Louis Biesbrouck

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Louis Biesbrouck (right) 1960, left his son

Louis "Loek" Biesbrouck (born February 20, 1921 in Haarlem , † December 20, 2005 in Heemstede ) was a Dutch football player . With the national team he took part in the Olympic Games in 1952 , with the RCH he was 1953 Dutch champion .


In the club

At the age of eleven, Biesbrouck became a member of Racing Club Haarlem (RCH, later renamed Racing Club Heemstede ), where he already played in the third and second team as a junior and made his debut in the first team in April 1938 at 17. As a fast, technically adept left half-forward who could handle the leather equally well with his right and left, he soon became the playmaker of his team. In 1949 he led the RCH back into the first class . In the 1952/53 season he was the captain and leader of the team that fought for the title as one of the winners of the regional classes in the championship finals against Vitesse Arnheim , Sparta Rotterdam and FC Eindhoven . After Eindhoven and RCH had finished the round tied under their coach Leslie Talbot , the two teams had to play a playoff; Biesbrouck led his team to a 2-1 victory and thus to the second championship of the RCH. Biesbrouck played in the first team of the RCH until 1961. Even at the age of 40, he did not say goodbye to the club in full, but remained active until old age with the senior citizens of the club, which made him an honorary member.

In the national team

After his debut - as the second and so far last player of the RCH after Peer Krom - in the national team, a 2-5 defeat against France in Colombes on December 10, 1950, foreign clubs also noticed the midfielder; so he received offers from the Racing Club de Paris and from Italy. But the down-to-earth Dutchman stayed at home as an amateur, not least in order not to endanger his well-run insurance agency. Since the end of 1950 he belonged to the tribe of the Oranje Elftal , missed only one game until May 30, 1954. Since April 1952 he was also the regular team leader of the KNVB -Elf; In twelve of his 19 international matches, he wore the captain's armband, including in the only game at the 1952 Olympics, when the Netherlands lost to Brazil 1: 5. It was the time when the best Dutch players tried their luck as professionals abroad and were therefore banned from the national team; In his 19 games in the Oranje jersey, Biesbrouck was only three times the winner.

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