Michel Preud'homme

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Michel Preud'homme
Michel Preud'homme.JPG
Preud'homme in 2008
Personal information
Full name Michel Georges Jean
Ghislain Preud’Homme
Date of birth (1959-01-24) 24 January 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Ougree, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge (manager)
Youth career
1969–1977 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1986 Standard Liège 240 (0)
1986–1994 Mechelen 263 (0)
1994–1999 Benfica 147 (0)
Total 650 (0)
National team
1979–1994 Belgium 58 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Standard Liège
2006–2008 Standard Liège
2008–2010 K.A.A. Gent
2010–2011 Twente
2011–2013 Al-Shabab
2013– Club Brugge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud’Homme[1] (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.[2]

Club career[edit]

Standard Liège[edit]

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.

Mechelen[edit]

Preud'homme went to KV Mechelen in 1986.

Benfica[edit]

Preud'homme moved to Benfica in 1994, becoming the first foreign goalkeeper in Benfica history. He made his debut on 21 August, against Beira-Mar.

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.

International career[edit]

Preud'homme made his senior debut on 2 May 1979 in a 0–0 draw with Austria in a UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying match.[3]

Preud'homme served as third keeper behind Jean-Marie Pfaff and Theo Custers in the UEFA Euro 1980 as Belgium lost in the final against Germany.

He represented the nation in two consecutive FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994 – his last competition, where he was awarded with the Yashin Award for best goalkeeper.

He made his final appearance for Belgium on 17 December 1994 in 1–4 loss against Spain, in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match.

Managerial career[edit]

Standard Liège[edit]

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 its first Belgian Championship in 25 years in his second spell,[4] and it therefore came as a surprise when he was appointed manager of Gent for the 2008–09 season.[5]

Gent[edit]

Preud'homme moved to K.A.A. Gent on 27 May 2008. In the period he was coach, Gent finished second in the Jupiler Pro League and won the Belgian Cup.

Twente[edit]

On 23 May 2010, it was confirmed that Preud'homme would replace Steve McClaren as the head coach of FC Twente.[6]

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.

On 8 May 2011, Twente defeated Ajax 3–2 after extra time in the KNVB Cup final held at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Al-Shabab Riyadh[edit]

On 13 June 2011 FC Twente confirmed on its website Preud'homme's departure to Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab Riyadh.[1] 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 6 years since they had won it for the last time. Shabab finishing the league undefeated, with 19 victories and 7 draws.[7]

On 10 May, the manager was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2016.[8] On September 18, 2013 Preud'homme and Al-Shabab agreed to part ways, allowing him to sign for Club Brugge one day later.[9]

Club Brugge[edit]

After Juan Carlos Garrido was fired, Preud'homme was appointed head coach of Club Brugge on September 19, 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps G A Apps G A Apps G A Apps G A
Standard Liège 1977–78 32
1978–79 34
1979–80 34
1980–81 34
1981–82 33
1982–83 34
1983–84 27
1984–85 5
1985–86 7
Total 240
Mechelen 1986–87 34
1987–88 30
1988–89 34
1989–90 34
1990–91 34
1991–92 34
1992–93 33
1993–94 30
Total 263
Benfica 1994–95 31 28 8 8 47 41
1995–96 33 23 6 2 6 11 45 36
1996–97 34 30 6 5 6 8 471 481
1997–98 28 21 1 0 33 28
1998–99 21 21 7 12 27 30
Total 147 123 24 21 28 39 199 183
Career total 650

1 includes 1 match and 5 goals in Portuguese Supercup.

International[edit]

National
Team
Year Friendlies World Cup European Championships Total
Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA
Belgium 1979 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1981 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
1987 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2
1988 4 7 1 0 0 0 5 7
1989 2 0 6 5 0 0 8 5
1990 6 7 4 4 1 3 11 14
1991 2 0 0 0 5 3 7 3
1992 2 5 5 1 0 0 7 6
1993 1 1 4 4 0 0 5 5
1994 3 2 4 4 3 5 10 11
Total 20 22 26 21 12 13 58 56

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 December 2014.
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
Standard Liège January 2001 June 2002 Belgian First Division 54 22 21 11 40.74 91 66 +25
Europe 6 3 1 2 50.00 10 7 +3
Total 60 25 22 13 41.67 101 73 +28
Standard Liège August 2006 26 May 2008 Belgian First Division 64 41 16 7 64.06 119 51 +68
Belgian Cup 13 9 1 3 69.23 31 13 +18
Europe 6 2 1 3 33.33 5 8 –3
Total 83 52 18 13 62.65 155 72 +83
Gent 27 May 2008 23 May 2010 Belgian Pro League 72 35 19 18 48.61 136 85 +51
Belgian Cup 11 9 1 1 81.82 21 7 +14
Europe 4 1 0 3 25.00 4 12 –8
Total 87 45 20 22 51.72 161 104 +57
Twente 1 July 2010 1 July 2011 Eredivisie 34 21 8 5 61.76 65 34 +31
KNVB Cup 6 4 2 0 66.67 15 5 +10
Europe 12 3 4 5 25.00 18 23 –5
Other[nb 1] 1 1 0 0 100.000 1 0 +1
Total 53 29 14 10 54.72 99 62 +37
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
Asia 10 6 3 1 60.00 15 9 +6
Total 75 48 15 12 64.00 140 82 +58
Club Brugge 19 September 2013 Present Belgian Pro League 52 29 13 10 55.77 100 53 +47
Belgian Cup 5 3 1 1 60.00 10 2 +8
Europe 10 7 3 0 70.00 18 3 +15
Total 67 39 17 11 58.21 128 58 +70
Career totals League 331 186 89 56 56.19 621 347 +274
Cup 45 29 5 11 64.44 92 42 +50
Europe 38 16 9 13 42.11 55 53 +2
Asia 10 6 3 1 60.00 15 9 +6
Other 1 1 0 0 100.000 1 0 +1
Total 425 238 106 81 56.00 784 451 +333

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Standard Liège
Mechelen
Benfica

Individual[edit]

Manager[edit]

Standard Liège
Gent
Twente
Al-Shabab Riyadh

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michel Preud'homme". 16 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Michel PreudhommeFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Austria - Belgium, Footballdatabase.eu, Retrieved 26 May 2013
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Preud'homme to coach Ghent". FIFA. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.football-transfers.co.uk/football-rumours/fc-twente-appoint-michel-preudhomme-as-new-coach
  7. ^ "Al-Shabab crowned Saudi champions". arabnews. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  8. ^ "Preud'homme prolonge à Al-Shabab". footgoal. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Preud'homme:"Work hard to make fans happy"". footgoal. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-22.