Robert "Robbie" Rensenbrink died on Friday night at the age of 72 after a long illness. The Belgian media announced the news this Saturday evening and it is no coincidence that they have largely covered the information.
The striker was born in the Netherlands – January 3, 1947 in Amsterdam – but it was in Belgium that he spent the vast majority of his career and had his greatest success there. He first played at Club Bruges (1969-1971) before joining Anderlecht (1971-1980), where he is still considered today as the greatest player in the history of the club.
With the Brussels club, he built an XXL palmares: Belgian champion (1972, 1974) and winner of the National Cup (1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976), he especially twice won the Winners' Cup coupe (1976 and 1978) and the European Super Cup these same two years.
Finalist of the 1974 and 1978 World Cups
In these 70s where the best players almost always played in their country, it was an anomaly but that did not close the doors of the Dutch selection, on the contrary. The left winger was from all the great epics of the team symbolized by Johan Cruyff. But, unlike the genius of Ajax Amsterdam and Barça, absent in 1978, Rensenbrink played in the two Batavas World Cup finals (1974 and 1978). During the edition in Argentina, he was even the best player in the Netherlands with five goals and three assists over the entire tournament.
He ended his career with two new exiles, the first in the United States, for a freelance in Portland, then in … France in Toulouse, where despite the title of D2 champion (1982), his passage was discreet with only one dozen appearances in the purple jersey.