Famous People Born In Amsterdam

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Eddie Van Halen
(Guitarist and Keyboardist of the Rock Band Van Halen)
Eddie Van Halen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen was an American songwriter and guitarist. The co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock music. He is credited with popularizing the tapping technique, which is now used extensively by guitarists all over the world.

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Johan Cruyff
(One of the Greatest Football Players & One of the Best Managers Ever)
Johan Cruyff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 24, 2016
Dutch midfielder/forward Johan Cruyff pioneered the idea of Total Football, along with coach Rinus Michels. The first three-time Ballon d'Or-winner was known for his signature move, the Cruyff Turn. He made it to FIFA 100 and ranked second only to Pele in an official World Player of the Century poll.
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Baruch Spinoza
(One of the Most Important Philosophers of the Early Modern Period)
Baruch Spinoza
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Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 21, 1677
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is best remembered for his rationalist ideas and his posthumously released book Ethics. He opposed Rene Descartes’s ideas and believed that God was an abstract entity. He was later expelled from the Jewish society, while his books were banned by the Catholic Church.
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Ruud Gullit
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Ruud Gullit
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo

Ruud Gullit is a Dutch former football player. Considered one of the greatest players in the history of football, Gullit was known for his versatility as he could play as an attacking midfielder, forward, or midfielder. During the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship, he led his national team to its first title.

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Dennis Bergkamp
(Dutch Retired Football Forward)
Dennis Bergkamp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus

Dutch football coach and retired player Dennis Bergkamp had a successful playing career with clubs such as Ajax, Arsenal, and Inter Milan. Initially a midfielder, he later played as a striker. The 2-time FIFA World Player of the Year bronze winner also gained the nickname the Non-Flying Dutchman for his fear of flying.

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Badr Hari
(Moroccan-Dutch Heavyweight Kickboxer)
Badr Hari
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari, also known as Bad Boy and The Golden Boy, has won the K-1 Heavyweight and Showtime Heavyweight championships. He represented the Netherlands until his loss to Stefan Leko, after which he began playing for Morocco, due to aggressive criticism from his Dutch fans.

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Alex van Halen
(The Drummer and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Van Halen')
Alex van Halen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

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Patrick Kluivert
(Retired Dutch Football Striker)
Patrick Kluivert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer

Patrick Kluivert was one of the star Dutch footballers of his time who played as a striker for clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona, and AC Milan. The UEFA Euro 2000 Golden Boot winner has also managed teams such as Netherlands and Cameroon. He later held administrative positions at Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

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Frank Rijkaard
(Dutch Former Football Player and Former Manager Who Played as a Defensive Midfielder)
Frank Rijkaard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Dutch footballer and former manager Franklin Rijkaard has represented clubs such as Ajax, Real Zaragoza, and A.C. Milan. He has also coached clubs such as Barcelona and Sparta Rotterdam and the Dutch and Saudi Arabian national teams. He has also earned the 2005-2006 UEFA Manager of the Year honor.
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Louis van Gaal
(One of the Greatest and Most Decorated Managers in World Football)
Louis van Gaal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo

Retired Dutch footballer Louis van Gaal was a midfielder and now serves the Dutch national team as its head coach. While he began his playing career with Ajax, he later had an immensely successful managerial career with Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich, and was named the 1995 World Soccer Manager of the Year.

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Xavi Simons
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Xavi Simons
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 2003
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Justin Kluivert
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Justin Kluivert
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Katja Herbers
(Actress)
Katja Herbers
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Birthdate: October 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra

Katja Herbers is a Dutch actress best known for playing Dr. Helen Prins in the television series Manhattan. She also has a successful theatre career and is among the few Dutch actresses to have made it big in Hollywood. Over the years, Herbers has become a household name in the USA by appearing in TV series like Westworld and Evil.

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Ryan Babel
(Dutch Footballer Who Can Play as a Striker or Left Winger)
Ryan Babel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Dutch footballer Ryan Babel who plays as both a striker and a midfielder, currently represents the Turkish club Eyüpspor. Starting his senior career with Ajax, he won both the KNVB Cup and the Eredivisie twice with them. He was also part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup runner-up Dutch team.

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Lucia Rijker
(Dutch Professional Boxer and Kickboxer)
Lucia Rijker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Tara Elders
(Dutch Actress)
Tara Elders
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Tara Elders is a Dutch actress who achieved popularity in 2007 when she played Maggie in the American remake of filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 drama film Interview. The 2007 film starred Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi in lead roles. Tara Elders has also appeared in several popular TV series like Najib en Julia, TV7, and Medea.

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Jeroen Krabbe
(Actor, Director)
Jeroen Krabbe
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Birthdate: December 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jeroen Krabbe is a Dutch actor, illustrator, painter, and film director. He is best known for playing negative roles in popular films like the 15th James Bond movie The Living Daylights. His contributions to film and theatre were honored with the Top Naeff prize in 1965. In 2014, he was awarded the Frans Banninck Cocqpenning for his services to Amsterdam.

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Ryan Gravenberch
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ryan Gravenberch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 16, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Abdelhak Nouri
(Dutch Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Abdelhak Nouri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Caro Emerald
(Singer)
Caro Emerald
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Didi Gregorius
(Baseball shortstop)
Didi Gregorius
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Timothy Fosu-Mensah
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder / Centre-Back)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Yasmin Wijnaldum
(Model)
Yasmin Wijnaldum
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer

Reputed for her confident runway walk, Dutch fashion-model Yasmin Wijnaldum made her modelling debut during the 2014 Elite Model Look competition and bagged a contract with the Amsterdam branch of Elite Model Management. Moving on, she signed with Elite Worldwide and The Society, became face of Prada, walked for noted designers and made it to the cover page of Vogue Magazine.

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
(Dutch-English Businesswoman and the Richest Person in the Netherlands)
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch-British billionaire businesswoman. She is the owner of a 25% controlling interest in Heineken N.V., the world's second-largest brewer. The daughter of a prominent industrialist, she has a law degree from Leiden University. Upon her father’s death in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, becoming one of the richest people in the country. 

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Glennis Grace
(Singer)
Glennis Grace
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Rezar wrestler
(Dutch-Albanian Professional Wrestler)
Rezar wrestler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Max Euwe
(World Chess Champion from 1935 to 1937)
Max Euwe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 26, 1981

Max Euwe scripted history when he became the first chess Grandmaster from the Netherlands. A PhD in math, he also taught both math and computer programming, apart from publishing a mathematical analysis of chess. A chess world champion, he also served as the president of FIDE.

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Gregory van der Wiel
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Right-Back)
Gregory van der Wiel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Gregory van der Wiel is a Dutch retired football player who played for the Netherlands national football team from 2009 to 2015, during which he represented his country at important tournaments including the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they won the runner-up trophy. A versatile defender, Gregory van der Wiel also played for popular clubs like Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain.
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Jeremain Lens
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Jeremain Lens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jeremain Lens is a Dutch football player who played for the Netherlands national team from 2010 to 2017. In 2014, he helped his team finish third at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A versatile and attacking player, Jeremain Lens is currently a part of FC Versailles. He has also played for other popular clubs like Dynamo Kyiv and Sunderland.

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Rob Rensenbrink
(Dutch Footballer)
Rob Rensenbrink
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 24, 2020
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Brian Brobbey
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Brian Brobbey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Inez van Lamsweerde
(Photographer)
Inez van Lamsweerde
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
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Beth Mowins
(Sports commentator)
Beth Mowins
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Birthdate: May 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Halina Reijn
(Dutch Actress, Writer and Director)
Halina Reijn
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Birthdate: November 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Dutch actress, writer and film-director Halina Reijn started acting while she was still a student, playing lead roles in plays like Shopping and Fucking. In the ensuing years, she bolstered her acting career with plays like Mourning Becomes Electra and films like A Thousand Kisses and Black Book. She made her debut as a film director with the Dutch drama titled Instinct.   

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Luciano Narsingh
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right Winger)
Luciano Narsingh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Rob Kaman
(Dutch Retired 9-Time Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion)
Rob Kaman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Myron Boadu
(Footballer striker)
Myron Boadu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Irfan Bachdim
(Indonesian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Winger or Attacking Midfielder)
Irfan Bachdim
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Mario Melchiot
(Dutch Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Mario Melchiot
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jan Akkerman
(Dutch Guitarist)
Jan Akkerman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman not just co-founded the internationally acclaimed progressive rock band Focus, but also had a phenomenally successful solo career as a jazz-rock/fusion musician and became known for tracks such as Streetwalker. The son of a scrap dealer, he had learned the accordion before switching to guitar.

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Daley Blind
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Daley Blind
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
(Football Player)
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Gijs Blom
(Actor)
Gijs Blom
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Birthdate: January 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jeremie Frimpong
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Jeremie Frimpong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Willem Janszoon
(Dutch Navigator and Colonial Governor Known for European Discovery of Australia)
Willem Janszoon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Died: 1630 AD

Willem Janszoon was a Dutch colonial governor and navigator who served in the Dutch East Indies in the early 1600s. He is best remembered for captaining the first recorded European landing on Australia in 1606.

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Quincy Promes
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Forward or Midfielder)
Quincy Promes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Quincy Promes is a Dutch football player who plays for the Netherlands national football team as an attacking midfielder or striker. In 2019, he helped his team win the silver medal at the UEFA Nations League. In 2017, Quincy Promes was named Futbol Footballer of the Year, Sport Express Footballer of the Year, and Soccer Footballer of the Year.

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Regillio Simons
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Regillio Simons
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer

Regillio Simons is a Dutch retired football player who played for popular clubs like Fortuna Sittard and NAC Breda. After retiring, he started coaching and went on to manage various clubs like AFC Ajax Amateurs and Turkiyemspor Amsterdam. Regillio Simons is also known as the father of Xavi Simons, who currently plays for PSV.

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Hesdy Gerges
(Dutch Kickboxer)
Hesdy Gerges
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
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Ruud Krol
(Football player)
Ruud Krol
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Trijntje Oosterhuis
(Dutch Pop and Jazz Singer and Former Member of the Band 'Total Touch')
Trijntje Oosterhuis
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Trijntje Oosterhuis was a teenager when she formed Total Touch, which scored the bestselling debut by a Dutch band with their first album. Known for her mix of jazz, pop, and soul, the singer has also been a judge on The Voice of Holland and has represented her country in Eurovision 2015.