25 December 2010

Frans de Munck RIP

Yesterday evening, former Dutch footballer, football manager and one-time film star Frans de Munck (1922-2010) passed away in his hometown Arnhem, at the age of 88. In 1958, the goalkeeper was with his club DOS champion of the Netherlands. He also played for Fortuna '54, VV Goes, Sittard Boys, FC Köln, Veendam and SC Cambuur. The handsome De Munck appeared in a German film and he gave a legendary kiss to Jayne Mansfield.

Frans de Munck RIP
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, nr. A 1012. Photo: Arthur Grimm/BBF/Nordfilm/Allianz Film. Publicity still for Das ideale Brautpaar/The perfect couple (1954).

Cat-like Reflexes
Frans de Munck, nicknamed the Black Panther, played 31 matches for Holland. He debuted on April 23, 1949 in a friendly international against France. Orange won the game with 4-1. De Munck acquired his nickname 'The Black Panther' because of his legendary charismatic appearance (black hair and black shirt) and cat-like reflexes. In March 1953, De Munck took part in the famous 'flood event' between France and the Dutch national team in Paris. That game, which ended in 2-1 for Holland, was intended to collect money for victims of the flood, a few weeks earlier. Orange came to Paris with a team consisting of professionals who worked abroad.

The kiss. Source: Voortschrijdende Inzichten.

A Sensational Kiss
In the early fifties, when football was seen as an amateur sports in the Netherlands, Frans de Munck was for one year suspended by the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Union) because he would have had money from his club Sittard Boys. He then went to the German club FC Köln, and he became very popular in Germany. He was called Der erste Star, a David Beckham avant-la-lettre. The handsome goalkeeper even appeared in the film Das ideale Brautpaar/The perfect couple (1954, Robert A. Stemmle), a romantic comedy starring Ingeborg Körner and Peter Mosbacher. He returned to the Netherlands and played for Fortuna '54 and later for DOS in Utrecht. In 1957, the famous Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield visited the Netherlands for a publicity tour. The Black Panther was the only DOS-player who was allowed to kiss the platina blonde bombshell for the kickoff of the match Sparta-DOS. The kiss created quite a sensation in the Lowlands. De Munck: "And I was not even captain of DOS!" After his active football career, Frans de Munck worked as a coach at Vitesse, Club Brugge and Lierse SK.

Photo: Jaap J. Herschel. At the World Press Photo 1957 exhibition, this photo was chosen as the Best Dutch Sports Photo of the Year. Source: Zeeland blog.

Sources: Renate Verhoofstad (AD) (Dutch), Volkskrant (Dutch), Voortschrijdende Inzichten (Dutch), Wikipedia (Dutch) and IMDb.


Postcardy said...

The last picture is great!

Merry Christmas.

viridian said...

Thanks for sharing.
Happy PFF.

Terry said...

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