Marc Robert Wilmots is a Belgian international former footballer who last managed the Ivory Coast national football team. During his club career as attacking midfielder, he won trophies with KV Mechelen, Standard Liège and Schalke 04, he has been a politician, having sat in the Senate for two years for the Mouvement Réformateur party. In his club career, which started in 1987, Wilmots played for Sint-Truiden, Standard Liège, Schalke 04, Bordeaux. At Schalke, he helped them to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final, his goal in the first leg was cancelled out by Internazionale in the second leg, but Schalke went on to win the game on penalties, with Wilmots scoring the decisive goal. He retired after his second stint with Schalke. During his time with Schalke, the fans there gave him the affectionate nickname "Das Kampfschwein", picked up by some English language journalists. In Belgium he is known under an allusion to his birthplace. For Belgium, Wilmots scored 28 goals in 70 caps, his first coming in May 1990.
He went to four World Cups. After being an unused substitute in 1990, he played 54 minutes in 1994 without scoring, but scored two goals in 1998 and three in 2002, making him Belgium's leading goal scorer in World Cup history, he scored a goal against Brazil in the last 16 match of the 2002 World Cup, disallowed because of a "phantom foul" on Roque Júnior. According to Wilmots, the referee Peter Prendergast apologized for the error to him at half time. Wilmots was named as one of the seven reserves in the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team. Wilmots played in Euro 2000, when Belgium co-hosted the tournament. Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first. Wilmots became a football manager in summer 2004 for Sint-Truidense, but was sacked in February 2005. Between 2009 and 2012, he served as assistant manager of the Belgium national team under Dick Advocaat and Georges Leekens. On 15 May 2012, following the exit of Leekens, Wilmots assumed the Belgium reins on an interim basis before going onto become permanent coach, signing a contract until June 2014.
On 11 October 2013, Belgium qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Wilmots is credited with "not only giving the young group confidence in themselves as well as enjoying a close relationship with his players but at the same time being capable of instilling discipline to the squad." During the group stage, Belgium topped the group with all three wins, before exiting the tournament at the quarter-final stage. On 13 October 2015, Belgium won the group to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 in the last game of the stage against Israel. After a disappointing European Championship, Wilmots was fired by the Royal Belgian Football Association on 15 July 2016. After retiring as a footballer, Wilmots went into politics, he was elected to the Senate for the French-speaking conservative party, the Reformist Movement in the 2003 federal election. His political career is not considered successful. In 2005, he announced that he wanted to resign as a senator, a rather unconventional and criticized constitutional move.
As of match played 11 November 2017. MechelenBelgian First Division: 1988–89 European Super Cup: 1988Standard LiègeBelgian Cup: 1992–93Schalke 04DFB-Pokal: 2001–02 UEFA Cup: 1996–97IndividualBelgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year: 1989–90 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002 IndividualBelgian Coach of the Year: 2013, 2014 Globe Soccer Awards Best Coach of the Year: 2015 Witzig, Richard; the Global Art of Soccer. Harahan: CusiBoy Publishing. ISBN 0-9776688-0-0
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
Franky Van der Elst
Franky Van der Elst is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, is a manager. During a 21-year professional career he played with Club Brugge, being regarded as a legend there and coaching the team in the 2000s, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers, in March 2004. Van der Elst won 86 caps for the Belgium national team, representing the country in four World Cups and retiring at nearly 40 years of age. Born in Ninove, Van der Elst started his professional career at R. W. D. Molenbeek, earning his first call-up for Belgium in 1982. Two years he moved to Club Brugge KV and stayed there until he finished his career in 1999, going on to total over 500 overall appearances with the side. Van der Elst won the Golden Shoe twice in his career, an accomplishment for an eminently defensive-minded player, he appeared in four FIFA World Cups from 1986 to 1998, only scoring once for his country in nearly 90 matches, in a 2–2 friendly draw against Norway on 25 March 1998.
After retiring at the age of 38, Van der Elst was appointed as manager at K. F. C. Germinal Beerschot. After four successful years he was replaced by Marc Brys, subsequently joined K. S. C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen. In 2005, Van der Elst returned to'his' Club Brugge, as an assistant, joining former teammates – both in club and country – Jan Ceulemans, Marc Degryse, Dany Verlinden and René Verheyen, he remained with the team when Verheyen and Ceulemans were fired in 2006, but was shown the door the following year, with head coach Emilio Ferrera. After a short spell with FC Brussels, Van der Elst moved to K. V. S. K. United Overpelt-Lommel, both clubs in the second level. Club Brugge Belgian Pro League: 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98 Belgian Cup: 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96 Belgian Supercup: 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 Club Brugge archives Franky Van der Elst at National-Football-Teams.com Belgium stats at Eu-Football
Michel De Wolf
Michel Jean de Wolf is a Belgian football coach and retired footballer who played as a left back. De Wolf was born in Walloon Brabant. During his career in his homeland, he played, always as first-choice safe for one season out of 17, for R. W. D. Molenbeek, K. A. A. Gent, K. V. Kortrijk and R. S. C. Anderlecht, he arrived at the age of 32, winning three leagues). In the 1994 summer, 36-year-old de Wolf moved abroad, signing with Olympique de Marseille of Ligue 2 – the French club had just been relegated due to a match-fixing scandal – playing in more than 40 official games in one sole season after which he retired from professional football, still going on to appear for K. F. C. Avenir Lembeek and KSC Grimbergen at amateur level. De Wolf was capped 42 times for the Belgian national team, his debut coming in 1980, appeared at three FIFA World Cups: he played two matches in the 1986 edition, four in 1990 – scoring from 35 meters in the Diables Rouges' 2–0 group stage win against South Korea – and another four in 1994.
De Wolf was selected for UEFA Euro 1984, in France. RWDM biography Michel De Wolf at National-Football-Teams.com Michel De Wolf – FIFA competition record Belgium stats at Eu-Football Michel De Wolf at WorldFootball.net
Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud'homme known as Michel Preud'homme, is a former Belgian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, is the current manager of Standard Liège in the Belgian Pro League. He was considered one of the world's best and most consistent goalkeepers during his career. On club level, Preud ` homme played for Standard Mechelen and Benfica. With Mechelen, he won the Belgian Cup in 1987, the Cup Winner's Cup and the European Super Cup in 1988 and the Belgian league title in 1989, he won the Portuguese Cup with Benfica in 1996. He retired as a player in 1999, aged 40. For Belgium, Preud'homme was capped 58 times, from 1979 to 1995. Other than the 1994 World Cup, he played in the 1990 tournament. Preud'homme is a product of Standard Liège's youth system, which he joined at 10 years old in 1969, he was first called up to the first team in 1977 and made his senior debut in August 1977 after early injuries to the main goalkeeper Christian Piot and his successor Jean-Paul Crucifix.
Preud'homme moved to KV Mechelen in 1986. Preud'homme moved to Portuguese club Benfica in 1994, becoming the first foreign goalkeeper in Benfica's history, he made his debut on 21 August, against Beira-Mar. On 18 May 1996, Michel won his first trophy in Portuguese football as Benfica defeated Lisbon rivals Sporting CP 3–1 in the Taça de Portugal final. For his outstanding performances and impossible saves, he was nicknamed "Saint Michel" by supporters of Benfica. On 10 August 1999, he played an off season friendly against Bayern Munich. After his retirement, at age 40, he became Benfica's director of international relations. Preud'homme made his senior debut on 2 May 1979 in a 0–0 draw with Austria in a UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying match, he served as third keeper behind Jean-Marie Pfaff and Theo Custers in the UEFA Euro 1980 as Belgium lost in the final against Germany. Preud'homme represented Belgium in two consecutive FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994 – the latter being his last competition at international level, where he was awarded with the Yashin Award for best goalkeeper, was included in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, as Belgium reached the round of 16 of the tournament, only to be eliminated by defending champions Germany following a 3–2 defeat.
Preud'homme made his final appearance for Belgium on 17 December 1994 in a 4–1 defeat to Spain, in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match. A world-class, elegant and consistent goalkeeper, regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Preud'homme was known for his excellent shot-stopping abilities, quick reflexes, strength, tenacity and his ability to come off his line to collect crosses, as well as his tendency to produce spectacular and decisive saves. After his professional football career, Michel Preud'homme stayed at Benfica to become technical director. In September 2000, he suggested. At that time, Mourinho was just an interpreter at Barcelona. Preud'homme met Mourinho on a visit to Barcelona. Preud'homme has been the head coach of Standard Liège twice, the first time from December 2000 to May 2002 and the second time from August 2006 to the end of the 2008 season. After leaving his technical director duties at Benfica, he replaced Tomislav Ivić on 20 December 2000. On May 2002, he left his coaching position to become Standard's sporting director.
On 30 August 2006, after Dutchman Johan Boskamp was sacked due to poor results, Preud'homme left his sporting director duties and became Standard's manager for the second time in his career. After his return to the club, Standard Liège won in 2008 its first Belgian Championship in 25 years, it therefore came as a surprise when he was appointed manager of Gent for the 2008–09 season. Preud'homme moved to Gent on 27 May 2008. With Gent he finished second in the Jupiler Pro League, this was their highest place ever, he won the Belgian Cup, it was the third time in the history of the club that they won that trophy. On 23 May 2010, it was confirmed that Preud'homme would replace Steve McClaren as the head coach of Twente, despite the interest of Porto and Milan. On 31 July 2010, he won his first trophy in Dutch football as Twente defeated Ajax 1–0 in the Johan Cruyff Shield match. In the last competition match of the season, Twente lost to Ajax, which meant the Dutch title went to Amsterdam and Twente finished runners-up.
On 8 May 2011, Twente defeated Ajax 3–2 after extra time in the KNVB Cup final held at the De Kuip in Rotterdam. On 13 June 2011, FC Twente confirmed Preud'homme's departure to Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab Riyadh on its website. By the end of the transfer window, he brought Brazilian central midfielder Fernando Menegazzo and Uzbekistani midfielder Server Djeparov. On 10 September 2011, Al-Shabab won 3–1 at Al-Faisaly in Preud'homme's first Saudi Professional League game as manager. On 10 March 2012, he succeeding Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs on winning the Guy Thys Award, the prize for the coach who most contributed to the image of his profession and football. On 14 April 2012, after a 1–1 draw against Al-Ahli, Al-Shabab clinched the Saudi Professional League title after six years since they had won it for the last time. Shabab finishing the league undefeated, with 19 victories and 7 draws. At the end of the season, he was won the Saudi Arabia Manager of the Year award. On 10 May, Preud'homme was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2016.
On 18 September 2013, he and Al-Shabab agreed to part ways, allowing him to sign for Club Brugge one day later. After Juan Carlos Garrido was fired, Preud'homme was appointed head coach of Club Brugge on 19 Septem
Vital Philomene Borkelmans is a Belgian football coach and a former left fullback who played for Club Brugge, in the Belgian First Division. He played for Patro Eisden, SV Waregem and Cercle Brugge. Vital was in the team for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. In January 2010, he was appointed manager of Dender EH in the Belgian Second Division, but fired following the relegation to the Belgian Third Division following the 2011-12 season. In July 2012, Vital Borkelmans was revealed as assistant manager to Marc Wilmots for the Belgium national football team. In 2018 it was announced. Club BruggeBelgian First Division: 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98 Belgian Cup: 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96 Belgian Super Cup: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 Vital Borkelmans at WorldFootball.net
Captain (association football)
The team captain of an association football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is one of the older/or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can influence a game or have good leadership qualities. The team captain is identified by the wearing of an armband; the only official responsibility of a captain specified by the Laws of the Game is to participate in the coin toss prior to kick-off and prior to a penalty shootout. Contrary to what is sometimes said, captains have no special authority under the Laws to challenge a decision by the referee. However, referees may talk to the captain of a side about the side's general behaviour when necessary. At an award-giving ceremony after a fixture like a cup competition final, the captain leads the team up to collect their medals. Any trophy won by a team will be received by the captain who will be the first one to hoist it; the captain generally leads the teams out of the dressing room at the start of the match.
A captain is tasked with running the dressing room. The captain provides a rallying point for the team: if morale is low, it is the captain who will be looked upon to boost their team's spirits. Captains may join the manager in deciding the starting eleven for a certain game. In youth or recreational football, the captain takes on duties, that would, at a higher level, be delegated to the manager. A club captain is appointed for a season. If he is unavailable or not selected for a particular game, or must leave the pitch the club vice-captain will assume similar duties; the match captain is the first player to lift a trophy should the team win one if he was not the club captain. A good example of this was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final when match captain Peter Schmeichel lifted the trophy for Manchester United as club captain Roy Keane was suspended. In the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, match captain Frank Lampard jointly lifted the trophy for Chelsea with club captain John Terry.
A club may appoint two distinct roles: a club captain to represent the players in a public relations role, correspondent on the pitch. Manchester United has had both of these types of captains. After Neville retired in 2011, regular starter Nemanja Vidić was named as club captain. São Paulo's Rogério Ceni is the player. A vice-captain is a player, expected to captain the side when the club's captain is not included in the starting eleven, or if, during a game, the captain is substituted or sent off. Examples include Thomas Müller at Bayern Munich, Marcelo at Real Madrid, César Azpilicueta at Chelsea, Sergio Busquets at Barcelona, Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur, James Milner at Liverpool and Ashley Young at Manchester United; some clubs name a 3rd captain or a 4th captain to take the role of captain when both the captain and vice-captain are unavailable. In the 1986 FIFA World Cup, when Bryan Robson was injured and vice-captain Ray Wilkins received a two-game suspension for a red card, Peter Shilton became England's captain for the rest of the tournament.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Germany had three captains. Michael Ballack had captained the national team since 2004, including the successful qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, but he did not play in the latter tournament due to a last minute injury. Philipp Lahm was appointed captain in South Africa, but due to an illness that ruled him out of Germany's final fixture, Bastian Schweinsteiger captained the team for that game, the third-place match. Lahm stated in an interview that he would not relinquish the captaincy when Ballack returned, causing some controversy, so team manager Oliver Bierhoff clarified the situation saying "Philipp Lahm is the World Cup captain and Michael Ballack is still the captain". Lahm ended up becoming the permanent captain of Germany until his retirement, as Ballack was never called up to the national team again. Captain