Marc Degryse

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Marc Degryse
Personal information
Full name Marc Gabriel Degryse
Date of birth (1965-09-04) 4 September 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Roeselare, Belgium
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
VC Ardooie
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1989 Club Brugge 179 (95)
1989–1995 Anderlecht 170 (66)
1995–1996 Sheffield Wednesday 34 (8)
1996–1998 PSV 31 (4)
1998–1999 Gent 29 (10)
1999–2002 Germinal Beerschot 97 (27)
Total 542 (211)
National team
1981 Belgium U16 10 (2)
1981 Belgium U17 3 (0)
1982–1984 Belgium U18 9 (2)
1983–1984 Belgium U19 7 (6)
1985–1987 Belgium U21 4 (0)
1984–1996 Belgium 63 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marc Gabriel Degryse (born 4 September 1965), nicknamed Le Lutin d'Ardooie ("The Imp of Ardooie") and The Little One,[1] is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a forward.

In a 19-year old professional career he played mainly for Club Brugge and Anderlecht (six seasons apiece), making his senior debuts at 17 and scoring nearly 200 official goals both clubs combined to win a total of ten major titles. He also competed briefly in England for Sheffield Wednesday.

A Belgian international for 12 years, Degryse represented the nation in two World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Degryse played with equal success in the Belgian Pro League with giants Club Brugge KV and R.S.C. Anderlecht, moving to the latter in 1989 for a then-record 2.25 million[1] and proceeding to win five national championships combined, three in a row.

He moved for £1.5 million to Sheffield Wednesday in the 1995 summer, but left after just one season as an important unit in helping the English club's eventual escape from relegation, after a 15th-place finish. During his time in South Yorkshire, he and teammate Orlando Trustfull had a cameo role in Sheffield-based film The Full Monty, but the scenes did not make the final cut.

In the following two campaigns Degryse played in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven, where he often struggled with injuries. He retired in 2002 at the age of nearly 37, after spells back in his country with K.A.A. Gent and K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot, having played 542 professional matches and scored 211 goals.

Degryse returned to Club Brugge as a technical director the following year,[2][3] before he eventually resigned due to bad results in late January 2007, alongside longtime former teammate, coach Franky Van der Elst.

International career[edit]

On the international level, Degryse played 63 matches with the Belgian national team and scored 23 goals. He was summoned for the squads at two FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994, netting twice in seven games.[4]

Degryse's debut came just one day after his 19th birthday, in a friendly with Argentina.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Degryse leaves his Marc; UEFA.com, 17 May 2002
  2. ^ Clément in his element; UEFA.com, 4 February 2005
  3. ^ Tottenham look to African future; BBC Sport, 19 December 2006
  4. ^ Marc DegryseFIFA competition record

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