|Date of birth||31 May 1979|
|Place of birth||Liège, Belgium|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Treviso (loan)||44||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:07, 8 June 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Standard Liège and Monza
He began his professional career in the youth system of Standard Liège and was called up to the first team at 17. In 1996 he made his debut in Belgian First Division and the following season he took to the field on another two occasions.
Bari and Treviso
His first season in the top flight, despite 20 appearances and great performance in goal, was marked by the prosecution for doping. After the match Bari-Reggina on 21 January, in fact, he became the first player in Italy to be indicted for testing positive for Nandrolone and was forced by the sports court to serve a four-month disqualification.
Over the next ten years he disputed 317 games with Bari in Serie A and Serie B, with the exception of a short loan with Treviso in 2003–04, due to some disagreements with the then coach Marco Tardelli.
On 13 March 2008 he renewed with the Galletti until 2011.
In 2007 Antonio Conte arrived at Bari, and Gillet, with his outstanding technical skills, proved the ideal goalkeeper for the tactics of the coach, acting as a sweeper. The team triumphed in the league, returning to the top flight after a seven year absence.
In 2009–10, his performances were confirmed again at the highest level, only conceding seven goals in the first 12 rounds; with the defensive pairing of Andrea Ranocchia and Leonardo Bonucci, they were among the teams in Europe with the least goals conceded.
On 18 March 2010 he renewed with Bari until 2014, and on 12 September 2010 in Napoli-Bari he officially became Bari's most-capped player after reaching 319 appearances for the jersey of the pugliesi, overcoming Bari legend Giovanni Loseto. For this reason, the mayor of Bari Michele Emiliano gave the Belgian goalkeeper the keys of the city as a sign of attachment to the club and the city. Even this season Gillet remained a formidable goalkeeper: saving two penalties from Francesco Totti, during the two matches between Bari and Roma, and one of Robert Acquafresca of Cagliari. At the end of the season, however, Bari relegated once again to Serie B.
In 2011, after Bari's relegation to Serie B, Gillet expressed his desire to finish out his career in Serie A and was transferred to Bologna in a deal worth €1.4 million. At his farewell press conference, Gillet tearfully bid farewell to his adopted home in Bari and their fans. In his first season at Bologna, Gillet immediately showed his goalkeeping abilities and was quickly taken to by the Bologna faithful. His 29 league appearances in goal helped Bologna finish 9th in the 2011–12 Serie A season, the club's best finish in a decade.
After a successful one-year spell at Bologna, on 5 July 2012, he moved to the newly promoted Torino on a three-year contract. In the granata jersey he was reunited with coach Giampiero Ventura, from his time at Bari.
On 6 June 2013 in the aftermath of the Bari match-fixing scandal, on 16 July 2013 he was disqualified for 3 years and 7 months due to the matches Bari and Treviso (11 May 2008) and the Salernitana-Bari (23 May 2009).
In August 2009, at the age of thirty, after a strong performance against Inter Milan for Bari, he was called up to the Belgian senior team in view of qualification for the 2010 World Cup against Spain and Armenia.
He debuted 5 September 2009 in Spain, parrying a David Villa penalty, before conceding 5 goals. He conceded 2 goals in the next game, which saw the Belgian team defeated in Armenia by 2 to 1. On November 14, he kept a clean sheet in a friendly against Hungary and again against Qatar.
Match fixing allegations
On 16 July 2013, Gillet received a forty-three-month ban from football following his role in suspected match fixing during his time at Bari. On appeal this ban was reduced to 13 months, with return scheduled for August 2014.
Statistics correct as of 12 May 2013.
|Season||Team||League||Domestic cup||Continental cup||Other cups||Total|
|Total Standard Liegi||3||-2||0||-0||-||-||-||-||3||-2|
- Serie B (1):
- Bari: 2008-09
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