Rick Talan

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Rick Talan
Talan (right) with Hans Eijkenbroek in 1982
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-11-03)3 November 1960
Place of birth Katwijk, Netherlands
Date of death 30 September 2015(2015-09-30) (aged 54)
Place of death Zevenaar, Netherlands
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1985 AZ'67 95 (39)
1981–1982Cercle Brugge (loan) 13 (2)
1985Haarlem (loan) 13 (2)
1986–1988 Vitesse Arnhem 78 (38)
Total 199 (81)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Rick Talan (3 November 1960 – 30 September 2015) was a Dutch football player.

Club career[edit]

A pacy striker, Talan started his career with local amateur side Katwijk[1] and joined AZ'67 in 1978. He scored 44 goals in 95 official matches for the club and was part of the squad that won the club's first Eredivisie title in 1981.[2] In the 1983–84 Eredivisie season he scored 20 goals in 33 league games for AZ. In 1982, he played half a year for Belgian side Cercle Brugge, scoring twice in 14 official matches.[3]

He finishes his career in 1988 after playing almost 100 games with Vitesse Arnhem.[4]

Personal life and death[edit]

Talan's younger brother Jeffrey also became a professional footballer and earned 8 senior caps for the Netherlands. Talan owned an accountancy company in Zevenaar.[5]

Rick Talan suffered from a brain tumor in 2007 and underwent two operations. The tumor however returned a year later[6] and he died in September 2015.[7]



  1. ^ Rick Talan (54) overleden - VV Katwijk (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Rick Talan overleden - AZ (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Oud-speler Ricky Talan overleden - Cercle Brugge (in Dutch)
  4. ^ In Memoriam: Rick Talan - Vitesse (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Rick Talan - Talan Accountants en Belastingadviseurs - MKB Duiven (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Ricky Talan: de 'raket' van AZ'67 en Vitesse - De Gelderlander (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Oud-voetballer Ricky Talan (54) overleden - NOS (in Dutch)