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Cor van der Hart

Cor van der Hart
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Personal information
Full name Cor van der Hart[1]
Date of birth (1928-01-25)25 January 1928
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date of death 12 December 2006(2006-12-12) (aged 78)
Place of death Netherlands
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
0000–1946 Ajax Amsterdam
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1950 Ajax[1] 55 (1)
1950–1954 Lille[1] 114 (5)
1954–1966 Fortuna '54[1] 331 (14)
Total 500 (20)
National team
1955–1961 Netherlands[1] 44 (2)
Teams managed
1966–1971 Holland Sport
1971–1973 AZ
1973–1974 The Netherlands (assistant)
1974–1976 Standard de Liège
1976–1977 Fortuna Sittard
1977–1978 AZ
1978–1980 FC Amsterdam
1980 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1980–1981 MVV
1981–1983 ADO Den Haag
1983–1984 FC Volendam
1984/85–1987 Ajax (assistant)
1987–1988 Telstar
1988–1989 WAC Casablanca
1989–1990 Sarıyer
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cor van der Hart (25 January 1928 – 12 December 2006) was a Dutch footballer. He is known as one of the best defenders of the Dutch national team in history, who was physically strong, who read the game very well and who had a quality kicking technique.[2]

Playing career

Van der Hart was born in Amsterdam and as a youngster he tried out for the famous youth academy of Ajax Amsterdam. He attended a young talent day held at the club and out of 300 players only two were chosen to represent the club: Van der Hart and Rinus Michels. He made his Ajax debut in 1947 and won the Eredivisie title in the same year.[2]

Cor van der Hart in 1966

After Faas Wilkes, Van der Hart was the third Dutch player to move abroad to become a professional footballer as more players decided it was time to leave the country and make a job out of their hobby.[3] Van der Hart moved to France to play for Lille OSC.[2][3] The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) suspended all players that left the country to play professionally abroad, including Van der Hart.[3]

Van der Hart was one of the players to play the Watersnoodwedstrijd of 12 March 1953,[2] a match played in the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris to raise money for the victims of the North Sea flood of 1953.[4] In 2003, Van der Hart told Dutch public broadcaster NOS that players such as himself and Bram Appel, Theo Timmermans, Bertus de Harder and Kees Rijvers had heard of the flood over the radio and realised their country was in a state of panic.[4] While the KNVB, which still did not want to be connected to the professionals in any way, forbade the match, it went ahead after a personal intervention from Prince Bernhard.[5][3] 8,000 Dutch fans travelled to Paris to attend the fixture and saw their team beat a strong French team 2–1. The match played a crucial role in introducing professional football in the Netherlands;[5] In 90 minutes, the players showed the spectators how much further players could improve when they played the sport professionally.[3] Only 17 months later, the first professional match in the Netherlands was played.[3]

When professional football started in the Netherlands, Van der Hart returned to his native country to play for Fortuna '54, which at the time was one of the dominant teams in the country.[2] With Fortuna '54, Van der Hart won the KNVB Cup in 1957.[2] Fortuna '54 also finished second in the Eredivisie behind Ajax.[6]

In 1955, Van der Hart made his debut for the Dutch national team in a match versus Denmark.[6] He would go on to earn 44 caps for "Oranje", 26 of which as captain. He scored two international goals.[2] One of the most memorable international matches Van der Hart was a part of was a 1–2 away win versus World Champions West Germany in 1956.[6] He played his last international match in 1961.[7]

Coaching career

Cor van der Hart as a coach in 1972

After his playing career, Van der Hart became a football manager, starting at Holland Sport in 1966.[6] He also managed AZ '67, Standard Liège, Fortuna Sittard, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, FC Amsterdam, MVV, FC Den Haag, FC Volendam, Telstar, WAC Casablanca, the Ajax youth academy (from 1985) and Sariyerspor.[2][8] In 1973, he was added to the staff of the Dutch national team as an assistant manager alongside Frantisek Fadrhonc.[2] During the 1974 FIFA World Cup, he was the assistant of Rinus Michels as the Dutch national team lost the final to Germany.[2][6] In 1978, he won the Dutch Cup (KNVB-Cup) with AZ '67, (a 1–0 victory over Ajax) while finishing third in the Dutch league. In 1980 he coached Fort Lauderdale to the NASL's American Conference title, and a runner-up finish in Soccer Bowl '80.

Later life

In 1999 Van der Hart wore the orange shirt one more time, when he was selected to the so-called "Oranje of the Century team".[2]

Van der Hart died on 12 December 2006 at the age of 78. Ajax played with black arm bands in Van der Hart's memory in their UEFA Cup 2006-07 tie against Zulte Waregem.[6]

Van der Hart's grandson Mickey is a goalkeeper who attended the Ajax youth academy and plays for Polish Ekstraklasa side Lech Poznań.

Statistics

Netherlands national football team statistics
first team starts 44 Played minutes 3892 European Qualification 0 European Championships 0
Wins 22 Team captain 26 World Cup Qualification 5 World Cup Championships 0
Draws 8 Penalties 2 Sub in 0 Summer Olympics 0
Losts 14 Own goals 1 Sub out 2 Friendly matches 39
Goals 2 Yellow cards 0 Red cards 0 Mini World Cup 0
Date Match Match Score Type GS in out Y R
13 March 1955 Netherlands Netherlands Denmark Denmark 1–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
3 April 1955 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 1–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
1 May 1955 Republic of Ireland Ireland Netherlands Netherlands 1–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
19 May 1955 Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland 4–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
16 October 1955 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 2–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
6 November 1955 Netherlands Netherlands Norway Norway 3–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
16 November 1955 Saar Protectorate Saarland Netherlands Netherlands 1–2 Friendly 1 X X 0 0
14 March 1956 Germany Germany Netherlands Netherlands 1–2 Friendly (og) X X 0 0
8 April 1956 Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands 0–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
10 May 1956 Netherlands Netherlands Republic of Ireland Ireland 1–4 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
6 June 1956 Netherlands Netherlands Saar Protectorate Saarland 3–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
15 September 1956 Switzerland Switzerland Netherlands Netherlands 2–3 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
14 October 1956 Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands 2–3 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
4 November 1956 Denmark Denmark Netherlands Netherlands 2–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
30 January 1957 Spain Spain Netherlands Netherlands 5–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
20 March 1957 Netherlands Netherlands Luxembourg Luxembourg 4–1 WC Qualification 0 X X 0 0
4 April 1957 Netherlands Netherlands Germany Germany 1–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
28 April 1957 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 1–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
26 May 1957 Austria Austria Netherlands Netherlands 3–2 WC Qualification 0 X X 0 0
11 September 1957 Luxembourg Luxembourg Netherlands Netherlands 2–5 WC Qualification 0 X X 0 0
25 September 1957 Netherlands Netherlands Austria Austria 1–1 WC Qualification 0 X X 0 0
17 November 1957 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 5–2 Friendly 0 X 68' 0 0
13 April 1958 Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands 2–7 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
23 April 1958 Netherlands Netherlands Curaçao Curaçao 8–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
4 May 1958 Netherlands Netherlands Turkey Turkey 1–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
28 September 1958 Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands 2–3 Friendly 1 X X 0 0
15 October 1958 Netherlands Netherlands Denmark Denmark 5–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
2 November 1958 Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland 2–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
19 April 1959 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 2–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
10 May 1959 Turkey Turkey Netherlands Netherlands 0–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
13 May 1959 Bulgaria Bulgaria Netherlands Netherlands 3–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
27 May 1959 Netherlands Netherlands Scotland Scotland 1–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
4 October 1959 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 9–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
21 October 1956 Germany Germany Netherlands Netherlands 7–0 Friendly (og) X X 0 0
4 November 1959 Netherlands Netherlands Norway Norway 7–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
18 May 1960 Switzerland Switzerland Netherlands Netherlands 3–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
26 June 1960 Mexico Mexico Netherlands Netherlands 3–1 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
29 June 1960 Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Netherlands 0–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
3 July 1960 Suriname Suriname Netherlands Netherlands 3–4 Friendly 0 X 46' 0 0
2 October 1960 Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands 1–4 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
30 October 1960 Czech Republic Czechoslovakia Netherlands Netherlands 4–0 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
22 March 1961 Netherlands Netherlands Belgium Belgium 6–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
19 April 1961 Netherlands Netherlands Mexico Mexico 1–2 Friendly 0 X X 0 0
30 April 1961 Netherlands Netherlands Hungary Hungary 0–3 WC Qualification 0 X X 0 0

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Cor van der Hart at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cor van der Hart overleden Archived 15 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine, nos.nl
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cor van der Hart en de Watersnood, nu.nl
  4. ^ a b Een sentimenteel feest van herkenning, nos.nl
  5. ^ a b "Watersnoodwedstrijd leidt profvoetbal in". knvb.nl (in Dutch). 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Cor van der Hart overleden, nu.nl
  7. ^ Cor van der Hart interlands Archived 27 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine, voetbalstats.nl
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 August 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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