Wesley Sonck

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Wesley Sonck
Wesley Sonck.jpg
Sonck pictured in 2007
Personal information
Full name Wesley Sonck
Date of birth (1978-08-09) 9 August 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Ninove, Belgium
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Waasland-Beveren
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Molenbeek 33 (11)
1998–1999 Germinal Ekeren 32 (7)
1999–2000 Germinal Beerschot 28 (11)
2000–2003 Genk 93 (66)
2003–2005 Ajax 34 (10)
2005–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach 28 (6)
2007–2008 Club Brugge (loan) 21 (6)
2008–2010 Club Brugge 50 (21)
2010–2012 Lierse 32 (6)
2012–2013 Waasland-Beveren 16 (1)
2014– 2014 KE Appelterre-Eichem 9 (9)
National team
1996 Belgium U18 4 (1)
1997–1999 Belgium U21 11 (8)
2001–2010 Belgium 55 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:39, 15 January 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:03, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Wesley Sonck (born 9 August 1978) is a Belgian footballer who currently plays for KE Appelterre-Eichem after his contract with Belgian Pro League club Waasland-Beveren ended in the summer of 2013. Sonck is as a striker and has previously played for Molenbeek, Germinal Ekeren, Germinal Beerschot, Genk, Ajax, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Club Brugge. He has been capped by Belgium at international level. During his time with Genk, he was the top goalscorer in the Belgian First Division in the 2001–02 season with 30 goals, and joint top in the following campaign with 22 – sharing the award with Cédric Roussel.

Club career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

Sonck moved to Ajax in the summer of 2003, to replace departed striker Mido. He made his debut on the 12 August against Grazer AK. He scored his first goal for the club 13 September against RKC Waalwijk. Sonck never really made it in Amsterdam, partly because he was playing on the right wing a lot under coach Ronald Koeman. He moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the winter of 2004.

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

His game with Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga was hampered by injuries. Mönchengladbach then signed him on a permanent contract, a deal initially arranged already at the start of his loan. In the summer of 2005 Sonck had three of his ribs broken after a horrific tackle by Wilfred Bouma in a goalless, meaningless friendly between Borussia Mönchengladbach & PSV Eindhoven. Sonck took six months to recover, marking his return to competitive football with a goal in a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich. He scored three more in 13 further Bundesliga games for Mönchengladbach until he was forced out for three months with an injury in the hollow of his knee at the start of the season of 2006-2007.

Back to Belgium[edit]

He left Gladbach at the end of the 2006-07 season, joining Club Brugge on a year long loan deal while Borussia Mönchengladbach began playing in the second tier of the Bundesliga. Following the 2007-08 season, Sonck joined Brugge permanently for an undisclosed fee. At the end of the 2009/10 season, Sonck left Brugge to join Lierse S.K. on a free transfer having fallen out with manager Adrie Koster over contract negotiations and lack of first team action. Amongst his first goals for the club was an excellent overhead kick. Sonck was released in the summer of 2012 and spent a few months unemployed before joining newly promoted Waasland-Beveren near the end of October 2012.

International career[edit]

Sonck was called for the national team during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In the match versus Spain he scored Belgium's only goal in that match, thus ending Casillas and Reina's undefeated streak of 710 minutes.

Wesley Sonck: International Goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 1 – 4 Won 2002 World Cup Qualification
2 27 March 2002 Olympic Stadium, Athens  Greece 3 – 2 Lost Friendly
3 14 June 2002 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukoroi  Russia 3 – 2 Won 2002 World Cup
4 21 August 2002 Florian Kryger Stadium, Szczecin  Poland 1 – 1 Drawn Friendly
5 12 October 2002 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Aixovall  Andorra 0 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
6 16 October 2002 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
7 12 February 2003 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba  Algeria 1 – 3 Won Friendly
8 30 April 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Poland 2 – 1 Won Friendly
9 11 June 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Andorra 3 – 0 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
10 20 August 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Netherlands 1 – 1 Drawn Friendly
11 10 September 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Croatia 2 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
12 10 September 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Croatia 2 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
13 28 April 2004 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Turkey 2 – 3 Lost Friendly
14 4 September 2004 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi  Lithuania 1 – 1 Drawn 2006 World Cup Qualification
15 24 May 2006 Cristal Arena, Genk  Turkey 3 – 3 Drawn Friendly
16 17 October 2007 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Armenia 3 – 0 Won Euro 2008 Qualification
17 30 May 2008 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence  Italy 3 – 1 Lost Friendly
18 6 September 2008 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège  Estonia 3 – 2 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
19 6 September 2008 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège  Estonia 3 – 2 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
20 10 September 2008 Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul  Turkey 1 – 1 Drawn 2010 World Cup Qualification
21 11 October 2008 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Armenia 2 – 0 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
22 15 October 2008 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels  Spain 1 – 2 Lost 2010 World Cup Qualification
23 28 March 2009 Cristal Arena, Genk  Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 – 4 Lost 2010 World Cup Qualification
24 17 November 2009 Stade Louis Dugauguez, Sedan  Qatar 0 – 2 Won Friendly

Statistics[edit]

[2]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997/98 Molenbeek First Division 33 11
1998/99 Germinal Ekeren First Division 32 7
1999/00 Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen First Division 28 11
2000/01 Genk First Division 32 13
2001/02 32 30
2002/03 29 23
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Ajax Eredivisie 25 9
2004/05 9 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2004/05 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 7 2
2005/06 14 4
2006/07 7 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007/08 Brugge First Division 21 6
2008/09 28 14
2009/10 22 7
2010/11 Lierse First Division 14 4
Country Belgium 257 122
Netherlands 34 10
Germany 28 6
Total 319 138
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 7 1
2002 13 5
2003 8 6
2004 6 2
2005 0 0
2006 3 1
2007 2 1
2008 8 6
2009 7 2
2010 1 0
Total 55 24

Honours[edit]

Belgium K.R.C. Genk

Netherlands AFC Ajax

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wesley Sonck". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Wesley Sonck at National-Football-Teams.com

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