The fans of Gerald Vanenburg loved to call him ‘Vaantje’ and/or ‘Geraldinho’. Both nicknames fitted him perfectly during his 20 year career. The midfielder and winger proved himself to be one of the most refined players from Dutch soil. Some experts even felt the Utrecht-born was blessed with a more superb technique than Johan Cruijff. The television documentary ‘From street to stadium’ in 1984 was specially dedicated to his football skills, confirming his status as the King of Rushes.
Only 17 years of age he made his debut for Ajax Amsterdam in professional football. After winning three championships with the club he moved to PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 1986, mainly because he felt a lack of respect of coach Cruijff. Playing for PSV Eindhoven he took his revenge, showing even more his dribbling capabilities and finesse on the pitch, and winning the European Cup I in 1988, five Dutch titles and three Dutch Cups. His biggest success however was winning the European Championship with the Dutch national team in 1988, alongside players like Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.