François Van der Elst

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François Van der Elst
François Van der Elst.jpg
Van der Elst in 1977
Personal information
Full name François Van der Elst
Date of birth (1954-12-01) 1 December 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Opwijk, Belgium
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1965–1969 VCE Mazenzele
1969–1971 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1980 Anderlecht 243 (82)
1980–1981 New York Cosmos 43 (12)
1981–1983 West Ham United 62 (14)
1983–1986 Lokeren 57 (12)
Total 405 (120)
National team
1973–1983 Belgium 44 (14)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

François Van der Elst (born 1 December 1954 in Opwijk) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a right winger.

His younger brother, Leo, was also a professional footballer. Both were Belgian internationals.

Club career[edit]

From 1969 to 1980 Van der Elst played for R.S.C. Anderlecht, with which he would go on to total 82 Belgian Pro League goals, surpassing 100 overall. In 1976 he was part of the 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup-winning squad, netting twice in the final against West Ham United (4–2) and, in the following season's league, was crowned the competition's top scorer at 21 goals, as the Brussels side finished in second position.

In January 1982, after a brief United States spell with the New York Cosmos, Van der Elst signed with West Ham United for £400,000, proceeding to score 17 times in 70 overall appearances.[1] He finished his career back home, with K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen.

International career[edit]

Van der Elst gained 44 caps and netted 14 goals for Belgium, helping the nation to the second place in the UEFA Euro 1980 tournament.

He was part of the squad that competed at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, playing the second half of the 0–3 loss to Poland for the second group stage, in Barcelona.




  1. ^ "Francois Van der Elst". West Ham Stats. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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