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Ernie Brandts

Personal information
Full nameErnstus Wilhelmus Johannes Brandts
Date of birth3 February 1956(age 60)
Place of birthNieuw-Dijk, Gelderland
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11.3 in)
Playing positionDefender (retired)
Club information
Current clubAPR FC

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Ernstus "Ernie" Wilhelmus Johannes Brandts (born 3 February 1956 in Nieuw-Dijk, Gelderland) is a former Dutch football defender, who played for PSV Eindhoven, Roda JC Kerkrade, MVV Maastricht and De Graafschap.

Brandts earned 28 caps and scored five goals for the Netherlands national football team and played in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. In a second-round match against Italy, he became the only player to score goals for both teams in the same match in the World Cup finals. He scored an own goal in the 18th minute, and then scored the equalizer for the Netherlands in the 50th minute. His teammate Arie Haan eventually scored the winning goal, giving the Netherlands a 2 1 win.

Halfway season 2007 2008, Brandts was informed that his contract as head trainer of NAC-Breda would not be extended, despite the best results (3rd, Eredivisie) NAC-Breda has seen for a long time. This decision was not taken lightly by the NAC-Breda supporters, despite all the complaints the NAC-top directors went ahead with their plan. And so Brandts was replaced by Robert Maaskant at the beginning of the 2008 2009 season.

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