Eka Basunga Lokonda "Émile" Mpenza is a Belgian former footballer of Congolese descent who played as a striker. He has been capped at international level by Belgium, his older brother, was a footballer who represented Belgium. Mpenza started his career at K. V. Kortrijk, moved to R. E. Mouscron and Standard Liège in quick succession, with older brother Mbo playing alongside in all three clubs. In 2000, he moved in an exchange with Michaël Goossens. At Schalke he was successful together with his compatriot Marc Wilmots and other striker Ebbe Sand but they failed to win the German title on the last day of competition. Mpenza returned to Standard three years later. In 2004–05 he returned to Germany when Hamburger SV signed him for €2.5million.. However, in January 2006 he made a surprise move to Qatari team Al Rayyan. Mpenza signed for Manchester City, after playing and scoring in a specially arranged match at Eastlands on 14 February 2007. "I am not finished and I will prove it in Manchester", Mpenza told Belgian radio station Bel RTL.
"I make this move as revenge, with respect to all those who criticised my decision to play in Qatar". He made his debut against Wigan Athletic on 3 March 2007 as a half-time substitute replacing Georgios Samaras, he scored his first goal for the club in the 2–0 win at Middlesbrough on 17 March 2007, his second in the 1–0 victory at Newcastle United on 30 March. He scored once more in the 2006–07 season, away to Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the season, as City lost 2–1. Having signed until the end of the 2007–08 season, Mpenza scored on City's first pre-season game of the 2007–08 season away to Doncaster Rovers, he would equalise against Fulham and put City ahead against Bristol City and Newcastle United. However, facing competition for his place from Rolando Bianchi, Valeri Bojinov and Elano, all signed by new City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in summer 2007, Mpenza did not score again after September, was released in July 2008, he signed for Championship side Plymouth Argyle on 2 September 2008.
Mpenza went on to make his Argyle debut as a sub on 70 minutes in a 2–1 defeat to Norwich City on 13 September. He scored his first goal for the club against Charlton Athletic in a 2–2 draw, scored again in a 2–1 win over Cardiff City; however Mpenza's time at Plymouth Argyle was blighted by injury and therefore he was not offered a new contract. For the 2009–10 season, Mpenza signed a one-year contract with Swiss Topflight club FC Sion. Here he rediscovered his eye for goal by scoring 21 goals in 32 matches. In August 2010, Mpenza signed a three-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League club Neftchi Baku, he left the club in January 2012. In June 2015, Neftchi Baku were ordered by FIFA to pay Mpenza €1 million in unpaid wages. After searching a club for over a year, Mpenza signed a one-year contract with Eendracht Aalst on 1 October 2013. Mpenza has been playing for the Belgium national football team since 1997, though he has been injured in times of international call-ups, he played alongside his brother Mbo in the 1998 World Cup and in Euro 2000 where he scored a goal in the opening match against Sweden, but missed out on the World Cup in 2002 with a groin injury.
FC Schalke 04 DFB-Pokal: 2000–01, 2001–02Hamburger SV UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2005Neftchi Baku' Azerbaijan Premier League: 2010–11 Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year: 1996–97 Belgian Ebony Shoe: 1997 Belgian Footballer of the Year in a Foreign Competition: 2000 Standard Liège Man of the Season: 2003–04 Émile Mpenza at Soccerbase Émile Mpenza at National-Football-Teams.com
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
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht known as Anderlecht or RSCA, is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels Capital-Region. Anderlecht plays in the Belgian First Division A and is the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions, with five trophies, as well as in the Belgian domestic league, with 34 championship wins, they have won nine Belgian Cups and hold the record for most consecutive Belgian championship titles, winning five between the 1963–64 and 1967–68 seasons. Founded in 1908, the club first reached the highest level in Belgian football in 1921–22 and have been playing in the first division continuously since 1935–36 and in Europe since 1964-65, they won their first major trophy after World War II with a championship win in 1946–47. Since they have never finished outside the top six of the Belgian first division, they are ranked 12th amongst all-time UEFA club competition winners, tenth in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics continental Clubs of the 20th Century European ranking and were 41st in the 2012 UEFA team rankings.
In 1986, they achieved their best UEFA ranking with a joint first place with Juventus. Anderlecht have been playing their matches in the Astrid Park in the municipality of Anderlecht since 1917, their current stadium, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, was first opened in 1983, replaced the former Emile Versé Stadium. They play in white outfits, they have long-standing rivalries with Standard Liège. Founded as Sporting Club Anderlechtois on 27 May 1908 by a dozen football lovers at the Concordia café, the club beat Institut Saint-Georges in their first match, 11–8, they joined the official competition in 1909–10, starting at the lowest level in the Belgian football league system the third provincial division. In 1912–13, they gained promotion to the second-higher level of football named the Promotion. After only one season at that level, the championships were suspended due to World War I, resumed in 1919–20. With the popularity of the team increasing, Anderlecht had moved to a new stadium in the Astrid Park in 1917.
They baptized the stadium Stade Emile Versé in honor of the club's first major patron, the industrialist Emile Versé. At the end of the 1920–21 season, Anderlecht were promoted to the first division for the first time in their history. In the next 14 seasons, Anderlecht were relegated four times and promoted four times, earning themselves the mockery of local rival clubs Union Saint-Gilloise and Daring Club de Bruxelles, who nicknamed them the "lift club". In 1933, 25 years after their formation, the club changed their name to Royal Sporting Club Anderlechtois. Since their promotion in 1935, Anderlecht has remained at the top level of football. With Jef Mermans, a striker signed from K Tubantia FC in 1942 for a record fee of 125,000 Belgian francs, Anderlecht won their first league title in 1947, their success increased in the following years as they won six more titles between 1949–50 and 1955–56 and two more in 1958–59 and 1961–62. In the 1960s, under the coaching of Pierre Sinibaldi and of Andreas Beres, the club won five titles in a row, still a Belgian league record.
The star of this team was Paul Van Himst, topscorer in 1965, 1967 and 1969 and Belgian Golden Shoe winner in 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1974. Anderlecht played in the first European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1955–56, lost both legs of their tie against Vörös Lobogo, they had to wait until the 1962–63 season to win their first European tie, with a 1–0 victory over Real Madrid, which followed a 3–3 draw in Spain. For the first time, they advanced to the second round, where they beat CSKA Sofia before losing to Dundee in the quarter-finals. In the 1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, Anderlecht lost in the final against Arsenal. Between 1975 and 1984, Anderlecht only won one championship but they achieved considerable European success: they won the 1975–76 and 1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cups against West Ham United and Austria Wien as well as the two subsequent European Super Cups; the 1982–83 season was a noteworthy season for the club for numerous reasons: former Anderlecht favourite Paul Van Himst was named the new coach, they won the 1982–83 UEFA Cup and the rebuilding of the club stadium began.
But in the domestic league, Anderlecht had to settle for second place behind Standard. Their bid to retain the UEFA Cup in 1983–84 failed at the final hurdle against English side Tottenham Hotspur. Anderlecht reached the final controversially by beating another English side, Nottingham Forest, with a debatable extra time penalty to win 3–2 on aggregate, it was found Anderlecht had bribed the referee the equivalent of £27,000 to ensure passage to the final. After three second-place finishes in a row, the Purple and Whites secured an easy 18th title in 1984–85, 11 points ahead of Club Brugge. In 1985–86, Anderlecht won the championship again, but this time after a two-legged play-off against Club Brugge. Anderlecht won their 20th championship on the last matchday of the 1986–87 season, they lost key players Franky Vercauteren, Enzo Scifo and Juan Lozano. A weakened team coached by Raymond Goethals finished only fourth in 1988 behind Club Brugge, KV Mechelen and Royal Antwerp, but they nonetheless managed to lift the Belgian Cup for the sixth time in cl
Georges Leekens is a Belgian association football manager and former football player. During his managerial career, he was in charge of four national teams: the Belgian, Tunisian and Hungarian national football teams, he managed numerous clubs in Belgium, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He is in charge of Iranian side Tractor Sazi, he made his debut as a footballer in 1967 with Sporting Houthalen after leaving the lower ranks of the club. In 1969, he signed for one year with KFC Dessel Sport. After a brief stint at Crossing Club, he was transferred to Club Brugge. With the team, he reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in 1978 against Liverpool in Wembley Stadium in London where they was defeated with a single goal, he won five Belgian leagues, a Belgian Cup and a Belgian Super Cup in 1980, one year before joining the Sint-Niklase in which he retired from football in 1984. The same year of his retirement, Cercle Brugge signed him as coach for the next three seasons winning the Belgian Cup a year later.
The same title won with RSC Anderlecht three years after winning it with the Cercle Brugge. After training KV Kortrijk, he came to Club Brugge to win the Belgian League, the Belgian Super Cup in 1990, the Belgian Cup and again the Belgian Super Cup in 1991, he trained the KV Mechelen, Trabzonspor. Back to the Cercle Brugge and Royal Charleroi before signing for the RE Mouscron, promoted to the Belgian First Division after finishing first in the Belgian Second Division. In his first spell as coach of the Belgium national football team he led it to the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals after a two-legged win against the Republic of Ireland in the qualifying play-off, he was sacked from his role as federal coach after a disappointing third place in the World Cup group stage failed to qualify Belgium for the second round after drawing with Netherlands and South Korea. After making a brief pass as coach of KSC Lokern and Roda JC, he was announced as coach of Algeria at the end of 2002, which he qualified for the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, but reached an agreement with the Federation to rescind the contract for family reasons.
After his African stage, he returned to the Royal Excelsior Mouscron he signed for KAA Gent for three years and again he would take the bench of KSC Lokeren. In 2009, it was announced that he will the new coach of Al-Hilal FC but he was sacked after three months after being defeated against Al-Shabab 3–0 so he coached KV Kortrijk again for one season. On 11 May 2010 Leekens signed a contract until 2012 to take over the Belgium national team for the second time; as a consequence he had to resign from his coaching role at K. V. Kortrijk. On 12 April 2011 it was announced that Leekens's contract had been extended to 2014 after some promising results in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. On 13 May 2012 it was announced that Leekens will coach Club Brugge for a second time, but he was fired a few months after a series of successive defeats. On 27 March 2014 he signed a 2-year contract with the Tunisian Football Federation to coach the Carthage Eagles for a monthly salary of 25,000 euros. For his first tournament with Tunisia, Georges Leekens managed to take the team to the quarterfinals, his team being eliminated 1-2 by Equatorial Guinea, the host country of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
On 27 June 2015 the Tunisian federation announces having terminated its contract amicably. In 2016, he coached the Algerian national football team, he made the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. On 24 January 2017, he resigned being a coach after being eliminated in Group B stage. In February 2017 he was one of a number of managers on the shortlist for the vacant Rwanda national team manager role. In October 2017 it was announced. Due to three losses and one draw in four matches, he was fired in June 2018, he was appointed by Tunisian club Étoile du Sahel as coach on 10 October 2018 after failing in the 2018 CAF Champions League to be his first experience with African clubs after a long period in European clubs and a short experience in Asian clubs with Al Hilal. He managed to qualify the team to the quarter-finals of the Arab Championship with African champions Wydad Casablanca before leaving on 26 November for unconvincing results in the Tunisian League; as of 13 April 2019 Club BruggeBelgian League: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 Belgian Cup: 1977 Belgian Super Cup: 1980 UEFA Champions League: 1978 Club BruggeBelgian League: 1990 Belgian Cup: 1991 Belgian Super Cup: 1990, 1991Cercle BruggeBelgian Cup: 1985BelgiumKirin Cup: 1999 Georges Leekens is the cousin of Louis Leekens, Belgian National Champion of gymnastics in 1966 and is leading the top sports school for gymnastics in Genk.
Éric Deflandre is a former Belgian football right fullback. Deflandre first signed to Wandre Union but after one year he joined Liège side R. F. C. de Liège. He left for Germinal Ekeren in 1995. In 1996, he signed for Club Brugge. In 2000, Deflandre moved to Olympique Lyonnais in France, where he won 3 straight national championships, he played for Standard Liège. In 2007-08, he split duty with FC Brussels and F. C. Verbroedering Dender E. H.. On 25 June 2009 Lierse S. K. have signed the right-back from F. C. Verbroedering Dender E. H. on a two-year deal. On 9 August 2010 announced his return to R. F. C. de Liège, where he played for two more seasons before retiring. Deflandre played his debut match for the national team against The Netherlands in the qualifying stage for the 1998 World Cup. In the competition's first match, he replaced Bertrand Crasson after 22 minutes, helped to a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands, he appeared for the national side at Euro 2000 and 2002 World Cup. In Euro 2000, he substituted as a goalkeeper.
Belgian League - 1998 Belgian Supercup - 1998 French League - 2002, 2003 and 2004 French League Cup - 2001 French Supercup - 2003 Official website Éric Deflandre at L'Équipe Football Eric Deflandre - Footgoal.net
Mechelen is a city and municipality in the province of Antwerp, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel and Battel, as well as the villages of Walem, Leest and Muizen; the Dyle flows through the city, hence it is referred to as the Dijlestad. Mechelen lies on the major urban and industrial axis Brussels–Antwerp, about 25 km from each city. Inhabitants find employment at Mechelen's southern industrial and northern office estates, as well as at offices or industry near the capital and Zaventem Airport, or at industrial plants near Antwerp's seaport. Mechelen is one of Flanders' prominent cities of historical art, with Antwerp, Brussels and Leuven, it was notably a centre for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance, when painters, printmakers and composers of polyphony were attracted by patrons such as Margaret of York, Margaret of Austria and Hieronymus van Busleyden. Archaeological proof of habitation during the La Tène era in the triangle Brussels-Leuven-Antwerp concentrated around Mechelen which originated in wetlands, includes an 8.4 metre long canoe cut from an oak tree trunk and a settlement of about five wooden houses, at Nekkerspoel.
The area of Mechelen was settled on the banks of the river during the Gallo-Roman period as evidenced by several Roman ruins and roads. Upon Rome's declining influence, during 3rd–4th centuries the area became inhabited by Germanic tribes. A few centuries Christianized assumedly by the Irish or Scottish missionary St Rumbold, said to have built a monastery. Work on the cathedral, dedicated to the saint started around 1200. Antwerp lost profitable stapelrechten for wool and salt to Mechelen in 1303 when John II, Duke of Brabant, granted City rights to the town; this started a rivalry between these cities. In the 15th century, the city came under the rule of the Dukes of Burgundy, marking the beginning of a prosperous period. In 1473 Charles the Bold moved several political bodies to the city, Mechelen served as the seat of the Superior Court until the French Revolution. In 1490, a regular postal service between Mechelen and Innsbruck was established; the lucrative cloth trade gained Mechelen wealth and power during the Late Middle Ages and it became the capital of the Low Countries in the first half of the 16th century under Archduchess Margaret of Austria.
During the 16th century the city's political influence decreased due to many governmental institutions being moved to Brussels. Mechelen compensated for this by increasing prominence in the religious arena: in 1559 it was proclaimed the Archdiocese of Mechelen, seat of religious authority over the territory that would become Belgium. In 1961, "Brussels" was added to the title, resulting in the current Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels. Mechelen retained further relevance as the Great Council of Mechelen remained the supreme court of the territory until the French Revolutionary Wars. In 1572, during the Eighty Years' War, the city sacked by the Spanish. After this pillaging, the city was rebuilt, it was during this time. In 1718 a major rebellion took place in the city, angry mobs entered the town hall. During this time Lord Pierre de Romrée was mayor of Mechelen; the chaos ended when the Emperor formally requested the President of the Great Council to restore peace. On 18 June, Christophe-Ernest de Baillet received a full list of the people.
The President received the support of multiple regiments, sent by imperial command. Ten persons were arrested during the night, however this failed and the people managed to pursue the rebellion. After negotiations de Baillet restored order in the city. In 1781, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, ordered the destruction of the city's fortified walls – their former location however continues to be referred to in the Latin terms intra muros and extra muros, meanwhile the site became that of the inner ring road; the city entered the industrial age in the 19th century. In 1835, the first railway on the European continent linked Brussels with Mechelen, which became the hub of the Belgian railway network; this led to a development of metalworking industries, among others the central railway workshops which are still located in the town today. During the Second World War, the extensive Mechlinian railway structure had caused the Nazi occupation forces to choose Mechelen for their infamous transit camp. Over 25,000 Jews and Roma were sent by rail to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp from Mechelen.
The site of the transit camp now houses the Jewish Museum of Resistance. Several famous meetings on the Christian religion are connected to the name of the city. One in 1909 is thought to have inaugurated the Liturgical Movement. Between 1921 and 1925 a series of unofficial conferences, known as the Malines Conversations, presided over by Cardinal Mercier and attended by Anglican divines and laymen, including Lord Halifax, was the most significant of early attempts at the reconciliation between the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches. Most cities in Flanders have a mock name for their inhabitants. Since 1687, for their heroic attempt to fight the fire high up in the Saint-Rumbold's Tower, where the gothic windows had shown the flaring of only the moon betw
Philippe Vande Walle
Philippe "Nic" vande Walle is a former Belgian football goalkeeper. His former clubs include FC Bruges, K. F. C. Germinal Ekeren, K. S. K. Lierse and Eendracht Aalst. Vande Walle was part of the Belgium national team for the 1998 World Cup. Philippe Vande Walle at WorldFootball.net