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Dick Nanninga

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Full nameDirk Jacobus Willem Nanninga
Date of birth17 January 1949(age 67)
Place of birthGroningen, Netherlands
Playing positionMidfielder

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Dirk "Dick" Jacobus Willem Nanninga (born 17 January 1949 in Groningen) is a former Dutch footballer, who played for the Dutch clubs BV Veendam, Roda JC and MVV Maastricht. He also had a short spell with Hong Kong club Seiko.

Nanninga earned 15 caps and scored 6 goals for the Netherlands national football team. In the 1978 FIFA World Cup final, he scored the equalizing goal against Argentina in normal time; however, Argentina went on to win 3 1 in extra time.

In the same World Cup, Nanninga became the first substitute player to be sent off, 7 minutes after coming on against West Germany. He and Holzenbein clashed as the Dutch took a free kick, Nanninga was shown the yellow card. He was then reported to have laughed at the referee's decision. Confusion reigned, as he was ordered off.

He is Roda JC's all time topscorer having scored 107 goals in 225 matches for the Kerkrade-based club.

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