Former Dutch national team player Rob Rensenbrink has passed away. His former teammate Jan Mulder reports this on Saturday under the authority of the relatives.
The former attacker had been suffering from muscle disease PSMA for some time, from which he died on Friday. The born Amsterdammer became 72 years old. He played 46 times for the Dutch national team.
Mulder told the Belgian medium PlaySports that he still wanted to visit Rensenbrink. "I heard, however, that he had ended up in a coma and that it made no sense to be allowed to visit him. Rensenbrink is really a moment in the history of Belgian football."
In his career, Rensenbrink played for DWS, Club Brugge and Anderlecht, among others. In particular at the latter club, for which he played between 1971 and 1980, he was a crowd favorite. His graceful play earned him the nickname 'The Serpent Man'.
He is best known in the Netherlands for his shot on the pole in the 1978 World Cup final, just before time against Argentina. The game ended partly because of that miss in 1-1, after which the Argentines scored twice in the extension.
As a club footballer, Rensenbrink had his greatest successes in Belgium. With Anderlecht he won the European Cup II in 1976 and 1978. He scored twice in both finals.
RIP Rob Rensenbrink. Last night the Dutch left winger, who played 2 seasons with @ClubBrugge (24 goals) and 9 seasons with @rscanderlecht (143 goals) in Belgium, died of the effects of muscular disease PSMA. The charismatic Rensenbrink has turned 72. #RIPAvatar