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Henk Nienhuis (11 August 1941 – 18 February 2017) was a Dutch footballer and manager. He spent the major part of his career at BV Veendam, hence his nickname Mister Veendam.[1]

Henk Nienhuis
Personal information
Full name Hendrik Evert Nienhuis
Date of birth (1941-08-11)11 August 1941
Place of birth Nieuw-Buinen, Netherlands
Date of death 18 February 2017(2017-02-18) (aged 75)
Place of death Veendam, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
VV Nieuw Buinen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1973 Veendam
Teams managed
1984–1989 BV Veendam
1993–1994 BV Veendam
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit


Nienhuis played in midfield for BV Veendam from 1963 to 1973, after joining them from hometown amateur side Nieuw Buinen.[2] He made his debut for Veendam on 25 August 1963 against Excelsior.[3]

He attracted interest from Feyenoord and was called up for Netherlands U-21 in November 1964,[3] only for a severe injury to spoil his chances.[4]

Managerial careerEdit

Nienhuis managed Veendam during the second half of the eighties, clinching promotion with them to the Eredivisie twice. He later worked as a director at the club, as he did at FC Groningen.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

He was honoured as a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2000 for his services to football in the Netherlands.[5] His son Evert-Jan also played for Veendam.

Nienhuis died in February 2017 of prostate cancer.[6]


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