Real Betis vs Valencia CF

Apr, 21 / 20:45 Matchday 33


Faas Wilkes

  • Nombre completo Servaas Wilkes Learts
  • Fecha de nacimiento 13/10/1923
  • Lugar de nacimiento Rotterdam
  • Nacionalidad Dutch
  • Altura/Peso 1,90 m. / 82 kg.
  • Debut 30/08/1953

Servaas Wilkes, popularly known as ‘Faas’, was the first non-Spanish player signed by Valencia CF. He became one of the best forwards in the history of football

He made 61 appearances in official competition and scored 38 goals. He also played for the Dutch national team and is the club's second highest scorer of all time with a record 35 goals in 38 appearances.

Wilkes’ arrival at Valencia CF was big milestone for the Cub. He played his first game at Mestalla in the Torino shirt. His performance was outstanding and Valencia CF coaching staff decided to sign him immediately. Wilkes saw Valencia CF win the Copa del Generalísimo (current Copa del Rey), though he couldn't partitipate because he was a foreigner.

In 2003, Valencia CF paid him a warm tribute in Rotterdam –his hometown- during a match against Maccabi Haifa. Faas Wilkes was awarded with the Club's gold medal in recognition for his career.

Nowadays, Faas is ranked 72nd in the list of  top goalscorers with their national teams, being also the second player with the best all-time goal average per game after Férend Puskás.

TEAMS: Laenderts, Xerxes, Inter Milan, Torino, Valencia CF, VVV Venlo, Levante, Fortuna.

TITLES: 1 King's Cup