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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Eredivisie Topscorers

Topscorers since 1956

season player club goals
2009/10 Luis Suarez Ajax Amsterdam 35
2008/09 Mounir El Hamdaoui AZ Alkmaar 24
2007/08 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Ajax Amsterdam 33
2006/07 Afonso Alves SC Heerenveen 34
2005/06 Huntelaar Klaas-Jan sc Heerenveen / Ajax Amsterdam 33
2004/05 Kuijt Dirk Feyenoord Rotterdam 29
2003/04 Kezman Mateja PSV Eindhoven 31
2002/03 Kezman Mateja PSV Eindhoven 35
2001/02 Pierre van Hooijdonk Feyenoord Rotterdam 24
2000/01 Kezman Mateja PSV Eindhoven 24
1999/00 Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Eindhoven 29
1998/99 Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV Eindhoven 31
1997/98 Machlas Nikos Vitesse 34
1996/97 Nilis Luc PSV Eindhoven 21
1995/96 Nilis Luc PSV Eindhoven 21
1994/95 Ronaldo PSV Eindhoven 30
1993/94 Litmanen Jari Ajax Amsterdam 26
1992/93 Dennis Bergkamp Ajax Amsterdam 26
1991/92 Dennis Bergkamp Ajax Amsterdam 22
1990/91 Romario PSV Eindhoven 25
1990/91 Dennis Bergkamp Ajax Amsterdam 25
1989/90 Romario PSV Eindhoven 23
1988/89 Romario PSV Eindhoven 19
1987/88 Kieft Wim PSV Eindhoven 29
1986/87 Marco van Basten Ajax Amsterdam 31
1985/86 Marco van Basten Ajax Amsterdam 37
1984/85 Marco van Basten Ajax Amsterdam 22
1983/84 Marco van Basten Ajax Amsterdam 28
1982/83 Houtman Peter Feyenoord Rotterdam 30
1981/82 Kieft Wim Ajax Amsterdam 32
1980/81 Ruud Geels Sparta Rotterdam 22
1979/80 Kist Kees AZ'67 27
1978/79 Kist Kees AZ'67 34
1977/78 Ruud Geels Ajax Amsterdam 30
1976/77 Ruud Geels Ajax Amsterdam 34
1975/76 Ruud Geels Ajax Amsterdam 29
1974/75 Ruud Geels Ajax Amsterdam 30
1973/74 Willy van der Kuijlen PSV Eindhoven 27
1972/73 Janssens Cas NEC 18
1972/73 Brokamp Willy MVV 18
1971/72 Johan Cruijff Ajax Amsterdam 25
1970/71 Kindvall Ove Feyenoord Rotterdam 24
1969/70 Willy van der Kuijlen PSV Eindhoven 26
1968/69 Dijk Dick van FC Twente 30
1968/69 Kindvall Ove Feyenoord Rotterdam 30
1967/68 Kindvall Ove Feyenoord Rotterdam 28
1966/67 Johan Cruijff Ajax Amsterdam 33
1965/66 Willy van der Kuijlen PSV Eindhoven 23
1965/66 Kruiver Piet Feyenoord Rotterdam 23
1964/65 Geurtsen Frans DWS 23
1963/64 Geurtsen Frans DWS 28
1962/63 Kerkhofs Pierre PSV Eindhoven 22
1961/62 Tol Dick FC Volendam 27
1960/61 Groot Henk Ajax Amsterdam 41
1959/60 Groot Henk Ajax Amsterdam 38
1958/59 Canjels Leo NAC 34
1957/58 Canjels Leo NAC 32
1956/57 Dillen Coen PSV Eindhoven 43

All time topscorers - Eredivisie

# Player Clubs Goals
01 Willy van der Kuijlen PSV, MVV 311
02 Ruud Geels Telstar, Feyenoord, Go Ahead, Go Ahead Eagles, Ajax, Sparta, PSV, NAC 265
03 Johan Cruijff Ajax, Feyenoord 215
04 Kees Kist AZ 212
05 Linden, Tonny van der DOS 204
  Pierre van Hooydonk RBC Roosendaal, NAC Breda, Vitesse Arnhem,
Feyenoord Rotterdam, NAC Breda, Feyenoord Rotterdam
07 Groot, Henk Ajax, Feyenoord 196
08 Houtman Peter Feyenoord, FC Groningen, Sparta, FC Den Haag 178
09 Swart, Sjaak Ajax 175
09 Veen, Leo van DOS, FC Utrecht 175

All time topscorers - Career

# player Games goals Average
1 Pierre van Hooydonk 551 335 0.61
2 Ruud Geels 473 318 0.67
3 Willy van der Kuijlen 545 311 0.57
4 Johan Cruijff 521 293 0.56
5 Linden, Tonny van der   253  
6 Bosman, John 522 249 0.48
7 Ruud van Nistelrooy 375* 224* 0.60
  Kees Kist   224  
9 Marco van Basten 280 218 0.78
10 Rensenbrink Rob   203  

* Still active, total on 1 May 2008




Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission