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Gert Verheyen

Gert Verheyen
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-09-20) 20 September 1970
Place of birth Hoogstraten, Belgium
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Belgium U19 (coach)
Youth career
1978–1986 Hoogstraten VV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Lierse 39 (10)
1988–1992 Anderlecht 64 (3)
1992–2006 Club Brugge 415 (155)
Total 518 (168)
National team
1994–2002 Belgium 50 (10)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Club Brugge (youth)
2013– Belgium U19

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gert Verheyen (Dutch pronunciation: ; born 20 September 1970) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a forward, and the current manager of the Belgian under-19 team.

In a 20-year professional career, he was mainly associated with Anderlecht and Club Brugge (especially the latter), scoring over 200 official goals for both clubs combined; he was known to have rather few technical skills, relying on a hard-working approach.[1]

Verheyen represented Belgium in two World Cups and one European Championship.

Club career

Born in Hoogstraten, Antwerp, Verheyen started playing professionally with Lierse SK, scoring 10 Belgian Second Division goals in his two season-spell, as he was not yet aged 18. In the 1988 summer he moved to R.S.C. Anderlecht, where he did not have a good scoring record, also appearing rarely in his first two years.[2]

In 1992 Verheyen signed with Club Brugge KV, where he would remain for the next 14 years, rarely missing a game and netting in double digits in ten of those campaigns, with the side collecting four leagues and two cups. In October 2000 he was expected to move to England with Ipswich Town,[3] but the deal eventually fell through.[4]

After more than 500 overall appearances for Brugge (with 195 goals), Verheyen retired on 5 May 2006,[5] becoming a reserve team trainer at the club in 2006–07 and quitting football subsequently at the season's end.

International career

Verheyen gained exactly 50 caps for the Belgium national team during eight years, scoring 10 times. He was selected for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA Euro 2000, the latter played on home soil.

Verheyen's was controversially sent off at the 1998 World Cup in France as the nation led 2–0 against Mexico. The foul resulted in a penalty and the match ended a 2–2 draw;[6][7] despite the incident, he continued to be a regular in the next few years.

Honours

  • Belgian League: 1990–91, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • Belgian Cup: 1988–89, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04; Runner-up 1997–98, 2004–05
  • Belgian Supercup: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Runner-up 1988, 1989, 1995

References

  1. ^ Euro 2000 profile; BBC Sport
  2. ^ 'Big Gert' comes of age; BBC Sport, 3 June 2002
  3. ^ Ipswich set to sign Verheyen; BBC Sport, 3 October 2000
  4. ^ Ipswich ditch Verheyen deal; BBC Sport, 5 October 2000
  5. ^ Gert Verheyen quitte le Club Brugeois (Verheyen quits Club Brugge); Brugges official website (French)
  6. ^
  7. ^ Gert Verheyen – FIFA competition record

External links

  • Club Brugge archives (Dutch)
  • Gert Verheyen at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Official fansite (Dutch)
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