Frank Van Hattum
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Frank Van Hattum

Frank van Hattum
Personal information
Full name Francesco van Hattum
Date of birth (1958-11-17) 17 November 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth New Plymouth, New Zealand
Height 1.82 m (5 ft  in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1975 Moturoa AFC U18s
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975 Moturoa United 13 (0)
1976-1982 Manurewa AFC 140 (0)
1983 Christchurch United 20 (0)
1984 Papatoetoe AFC 22 (0)
1985-1986 Auckland University 41 (1)
1987-1989 Mount Maunganui FC
1990 Manurewa AFC
National team
1980-1986 New Zealand 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Francesco van Hattum (born 17 November 1958 in New Plymouth)[1]is a former New Zealand football player who was a goalkeeper during the country's first World Cup finals tournament in 1982.[2] His international career started in 1980, and he played a total of 41 times for his country including unofficial matches.[3]


Van Hattum made his official All Whites debut in a 2-0 win over Fiji on 21 February 1980[4] and ended his international playing career with 28 A-international caps to his credit,[5] his final cap an appearance in a 1-2 loss to Australia on 2 November 1986.[4]

Controversially, van Hattum replaced Richard Wilson as goalkeeper for all three games at the finals tournament in Spain[6] despite Wilson's having played in all fifteen of New Zealand's qualifying matches.[7]

Van Hattum was rated 2nd behind Mark Bosnich of Australia in the Oceania Goalkeeper of the Century category in International Federation of Football History and Statistics' Century Elections.[8]

Serving as a director on the New Zealand Football Board, van Hattum stood for re-election at the AGM for an expected board shake-up and was elected Chairman of the seven person board on 25 June 2008.[9][10] He also serves on the FIFA Associations Committee.[11] On 23 January 2014 Van Hattum announced his intention to step down as chairman at the February board meeting.[12]


The son of a goalkeeper coach, Frits van Hattum, Frank comes from a sporting family with two of his sisters, Marie-Jose Cooper and Grazia MacIntosh, have also represented New Zealand with the New Zealand women's national football team, the Football Ferns.[13]

His youngest sister, Stella Pennell, represented New Zealand with the New Zealand Karate Federation - first as competitor, then as Women's coach.[14]




See also


  1. ^ Deverill, Victor, Charles (1978). Central League Soccer, ten year history of Central Regional Soccer League 1968-1977. Puke Ariki, New Plymouth: Wellington, Central Region. pp. 1-175.
  2. ^ "1982 World Cup - New Zealand squad". Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Players' Careers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ a b "A-International Lineups, 1980-1989". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "The 1982 World Cup finals". New Zealand History Online. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "New Zealand 1982 World Cup squad". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ "IFFHS' Century Elections". IFFHS. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ "NZF Administration". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  10. ^ "Van Hattum takes chair at New Zealand Football". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ "Associations Committee". Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "NZF Boss Quits". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ NZ Ferns Caps and Goals Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Father of Football". Taranaki Daily News. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2016.

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