Controversial Prolific Dutch Goalscorer who Refused to Play for the National Team is Dead

Controversial Prolific Dutch Goalscorer who Refused to Play for the National Team is Dead

- Willie van der Kuijlen has died at the age of 74 after suffering from a brief illness

- The PSV legend refused to play for the national team due to disagreement with Johan Cruyff

- There is no player that has beaten the goal scoring record of Van der Kuijlen in the Eredivisie

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Willie van der Kuijlen has passed away at the age of 74 after enduring Alzheimer's disease for a number of years.

The Dutch football legend and all-time top Eredivisie scorer netted a remarkable 311 goals in 545 games between before retiring in the 1981-82 season.

Van der Kuijlen played for Dutch giants PSV for 18 seasons and won many trophies during his spell at the club.

Controversial prolific Dutch goalscorer who refused to play for the national team passes on at age 74
Dutch legend and former PSV star Willie van der Kuijlen passes on at age 74 after a brief illness. Photo by VI Images
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He won three Eredivisie titles with PSV between 1975 and 1978 as well as the UEFA Cup in the same year.

His international career lacked recognition after failing to agree with Johan Cruyff to play for the national team due to a disputes between Ajax and Feyenoord players.

Van der Kuijlen refused to be part of the Netherlands squad that that played in the 1974 World Cup finals that lost to West Germany in the finals.

PSV released a statement after his statement:

"PSV are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of #MisterPSV, Willy van der Kuijlen. The club legend died peacefully, aged 74.
"Rest in peace, Willy."

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Hansi Flick will leave his position as Bayern Munich boss after spending just 18 months at the club.

The 56-year-old won six trophies during his short spell with the Bavarians including last season's Budnesliga, German Cup and the Champions League titles.

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It is understood that the German gaffer fell out with the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on several occasion over last summer's transfer dealings.

Flick was not happy with the way Bayern let Thiago Alcantara joined Liverpool last summer despite his immense contributions into the team. also reported that had earlier reported that Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he will fulfill the remaining years in his contract with Liverpool and is not interested in replacing Joachim Low, The Sun.

The Reds boss' contract at Anfield is set to expire in the summer of 2024 and they are currently on a run of six home defeats at the Merseyside.

Low announced he will quit the German national team at the end of the Euro 2020 in June after 15 years in charge.


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