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 Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

 2 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 3 Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 4 Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk
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Famous As: Footballer centre-back
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
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 5 Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 6 Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf
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Famous As: Football player, Football Manager
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.

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 7 Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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 8 Marco van Basten

Marco van Basten
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Famous As: Former Dutch Football Star
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.
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 9 Memphis Depay

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

 10 Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem
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Famous As: Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer
Birthdate: May 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 11 Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 12 Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert
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Famous As: Football player Striker
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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 13 Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

 14 Frank Rijkaard

Frank Rijkaard
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Famous As: Football player
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.

 15 Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum
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Famous As: Footballer midfielder
Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 16 Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech
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Famous As: Footballer attacking midfielder or winger
Birthdate: March 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dronten, Netherlands
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 17 Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 18 Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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 19 Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands

 20 Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Voorhout, Netherlands

 21 Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
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.

 22 Badr Hari

Badr Hari
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Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

 23 Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal
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Famous As: Dutch football manager, former footballer midfielder
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 24 Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel
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Famous As: Footballer striker or left winger
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 25 Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Famous As: Auto Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands, to 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr. moved to the US with his family at age 3. He followed in his father’s footsteps to enter the arena of auto racing. He later gained fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette and his romance with Lauren Burnham.

 26 Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Klaas Jan Huntelaar
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bronckhorst

 27 Tahith Chong

Tahith Chong
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Famous As: Footballer
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. 

 28 Aleister Black

Aleister Black
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alkmaar, Netherlands

 29 Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen
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Famous As: Darts player
Birthdate: April 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boxtel, Netherlands

 30 Guus Hiddink

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

 31 Dirk Kuyt

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

 32 Nathan Aké

Nathan Aké
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

 33 Quincy Promes

Quincy Promes
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Famous As: Footballer forward or attacking midfielder
Birthdate: January 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 34 Dafne Schippers

Dafne Schippers
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 35 Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam
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Famous As: Football manager, Centre-Back
Birthdate: July 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kampen, Netherlands

 36 Marc Overmars

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

 37 Germaine de Randamie

Germaine de Randamie
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 38 Maarten Stekelenburg

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

 39 Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy
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Famous As: Football player Striker, coach
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geffen, Netherlands

 40 Ibrahim Afellay

Ibrahim Afellay
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Famous As: Former Footballer attacking midfielder or winger
Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 41 Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tilburg, Netherlands

Bas Rutten is a Dutch–American actor, former kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and professional wrestler. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion and a King of Pancrase world champion, Rutten finished his career on a high as he remained unbeaten for the last 22 fights of his career. In 2015, Bas Rutten was made an inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame.

 42 Edgar Davids

Edgar Davids
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

 43 Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman
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Famous As: Football Manager, Football Player
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.

 44 Fanny Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004

 45 Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague

 46 Gökhan Saki

Gökhan Saki
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schiedam, Netherlands

 47 Phillip Cocu

Phillip Cocu
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Famous As: Football Player, Football Manager
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.  

 48 Bert Blyleven

Bert Blyleven
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zeist, Netherlands

 49 Semmy Schilt

Semmy Schilt
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Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: October 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 50 Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer
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Famous As: Football Defender
Birthdate: May 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands