Georges Leekens

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Georges Leekens
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Personal information
Date of birth (1949-05-18) 18 May 1949 (age 69)
Place of birth Meeuwen, Belgium
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1958–1969 Sporting Houthalen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1970 Dessel Sport
1970–1972 Crossing Club
1972–1981 Club Brugge
1981–1984 Sint Niklase
National team
1975–1978 Belgium 3 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1987 Cercle Brugge
1987–1988 Anderlecht
1988–1989 Kortrijk
1989–1991 Club Brugge
1991–1992 KV Mechelen
1992–1993 Trabzonspor
1993–1994 Cercle Brugge
1994–1995 Charleroi
1995–1997 Excelsior Mouscron
1997–1999 Belgium
1999–2001 Lokeren
2001–2002 Roda
2003 Algeria
2003–2004 Excelsior Mouscron
2004–2007 Gent
2007–2009 Lokeren
2009 Al Hilal
2009–2010 Kortrijk
2010–2012 Belgium
2012 Club Brugge
2014–2015 Tunisia
2015–2016 Lokeren
2016–2017 Algeria
2017–2018 Hungary
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Georges Leekens (born 18 May 1949) is a Belgian football manager.

Coaching career[edit]

Leekens was first selected as national coach after work at R.E. Mouscron. In his first spell as coach of the Belgium national football team he led it to the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals after a two-legged win against the Republic of Ireland in the qualifying play-off. He was sacked from his role as federal coach after a disappointing 3rd place in the World Cup group stage failed to qualify Belgium for the second round.

On 29 May 2009 he signed a three-year deal with Kortrijk.

On 11 May 2010 Leekens signed a contract until 2012 to take over the Belgium national team for the second time.[1] As a consequence he had to resign from his coaching role at K.V. Kortrijk.

On 12 April 2011 it was announced that Leekens's contract had been extended to 2014 after some promising results in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.[2] On 13 May 2012 it was announced that Leekens will coach Club Brugge for a second time,[3] but he was fired a few months later after a series of successive defeats.[4]

In 2016, he coached the Algerian national football team, and he made the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. On 24 January 2017, he resigned being a coach after being eliminated in Group B stage.[5]

In February 2017 he was one of a number of managers on the shortlist for the vacant Rwanda national team manager role.[6]

In October 2017 it was announced, that Leekens will coach the Hungarian National Team. Due to three losses and one draw in four matches, which was one of the worst managerial achievements int the history of the team, he was fired in June 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Georges Leekens is the cousin of Louis Leekens, who was Belgian National Champion of gymnastics in 1966 and is currently leading the top sports school for gymnastics in Genk.


  1. ^ " - Georges Leekens: "Le surnom de Diable doit se mériter" (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ " - Georges Leekens prolonge jusque 2014 !". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Georges Leekens new Club Brugge T1". 13 May 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Club Brugge sacks Georges Leekens" (in Dutch). 2012-11-04. 
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  6. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (14 February 2017). "Samson Siasia and Winfried Schafer on Rwanda coach shortlist". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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