Van der Kuijlen had the right to be called “Mr. PSV”. Between 1964 and 1981 he played over 500 matches for his beloved club, with which he won three league titles and once the UEFA Cup. As captain, he was allowed to receive the UEFA Cup after the final won in 1978 against Bastia (3-0).
De Helmonder became the Eredivisie’s top scorer three times: in 1966, 1970 and 1974. “Skiete Willy!”
He then worked as a scout and youth, assistant and striker coach at PSV. In recent years, Van der Kuijlen, as a club icon, has always handed out the PSV jersey when a new player is introduced.
No football player has scored more goals in the highest Dutch football competition than Van der Kuijlen. The born Helmonder has scored 308 times for PSV and also three for MVV, the club for which he also played a season. Van der Kuijlen has scored 46 more goals in Eredivisie than Ruud Geels.
Johan Cruijff is third in the eternal ranking of top scorers in Dutch football with 215 hits. The legendary No.14 has also played football for much of his career in Spain and the United States.
No final tournament
Cruijff was also the reason why Van der Kuijlen mainly came to prominence in the PSV jersey and not with Orange. The meritorious member of the Eindhoven club did not get more than 22 international matches and seven goals for the Dutch national team and missed the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. Van der Kuijlen never played in a final tournament because that he and PSV goalkeeper Jan van Beveren came into conflict with Cruijff and some other Ajax players.
At the Philips stadium there is a statue of Van der Kuijlen. He’s standing there next to a statue of Coen Dillen, another PSV club icon.