Famous Dutch Football Players

Find out more about the greatest Dutch Football Players, including Robin van Persie, Guus Hiddink, Louis van Gaal, Arjen Robben and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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 1 
Johan Cruyff
(Football player)

Johan Cruyff
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Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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.

 2 
Virgil van Dijk
(Footballer centre-back)

Virgil van Dijk
13
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

 3 
Robin van Persie
(Football player)

Robin van Persie
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Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 4 
Arjen Robben
(Football Player)

Arjen Robben
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Birthdate: January 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bedum, Netherlands

Widely considered one of the best Dutch soccer players of all time, Arjen Robben is known for his long-range shots, ball control, speed, and dribbling skills. He helped his national team reach the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which they lost to Spain.

 5 
Memphis Depay
(Footballer)

Memphis Depay
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Birthdate: February 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moordrecht, Netherlands

 6 
Ruud Gullit
(Football player)

Ruud Gullit
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Birthdate: September 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

 7 
Dennis Bergkamp
(Association football player)

Dennis Bergkamp
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Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam
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 8 
Clarence Seedorf
(Football player, Football Manager)

Clarence Seedorf
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Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

Clarence Seedorf is a Dutch former football player. Widely considered one of the best midfielders of his era, Seedorf was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. Having won several continental and domestic titles for clubs in the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, and Spain, Clarence Seedorf is one of the most celebrated and decorated Dutch players of all time.

 9 
Marco van Basten
(Former Dutch Football Star)

Marco van Basten
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Birthdate: October 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Dutch footballer Marco van Basten is known for his successful stints at Ajax and Milan and won the Champions League thrice with the latter. However, an ankle injury cut his career short. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner later took over as the manager of Ajax and the Dutch national team.

 10 
Georginio Wijnaldum
(Footballer midfielder)

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 11 
Frank Rijkaard
(Football player)

Frank Rijkaard
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Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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.

 12 
Matthijs de Ligt
(Football Player)

Matthijs de Ligt
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Birthdate: August 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leiderdorp

Dutch footballer Matthijs de Ligt currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Netherlands national team as a center-back. Making his debut in 2016, he became the youngest player ever to play in a major European final the following year. Football pundits consider him to among the most highly regarded young prospects in world football.

 13 
Hakim Ziyech
(Footballer attacking midfielder or winger)

Hakim Ziyech
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Birthdate: March 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dronten, Netherlands

 14 
Wesley Sneijder
(Football player)

Wesley Sneijder
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Birthdate: June 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

 15 
Frenkie de Jong
(Football player)

Frenkie de Jong
6
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands

 16 
Edwin van der Sar
(Football player)

Edwin van der Sar
6
Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Voorhout, Netherlands

 17 
Louis van Gaal
(Dutch football manager, former footballer midfielder)

Louis van Gaal
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Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 18 
Ronald Koeman
(Football Manager, Football Player)

Ronald Koeman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zaandam, Netherlands

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

 19 
Ryan Babel
(Footballer striker or left winger)

Ryan Babel
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Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Klaas Jan Huntelaar
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bronckhorst

 21 
Tahith Chong
(Footballer)

Tahith Chong
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Birthdate: December 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willemstad, Curaçao
Though born to a Curaçao-based footballer, Dutch footballer Tahith Chong had never watched football before the 2006 World Cup. He left for the Netherlands to train at 8 and never looked back. The Manchester United winger, who is currently on loan with Club Brugge, is of African and Chinese descent. 

 22 
Guus Hiddink
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Guus Hiddink
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varsseveld

 23 
Nathan Aké
(Football player)

Nathan Aké
4
Birthdate: February 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

 24 
Dirk Kuyt
(Association football player)

Dirk Kuyt
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Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Katwijk

 25 
Jaap Stam
(Football manager, Centre-Back)

Jaap Stam
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Birthdate: July 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kampen, Netherlands

 26 
Ruud van Nistelrooy
(Football player Striker, coach)

Ruud van Nistelrooy
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Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geffen, Netherlands

 27 
Quincy Promes
(Footballer forward or attacking midfielder)

Quincy Promes
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Birthdate: January 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 28 
Marc Overmars
(Association football player)

Marc Overmars
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Birthdate: March 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Emst

 29 
Ibrahim Afellay
(Former Footballer attacking midfielder or winger)

Ibrahim Afellay
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Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 30 
Maarten Stekelenburg
(Football player)

Maarten Stekelenburg
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Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

 31 
Edgar Davids
(Football player)

Edgar Davids
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Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

 32 
Xavi Simons
(Footballer Midfielder)

Xavi Simons
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Birthdate: April 21, 2003
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 33 
Justin Kluivert
(Footballer winger)

Justin Kluivert
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Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 34 
Phillip Cocu
(Football Player, Football Manager)

Phillip Cocu
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Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Phillip Cocu is a Dutch football manager who has managed teams like the Philips Sport Vereniging (PSV), Fenerbahçe, and Derby County. A former player, Cocu represented the Netherlands national football team at the 1998 World Cup, where he helped his team finish fourth. He also represented his national team at the 2006 World Cup.  

 35 
Dick Advocaat
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Dick Advocaat
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Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague

 36 
Abdelhak Nouri
(Former Footballer attacking midfielder)

Abdelhak Nouri
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Birthdate: April 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 37 
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
(Football manager and former player who is currently the manager of League One club Burton Albion)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Birthdate: March 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

 38 
Johan Neeskens
(Football player)

Johan Neeskens
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Birthdate: September 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Heemstede, Netherlands

 39 
Rafael van der Vaart
(Football player)

Rafael van der Vaart
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Birthdate: February 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heemskerk, Netherlands

 40 
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
(Former Football player - Midfielder / Left back, Football manager)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst
3
Birthdate: February 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 41 
Vivianne Miedema
(Football player)

Vivianne Miedema
5
Birthdate: July 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hoogeveen, Netherlands

 42 
Nordin Amrabat
(Footballer winger)

Nordin Amrabat
3
Birthdate: March 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naarden, Netherlands

 43 
Lieke Martens
(Association football player)

Lieke Martens
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Netherlands

 44 
Danny Blind
(Former Footballer defender)

Danny Blind
3
Birthdate: August 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oost-Souburg, Netherlands

 45 
Anwar El Ghazi
(Footballer winger)

Anwar El Ghazi
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Birthdate: May 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barendrecht, Netherlands

 46 
Arnaut Danjuma
(Footballer winger)

Arnaut Danjuma
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Birthdate: January 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

 47 
Michel Vorm
(Former footballer goalkeeper)

Michel Vorm
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Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: IJsselstein, Netherlands

 48 
Tim Krul
(Association football player)

Tim Krul
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Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague

 49 
Donyell Malen
(Footballer forward)

Donyell Malen
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Birthdate: January 19, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wieringen, Netherlands

 50 
Jeremie Frimpong
(Footballer Right-back)

Jeremie Frimpong
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Birthdate: December 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands