euroborg Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine - FC Groningen (in Dutch)