by Aleks V |
|Fans climb trees to watch a friendly between Belgium and the Netherlands. Photo: Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo via Flickr|
The Low Countries derby, as the rivalry has come to be known, has roots at the start of the 20th century. Although the Dutch currently dominate the head-to-head record, their last win against the Red Devils was in a 1997 World Cup Qualifying match.
Belgium vs Netherlands - 3:3 (3:2)
Sunday, March 9, 1913
Beerschot Stadium (Olympisch Stadion), Antwerp, Belgium
Referee: Frederick Thomas Kirkham
0:1 Leo Bosschart (1')
1:1 Robert De Veen (17')
2:1 Robert De Veen (29')
3:1 Fernand Nizot (30')
3:2 Jur Haak (44')
3:3 Mannes Francken (63')
Oscar Bossaert (captain)
Robert De Veen
Bok de Korver (captain)
Nico de Wolf
Jan van Breda Kolff
Belgium: FW Maxwell | Netherlands: Fred Warburton
Belgium coach Maxwell was born in Scotland. Netherlands coach Warburton - in England.
Belgium's Bessems, Bossaert, and Braeckman were also teammates at Daring Club de Bruxelles, established in 1895 and dissolved in 1973. The three were champions of the Belgian First Division in the 1911-12 season. Bossaert later became the club's president.
Off the Pitch
Outside of football, Belgium captain Oscar Bossaert was an industrialist and ran the Victoria biscuit-chocolate factory. After hanging up his boots, he became a politician, serving in the Belgian Senate and as mayor of Koekelberg. The Edmond Machtens Stadium was previously named after him.
The Netherlands roster boasted a variety of professions: shipyard director, civil servant, architect, medical physician/cardiologist, math/physics instructor.
Netherlands coach Fred Warburton guided the team to bronze at the 1920 Summer Olympics, beating Maxwell's Belgium 3:0 in the semi-finals. Multiple players on both teams became Olympic medalists.
The referee, Frederick Thomas Kirkham, was considered one of the best in the world at the time. He also had a stint as manager of Tottenham, though it wasn't very successful.
At 16 years and 19 days old, Fernand Nisot was both the youngest player to appear for Belgium (April 30, 1911 vs Netherlands) and the youngest goalscorer (March 10, 1912 vs Netherlands). His records still stand to this day.
Remarkably, the Netherlands' Jan van Breda Kolff also holds the record for youngest player and goalscorer for his national team (17 years and 74 days). Both records were achieved in games against Belgium and remain unbeaten.
Louis Saeys, a one-club man at Cercle Brugge, became the club's second-ever coach at 26 years old.
Mannes Francken was all-time top scorer for the Netherlands in 1913, a record he held for 22 years.