Włodzimierz'Włodek' Leonard Lubański is a former Polish football striker, the second all-time highest goal scorer for the Polish national team. For his national team, Lubański amassed 75 caps between 1963 and 1980, scoring 48 goals and being the second highest goalscorer in Poland's football history behind Robert Lewandowski. In 1972, he was awarded the title of Merited Master of Sport of the USSR. Lubański holds the position of vice-chairman at Polonia Warszawa
Peter Maes is a Belgian retired footballer turned coach. He is unemployed after last managing Lokeren. Prior to Lokeren, he managed KV Mechelen and Genk. until 26 December 2016
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
Arnar Viðarsson is a retired Icelandic footballer, his playing position is midfielder. He last played for Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge, where he was employed as head coach, he is the manager for the Iceland U-21 team. He started his career in FH, moved to Belgium to play for Sporting Lokeren early in his career, he returned to FH for a short period, but apart from a loan spell at Lillestrøm SK and a trial at Genk, he has played for Lokeren from October 1998 until 2006. Since Lokeren has signed many Icelandic players, for instance midfielder Rúnar Kristinsson who holds the Icelandic record for most international caps. In 2006, he transferred to FC Twente, where he signed a contract until 2009. For the 2007-08 he was loaned out to newly promoted De Graafschap, before returning to Belgium, playing for Cercle Brugge, where he ended his career as a player in the summer of 2014, becoming assistant under head coach Lorenzo Staelens. Following the sacking of Staelens on October of that same year, Arnar was appointed head coach.
Arnar has been capped 51 times for scoring 2 goals, as well as 41 times at youth level. He made his debut for the seniors in a June 1998 friendly match against South Africa. Arnar is the brother of fellow Icelandic midfielders Bjarni and Davíð, the son of Icelandic footballer Viðar Halldorsson. Profile at VI.nl Arnar Viðarsson at National-Football-Teams.com
Cercle Brugge K.S.V.
Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges. Cercle have played in the Belgian Pro League since the 2003–04 season, having spent several years in the Belgian Second Division following relegation in 1997, their matricule is the n°12. The club plays home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which they share with fierce rivals Club Brugge. Cercle Brugge won their first national title in 1911, won two more titles before the Second World War; the side won the Belgian Cup in 1927 and in 1985, have represented Belgium in European tournaments on several occasions. Since 2017, they are owned by AS Monaco. Cercle Brugge was founded on 9 April 1899 as Cercle Sportif Brugeois by former students of the Saint Francis Xavier Institute, colloquially known as De Frères in Bruges; the organisation focused on five sports: football, lawn tennis and cycling. Cercle Brugge became a member of the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1900 and were awarded matricule number 12.
The same year the club moved from their football field in Sint-Michiels, owned by De Frères, to a pitch in Sint-Andries, which offered better facilities and was closer to Bruges' main railway station in't Zand square. Cercle achieved their first success in the 1902 Henri Fraeys Cup, defeating Olympique Iris Club Lillois and US Tourcoing. After winning another few friendly cups Cercle achieved their first big success, winning the national title in the 1910–11 season. Cercle ended a single point ahead of their main rivals FC Bruges, after their confrontation on the season's last matchday ended in a 1–1 draw. Three years Belgian football was devastated by World War I: Cercle lost two first-team players, Louis Baes and Joseph Evrard, their stadium and facilities sustained heavy damage. Former player Alphonse Six lost his life. Cercle resumed competitive football in 1919 with an completely new team. Louis Saeys was the only player to remain in the team from before the war. Expectations were low. In 1921 the club raised a monument in remembrance of those affiliated with Cercle who had died in WWI: the unveiling was marred by tragedy, when a biplane scheduled to fly over the stadium as a tribute crashed, killing its two passengers.
The monument still now stands in front of the Jan Breydel Stadium. In 1923 Cercle extended their stadium facilities again, moving 100 metres from their old pitch to a newly built stadium; this ground named the Edgard De Smedt Stadium, became Cercle's home for more than 50 years. In 1924 the club changed its name from Cercle Sportif Brugeois to Royal Cercle Sportif Brugeois; the club embarked on a successful period, led by two key players: Belgian record international Florimond Vanhalme and player-coach Louis Saeys. Cercle led the league midway through the 1925–26 season, but player injuries led to poor results that saw them finish in fifth place. Several important players left Cercle after this season, leaving hopes low for the 1926–27 campaign, but the year saw Cercle achieve their second national championship on the penultimate matchday with a thrilling 5–6 win over Daring Bruxelles; the victory was overshadowed by two deaths at the club a few months earlier: Albert Van Coile, who had succumbed from injuries sustained in a match against US Tourcoing, former chairman René de Peellaert, who died from pneumonia which he had caught during Van Coile's funeral.
In 1928 goalkeeper Robert Braet emerged as a new star at Cercle: the player, who had only switched from the outfield to goal after an illness, went on to spend his whole career at Cercle becoming chairman. Cercle made a slow start to the 1929–30 season, entering the mid-season winter break in sixth place and seven points adrift of leaders Antwerp. Nonetheless, by the closing weekend of the season they had narrowed the gap to a single point; the side faced an anxious wait for the result of Antwerp against 10th placed Standard Liège, contemporary telecommunication facilities at grounds being poor. In the end, the news reached team captain Florimond Vanhalme that Antwerp had lost 3–5, meaning Cercle had won their third and final title; because of this title Cercle were invited to take part in the Coupe des Nations, regarded as the predecessor of the Champions League. Cercle could not maintain the results of their championship season, ending 7th in 1931. New title aspirations disappeared as Cercle continued to finish in the middle of the league over the next several seasons.
The experienced players who had helped achieve the title retired or left the team, the youngsters who replaced them could not match their talent. The downward spiral reached a low with relegation to the Belgian Second Division in 1936. Cercle took the opportunity to make sweeping changes, appointing a new board; the changes proved successful, Cercle won promotion back to the highest division after only two years. The Second World War made a regular football competition impossible in 1939. Cercle therefore took part in regional championships. Cercle, had comparatively little competition in its native West Flanders, lost contact with the high standards maintained in the stronger Antwerp and Brussels regional championships. A national contest resumed in 1941; this would have meant relegation, but the KBVB ruled that the circumstances of the war, which limited training opportunities and youth development, meant no tea
Club Brugge KV
Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,062. One of the most decorated clubs in Belgian football, it has been Belgian league champion on 15 occasions, second only to major rivals Anderlecht, it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge, with whom they contest the Bruges derby. Throughout its long history, Club Brugge has enjoyed much European football success, reaching two European finals and two European semi-finals. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played the final of the European Cup so far, losing to Liverpool in the final of the 1978 season, they lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same opponents. Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Europa League, the record number of Belgian cups and the record number of Belgian Supercups. 1890: Brugsche Football ClubClub created by old students of the Catholic school Broeders Xaverianen and the neutral school Koninklijk Atheneum.
13 November 1891: Club recreatedThe club was recreated. This has since been adopted as the official date of foundation. 1892: First boardAn official board was installed in the club. 1894: Football Club Brugeois Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC. 1895: Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges Club created in the city. 1895–96: the UBSSA set up in 1895. and they went to the UBSSA and took part of the first Belgian national league. 1896: Leaving the UBSSAFinancially it was difficult for FC Brugeois and so after only one year they had to leave the UBSSA. 1897: Fusion FC Brugeois joined Brugsche FC but they continued under the name Football Club Brugeois. 1902: New fusion Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois. 1912: De KlokkeThey moved to a new stadium named "De Klokke". 1913–14: First cup finalFC Brugeois reached their first Belgian Cup final but they lost 2–1 from Union SG. 1920: First time league championsThe club became for the first time champions of the first division. 1926: Royal Football Club Brugeois The club get number 3 as their matricule number and in the same year they get the royal title.
1928: First relegationA first low when the club was relegated to the second division. 1930: New statutePresident Albert Dyserynck changed the club's statute into a non-profit association. 1931: Albert DyserynckstadionWhen president Albert Dyserynck died they honoured him by changing the stadium's name into Albert Dyserynckstadion. 1959: Permanent to the first divisionRFC Brugeois promoted to the first division and never relegated again in the future. 1968: First time cup winnersThey won the Belgian Cup for the first time against Beerschot AC. 1972: Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging The club changed their name into the Flemisch name Club Brugge KV 1975: OlympiastadionThey moved from Albert Dyserynckstadion to Olympiastadion. 1976: Highest position in UEFA CupUnder Austrian coach Ernst Happel, Club Brugge reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and lost against Liverpool. 1978: Only Belgian European Cup 1 finalistsStill under Ernst Happel, the club faced Liverpool again of a European final.
This time it was in the European Champions Clubs' Cup final. And again they lost. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club that has reached the finals of the European biggest competition. 1992: First goal scorer in the Champions LeagueDaniel Amokachi is the first goal scorer in the Champions League. He scored against CSKA Moscow. 1998: Jan BreydelstadionOlympiastadion had to be expanded for the EURO 2000 organisation. They changed the name into Jan Breydelstadion. 2006: CLUBtvClub Brugge was the first Belgian club to create its own TV channel. The club don a blue home kit as has been traditional through their history. Away from home they wear a red strip; the clubs kit supplier is Macron. Club Brugge is the most supported club in Belgium, it has fans all over the country. Attendances are high; the Jan Breydel Stadium is sold out at every home game. Some of these fans are part of 62 supporter clubs in Belgium; the "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.
In tribute the fans dubbed the twelfth man in football, Club Brugge no longer assigns the number 12 to players. Club Brugge has a TV show, CLUBtv, on the Telenet network since 21 July 2006; this twice weekly show features exclusive interviews with players and managers. The official mascot of Club Bruges is symbol of the city of Bruges; the history of the bear is related to a legend of the first Count of Flanders, Baldwin I of Flanders, who had fought and defeated a bear in his youth. Since the end of 2000, a second mascot, always a bear, travels along the edge of the field during home games for fans to call and encourage both their favorites; these two bears are called Bene. In 2010, a third bear named Bibi, made its appearance, he is described as the child of the first two mascots, is oriented towards the young supporters. Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge contests rivalries with other Belgian clubs, whether at local or regional level. At regional level, Club Brugge has maintained rivalry with a team in the neighboring province.
The successes achieved by Club Bruges in the early 1970s, combined with poor season performances by Gent in the same period, attracted many fans. Since the late 1990s, Gent again played a somewhat more leading role in Belgium, matches against Club Brug
Urbain Braems is a retired Belgian football player and manager. He played for K. S. V. Sottegem, K. R. C. Mechelen, Club Brugge and Daring Club Bruxelles, he managed Cercle Brugge, Royal Antwerp, Beveren, Standard de Liège, Panionios G. S. S. and Trabzonspor. Cercle BruggeBelgian Second Division: 1970–71AnderlechtBelgian First Division: 1973–74 Belgian Cup: 1974–75BeverenBelgian First Division: 1983–84 Belgian Cup: 1977–78, 1982–83 Belgian Supercup: 1984PanioniosBalkans Cup Runner-up: 1986TrabzonsporTurkish Cup: 1991–92