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Eimert "Epi" Drost (21 September 1945 in Amersfoort – 27 May 1995 in Rotterdam) was an association football player and manager from the Netherlands, best known for his time with FC Twente.

Epi Drost
Epi Drost (1977).jpg
Drost, receiving the KNVB Cup 1977
Personal information
Full name Eimert Drost
Date of birth (1945-09-21)September 21, 1945
Place of birth Amersfoort, Netherlands
Date of death May 27, 1995(1995-05-27) (aged 49)
Place of death Rotterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
FC Wageningen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1965 FC Wageningen 80 (41)
1965–1966 Heracles 19 (0)
1966–1980 FC Twente 415 (8)
1980–1982 DS'79 52 (0)
1982–1983 FC Twente 8 (0)
Total 574 (49)
National team
1969–1973 Netherlands 9 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1989 RBC
1983–1984 DS'79
1990–1995 STEVO
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit


He made his senior debut for FC Wageningen on 23 September 1962 against De Graafschap, then had a short spell with Heracles Almelo, before joining manager Kees Rijvers at FC Twente where he would become one of the best players in the history of the club.[1] Known for his colourful lifestyle and fierce shot,[2] he played 423 league games for the club, only to be surpassed by Sander Boschker in 2006.[3] During his time at the club, Twente would finish 2nd (behind Feyenoord) in 1974 and 3rd in 1969 in the Eredivisie and would reach the 1975 UEFA Cup Final. His only trophy would be the 1977 KNVB Cup, he scored Twente's first goal in the final with a 30-yard piledriver.[2]

He later played for DS '79, where he was joined by long-time Twente colleague Niels Overweg,[4] before returning to Twente for a final season in which he was injured and could not save the club from relegation.


Drost made his debut for the Netherlands in an April 1969 friendly match against Switzerland and earned a total of 9 caps, scoring no goals. His final international was a September 1973 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Norway.[5]

Managerial careerEdit

He coached RBC Roosendaal, DS '79 and Hoofdklasse club STEVO, with whom he won the Dutch Sunday-amateur football title in 1994.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He was a son of former HVC and Wageningen player Selis Drost.[1]

Death and legacyEdit

Drost died in May 1995 of a heart attack during a game with Holland's former internationals players in Rotterdam.[7] He was chosen Twente's player of the century by the club's supporters in 2000[8] and in 2009, a statue of Mister Twente Epi Drost was erected in FC Twente's stadium.[9]


  1. ^ a b Het levensverhaal van een kleurrijke lokale held - Voetbal International (in Dutch)
  2. ^ a b Epi Drost 1945 - 1995 - Trouw (in Dutch)
  3. ^ De bon-vivant en de fanaticus - Tubantia (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Nico De Vries overleed 25 jaar geleden, herinneringen aan een 'initiator' - FC Dordrecht (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Intl career stats - OnsOranje (KNVB)
  6. ^ Epi Drost + 27 mei 1995 Archived 2017-07-29 at the Wayback Machine - Stevo (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Ex-international Epi Drost (49) overleden - NRC (in Dutch)
  8. ^ Rijvers en Drost meest populair - FC Twente (in Dutch)
  9. ^ Standbeeld voor Epi Drost - NU (in Dutch)

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