25 December 2010

Frans de Munck RIP

Yesterday evening, former Dutch footballer (soccer), 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, no. A 1012. Photo: Arthur Grimm / BBF / Nordfilm / Allianz Film. Publicity still for Das ideale Brautpaar/The perfect couple (1954).

Cat-like Reflexes

Soccer player Frans de Munck was born in 1922. He was goalkeeper at clubs including VV Goes, FC Köln, BV Veendam and SC Cambuur.

'The Black Panther', played 31 matches for Holland. In 1949, he made his international debut 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 (his striking black hair and trademark black shirt) and his 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 event was intended to collect money for victims of the disastrous floods which had hit the southern Netherlands earlier that year and in which more than 1,800 people were killed.

Orange went to Paris with a team consisting of professionals who worked abroad. At the time, football was an amateur game in the Netherlands and the 1953 charity international is seen as one of the catalysts which led to professional Dutch football. The match ended in 2-1 for Holland. Just one year later, the first professional soccer match was played in the Netherlands.

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 (Robert A. Stemmle, 1954), 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, 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 platinum blonde bombshell for the kickoff of the match Sparta-DOS.

Years later, De Munck told: "And I was not even captain of DOS!" The kiss created quite a stir in the Lowlands.

After his active football career, Frans de Munck worked as a coach at Vitesse, Club Brugge and Lierse SK.

In 2010, Frans de Munck passed away in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He was 88.

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),  RNW, Wikipedia (Dutch and English) and IMDb.


Postcardy said...

The last picture is great!

Merry Christmas.

viridian said...

Thanks for sharing.
Happy PFF.

Terry said...

Howdy Bob
Oh how wonderful to visit you and all the other postcard collectors again.
Thank you for all the fantastic information on the most amazing people you have gathered this past year.
It is such a joy to come by for a visit and leave with so much new appreciation for artists the world over.Thank you for sharing .
Merry Christmas to you and a blessed New Year .
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