Dutch Sportsbooks Club launches biography John Blankenstein (1949-2006)

blankenstein bookTen years after his death on August 25, 2006, John Blankenstein is once again making a name for himself. Everything about the former Dutch top referee has been preserved in an immense personal archive. Author Chris Willemsen drew heavily from this for this special biography.

He also spoke with many acquaintances of Blankenstein, including Louis van Gaal, Bert van Oostveen, Henk Krol, Michael van Praag, Jacques d'Ancona, Arnold Vanderlijde, Kim Holland, Henk Bres, Evert ten Napel, Hans van Breukelen, Bas Muijs. , brother Rob and sister Karin Blankenstein and many others.

This resulted in a unique portrait of a sportsman and gay activist who always wanted to win, who was very bad at losing, who alternated periods of intense happiness with severe depression, who was afraid of loneliness and on balance is known as the most versatile, sometimes overly accurate, eloquent, humorous, enthusiastic and social Dutch football referee of all time.

For sale or to order

  • ISBN 978-94-92273-15-4, size 23 cm x 15 cm (portrait).
  • 240 pages, richly provided with unique photos and documents.
  • Released September, retail price 19,95.
  • For sale or order at all bookstores in the Netherlands, also online (eg Bol.com).
  • Also for sale at the John Blankenstein Foundation en Dutch Sportsbooks Club:

Want to know more?
Mail to: info@nederlandsesportboekenclub.nl or call 0643 584 984.

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