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Louis Pilot

Louis Pilot
Personal information
Full name Louis Pilot
Date of birth (1940-11-11) 11 November 1940
Place of birth Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1953–1957 CS Fola Esch
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1961 CS Fola Esch
1961–1972 Standard Liège 264 (36)
1972–1975 Royal Antwerp FC 125 (8)
1975–1978 R. Jet Bruxelles
National team
1959–1971 Luxembourg 49 (7)
Teams managed
1978–1984 Luxembourg
1984–1985 Standard Liège
1985-1988 Etzella Ettelbruck
1990 Etzella Ettelbruck

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

† Appearances (goals)

Louis Pilot (born 11 November 1940 in Esch-sur-Alzette) is a former Luxembourgian football player and manager.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's jubilee, he was selected by the Luxembourg Football Federation as the country's Golden Player - the greatest player of the last 50 years.[1]


  • Playing career 1
  • Manager career 2
  • Honours (as a player) 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Pilot started his footballing career at his home town club CS Fola Esch, before signing for Belgian team Standard Liège at the age of 20. He went on to play 337 times for Standard, winning 4 Belgian league titles and 2 Belgian cups and then moved onto Royal Antwerp and Racing Jet. Pilot also represented the national team, winning 49 caps between 1959 and 1971, scoring seven goals in this time.[2] He played in 14 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[3]

He retired from playing football in 1978.

Manager career

Later that year, Pilot returned to Luxembourg and became the national team coach on April 12, leading his nation in this capacity until 1984, when he became the head coach at the club where he had enjoyed his most successful playing period, Standard Liège. He lasted only one season at Standard, before returning to Luxembourg and taking up similar roles at Etzella Ettelbruck[4] and FC Avenir Beggen, before assuming a less active role in football.

Honours (as a player)

1963, 1969, 1970,1971
1966, 1967
1966, 1970, 1971, 1972
1968, 1969


  1. ^ Golden Players take centre stage - UEFA
  2. ^ Appearances for Luxembourg National Team - RSSSF
  3. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
  4. ^

External links

  • Bio - (German)
  • Standard stats - Standard Liege
  • Luxembourg's Golden Player - UEFA
  • Louis Pilot at
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