Willem van Hanegem Profile

Another legendary Dutch player who doesn't get the wider acclaim that he deserves.

Nicknamed "de Kromme" (the crooked), a reference to his bandy legs, Van Hanegem was a fantastic left-footed midfielder, renowned for his vision and passing ability. A Feyenoord legend having played with the club for ten years over two spells at De Kuip. His main spell there, in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, was a golden period for the club, and saw Van Hanegem help them to win three Eredivisie titles, a European Cup and a UEFA Cup.

In the 1974 World Cup he would line up on the left side of midfield in the 4-3-3 formation, with Rensenbrink on the left side of attack ahead of him. In the national team, he was part of a fantastic midfield alongside the likes of Feyenoord team-mate Wim Jansen and Johan Neeskens. Whilst the attacking players such as Johan Cruyff, Johnny Rep and Rob Rensenbrink would get most of the plaudits, it was the likes of Van Hanegem who were helping make the team tick.

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