Famous Dutch Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Dutch Sportspersons, including Alistair Overeem, Robin van Persie, Guus Hiddink, Louis van Gaal and Arjen Robben.

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 1 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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Famous As: Former Dutch Footballer & Manager
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
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 Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
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Famous As: Dutch Footballer
Birthdate: January 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

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.

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 3 Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 4 Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch
Gegard Mousasi, also known as “The Dreamcatcher,” was an amateur boxer and kickboxer before he soared to fame as a mixed martial artist. He now competes for Bellator MMA and is a two-time Bellator middleweight world champion. He has also previously been the DREAM light heavyweight and middleweight champion.

 5 Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit
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Famous As: Former Dutch Footballer
Birthdate: September 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch

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.

 6 Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Klaas Jan Huntelaar
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Nationality: Dutch

 7 Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch
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 8 Badr Hari

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Famous As: kickboxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch

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.

 9 Marco van Basten

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Famous As: Former Dutch Football Star
Birthdate: October 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch
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 Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Famous As: Auto Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles, Dutch, American

 11 Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch

 12 Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard
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Famous As: Former Dutch Footballer
Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
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.

 13 Tahith Chong

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch
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. 

 14 Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 15 Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 16 Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

 17 Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch

 18 Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch

 19 Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius
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Famous As: Baseball shortstop
Birthdate: February 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 20 Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni van Bronckhorst
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 21 Jordi Cruyff

Jordi Cruyff
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish, Dutch

 22 Tim Krul

Tim Krul
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 23 Marc Overmars

Marc Overmars
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 24 Nigel de Jong

Nigel de Jong
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch

 25 Phillip Cocu

Phillip Cocu
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Famous As: Football Player, Football Manager
Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

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.  

 26 Gregory van der Wiel

Gregory van der Wiel
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 27 Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch

 28 Royston Drenthe

Royston Drenthe
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 29 Mark van Bommel

Mark van Bommel
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 30 Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch

 31 Semmy Schilt

Semmy Schilt
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Famous As: Actor, Kickboxer, Karateka
Birthdate: October 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

 32 Roy Makaay

Roy Makaay
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Dutch

 33 Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch

 34 Ronald de Boer

Ronald de Boer
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 35 Eljero Elia

Eljero Elia
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 36 Fanny Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
Died: January 25, 2004

 37 Leroy Fer

Leroy Fer
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Famous As: Dutch footballer
Birthdate: January 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Dutch

 38 Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: March 3, 2005

 39 Bert van Marwijk

Bert van Marwijk
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: May 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 40 Pierre van Hooijdonk

Pierre van Hooijdonk
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch

 41 Martin Jol

Martin Jol
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: January 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Dutch

 42 Boudewijn Zenden

Boudewijn Zenden
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch

 43 John Heitinga

John Heitinga
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

 44 Jetro Willems

Jetro Willems
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch

 45 Ozzie Albies

Ozzie Albies
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: January 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Dutch

 46 Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons
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Famous As: Baseball shortstop
Birthdate: September 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch

 47 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch

 48 Richard Krajicek

Richard Krajicek
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch

 49 Michael Reiziger

Michael Reiziger
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch

 50 Urby Emanuelson

Urby Emanuelson
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Dutch