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Paul Van Himst

1943 - Today

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Paul Van Himst (born 2 October 1943) is a Belgian former football player and a football manager who played as a forward, most notably for R.S.C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Van Himst has received more than 258,120 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Paul Van Himst is the 246th most popular soccer player (down from 237th in 2019), the 171st most popular biography from Belgium (down from 157th in 2019) and the 3rd 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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  • 58.81

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  • 32

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.68

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  • 2.21

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, Paul Van Himst ranks 246 out of 16,880Before him are Osvaldo Ardiles, Helmut Haller, Giovanni Ferrari, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Francisco Varallo, and Raimundo Orsi. After him are Enrique Ballestrero, Lee Yoo-hyung, José Antonio Camacho, Raúl, Amarildo Tavares da Silveira, and Tamotsu Asakura.

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Among people born in 1943, Paul Van Himst ranks 109Before him are Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Barbara Bouchet, R. L. Stine, Finn E. Kydland, J. Michael Kosterlitz, and Luis Carlos Galán. After him are Martin Campbell, Reinaldo Arenas, Michael Spence, Ri Chun-hee, Antônio Wilson Vieira Honório, and Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Paul Van Himst ranks 171 out of 1,019Before him are Bernard van Orley (1487), Laura Marx (1845), Heinrich Isaac (1450), Victor Serge (1890), Cipriano de Rore (1515), and Michel Preud'homme (1959). After him are Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759), Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant (1859), Georges Rodenbach (1855), Catharina van Hemessen (1528), Eric Gerets (1954), and Jan Matsys (1509).


Among soccer players born in Belgium, Paul Van Himst ranks 3Before him are Jean-Marie Pfaff (1953) and Michel Preud'homme (1959). After him are Jan Ceulemans (1957), Wilfried Van Moer (1945), Romelu Lukaku (1993), Herbert Wimmer (1944), Thibaut Courtois (1992), Eden Hazard (1991), Enzo Scifo (1966), Marc Wilmots (1969), and Jean-Marc Bosman (1964).