Michaël Antonius Bernardus (Michel) van de Korput (1956) was a right-footed center-back of Feyenoord, Torino and 1, among others. FC Köln, who played 23 international matches for the Orange squad.
Between 1974 and 1980 he played 134 league matches for Feyenoord, in which he scored twice. In the meantime he had also made his debut for the Dutch national team. On September 26, 1979 he fell in a friendly against Belgium for Hugo Hovenkamp. Two months later he was in the base of the European Championship qualifying match against the GDR. By turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory, the Netherlands was able to qualify for the 1980 European Football Championship through this match.
His agent Cor Coster had meanwhile arranged a transfer to Torino, for a transfer fee of 1.5 million guilders. Homesickness for his wife, however, ensured that Van de Korput returned to Feyenoord in 1983. He was initially rented out by Torino and finally transferred to Feyenoord in 1984. In the first season after his return, he even became national champion and cup winner in a team with Johan Cruijff and Ruud Gullit.
In 1985 Michel van de Korput left Feyenoord for a new foreign adventure at 1. FC Cologne. However, a persistent Achilles tendon injury caused him to leave Germany in 1987. Because he started playing football in Belgium, with Germinal Ekeren and Cappellen successively. In 1991 he ended his football career.
(Photo: ANP – Hans Steinmeier)