Date of birth
15 August 1963
Place of birth
1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Club Brugge 433
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Daniel 'Dany' Verlinden (born 15 August 1963 in Aarschot, Flemish Brabant) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
Often referred to as
De Muur (The wall), he played most of his career at [1 ] Club Brugge, having played into his 40s.
Having arrived at
Club Brugge K.V. from Lierse S.K. in 1988, Verlinden gained first-choice status in his second year and, save for one season, never lost it again. He ranked the second most capped player for the club in the first division, trailing only Franky Van der Elst, and was instrumental in the side's five league conquests (with the addition of as many cups and nine supercups).
In December 2003, Verlinden became the oldest footballer ever to play in the
UEFA Champions League, aged 40 years and 116 days. Alessandro Costacurta of A.C. Milan took over the record on 21 November 2006, when the Italian played in a 0–1 group stage defeat at AEK Athens F.C. aged 40 years and 211 days. [2 ]
Verlinden, however, held the European record for longest time spent in goal without conceding, managing to keep a
clean sheet a total of 1,390 minutes in the Belgian league between 3 March and 26 September 1990. [2 ]
After his footballing career Verlinden remained with Club Brugge, as a goalkeeping coach. He played once for
Belgium, and was called up for the squad at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.
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