Paul Van Himst

1943 - Today

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Paul Van Himst (born 2 October 1943) is a Belgian former football forward and a football manager. Now retired, he still supports R.S.C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Van Himst has received more than 162,413 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Paul Van Himst is the 237th most popular soccer player (down from 221st in 2019), the 157th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 153rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Soccer Player.

Paul Van Himst is most famous for being the first player to score a goal in the World Cup.

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Among soccer players, Paul Van Himst ranks 237 out of 16,923Before him are Amancio Amaro, Shoichi Nishimura, Jair Marinho, Samuel Eto'o, Luis Enrique, and Toshio Hirabayashi. After him are Zbigniew Boniek, Andreas Brehme, Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, František Plánička, Jupp Derwall, and Masanori Tokita.

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Among people born in 1943, Paul Van Himst ranks 79Before him are Piet Keizer, George Benson, Klaus von Klitzing, Betty Williams, Antonio Inoki, and Vint Cerf. After him are Ri Chun-hee, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, Holland Taylor, Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson, and Jacques Attali.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Paul Van Himst ranks 157 out of 899Before him are Prince Charles, Count of Flanders (1903), Blanche of Namur (1320), Luce Irigaray (1930), Marc Dutroux (1956), Cipriano de Rore (1515), and Princess Clémentine of Belgium (1872). After him are John Langenus (1891), Constantin Meunier (1831), Godfried Danneels (1933), Raymond Goethals (1921), Wilfried Martens (1936), and Johannes Tinctoris (1435).


Among soccer players born in Belgium, Paul Van Himst ranks 2Before him are Jean-Marie Pfaff (1953). After him are Michel Preud'homme (1959), Jan Ceulemans (1957), Herbert Wimmer (1944), Bernard Voorhoof (1910), Eden Hazard (1991), Enzo Scifo (1966), Marc Wilmots (1969), Louis Van Hege (1889), Romelu Lukaku (1993), and Thibaut Courtois (1992).