Willy van de Kerkhof

Wilhelmus Antonius "Willy" van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ʋɪlˈɦɛlmʏs ɑnˈtoːnijəs ˈʋɪli vɑn də ˈkɛr(ə)kɦɔf]; born 16 September 1951) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a midfielder.

Willy van de Kerkhof
Willy van de Kerkhof 1975.jpg
Van de Kerkhof in 1975
Personal information
Full name Wilhelmus Antonius van de Kerkhof
Date of birth (1951-09-16) 16 September 1951 (age 70)
Place of birth Helmond, Netherlands
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 FC Twente 93 (14)
1973–1988 PSV 418 (57)
Total 511 (71)
National team
1973–1986 Netherlands 63 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Van de Kerkhof and his twin brother René were squad members of the Dutch national team that made the World Cup final in 1974 and became key players in the team that made the 1978 final. He also played for the Netherlands at the Euro 1980. Overall, Van de Kerkhof appeared 63 times for his country, scoring five goals.[1]

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League KNVB Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Twente 1970–71 Eredivisie 27 6 7[a] 1 34 7
1971–72 32 6 32 6
1972–73 34 2 10[b] 1 34 2
Total 93 14 17 2 110 16
PSV Eindhoven 1973–74 Eredivisie 31 10 31 10
1974–75 32 7 7[c] 2 39 9
1975–76 33 6 8[d] 2 41 8
1976–77 31 1 4[d] 0 35 1
1977–78 32 5 12[b] 1 44 6
1978–79 30 3 4[d] 0 34 3
1979–80 30 2 4[b] 1 34 3
1980–81 27 4 4[b] 0 31 4
1981–82 29 8 4[b] 1 33 9
1982–83 26 2 2[b] 1 28 3
1983–84 23 3 4[b] 0 27 3
1984–85 33 2 4[b] 0 37 2
1985–86 29 0 4[b] 0 31 0
1986–87 19 3 2[d] 0 21 3
1987–88 12 1 4[d] 0 16 1
Total 418 57 67 8 486 65
Career total 511 71 84 10 597 81
  1. ^ Appearances in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Appearances in UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in European Cup Winners' Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearances in European Cup

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

PSV Eindhoven

InternationalEdit

Netherlands

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (6 February 2008). "Willy van de Kerkhof – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Article: FIFA top 120 list". Associated Press. 4 March 2004. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2009.