Abe Lenstra - Goals in International Matches


The outstanding Dutch player scored 33 international goals in 47 matches for his National Team. He held the Dutch record of goals for the national team from April 23, 1958 (when he surpassed the total of Bep Bakhuys) until November 4, 1959 (when his total was surpassed by Faas Wilkes). Note that prior to the match on October 15, 1958, against Denmark, the Dutch FA (KNVB) had (mistakenly) announced that both Bakhuys and Lenstra had reached 30 international goals, and Lenstra would have to score in that match (which he did) to become the lone all-time topscorer (which he already had been for nearly half a year...).

His national team career is the longest in the history of the Dutch national team.

All matches are friendlies unless stated otherwise.

Kick Smit, Faas Wilkes and Abe Lenstra gave rise to the perfect cartoon football player Kick Wilstra.

Together with Kees Rijvers and Faas Wilkes, Abe Lenstra formed the gouden binnentrio, three inside forwards of international class during a time Dutch football was mired in mediocrity due to the refusal of the authorities to admit professionalism.


Born: 27-11-1920 in Heerenveen
Died:  2- 9-1985
Country:  Netherlands
Caps:	47	(W18-D11-L18 - GF124-GA109 - %50.00)
Goals:	33	(% 0.70 per match)
Age First Cap:	 19 yr 125 d	31- 3-1940 vs. Luxembourg 4-5
Age Last Cap:	 38 yr 143 d	19- 4-1959 vs. Belgium 2-2
National Team Career: 19 yr  19 d


Cap  Goals	Date	Venue   	Opponent       Score	Competition
 1   1   1    31- 3-40  Rotterdam       Luxembourg      4-5
 2       1    21- 4-40  Amsterdam       Belgium         4-2
 3       1    10- 3-46  Luxembourg      Luxembourg      6-2
 4   1   2    21- 9-47  Amsterdam       Switzerland     6-2
 5   1   3    14- 3-48  Antwerpen       Belgium         1-1
 6   1   4    18- 4-48  Rotterdam       Belgium         2-2
 7       4     9- 6-48  Amsterdam       Sweden          1-0
 8       4    26- 7-48  Portsmouth      Ireland         3-1     Olympic Games
 9       4    31- 7-48  London          Great Britain   3-4 aet Olympic Games
10       4    21-11-48  Antwerpen       Belgium         1-1
11   1   5    13- 3-49  Amsterdam       Belgium         3-3
12       5    23- 4-49  Rotterdam       France          4-1
13   1   6    12- 6-49  København       Denmark         2-1
14       6     6-11-49  Rotterdam       Belgium         0-1
15       6    11-12-49  Amsterdam       Denmark         0-1
16       6     8- 6-50  Stockholm       Sweden          1-4
17   1   7    11- 6-50  Helsinki        Finland         1-4
18       7    15-10-50  Basel           Switzerland     5-7
19       7    12-11-50  Antwerpen       Belgium         2-7
20   2   9    15- 4-51  Amsterdam       Belgium         5-4
21   1  10     6- 6-51  Rotterdam       Norway          2-3
22   1  11    27-10-51  Rotterdam       Finland         4-4
23   3  14    25-11-51  Rotterdam       Belgium         6-7
24      14     6- 4-52  Antwerpen       Belgium         2-4
25      14    14- 5-52  Amsterdam       Sweden          0-0
26   1  15    21- 9-52  København       Denmark         2-3
27   1  16    19-10-52  Antwerpen       Belgium         1-2
28   1  17     7- 3-53  Rotterdam       Denmark         1-2
29   1  18    22- 3-53  Amsterdam       Switzerland     1-2
30      18    19- 4-53  Amsterdam       Belgium         0-2
31   1  19    13- 3-55  Amsterdam       Denmark         1-1
32   2  21    14- 3-56  Düsseldorf      West Germany    2-1
33      21    10- 5-56  Rotterdam       Ireland         1-4
34   1  22     6- 6-56  Amsterdam       Saar            3-2
35   1  23    15- 9-56  Lausanne        Switzerland     3-2
36      23    14-10-56  Antwerpen       Belgium         3-2
37      23     4-11-56  København       Denmark         2-2
38   2  25    11- 9-57  Rotterdam       Luxembourg      5-2     World Cup Qualifier
39   1  26    25- 9-57  Amsterdam       Austria         1-1     World Cup Qualifier
40      26    17-11-57  Rotterdam       Belgium         5-2
41   2  28    13- 4-58  Antwerpen       Belgium         7-2
42   2  30    23- 4-58  Amsterdam       Curaçao         8-1
43      30     4- 5-58  Amsterdam       Turkey          1-2
44      30    28- 5-58  Oslo            Norway          0-0
45   2  32    15-10-58  Rotterdam       Denmark         5-1
46      32     2-11-58  Rotterdam       Switzerland     2-0
47   1  33    19- 4-59  Amsterdam       Belgium         2-2

Total Record
 
    GP    GW   GD   GL   GF  GA     Pts  Percentage
    47    18   11   18  124-109      47      50.00
 
33 Goals in 47 Matches (0.70 per match)
 

Types of Matches and Goals

                      Goals Matches
Friendlies        	30   43
  vs Belgium              12   16
World Cup Qualifier	 3    2
Olympic Games            0    2

Total                	33   47


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