Marc Wilmots

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Marc Wilmots
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Personal information
Full name Marc Robert Wilmots
Date of birth (1969-02-22) 22 February 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Dongelberg, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Belgium (manager)
Youth career
1980–1985 CS Jodoigne
1985–1987 Sint-Truiden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Sint-Truiden 30 (9)
1988–1991 Mechelen 87 (22)
1991–1996 Standard Liège 136 (67)
1996–2000 Schalke 04 104 (21)
2000–2001 Bordeaux 30 (8)
2001–2003 Schalke 04 34 (6)
Total 421 (133)
National team
1986–1987 Belgium U19 9 (3)
1987–1989 Belgium U21 9 (6)
1990–2002 Belgium 70 (28)
Teams managed
2003 Schalke 04 (interim)
2004–2005 Sint-Truiden
2009–2012 Belgium (assistant)
2012– Belgium
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marc Robert Wilmots (born 22 February 1969) is a former Belgian international footballer and the current manager of the Belgium national football team, since May 2012. He has also been a politician, having sat in the Senate for two years for the Mouvement Réformateur party. With 5 goals, he is Belgium's all-time top scorer at the FIFA World Cup. During his club career as attacking midfielder, he won trophies with KV Mechelen, Standard Liège and Schalke 04.

Club career[edit]

In his club career, which started in 1987, Wilmots played for Sint-Truiden, Mechelen, Standard Liège, Schalke 04, and Bordeaux. At Schalke, he helped them to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final. His goal in the first leg[1] was cancelled out by Internazionale in the second leg, but Schalke went on to win the game on penalties,[2] with Wilmots scoring the decisive goal. He retired in 2003, after his second stint with Schalke. During his time with Schalke, the fans there gave him the affectionate nickname "Das Kampfschwein" (The Warpig),[3] which has been picked up by some English language journalists.[4][5] In Belgium he is known under the nickname the Bull of Dongelberg, an allusion to his birthplace.[6]

International career[edit]

For Belgium, Wilmots scored 28 goals in 70 caps, his first coming in May 1990. He went to four World Cups, playing in three. After being an unused substitute in 1990, he went scoreless in 1994, but scored two goals in 1998 and three in 2002,[7] making him Belgium's leading goal scorer in World Cup history. He also scored a goal against Brazil in the last 16 match of the 2002 World Cup which was wrongly disallowed. The referee Peter Prendergast apologized for the error to him at half time.[8]

Wilmots also played in Euro 2000,[9] when Belgium co-hosted the tournament.[10]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.[11]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris  France 3–2 3–3 Friendly
2. 22 April 1992 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Cyprus 1–0 1–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
3. 3 June 1992 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 2–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
4. 3–0
5. 22 May 1993 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Faroe Islands 1–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
6. 3–0
7. 6 October 1993 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Gabon 1–1 2–1 Friendly
8. 2–1
9. 11 October 1997 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Wales 3–0 3–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
10. 25 March 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Norway 2–1 2–2 Friendly
11. 3 June 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Colombia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
12. 20 June 1998 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux  Mexico 1–0 2–2 1998 World Cup
13. 2–0
14. 18 August 1999 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges  Finland 2–3 3–4 Friendly
15. 4 September 1999 De Kuip, Rotterdam  Netherlands 4–3 5–5 Friendly
16. 13 November 1999 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce  Italy 2–1 3–1 Friendly
17. 3 June 2000 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 2–2 2–2 Friendly
18. 7 October 2000 Skonto Stadium, Riga  Latvia 1–0 4–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
19. 28 February 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  San Marino 7–0 10–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
20. 24 March 2001 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1–2 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifier
21. 2 June 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Latvia 1–0 3–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
22. 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 1–0 4–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
23. 4–1
24. 14 November 2001 Letna Stadium, Prague  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
25. 18 May 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis  France 2–1 2–1 Friendly
26. 4 June 2002 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Japan 1–0 2–2 2002 World Cup
27. 10 June 2002 Ōita Big Eye Stadium, Ōita  Tunisia 1–0 1–1 2002 World Cup
28. 14 June 2002 Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka  Russia 3–1 3–2 2002 World Cup

Managerial career[edit]

Wilmots became a football manager in summer 2004 for Sint-Truidense, but was sacked in February 2005. Between 2009 and 2012, he served as assistant manager of the Belgium national team under Dick Advocaat and later Georges Leekens.[12] On 15 May 2012, following the exit of Leekens, Wilmots assumed the Belgium reins on an interim basis before going onto become permanent coach, signing a contract until June 2014.

On 11 October 2013, Belgium qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13] Wilmots is credited with "not only giving the young group confidence in themselves as well as enjoying a close relationship with his players but also at the same time being capable of instilling discipline to the squad."[14]

Political career[edit]

After retiring as a footballer, Wilmots went into politics. He was elected to the Senate for the French-speaking liberal party, the Reformist Movement (Mouvement Réformateur or MR) in the 2003 federal election.[15] His political career is not considered very successful.[16] In 2005, he announced that he wanted to resign as a senator, a rather unconventional, and criticized constitutional move.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[18]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sint-Truiden 1987–88 30 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 31 9
Total 30 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 31 9
Mechelen 1988–89 30 4 0 0 0 0 6 2 36 6
1989–90 25 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 29 10
1990–91 32 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 34 8
Total 87 22 0 0 0 0 12 2 99 24
Standard Liège 1991–92 33 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 10
1992–93 25 22 0 0 0 0 6 2 31 24
1993–94 28 11 0 0 0 0 4 3 32 14
1994–95 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 10
1995–96 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 14
Total 136 67 0 0 0 0 10 5 146 72
Schalke 04 1996–97 29 6 2 1 0 0 11 5 42 12
1997–98 31 7 2 1 0 0 7 2 40 10
1998–99 12 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 15 2
1999–2000 32 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 7
Total 104 21 7 2 0 0 20 8 131 31
Bordeaux 2000–01 30 8 2 1 1 0 5 2 38 11
Total 30 8 2 1 1 0 5 2 38 11
Schalke 04 2001–02 24 6 6 0 0 0 3 0 33 6
2002–03 10 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 14 1
Total 34 6 7 0 0 0 6 1 47 7
Career total 421 133 16 3 1 0 54 18 492 154

International[edit]

[19]

Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 4 0
1991 6 0
1992 7 4
1993 3 4
1994 4 0
1995 0 0
1996 1 0
1997 3 1
1998 9 4
1999 6 3
2000 9 2
2001 9 6
2002 9 4
Total 70 28

Managerial[edit]

As of 16 November 2014.
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Schalke 04 26 March 2003 30 June 2003 Bundesliga 8 1 3 4 10 10 +0 12.50
Total 8 1 3 4 10 10 +0 12.50
Sint-Truiden 1 July 2004 20 February 2005 Belgian Pro League 20 5 5 10 23 35 -12 25.00
Belgian Cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 00.00
Total 22 5 6 11 25 38 -13 22.73
Belgium 15 May 2012 Present Competitive 18 13 4 1 31 8 +23 72.22
Friendlies 14 6 3 5 23 19 +4 42.86
Total 32 19 7 6 54 27 +27 59.38
Career totals League 28 6 8 14 33 45 -12 21.43
Cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 00.00
Competitive 18 13 4 1 31 8 +23 72.22
Friendlies 14 6 3 5 23 19 +4 42.86
Total 62 25 16 21 89 75 +14 40.32

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Mechelen
Standard Liège
Schalke 04

Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football: Schalke shock for Hodgson". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 8 May 1997. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Football: Ince and Hodgson suffer as Schalke lift Uefa Cup". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 22 May 1997. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Belgien-Coach Wilmots: "Ich wollte nie Nationaltrainer werden"". SpiegelOnline. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "England face a Belgium team rich in talent and hell-bent on victory". The Guardian. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Men In Blazers Wiki: Warpig". Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bakkerszoon vs. boerenzoon". De Standaard. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Marc Wilmots 2002 World Cup profile". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 17 May 2002. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wilmots tells of ref's apology". BBC Sport. 17 June 2002. 
  9. ^ "Marc Wilmots Euro 2000 profile". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "The host countries". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 May 2000. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Marc Wilmots – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Principeakkoord KBVB – Wilmots" (in Dutch). footbel.be. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "World Cup qualifiers: Romelu Lukaku sends Belgium to Brazil". BBC. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Noel, Benoît (11 October 2013). "Hazard and co help Wilmots prove critics wrong". AFP. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Marc Wilmots – MR" (in French). senaat.be. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
    "Marc Wilmots – MR" (in Dutch). senaat.be. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  16. ^ James Dart and Georgina Turner (21 September 2005). "Footballers pursuing political careers". football.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  17. ^ Edwin Jacobs (7 September 2005). "Willi das Kampfschwein – Belgian Senate: 0–0 ?". lawjustice.blogspot.com. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  18. ^ "Marc Wilmots L'Équipe profile". L'Équipe. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Marc Wilmots". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Wilmots verkozen tot Coach van het Jaar". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 22 December 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Rode Duivels zijn grote slokop op Sportgala" (in Dutch). Sporza. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.