Fernand Goyvaerts

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Fernand Goyvaerts
Personal information
Full name Fernand August Goyvaerts Deyrdey
Date of birth (1938-10-24)24 October 1938
Place of birth Mechelen, Belgium
Date of death 5 April 2004(2004-04-05) (aged 65)
Place of death Bruges, Belgium
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Club Brugge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1962 Club Brugge 55 (20)
1962–1965 FC Barcelona 17 (1)
1965–1967 Real Madrid 3 (1)
1967–1968 Elche CF 18 (0)
1968–1971 OGC Nice
1971–1973 Cercle Brugge 42 (8)
1973–1974 SC Lokeren 13 (0)
1974–1976 WS Lauwe
1976–1977 RC Tournai
1977–1979 WS Lauwe
National team
1959–1961 Belgium 8 (1)
Teams managed
WS Lauwe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Fernand Goyvaerts (24 October 1938 – 5 April 2004) was a Belgian international footballer. He was an attacker.

Club career[edit]

He made his début for the first team of Club Brugge at the age of 16. In 1958, his penalty kick against CS Verviers was decisive for the promotion of Club to the highest level in Belgian football. He left Club Brugge in 1962 after a conflict with the Romanian coach Norberto Höfling. FC Barcelona paid 5 million Belgian franc for him. Two years later, he was voted best foreigner of the Primera División.

One year later, Goyvaerts left Barcelona for Real Madrid, making him the only Belgian still to have played for both Spanish giants.[1] Due to injuries, he was never really able to break through. He followed his coach Alfredo Di Stéfano to Elche CF.

In 1971, Goyvaerts returned to Belgium. He went from OGC Nice to Cercle Brugge. Goyvaerts would go on to play for SC Lokeren, WS Lauwe and RC Tournai.

International career[edit]

Though being one of the most talented Belgian footballers of his era, Goyvaerts only played 8 times for the Red Devils, his lone goal coming in a match against Netherlands. At the time, professional footballers were not allowed to play for the national team.

Retirement and death[edit]

After his footballing career, Goyvaerts worked as agent for several players. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage, aged only 65.


  1. ^ Profile & stats - Lokeren

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