Dick Nanninga Profile

Dick Nanninga was a Dutch footballer who played as a striker during the 1970s and 1980s. He was born on January 31, 1949, in Groningen, Netherlands, and began his playing career with local club GVAV in 1968. Nanninga quickly established himself as a talented goal-scorer, earning a move to SC Veendam in 1973.

Nanninga's impressive performances for SC Veendam earned him a move to Roda JC in 1974, where he became the top scorer for the club in his first season. Nanninga's goal-scoring prowess attracted the attention of the Dutch national team selectors, and he made his debut for the national team in 1978.

Nanninga's most memorable moment in his playing career came during the 1978 FIFA World Cup, held in Argentina. Nanninga was a surprise selection for the Dutch national team, but he proved his worth by scoring the equalizer in the final against Argentina. Nanninga's goal was a crucial one for the Dutch team, as it helped to send the match into extra time. Although the Dutch eventually lost the final 3-1, Nanninga's goal remains one of the most memorable moments in Dutch football history.

After the World Cup, Nanninga continued to play for Roda JC, scoring a total of 107 goals in 225 appearances for the club. Nanninga was also known for his physicality and aerial ability, and he was a regular scorer of goals from headers. In addition to his success with Roda JC, Nanninga also played for Hong Kong club Seiko Sports before finishing his career back in the Netherlands with three seasons MVV Maastricht.

Nanninga retired from professional football in 1986.

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