The Dutch League is probably the biggest league after the five big leagues in Europe (EPL, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and Serie A). Officially called the Eredivisie, the League has been a major source of talent for the big league. Stars such as the late Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, and Luis Suarez all rose from the Dutch League. Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt are the recently stars to have moved to bigger teams after a successful spell in the Netherlands. Some of the best goal scorers in the world have plied their trade in this league and we have taken it upon us to show you the top 10 topscorers of all time in the Dutch League.
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WILLY VAN DER KUĲLEN (311 GOALS)
Van der Kuijlen is the number 1 all-time topscorer in the Dutch League. He spent his professional career in the Eredivisie playing for PSV and MVV Maastricht. He scored 308 league goals for PSV between 1964 and 1981. He spent a year with MVV scoring 3 goals in 17 games. He was the League’s topscorer three times in his PSV days and presently serves as a scout for them. Van der Kuijlen also won the Dutch League three times.
RUUD GEELS (266 GOALS)
Geels is one of the most accomplished goalscorers in Dutch League history. He began his career with Telstar but his most prolific time was with Ajax between 1974 and 1978 scoring 123 goals in 131 appearances. He also starred for Feyenoord, Go Ahead Eagles, Sparta Rotterdam, PSV, and NAC Breda. No player has won the Eredivisie topscorer award than Geels with five of the awards to his name. He won it consecutively from 1975 to 1978.
JOHAN CRUYFF (216 GOALS)
Johan Cruyff is probably the ‘eternal’ face of the Dutch League. Cruyff had spells with Levante, Barcelona, Washington Diplomats, and Los Angeles Aztecs outside the Netherlands. His spells with Ajax and Feyenoord yielded over 200 goals but his first spell with Ajax is his most productive. He scored 190 goals in 240 appearances. And scored 14 in 36 in his second spell. He won the Eredivisie top scorer once.
KEES KIST (211 GOALS)
Kees Kist began his career in the Dutch League with SC Heerenveen but strangely made no appearance for them in two years before moving to AZ in 1972. He spent 10 years with AZ making 323 appearances and scoring 196 league goals. He returned to AZ in1984 after spells with PSG and FC Mulhouse scoring 15 goals in 49 appearances. He won the Dutch League topscorer award twice.
TONNY VAN DER LINDEN (208 GOALS)
Van der Linden played for VV DOS – a club that merged with two other clubs to form FC Utrecht in 1970. There is no official record as to how many appearances he made for the now defunct team but he did score 208 goals for them. Van der Linden died in June 2017 aged 84.
HENK GROOT (196 GOALS)
Hendrik Groot played for Ajax and Feyenoord in the Dutch League from 1959 to 1969 having two spells with Ajax. His first spell with Ajax yielded 116 goals in 124 appearances. He scored 34 in 54 for Feyenoord between 1963 and 1965 before returning to Ajax to score 46 goals in 101 league games. He won the topscorer award twice scoring 37 goals in 1959/1960 and 47 in 1960/1961.
PETER HOUTMAN (180 GOALS)
Peter Houtman spent the bulk of his career in the Dutch League. Houtman was a journeyman across the Netherlands and was able to amass 180 league goals throughout his playing career. He even won the topscorer award in 1982/1983 scoring 30 goals for Feyenoord.
SJAAK SWART (175 GOALS)
Sjaak Swart played for Ajax only throughout his Dutch League career. He spent 17 years with Ajax making 461 appearances and scoring 175 goals. The winger’s most productive season came in 1966/1967 in which he made 34 appearances netting 23 goals.
LEO VAN VEEN (174 GOALS)
There are not many official records on Leo van Veen but records in certain quarters suggested he scored over 174 goals across his Dutch League career making 555 appearances. He is reckoned to have played for DOS, AFC Ajax.
COR VAN DER GĲP (171 GOALS)
Van der Gijp ends our list of Dutch League topscorers. He made 233 appearances for Feyenoord between 1955 and 1964 bagging 171 goals. He never won the topscorer award but his place on this list is undisputed.