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November 20, 1985-Holland 2-Belgium 1

November 20, 1985
Holland 2-Belgium 1
World Cup Qualifying (Playoff-Second Leg)
Venue: Rotterdam-De Kuip-Feyenoord Stadion    
Attendance: 54,000
Referee: George Courtney (England)
Goalscorers: (Holland): Houtman 60, de Wit 72
 (Belgium): Grun 85
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [20 caps / 0 goals]    
2-Huibertus Johannes Nicolaas ‘Ben’ Wijnstekers (Feyenoord Rotterdam) [36 caps / 1 goals]    
4-Michaël Antonius Bernardus ‘Michel’ van de Korput (1. Fußball-Club Köln 01/07 e.V.  / West Germany) [23 caps / 0 goals]    (15-Johannes Maria ‘John ‘ van Loen (Football Club Utrecht) [1 caps / 0 goals] 46)
5-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [14 caps / 0 goals]    
3-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Football Club Groningen) [8 caps / 0 goals]    
8-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [20 caps / 5 goals]    
6-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [16 caps / 2 goals]    
10-Machiel ‘Michel’ Valke  (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) [14 caps / 0 goals]    
7-Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Feyenoord Rotterdam) [19 caps / 2 goals]     (12-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [4 caps / 0 goals]    76)
9-Petrus Johannes ‘Peter’ Houtman (Football Club Groningen) [8 caps / 7 goals]     
11-Robert Leonardus ‘Rob’ de Wit (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) [5 caps / 3 goals]    

Coach: Leo Beenhakker

Other Subs:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Wilhelmus Antonius ‘Willy’ van de Kerkhof (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Ronald Koeman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax)  

Team Captain: Huibertus Johannes Nicolaas ‘Ben’ Wijnstekers
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Orange Shirts, White Shorts, Orange Socks

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989

1- Jean-Marie Pfaff (Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V. / West Germany) [50 caps / 0 goals]    
2 -Eric Gerets (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven / Holland) [53 caps / 1 goals]    
3- Hugo Broos  (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [19 caps / 0 goals]    
4- Franky Van der Elst  (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [6 caps / 0 goals]     (16-Daniel Veyt (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Waregem) [1 caps / 0 goals]  75)
5- Michel de Wolf (Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent) [15 caps / 0 goals]    
6-Frank Vercauteren (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [45 caps / 6 goals]    
7-Rene Vandereycken (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [46 caps / 3 goals]    
8- Leo Van der Elst (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [4 caps / 0 goals]     (15-Georges Grun (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [12 caps / 2 goals]    47)
9-Leo Clijsters (Koninklijke Waterschei Sportvereniging Thor Genk) [11 caps / 0 goals]    
10-Phillipe Desmet (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Waregem) [1 caps / 0 goals]    
11- Jan Ceulemans  (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [54 caps / 10 goals]    

Coach: Guy Thys

Other Subs:
12- Jacques Munaron (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
13- Michel De Groote (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)
14-Vincenzo Scifo (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht)

Team Captain: Jan Ceulemans

Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas

Uniform Colors: White Shirts, White Shorts and White Socks


-Match number 427 for Holland and number 451 for Belgium.

-This was the 115th meeting between the nations.

-This was the second leg of playoff series to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Each team had finished second in their respective groups. Belgium had finished second behind Poland in Group 1 and Holland had finished behind Hungary in Group 5.

- The first leg of the series, also the previous match between the nations, Belgium had won 1-0 at Brussels on October 16, 1985 on a goal by Frank Vercauteren.
Holland players: Van Breukelen, Wijnestekers, Spelbos, van de Korput, van Tiggelen, Gullit, Rijkaard, van de Kerkhof, de Wit, Tahamata, Hiele and Valke and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Grun, Clijsters, Vervoort, Vercauteren, vandereycken,, Leo van der Elst,Ceulemans, Munaron, de Wolf and Frank van der Elst were the players remaining from that match.

-The next match between the two nations, as well the next in Rotterdam, would be a friendly in the same stadium on September 9, 1987 that ended in a 0-0 tie.
Holland’s van Breukelen, van Tiggelen and Rijkaard and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Grun, Clijsters, Vercauteren, Frank van der Elst, Desmet , Ceulemans, de Wolf and Veyt were the players still remaining from that match.

-The previous World Cup qualifier between the nations in the same stadium was on October 14, 1981 and a 3-0 dutch victory.
Holland’s van Breukelen, van de Korput and Wijnestekers and Belgium players: Pfaff, Gerets, Vercauteren, Vandereycken and De Groote were the players still remaining from that match.

-Franck Vercauteren and Frank Rijkaard went on to manage their respective national teams.

-As pointed on previous postings Belgian manager Guy Thys and Belgian defender Leo Clijsters have both passed away since.

-Belgium qualified for the World Cup in Mexico due to the away goals rule.

-Holland failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second straight time.

-Dutch striker Wim Kieft was suspended for this match as he was sent of in the October 16, 1985 match for hitting Vercauteren in the throat In the 4th minute.

-Dutch striker Marco van Basten was suspended from next match due to yellow cards accumulation.

-Belgium Player Gerard Plessers was suspended for this match.

-Belgium players Erwin vandenbergh and DeGrijse missed this match through injury.

-Former Belgian International Ludo Coeck was killed in a car accident on October 9, 1985. His BMW ploughed into crash barriers near the Belgian town of Rumst, while he was on his way to sign for Lierse.
He was born on September 25, 1955, he was 30 years old.

-In the fall of 1985, Belgium defender Eric Gerets earned recall to the national team back from suspension. Though he was stripped of the captaincy for good.
He was suspended for over a year for his role in the Standard-Watershei bribery scandal.

-Dutchmen and Feyenoord players Wijnestekers, Tahama and Hiele were playing in their club’s home stadium.

Photo From: Le Siecle des Diables Rouges, Author: Christian Hubert
(George Grun scoring Belgium’s goal)

-This was Hugo Broos’ first match for Belgium since 1979.

-This was Belgian players Daniel Veyt and Phillipe Desmet’s first match for Belgium. Both were Waregem players.-

-Dutchman Willy van de Kerkhof announced his international retirement after Holland failed to qualify for Mexico.
He was the last player from the 70s glory years to be still in the national team set up.

-Holland manager Leo Beenhakker was interim Coach while Rinus Michels was recovering from surgery.
He also managed Holland during the 1990 World Cup; he has also managed the Polish National team.

Photo From: Rode Duivels & Oranje Leeuwen

-This was John van Loen’s first match for the Dutch national team.

-Belgium’s Eric Gerets was playing for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and was teammates with Gullit, van Breukelen and Valke. 
He had been teammates with Tahamata at Standard Liege as well.
He went on to manage PSV Eindhoven.

-Dutch unused substitute Ronald Koeman also managed PSV Eindhoven.

-Dutchman van Loen and van Tiggelen went on to play in the Belgian league for Anderlecht.

-Ronald Koeman, Gullit and Leo Beenhakker have all managed Feyenoord Rotterdam.

-This was Dutch defender Ben Wijnestekers last match for Holland.

-Belgium’s Pfaff and the Dutch van de Korput were both players in the West German Bundesliga.

- The Dutch van de Korput and unused Belgian substitute Enzo Scifo were past and future players for Italian Serie A club Torino.

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  1. Was that white kit with the red stripe Belgium's away kit in the mid-1980's?

    1. this particular away kit was used 1984 and 1985