Jef Dorpmans played forward for Vitesse Arnhem from when he was 16 in 1941.
After the war he resumed his football career but had to quit in 1951, no longer good enough. He started refereeing and became a well known international ref from around 1968 until 1971.
His most famous match was a 1971 European Cup Winners Cup match between Borussia and Inter, won by Borussia 7-1. But when Inter forward Boninsegna got hit by a Coca Cola can and was carried off the field, the match was abandoned. Whether Bonesegna was really hit on the head and whether he was really wounded is still disputed by some. Dorpmans said he didn't see it happen. Inter actually won the second leg 4-2, and the replay of the match in Gemany ended in 0-0. Which makes you think.
- The can (see his Bio), now in the Vitesse museum, prompted a man named Jan Stellenburg to invent the PET-bottle. Thinking he had to come up with a bottle that - when thrown - could not hurt anyone, but was still strong enough for carbonized drinks.
- During the war playing (and watching) football was often one of the few recreational things to do. For one important match Dorpmans and his team mates had the Germans temporary free from prison a quick left-winger called Bertus De Kat Angelino to play with them. It's a story Dorpmans likes to tell, but he can't remember why the winger was in jail.
- It was from the Vitesse field in 1944 that Jef Dorpmans saw the Allied planes dropping parachutists for the battle of Arnhem (when they went 'a bridge too far'). During the heavy fighting in and around Arnhen most people fled. Dorpmans and his parents walked to another town.
Statistics for JEF DORPMANS
Based on 7 international matches
MATCHES FOR JEF DORPMANS
|European Cup 1971 - 1972|
|2nd round||Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach||Internazionale||1971-10-20||7 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972|
|1st round||Salzburg||UTA Arad||1971-09-29||3 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|England||Scotland||1971-05-22||3 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Fairs Cup 1970 - 1971|
|1/2 finals||Liverpool||Leeds United||1971-04-14||0 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|European Cup 1969 - 1970|
|2nd round||Crvena Zvezda||VorwÃ¤rts Berlin||1969-11-26||3 - 2||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|European Cup2 1968 - 1969|
|1st round||Bordeaux||KÃ¶ln FC||1968-09-18||2 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Germany FR||Luxembourg||1967-01-17||2 - 0||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|