Dutch soc­cer great dies at 66

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Dick Nan­ninga, a for­mer Nether­lands striker who scored in the 1978 World Cup fi­nal, has died, Dutch club Roda JC said. He was 66.

Nan­ninga made only 15 ap­pear­ances for the Dutch na­tional side, but he played in the 3-1 loss to Ar­gentina in the 1978 fi­nal. Only three Nether­lands teams have made it to a World Cup fi­nal, the oth­ers be­ing in 1974 and 2010.

With the Nether­lands trail­ing host Ar­gentina 1-0 with eight min­utes to play in Buenos Aires, Nan­ninga met a cross with power to level the score. The Dutch lost in ex­tra time.

The ex­act cause of death was not an­nounced Tues­day, but Nan­ninga had al­ready spent months in a coma in 2012.

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