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
1994 FIFA World Cup
The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, held in nine cities across the United States, from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Despite the host nation's lack of soccer tradition, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; the total attendance of nearly 3.6 million for the final tournament remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams, first introduced at the 1998 World Cup and is the current format. Brazil won the tournament after beating Italy 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California near Los Angeles, after the game had ended 0–0 after extra time, it was the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties. The victory made Brazil the first nation to win four World Cup titles. There were four new entrants in the tournament: Greece, Saudi Arabia, as well as two countries that were formed at the end of the Cold War: Russia, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, for the first time since 1938, a newly reunified Germany took part in the tournament, following Germany reunification in October 1990, a few months after West Germany's victory in the 1990 World Cup.
Three teams, one African, one Asian, one European, made their debuts at the 1994 tournament. Nigeria qualified from the African zone alongside Cameroon and Morocco as CAF was granted three spots as a result of the strong performances by African teams in 1990. In the Asian zone, Saudi Arabia qualified for the first time by topping the final round group ahead of South Korea as both edged out Japan, who were close to making their own World Cup debut, but were denied by Iraq in what became known as the "Agony of Doha"; the Japanese would not have to wait long though. In the European zone, Greece made their first World Cup appearance after topping a group from which Russia qualified, competing independently for the first time after the dissolution of the Soviet Union; the defending champions West Germany were united with their East German counterparts, representing the unified Germany for the first time since the 1938 World Cup. Norway qualified for the first time since 1938, Bolivia for the first time since 1950, Switzerland for the first time since 1966.
Norway's 56-year gap between appearances in the final tournament equaled Egypt's record in the previous tournament as the longest. Mexico had its first successful qualification campaign since 1978, failing to qualify in 1982, qualifying as hosts in 1986 and being banned for the Cachirules scandal in 1990; the qualification campaigns of both Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were affected by political events. The nation of Czechoslovakia dissolved in 1992, completing its qualifying group under the name "Representation of Czechs and Slovaks", but failed to qualify for the finals, having been edged out by Romania and Belgium in Group 4. Yugoslavia was suspended from international competition in 1992 as part of United Nations sanctions against the country as a result of the Yugoslav Wars; the sanctions were not lifted until 1994, by which time it was no longer possible for the team to qualify. Chile's suspension from the 1990 FIFA World Cup, following the forced interruption of their qualification game against Brazil, extended to the 1994 qualifiers as well.
This was the second World Cup for which neither England, Northern Ireland nor Wales qualified, with England missing out after having finished fourth in the 1990 tournament, Scotland failing to qualify for the first time since 1970. France, designated as hosts of the 1998 tournament missed out following surprise home losses to Israel and Bulgaria; this was the second World Cup in a row for which France had failed to qualify, the last one to date to not feature England and Japan. Other notable absentees were 1990 Round of 16 participants Uruguay, UEFA Euro 1992 champions Denmark, Poland and Hungary; the following 24 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, qualified for the final tournamentː Three nations bid for host duties: United States and Morocco. The vote was held in Zurich on 4 July 1988, only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members. FIFA hoped that by staging the world's most prestigious tournament there, it would lead to a growth of interest in the sport.
One condition FIFA imposed was the creation of a professional football league – Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 and began operating in 1996. There was some initial controversy about awarding the World Cup to a country where football was not a nationally popular sport, at the time, in 1988, the U. S. did not have a professional league of its own anymore. Success of the 1984 Summer Olympics the soccer tournament contributed to FIFA's decision. Despite the controversy, the U. S. staged a hugely successful tournament, with average attendance of nearly 70,000 breaking a record that surpassed the 1966 FIFA World Cup average attendance of 51,000, thanks to the large seating capacities the stadiums in the United States provided for the spectators in comparison to the smaller venues of Europe and Latin America. To this day, the total attendance for
Philippe Julien Albert is a former Belgian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Charleroi, KV Mechelen and Anderlecht in his native Belgium, for English clubs Newcastle United and Fulham, it was at Newcastle that he became known as an attack-minded centre-back for his forward runs from defence in the team dubbed as "the Entertainers". Albert made 41 appearances for the Belgium national team from 1987 to 1997, represented his country at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. Albert started his career with Charleroi before moving to KV Mechelen where his performances won him Belgian Golden Shoe and a move to Anderlecht. While playing at Anderlecht, he won the Belgian League twice and helped his national side qualify for the 1994 World Cup. Albert's exploits at the World Cup earned him a £2.6 million transfer to Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United. He claimed he turned down moves to Italian clubs Juventus and Fiorentina the year before as he did not like the hot climate or having to play on Sundays, moved to Newcastle as he was a fan of Keegan and the team he played for, Liverpool, in his youth.
He was an immediate success in the side as he helped them win their first six league games of the 1994–95 season, but missed the stages of the season through injury and Newcastle finished sixth – not enough for a UEFA Cup place. He became a cult hero at Newcastle United due to his less-than-defensive tendencies in "the Entertainers'" central defence, would make runs forward and be found roaming on the edge of the opposition box, his most famous moment arguably came when he scored an audacious chip from 20 yards over Peter Schmeichel in a 5–0 win over Manchester United on 20 October 1996. Fans at Newcastle created a terrace chant for the player, singing "Phillipe, Phillipe Albert, everyone knows his name" to the words of the theme song of 1970s children's TV series The Adventures of Rupert Bear. Injuries towards the end of the decade limited his first-team chances and he spent 13 games on loan to third-tier club Fulham, scoring twice during the 1998–99 season as they were promoted from Division Two as champions.
On leaving Newcastle in 1999, Albert returned to Belgium, rejoining Charleroi for £600,000. He spent one season with the club before retiring from football. Albert made 41 appearances for the Belgium national team, making his debut in 1987, but came to worldwide prominence at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. There he played in four of Belgium's matches, scoring against the Netherlands in his first game and against Germany in the second round match, which Belgium lost 3–2. Albert is now working as a pundit for Belgian TV, runs a successful fruit and vegetable company. KV MechelenBelgian First Division: 1988-89AnderlechtBelgian First Division: 1992-93, 1993-94 Belgian Cup: 1994 Belgian Super Cup: 1993IndividualBelgian Professional Footballer of the Year: 1991–92 Belgian Golden Shoe: 1992 Philippe Albert at National-Football-Teams.com Philippe Albert at Soccerbase Premier League profile Belgium Stats at Belgian FA
Eric Maria Gerets is a Belgian football manager and former footballer. He started his playing career as an amateur for his local team AA Rekem, before achieving success with Standard Liège and PSV. At his peak he was regarded as one of the top right-backs in Europe; the combination of his warrior's heart and dark long hair earned him the nickname "The Lion". Considered one of the greatest players in Belgian football history, he is famous for having captained PSV to their first and only European Cup win in 1988; as a coach, he is best known for his advocacy of systems thinking. He is one of six managers – along with José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Giovanni Trapattoni, Tomislav Ivić and Ernst Happel – to have won domestic league championships in at least four different countries. Gerets began his career playing for amateur side AA Rekem before joining titleholders Standard de Liège. Making his debut 16 April 1972 coming on for Silvester Takač against FC Diest. In the 1972–73 season Standard reached the Cup final, manager Vlatko Marković let Gerets start despite not being an established first team member as Standard lost 2–1 to fierce rivals Anderlecht.
The following season, Gerets replaced 29-year-old Jacques Beurlet and became the first choice right back for the Rouches. In 1975 Gerets made his debut for the national team. Gerets played for Standard Liège, Milan, MVV Maastricht and PSV, winning among others the 1987–88 European Cup, two Belgian championships and six Dutch championships. Gerets was an offensively-minded right back, known for his stamina, tactical discipline and mental toughness, he was known for long distance throw-ins. He is the third-most capped player for the Belgium national team, with two goals. In the 1980s, a new generation of players emerged at Standard. Noted manager Ernst Happel was hired, the club brought Raymond Goethals back to Belgium. Players like Arie Haan, Guy Vandersmissen, Michel Preud'homme, Walter Meeuws, Jos Daerden and Simon Tahamata became key players, whilst Gerets was the captain of the team. In 1980, Standard finished runners-up in the league, before winning the 1981 National Cup with a 4–1 win over Lokeren SC.
In 1982, Standard won the title by beating Waterschei SV Thor in the last match of the season. A few days they faced Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup final, which they lost 2–1; the influence of Gerets on Standard's success was recognised when he was awarded the 1982 Belgian Golden Shoe. The following year he captained Standard to another league title, their ninth overall, which would prove to be their last until 2007–08. In 1985, Gerets joined PSV playing together with Ruud Gullit, Frank Arnesen, Huub Stevens and Willy van de Kerkhof followed by Brazilian star Romário. In 1986, Gerets won the title with PSV, after the departure of Gullit in 1987, Gerets became the new captain. Under Guus Hiddink PSV won the league and cup double three years in a row, Gerets scoring twice in the cup final against Roda JC. In 1988 PSV reached the UEFA European Cup final facing Benfica. After 120 minutes, it was still 0–0. In 1990, Bobby Robson was appointed as Hiddink's successor. Under Robson, Gerets won another two titles with PSV he retired at the end of the 1991–1992 season at the age of 37.
Gerets registered 86 caps for the Belgium national team, making him the third-most capped player in their history. He made his debut for the squad in 1975, played at four major tournaments: the 1980 European Championship, 1982 World Cup, 1986 World Cup, 1990 World Cup. In 1980, Gerets played in his first European Championship in Italy, he scored the opening goal in a 2–1 win against Spain which ensured Belgium qualified as group winners. The tournament is remembered for the inspired performance of the offensively-minded Belgium who unexpectedly reached the final, only losing to West Germany by a Hrubesch goal two minutes from time. At the 1982 World Cup, captained by Gerets, recorded one of their most famous victories with a 1–0 win over defending champions Argentina in the first game of the tournament held at Camp Nou with a goal by Erwin Vandenbergh, an excellent defensive display to hold off a young Diego Maradona. Four years they achieved their best-ever World Cup run in 1986 when they placed fourth under command of players like Jan Ceulemans, Jean-Marie Pfaff and captain Gerets.
Belgium won against favourites the Soviet Union with stars such as Igor Belanov and Rinat Dasayev after extra time. Belgium beat Spain on penalties, but they lost to eventual champions Argentina in the semi-final, inspired by Maradona. Despite their defeat, Belgium would end up in fourth place – their best finish in World Cup competition. Gerets would captain his nation to the 1990 World Cup finals. Belgium failed to convert their chances against England in the second round, they lost in the last minute of extra time after a goal by David Platt. Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first; as a manager, Gerets worked successively for FC Liège, Club Brugge, PSV, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and VfL Wolfsburg before joining Galatasaray at the end of the 2004–05 season. In the 1996–97 season, he won the Belgian championships with Lierse, reprising the feat in the season 1998–99 with Club Brugge, he won the Dutch championships twice with PSV. In the 2005–06 season, Gerets won the Turkish Premier Super League with Galatasaray.
In May 2007, he left the club, on 25 September became Marseille's coach. In his first year with Marseille in 2007, he managed to get the team from the bottom of the league up
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
Jean-François De Sart
Jean-François de Sart is a former Belgian football player. He is the former coach of the Belgium national under-21 football team and has last worked as Director of football for Standard Liège He works part-time as a football pundit on Belgian television, he is the father of Julien De Sart and Alexis De Sart, both represented Standard Liège at Youth and Senior level, with Julien now playing in the English Championship for Middlesbrough. 1979–1991: R. F. C. de Liège 1991–1993: R. S. C. Anderlecht 1993–1995: R. F. C. de LiègeHe earned 3 caps for the Belgium national football team. Jean-François De Sart at WorldFootball.net
Jan Anna Gumaar Ceulemans is a former Belgian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. A prolific goalscorer, Ceulemans was well known for his aerial ability and technique, he was known for his power, imposing frame and natural authority. He is his country's fourth most capped player with 96 international appearances. Most of his time with Belgium took place under the guidance of Guy Thys; this period saw the Belgium squad record some of their finest results, which include reaching the final of Euro 80 and fourth place at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Ceulemans' first of three World Cup appearances was at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, where Belgium beat the defending champions Argentina 1–0 in the opening game of the tournament at Camp Nou en route to reaching the second round. Among one of Ceulemans' finest achievements was captaining his national side to fourth place in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, scoring three goals in the tournament including a spectacular diving header against Spain in the quarter-finals.
His performance earned the nickname "Captain Courageous". He retired from international competition after the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Jan had struck the post during the game. Professionally, he stayed at Club Brugge for 13 years, endearing himself to his country when he turned down an offer from Italian giant A. C. Milan, he remains the only football player to have posed with the A. C. Milan board for the press that never became an A. C. Milan player. After retiring as a player due to knee injury, he became a manager at KSC Eendracht Aalst in 1992, he won promotion to Belgian First Division and a qualification for UEFA Cup. He moved in 1998 to K. V. C. Westerlo where he qualified for UEFA Cup. In 2005, he is back at'his' Club Brugge where he would be manager for 3 years but after several bad results he was fired in April 2006. For the 2007–2008 season, he returned to K. V. C. Westerlo, he lives in Kessel. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Club BruggeBelgian First Division: 1979–80, 1987–88, 1989–90 Belgian Cup: 1985–86, 1990–91 Belgian Supercup: 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992 BelgiumUEFA Euro 1980: Runner-up 1986 FIFA World Cup: Fourth place Belgian professional football awards: 1984, 1985, 1986 Belgian Golden Shoe: 1980, 1985, 1986 UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1980 Onze de Bronze: 1981 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1986 FIFA 100 Jan Ceulemans on All Red Devils Jan Ceulemans on Soccerway