Willem van der Ark

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Willem van der Ark
Personal information
Full name Willem van der Ark
Date of birth (1963-11-13) 13 November 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1970–1984 GVAV Rapiditas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1987 Cambuur 119 (46)
1988 Willem II 14 (7)
1989–1991 Aberdeen 64 (13)
1991–1992 FC Utrecht 26 (5)
1993 FC Den Haag 10 (4)
1993–1994 FC Utrecht 31 (6)
1994–1996 Cambuur 7 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Willem van der Ark (born November 13, 1963 in Groningen) is a former Dutch football (soccer) striker, who played for Aberdeen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He was one of a series of Dutch players signed for the Scottish side during this time[1] and Van der Ark was bought as a striker and noted for his height (6 foot, 5 inches).

Club career[edit]

Van der Ark came through the GVAV Rapiditas youth system and joined Cambuur in 1984. He proved to be an immedatie success alongside fellow striker Bram Rontberg and was sold to Willem II for 250,000 guilders in 1988.[2] He then moved abroad to Scottish side Aberdeen after only half a season in Tilburg.

During his time at Aberdeen he made 77 appearances (38 of them as substitute), scoring 17 goals and securing 2 winners medals – the 1989/90 Skol Cup and 1989/90 Scottish Cup. He played alongside compatriots Theo Snelders, Hans Gillhaus and Peter van der Ven at the club.[3]

He later played for FC Utrecht and FC Den Haag. He left Utrecht to return to Cambuur in summer 1994.[4]


Van der Ark now works as a real estate agent in Leeuwarden.[5]


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