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 Rob RENSENBRINK 1973-1978 
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Name: Pieter Robert ("Rob") Rensenbrink

Nickname: "The Snakeman" | "Contortionist"


Country: :NET: Netherlands
Club: R.S.C. Anderlecht
Position: *WF, CF, SS, SMF
Side: LF/LS
Age: 26-31 years (03/07/1947)

Height: 178 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Attack: 87
Defence: 54
Balance: 78
Stamina: 85
Top Speed: 86
Acceleration: 88
Response: 78
Agility: 93
Dribble Accuracy: 91
Dribble Speed: 88
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 79
Long Pass Accuracy: 82
Long Pass Speed: 78
Shot Accuracy: 84
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 81
Free Kick Accuracy: 79
Curling: 83
Header: 82
Jump: 81
Technique: 87
Aggression: 89
Mentality: 78
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 7
Growth Type: Standard/Lasting

S01 - Marauding
S04 - PK Taker
S06 - Outside curve
S15 - Shoulder Feint Skills
S18 - Turning Skills
S22 - Side Stepping Skills
P03 - Trickster
P05 - Mazing Run
P14 - Dummy Run

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Tactical Dribble - Positioning - Reaction - Penalties - Outside

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


One of the most under-rated players of the 1970’s, Dutch forward Rob Rensenbrink – nickname The Snakeman or the Contortionist – had a bit of everything in his game. An intelligent left footer with a fantastic touch, he was tall enough to be used as a traditional centre forward yet possessed a great dribbling technique that meant he could also play out wide, where he was more than capable of leaving 2 or 3 defenders bamboozled in his wake. He probably wasn’t as good a finisher as strike partner Johny Rep, but his overall game was better – his movement off the ball was excellent, often baffling the opposition with some of his runs and ability to find space. It’s hard to believe he didn’t reach 50 caps for the national team, and this is often put down to the fact that he left Holland to play in Belgium for almost his entire career, and that in the early 1970’s the ‘Royal Pair’ of Cruyff and Piet Keizer was the preferred option up front for de Oranje.

This left-sided attacking player was instrumental as Holland reached two World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978. Born in Amsterdam, Rensenbrink spent most of his career in Belgium with Anderlecht winning several trophies including two European Cup Winners's Cups. He was a good dribbler and like most other Dutch players at that time, he could easily adapt playing in another position if required. He made his international debut for Holland against Scotland in 1968 and by 1974 was established in the team that travelled to West Germany for the World Cup. He missed only one game in the tournament and was only half-fit for the final, but coach Michels gambled and played him from start. He was substituted at half-time in the match Holland lost 2-1 to the hosts.

In Argentina four years later, Holland again reached the final. Rensenbrink had more responsibility in Cruyff’s absence. He scored a hat-trick in the opening game against Iran (including two pens) and another penalty against Scotland which was goal number 1000 in World Cup history. In the final, Holland yet again had to play the hosts and Rensenbrink was an inch away from becoming a World Cup winning hero when his shot at 1-1 hit the post in the dying seconds of the final. Argentina scored twice in extra-time as Holland again had to settle for silver. He played his 46th and last international match in 1979 and in 1980 wound down his career with a spell at Portland Timbers in the NASL, followed by a brief stay with Toulouse in France in 1981.

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