Preud'homme in 2008
|Full name||Michel Georges Jean
|Date of birth||24 January 1959|
|Place of birth||Ougree, Belgium|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Club Brugge (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud’Homme (born 24 January 1959), commonly known as Michel Preud'homme, is a Belgian football coach and retired goalkeeper. He is currently head coach of Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League.
He was considered one of the world's best goalkeepers during his career for his amazing saves, terrific reflexes and agility, and the first winner of the Yashin Award as the best goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup.
On club level, Preud'homme played for Standard Liège, Mechelen, and Benfica. With Mechelen, he won the Belgian Cup in 1987, the Cup Winner's Cup and the European Super Cup in 1988 and the Belgian league title in 1989. He also won the Portuguese Cup with Benfica in 1996. He retired as a player in 1999, aged 40. For Belgium, Preud'homme was capped 58 times, from 1979 to 1995. Other than the 1994 World Cup, he also played in the 1990 edition.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Managerial career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Managerial statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
Preud'homme is a product of Standard Liège's youth system which he joined 10 years old in 1969. He was first called up to the first team in 1977.
Preud'homme went to KV Mechelen in 1986.
On 18 May 1996, Michel won his first trophy in Portuguese football as Benfica defeated their rivals Sporting 3–1 in the Portuguese Cup final.
For his outstanding performances and almost impossible saves, he was nicknamed by Benfica fans "Saint Michel". On 10 August 1999, Preud'homme played his last match, an off season friendly against Bayern Munchen. After his retirement, at the age of 40, Preud'homme became Benfica's Director of International Relations.
After his professional football career, Michel Preud'homme stayed at Benfica to become technical director. In September 2000, he suggested the club to attract Jose Mourinho to become the head coach. At that time, Mourinho was just an interpreter at F.C. Barcelona. Preud'homme met Mourinho when he once visited Barcelona.
Preud'homme has been the head coach of Standard Liège twice, from January 2001 to June 2002 and from August 2006 to the end of the 2008 season. Under Preud'homme, Standard Liège won in 2008 its first Belgian Championship in 25 years, and it therefore came as a surprise when he was appointed manager of Gent for the 2008–09 season.
Preud'homme moved to K.A.A. Gent on 27 May 2008. With Gent he finished second in the Jupiler Pro League, this was their highest place ever (together with the 1954–1955 season). He also won the same year the Belgian Cup, it was the third time that Gent won that trophy.
On 23 May 2010, it was confirmed that Preud'homme would replace Steve McClaren as the head coach of FC Twente, despite the interest of FC Porto and AC Milan. On 31 July 2010, Preud'homme won his first trophy in Dutch football as Twente defeated Ajax 1–0 in the Johan Cruijff Schaal match. In the last competition match of the season, Twente lost to Ajax and that meant the Dutch title went to Amsterdam and Twente became runners-up. On 8 May 2011, Twente defeated Ajax 3–2 after extra time in the KNVB Cup final held at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.
On 13 June 2011 FC Twente confirmed on its website Preud'homme's departure to Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab Riyadh. By the end of the transfer window, Preud'homme brought Brazilian central midfielder Fernando Menegazzo and Uzbekistani midfielder Server Djeparov.
On 10 September 2011, Al-Shabab won 3–1 at Al-Faisaly in Preud'homme's first Saudi Professional League game as manager. On 14 April 2012, after a 1–1 draw against Al-Ahli, Al-Shabab clinched the Saudi Professional League title after six years since they had won it for the last time. Shabab finishing the league undefeated, with 19 victories and 7 draws.
On 10 May, the manager was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2016. On September 18, 2013 Preud'homme and Al-Shabab agreed to part ways, allowing him to sign for Club Brugge one day later.
After Juan Carlos Garrido was fired, Preud'homme was appointed head coach of Club Brugge on 19 September, 2013. Six days later, he made his debut in a 1–0 win against KSV Oudenaarde. At the end of the season, Preud'homme signed a new contract to remain as Club Brugge manager till 2019.
On 11 February 2015, Preud'homme reached his third Belgian Cup Final, after eliminating rivals Cercle Brugge 8–3 on aggregate. On 22 March 2015, he won that final against rivals Anderlecht. It was the first trophy for Club Brugge in eight years.
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|Apps||G A||Apps||G A||Apps||G A||Apps||G A||Apps||G A|
|Year||Friendlies||World Cup||European Championships||Total|
- As of 19 February 2015
|Standard Liège||January 2001||June 2002||Belgian First Division||54||22||21||11||40.74||91||66||+25|
|Standard Liège||August 2006||26 May 2008||Belgian First Division||64||41||16||7||64.06||119||51||+68|
|Gent||27 May 2008||23 May 2010||Belgian Pro League||72||35||19||18||48.61||136||85||+51|
|Twente||1 July 2010||1 July 2011||Eredivisie||34||21||8||5||61.76||65||34||+31|
|Al Shabab||13 June 2011||18 September 2013||Saudi Professional League||55||38||12||5||69.09||110||58||+52|
|King Cup of Champions||7||3||0||4||42.86||11||10||+1|
|Saudi Crown Prince Cup||3||1||0||2||33.33||4||5||–1|
|Club Brugge||19 September 2013||Present||Belgian Pro League||59||33||15||11||55.93||117||58||+59|
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- Standard Liège
- Belgian First Division: 1981–82, 1982–83
- Belgian Cup: 1980–81
- Belgian Supercup: 1981, 1983
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1981–82
- Belgian First Division: 1988–89
- Belgian Cup: 1986–87
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1987–88
- European Super Cup: 1988
- Belgian Supercup: Runner-up 1987
- Standard Liège
- Al-Shabab Riyadh
- Club Brugge
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 1987, 1989
- Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
- IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 1994
- UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year: 1994
- Yashin Award: 1994
- Includes Johan Cruijff Shield.
- "Michel Preud'homme". 16 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Michel Preudhomme – FIFA competition record
- Austria - Belgium, Footballdatabase.eu, Retrieved 26 May 2013
- Interview Michel Preud'homme with Berend Scholten on UEFA.com "Preud'homme's high Standard". Berend Scholten on UEFA.com. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
- "Preud'homme to coach Ghent". FIFA. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- "Al-Shabab crowned Saudi champions". arabnews. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- "Preud'homme prolonge à Al-Shabab". footgoal. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
- "Preud'homme:"Work hard to make fans happy"". footgoal. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- "Club Brugge fire Garrido, Enter Preud’homme". benefoot. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- "Michel Preud'homme at Club until 2019". Club Brugge. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2015.