Georges Heylens is a former Belgian footballer. He played with R. S. C. Anderlecht and the Belgium national football team, he took part in the match between Belgium and the Netherlands in 1964, with 10 teammates from the Anderlecht team, after the substitution of goalkeeper Delhasse by Jean-Marie Trappeniers. As an attacking Right-Back played in all three games at the Mexico World Cup at which time he reached his 50th International appearance, he now appears as a football consultant in papers or on TV. Heylens is a famous wig bearer. Georges Heylens at WorldFootball.net
Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's, is a Belgian football and field and field hockey club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. Their football team have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989–90 season, they won the national league once, in 2014–15, in addition to three Belgian Cup victories. Ghent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena, their team colours are white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK NV; the field hockey and track and field divisions were founded in 1864, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Belgium. The club was known under its French name La Gantoise, they changed their name to the current Dutch version in 1971. The football division opened in 1900; the nickname of the club is De Buffalo's, a term coined after a visit of the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus to the city in the early 20th century.
Ghent enjoyed its first spell at the highest level in Belgian football between 1913–14 and 1928–29, a second one from 1936–37 to 1966–67. In the 1970s and 1980s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second divisions, before returning to the highest level in 1989; the club reached the quarter-finals of the 1991–92 UEFA Cup, their best achievement in European competitions. In 1864, an association called the'Société Gymnastique la Gantoise', tasked with promoting gymnastics, was founded; some branches became independent and in 1891 the team merged with the Association Athlétique, in itself a merger of younger teams, such as Racing Club, Running Club and Red Star. The new merger team was called Association Athlétique La Gantoise, aside from gymnastics, the activities were broadened to athletics, cricket, fencing, hockey and tennis. In this context, the athletics team KAA Gent was founded. In the last decade of the 19th century, organized football was introduced in Ghent.
Different small teams were founded and some merged into Racing Club Gantois on 1 April 1899, which would become the biggest challenger of KAA Gent. Only in 1900, a football section was founded by the students of the College of Melle, a place close to Ghent; the first president of the team was doctor Hector Priem. The games were played on the Carpentierplein, situated at the crossroads of the Kortrijksesteenweg, the Clementinalaan, the Oostendestraat and the Astridlaan; the colours black and white were chosen, but by 31 October 1900, when the team became an official member, the colours were changed to blue and white. On 15 November 1900, the first regular game was played, against Omnium Sporting Club. In January 1901, the team played against Racing Club Gantois, which was, at that time, the larger of the two. KAA Gent lost the game with 10–0. At the end of the 19th century the team became a member of the UBSSA (Union Belge des Sociétés de Sports Athlétiques or the Belgian Union of the Athletic Sports Society, although Racing Club Gantois was the elder team in the city, KAA Gent would receive a lower matricule number than Racing Club, which would receive 11.
In 1901 AA La Gantoise played its first games in the lower divisions. For the first few years, the team played in the Belgian Second Division, on in the First Division. In 1904 the team moved to the Mussenstraat. In 1913, the World Exposition was held at that place, the team moved once more, this time to the Albertlaan. Over there, a football pitch, training fields, tennis courts, an athletics court and other accommodations were being built. At 9 December 1915, during the First World War, the stadium burned down. In 1912–13, AA La Gantoise became champion in the Second Division. In 1914, the team received the royal title and was called Association Royale Athlétique La Gantoise, abbreviated to ARA La Gantoise. During the world exposition, the team organized several sporting events; the first season in the First League, 1913–14, was very difficult for the team and only by means of a test match against Standard Club Liégois, relegation was avoided. In 1920, the team moved again. La Gantoise fell back to the Second Division and it was not until 1936 it managed to win the promotion play-offs and return to the First Division.
In the mid-fifties, the team played their strongest football yet. In 1953–54 it ended third with an equal total of points as KFC Malinois and only one point behind the champions Anderlecht; the next season, La Gantoise was alone on the second spot, this time with three points less than the champions. In 1964 it won the Belgian Cup, the first major tournament victory for the team; because of their cup win, it became the first Belgian team to participate in the newly founded UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. La Gantoise was defeated in the first round by West Ham United. In 1967, the club relegated once more, after three decades of playing in the First Division, it did, only take them one year to clinch promotion again. In 1971, the name of the team was translated into Flemish, as it became "Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent"; the 1970–71 season was the start of a bad decade for Ghent. They were relegated to the Second Division six games before the season's ending, after the defeat to Club Brugge. In 1974, they relegated to the Third Divi
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
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Dalian Yifang and the Belgium national team. He began his career with Monaco, where he scored 20 goals in 105 professional games, winning Ligue 2 in his first season and finishing runner-up in Ligue 1 in the second. In 2015, he joined Atlético Madrid for a reported €20 million, scoring in the final as they were runners-up in the UEFA Champions League. Carrasco made his international debut in March 2015, he was part of their squad that came third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Carrasco was born in Vilvoorde to Spanish mother, his father abandoned Yannick, leaving Carmen, to raise him and his brother Mylan. He has two younger half-siblings and Celia. In 2017 Carrasco married former Miss Belgium Noémie Happart. Carrasco joined Monaco from Belgian club Genk in 2010, he made his professional debut on 30 July 2012 in the opening game of the Ligue 2 season against Tours, opening a 4–0 victory at the Stade Louis II via a free kick.
On 13 April 2013, he scored both goals of a 2–0 league victory over Auxerre. In his debut campaign with the club, he appeared in 27 games and scored 6 goals as Monaco won promotion back to Ligue 1, his first top-flight goal came on 5 October 2013 against Saint-Étienne, converting a James Rodríguez cross and helping Monaco to a 2–1 victory. He scored twice in the opening 10 minutes fifteen days as Monaco drew 2–2 away to Sochaux. On 25 February 2015, he scored the last goal of Monaco's 3–1 away win at Arsenal in the last 16 first leg of the UEFA Champions League, after replacing Dimitar Berbatov in the 75th minute. On 10 July 2015, Atlético Madrid announced the signing of Carrasco on a five-year deal for a reported fee of €20 million. On 18 October, he scored his first goal for Atletico in a 2–0 away victory over Real Sociedad. On 28 May 2016, as a half-time replacement for Augusto Fernández in the Champions League Final at the San Siro, Carrasco scored Atlético's 79th-minute equaliser against Real Madrid in the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final.
He was the first Belgian to score in a European Cup final. On 15 October 2016, he scored his first professional hat-trick in a 7–1 rout of Granada CF. On 26 February 2018, along with teammate Nicolás Gaitán, Carrasco moved to Chinese Super League newcomers Dalian Yifang, a club owned by Atléti's partial owner Wanda Group, he made his debut on 3 March in an 8–0 loss to Shanghai SIPG, scored his first goal in his fourth match for the club on 31 March, in a 1–1 away draw with Henan Jianye, ending his club's season-opening three-game losing streak. Carrasco made his senior international debut on 28 March 2015, as a 69th-minute substitute for Marouane Fellaini in a 5–0 win over Cyprus in UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, he was named in manager Marc Wilmots' squad for the final tournament. On 26 June, in the last 16 in Toulouse, he scored his first international goal to conclude a 4–0 win over Hungary, after replacing Dries Mertens in the second half. Carrasco was included in the Belgian squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by manager Roberto Martínez.
He made his debut in the opening group stage victory over Panama and was deployed as an attacking left wing back in a 3–4–3 formation. As of match played on 11 November 2018 As of 7 September 2018 Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first. Monaco Ligue 2: 2012–13Belgium FIFA World Cup third place: 2018 Player Profile at AS Monaco Yannick Carrasco at Soccerway Yannick Carrasco at National-Football-Teams.com Yannick Ferreira Carrasco at Topforward Belgium Stats at Belgian FA
John Collins (footballer, born 1968)
John Angus Paul Collins is a Scottish football player and coach. He played for Hibernian, Celtic, AS Monaco and Fulham in a 19-year career. Collins represented Scotland 58 times, scoring in the opening match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup against Brazil, he started his coaching career as manager of Hibernian, winning the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final, but resigned that year. He had a brief spell as manager of Charleroi in 2009. Collins was appointed director of football at Livingston in February 2012, but resigned a year later, he assisted Ronny Deila at Celtic for two years. Collins has worked in media coverage of football; as a youngster, Collins played both rugby union and football before turning his attention to football. At youth level, Collins played for Hutchison Vale between 1980 and 1984, captaining the side for four years, before signing as a professional with Hibernian. Collins played with the Hibees for six seasons, making his debut in 1985 aged 17, appearing 195 times and scoring 21 goals.
During his spell at Easter Road, he was named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year for 1988. Collins signed for Celtic in 1990, he played on the left side of midfield, scoring 55 goals in 273 appearances. In April 1994, Collins became the first professional footballer using Predator boots to score a goal in a top-level match: he scored the opening goal of a 1–1 draw at Ibrox against Rangers, direct from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box, he repeated that feat from the same position in the next Old Firm meeting at the same venue in August of the same year. During his time at Celtic, he won only one trophy; the compensation claim was not successful. Collins won the French championship in 1997 with Monaco, who reached the semi-final of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League, defeating Manchester United in the quarter-final before losing to Juventus. Collins moved to Everton in the summer of 1998 for £2 million, he captained Everton before submitting a transfer request in 2000. Collins joined Fulham, where he linked up with Jean Tigana, his manager at Monaco.
Collins helped Fulham gain promotion to the Premier League in 2001. He retired in 2003, having not played during the 2002–03 season. Coventry City offered to sign Collins on loan, but this offer was refused by Fulham because it did not cover his wages fully. In February 2014, Collins registered as a player with Gala Fairydean Rovers, a club who he had been ambassador for. Collins scored 12 goals for Scotland, he played for his country at Euro 1996 and the 1998 World Cup. Collins scored a goal in the opening match of that World Cup, with a penalty kick against Brazil, he retired from international football after the aggregate defeat in the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying play-offs by England in November 1999. After retiring from club football in 2003, Collins spent time in Monaco with his family, while obtaining coaching qualifications including the UEFA Pro Licence. On 31 October 2006, Collins was appointed as manager of Hibernian. Collins led Hibernian to their first national trophy in over 15 years, when they defeated Kilmarnock 5–1 in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final.
Despite the League Cup victory, Collins had a major dispute with his players just weeks later. A delegation of players met chairman Rod Petrie, where they complained about his training methods and match tactics; the players soon backed down and captain Rob Jones offered a public apology to Collins on their behalf. On 20 December 2007, Collins resigned from Hibernian with immediate effect, citing a disagreement with the Hibs board about the budget to bring in new players, his decision was taken just one day. Collins had said in October 2007 that he had "no intention" of breaking his contract with Hibs, after turning down a possibility of becoming Queens Park Rangers manager. Lawrie Sanchez was sacked by Fulham the next day, which led to reports that Collins might move there. Collins distanced himself from this speculation, Roy Hodgson was appointed by Fulham a week later. Collins was interviewed by West Ham United in September 2008. On 15 December 2008, Collins was appointed as the manager of Belgian club Charleroi.
Collins was reunited with former Hibs striker Abdessalam Benjelloun, but Benjelloun was immediately returned to Hibs before being loaned to another Belgian club, Roeselare. Collins announced his departure from Charleroi after the club secured their First Division status near the end of the season. Collins was appointed director of football by Livingston in February 2012, he agreed to play for his old amateur club Gala Rovers in a friendly against a Livingston XI on 25 July 2012. He left the club on 28 February 2013, after Collins disagreed with a decision to remove Gareth Evans from first team coaching. In June 2014, Collins was appointed to the position of assistant manager at Celtic, he left the club at the same time as Deila. Collins has appeared on the Sky Sports coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Sportscene's coverage of Scotland games, he worked for CBC Sports during their coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first; as of 16 May 2009 Celtic Scottish Cup: 1995Monaco Ligue 1: 1997Fulham Football League Championship: 2000–01 UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2002 Hibernian Scot
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
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