François Demol

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François Demol
Personal information
Full name François Demol
Date of birth (1895-08-19)19 August 1895[1]
Place of birth Beersel, Belgium
Date of death 14 February 1966(1966-02-14) (aged 70)[1]
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1907–1914 Union Saint-Gilloise
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1927 Union Saint-Gilloise[2] 176 (19)
1927–1941 RC Tienen
National team
1924–1927[1] Belgium 19[3] (0)
Teams managed
1944-1946 Belgium[1]
1946-1947 RC Tienen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

François Demol (born 19 August 1895 in Beersel), nicknamed Protje, was a former Belgian international footballer and manager of Belgium.

Player career[edit]

Having starting his youth career in Union Saint-Gilloise, Demol played also for Union's first squad from 1914 on. In his first professional year, he would already lift the Belgian Cup. With the same team (in the meantime named Union Royale Saint-Gilloise), he also won the Belgian Championship for clubs nine years later. In 1927, he changed Union for Third Division team RC Tienen, with which he celebrated promotion to Second Division in 1931. His step from player to coach would be interrupted by the Second World War.

During his last years in First Division with Union Royale Saint-Gilloise, he also gathered 19 caps for the Belgium national football team.[3] He also got selected for the Belgian 1924 Olympic team, but did not play in Paris.

Managerial career[edit]

François Demol became a football manager in 1944 for Belgium. Under his supervision the national side won twice, drew twice and suffered four losses.[1] In 1946, Englishman Bill Gormlie became his successor as coach of Belgium. Just as for his player career, Demol's career as football manager ended up in Tienen; he would lead this team during only one year.

Player palmares[edit]

Union Saint-Gilloise
Winner (1): 1922–23
Winner (1): 1914
RC Tienen
Winner (1): 1931
Belgium national football team
  • 19 selections
  • Coupe Van den Abeele (friendly cup tournament between Belgium and the Netherlands in Belgium)[1]
Winner (1): 1927
Co-Winner (1): 1926


  1. ^ a b c d e f "François Demol - national football team player -". Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Francois Demol Steckbrief" (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Alle Rode Duivels" (in Dutch). Royal Belgian Football Association. Retrieved 17 September 2013.