Filip De Wilde

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Filip de Wilde
Personal information
Full name Filip Alfons de Wilde
Date of birth (1964-07-05) 5 July 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Zele, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1973–1980 Eendracht Zele
1980–1982 Beveren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 Beveren 176 (0)
1987–1996 Anderlecht 245 (0)
1996–1998 Sporting CP 50 (0)
1998–2003 Anderlecht 124 (0)
2003 Sturm Graz 17 (0)
2004 Lokeren 17 (0)
2005 FC Geel
Total 629 (0)
National team
1989–2000 Belgium 33 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2012 Anderlecht (goalkeeping coach)
2012– Belgium U21 (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Filip Alfons de Wilde (born 5 July 1964) is a Belgian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

During a 23-year professional career he played mainly with Anderlecht, appearing in nearly 400 official games in two different spells.[1] He also competed in Portugal and Austria.

De Wilde represented Belgium for 11 years, playing for the country in three World Cups and Euro 2000.

Club career[edit]

De Wilde was born in Zele, East Flanders. At the age of nine he entered local Eendracht Zele's youth system, joining the famous K.S.K. Beveren goalkeeper school in 1980. He then signed for R.S.C. Anderlecht after five full seasons, where he became a legend; during his first stint he won four national championships, three Belgian Cups and two Supercups.

In 1996, de Wilde left Brussels and his country and joined Sporting Clube de Portugal but, after losing first-choice status to youngster Tiago, returned home to Anderlecht in April 1998, for the rest of that campaign and five more (being first-choice until his last year).

In January 2004, after a brief spell in Austria with SK Sturm Graz, de Wilde joined, at 39, K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, for his final two seasons as a professional. He did play however during two months (April–May 2005) for lowly K.F.C. Verbroedering Geel.

Upon retiring in June de Wilde immediately rejoined former side Anderlecht, as a goalkeeping coach.

International career[edit]

De Wilde was on squad for the Belgian national team in three FIFA World Cups: 1990, 1994 and 1998. He played the first of his 33 games with the Red Devils against Denmark in a 1989 friendly, coming on as a substitute for Gilbert Bodart at half-time.

In the first two World Cups, de Wilde acted as backup to legendary Michel Preud'homme but, after the latter's retirement he became first-choice, playing in the 1998 edition. His last international appearance was a sour one, as the match against Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2000 was lost by the hosts 0–2 and he was sent off with seven minutes to go (previously, he hesitated and lost the ball to opposing striker Hakan Şükür, who opened the scoresheet), as Belgium was eliminated in the first round.[2]

De Wilde begun working with the Belgian under-21s in 2012, still as a goalkeeper coach.





  • Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year: 1994, 2000


  1. ^ Anderlecht biography; at Purple Dynamite (in French)
  2. ^ "Rüştü and Şükür star as Belgium fall to Turkey". 6 October 2003. Retrieved 12 January 2016.

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