Leo Van der Elst
|Date of birth||7 January 1962|
|Place of birth||Opwijk, Belgium|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He amassed Belgian Pro League totals of 406 games and 67 goals over the course of 15 seasons, mainly in representation of Antwerp, Club Brugge and Genk. His older brother, François, was also a professional footballer, and both were Belgian internationals.
Van der Elst was born in Opwijk. During his career he played for Royal Antwerp FC, Club Brugge KV (where he often partnered namesake Franky, contributing with five goals in 30 games to the conquest of the 1987–88 national championship), FC Metz, RKC Waalwijk, R. Charleroi SC, K.R.C. Genk and V.C. Eendracht Aalst 2002, retiring in 1995 at 33; subsequently, he began a coaching career.
Van der Elst gained 13 caps for Belgium and was selected, alongside Franky, to the 1986 FIFA World Cup. There, in the quarterfinal clash against Spain, he scored the penalty shootout decider after the regulation 1–1.
- "1–1: Buenas noches, España" [1–1: Good night, Spain] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 1986. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- Club Brugge archives (Dutch)
- Leo Van der Elst at National-Football-Teams.com
- Leo Van der Elst – FIFA competition record
- Worldfootball profile