THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1970-71

israel9 March ~ A Feyenoord defender and Dutch international who scored the winning goal in the 1970 European Cup final, Israel was often shown wearing specs in training ground pictures, though they weren't used on matchdays.

Amazingly, he wasn't the only bespectacled Feyenoord player of the time – team-mate Joop Van Daele, a reserve defender, wore his specs to play in and had them deliberately broken during the 1970 World Club Championship tie with Estudiantes of Argentina. A song called Het Brilletje van Van Daele (The Small Glasses of Van Daele) by Luc Lutz would storm the Dutch pop charts in the Autumn of 1971. A second single, Waar is de bril van Van Daele? (Where Are The Glasses of Van Daele?) by Johnny Hoes failed to chart.

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