Lorenzo Staelens

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Lorenzo Staelens
Personal information
Full name Lorenzo Jules Staelens
Date of birth (1964-04-30) 30 April 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Lauwe, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Sweeper / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
unemployed
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 KWSC Lauwe
1987–1989 Kortrijk 64 (11)
1989–1998 Club Brugge 286 (75)
1998–2000 Anderlecht 67 (10)
2001 Oita Trinita 26 (2)
National team
1990–2000 Belgium 70 (8)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Mouscron
2004 Eendracht Aalst
2007–2008 Roeselare (assistant)
2008–2013 Cercle Brugge (assistant)
2013–2014 Cercle Brugge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lorenzo Jules Staelens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈloː.rɛn.zo ˈstaː.ləns]) (born 30 April 1964 in Lauwe) is a retired Belgian footballer and currently unemployed manager after being released in October 2014 by Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge.

Having started his career as a defensive midfielder, he finished it as sweeper at nearly 40, and scored more than 100 goals overall.

Staelens appeared for the Belgian national team in three World Cups, adding the Euro 2000 tournament played on home soil.

Club career[edit]

Staelens started his professional career with K.V. Kortrijk at already 23, and his two solid seasons there attracted the attention of top division giants Club Brugge KV.

There, he proceeded to form a legendary midfield partnership with Franky Van der Elst, that would last nearly a decade. Staelens played 369 games in all competitions for the club, scoring 105 goals.

At already 34, and more often than not playing in the backline, he moved to R.S.C. Anderlecht, still being instrumental in the club's back-to-back championships (2000 and 2001), and winning the Belgian Golden Shoe in 1999; however, he did not finish his last year, moving to Japan's Oita Trinita in early 2001 and retiring shortly after.

Staelens took up coaching subsequently, first with R.E. Mouscron. After only two months at V.C. Eendracht Aalst, he returned to first club Kortrijk as its general manager, only returning to the benches in 2007, as assistant coach at K.S.V. Roeselare.

Staelens kept that role in the subsequent years, with the other team from Bruges, Cercle KSV.

International career[edit]

As an inexperienced international player, Staelens was selected to Belgium's squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup; there, he appeared in the 1–2 group stage match against Spain.

From then on, Staelens became an essential national team member, representing it also at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and in UEFA Euro 2000, totalling a further 10 complete matches.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Belgium League
1987/88 Kortrijk Belgian Pro League 32 4
1988/89 32 7
1989/90 Brugge Belgian Pro League 34 4
1990/91 33 4
1991/92 31 5
1992/93 34 7
1993/94 33 12
1994/95 34 16
1995/96 30 12
1996/97 31 8
1997/98 26 6
1998/99 Anderlecht Belgian Pro League 24 6
1999/00 29 1
2000/01 14 3
Japan League
2001 Oita Trinita J. League 2 26 2
Country Belgium 417 95
Japan 26 2
Total 443 97

International[edit]

Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 3 0
1991 3 0
1992 4 1
1993 6 0
1994 11 0
1995 8 0
1996 3 0
1997 6 5
1998 8 0
1999 11 1
2000 7 1
Total 70 8

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lorenzo StaelensFIFA competition record

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