Stijn De Smet

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Stijn De Smet
Corner Kick Stijn De Smet.jpg
Personal information
Full name Stijn Camiel De Smet
Date of birth (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Bruges, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Forward
Club information
Current team
Kortrijk
Number 7
Youth career
KSV Jabbeke
Cercle Brugge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Cercle Brugge 151 (30)
2009–2013 Gent 43 (7)
2011–2012 Westerlo (loan) 18 (0)
2012–2013 Waasland-Beveren (loan) 13 (4)
2013– Kortrijk 16 (4)
National team
2004 Belgium U19 3 (0)
2004–2008 Belgium U21 18 (3)
2008 Belgium 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:36, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

Stijn De Smet (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstɛi̯n də ˈsmɛt], born 27 March 1985 in Bruges) is a Belgian professional football player, who currently plays for K.V. Kortrijk.

Career[edit]

De Smet usually plays as an attacking midfielder or forward. He was discovered by Cercle Brugge (as well as their rivals Club Brugge) at the age of 12 while playing for his local team, KSV Jabbeke.

De Smet's big breakthrough came in the 2004–05 season, being in the starting line-up 19 times. The season before, De Smet had only appeared in six matches in total. He has plays for Cercle Brugge, where he is regarded as the most promising youth prospect and the best youth player at the team since Thomas Buffel. In December 2006, Stijn De Smet was invited for a trial at Blackburn Rovers, the partner team of Cercle. Sadly for De Smet, a knee injury caught in the match at Anderlecht forced him to stay in Belgium. On 17 July 2009 the 24 year old forward has left Cercle Brugge to sign a five-year deal for K.A.A. Gent. In this team, he won the Belgian Cup in 2010.

On 25 July 2011, De Smet signed a season-long loan deal with K.V.C. Westerlo.

International[edit]

Since the 2004–05 season, De Smet is being selected for the matches of the Belgian national under-21 team. He was also part of the squad that qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

De Smet was selected for Belgium for the first time for an unofficial friendly against Standard Liège, as a replacement for the injured Thomas Chatelle. De Smet played the last 10 minutes of the match. He was selected again for the friendly against Morocco, and was part of the starting XI.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Darko Pivaljević
Cercle Brugge top scorer
alongside Tom De Sutter and Oleg Iachtchouk

2008
Succeeded by
Oleg Iachtchouk

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