Rob de Wit (footballer)

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Rob de Wit
Ajaxied Rob de Wit , kop, i.v.m. hervatting training na hersenbloeding, Bestanddeelnr 933-8784.jpg
Rob de Wit in 1987
Personal information
Full name Rob de Wit
Date of birth (1963-09-08) 8 September 1963 (age 56)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Playing position Winger
Youth career
FC Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 FC Utrecht 42 (7)
1984–1986 Ajax 61 (16)
National team
1985–1986 Netherlands 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rob de Wit (born 8 September 1963) is a Dutch former football player.


De Wit made his debut for FC Utrecht in the 1982–83 season. He was a member of the Dutch squad at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was transferred to Ajax Amsterdam two seasons later, July 1984, as successor of left wing attacker Jesper Olsen, who left to Manchester United. At Ajax, he quickly became a crowd favourite, and played nearly all of the matches, the 1984–1985 and 1985–1986 seasons. On 1985-05-01, still in his first season at Ajax, De Wit made his debut for the Dutch national team in a World Cup qualifier against Austria. Nearly two weeks later, De Wit scored the winning goal against Hungary (0–1 away win), which won the Netherlands a play-off match against Belgium for the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

De Wit's career came to an abrupt end in 1986, due to a cerebral hemorrhage while on holiday in Spain. At first, the consequences didn't seem to be serious. After an unsuccessful treatment in Sweden, it became clear that Rob de Wit would never play professional football again. He sustained two more cerebral hemorrhages later in life: one in 1993 and one in January 2005.[1]

De Wit played 103 league matches in four seasons, scoring 23 goals.


  1. ^ "Soms gromt De Wit even, maar dat is het" (in Dutch). Trouw. 19 November 2005. Retrieved 28 April 2007.

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