Gregory Mertens

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Gregory Mertens
Personal information
Full name Gregory Mertens
Date of birth (1991-02-02)2 February 1991
Place of birth Anderlecht, Belgium
Date of death 30 April 2015(2015-04-30) (aged 24)
Place of death Genk, Belgium
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2005 Anderlecht
2005–2006 Dilbeek Sport
2006–2010 Gent
2010–2011 Cercle Brugge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Cercle Brugge 73 (5)
2014–2015 Lokeren 28 (0)
Total 101 (5)
National team
2006 Belgium U16 1 (0)
2009–2010 Belgium U19 5 (1)
2011 Belgium U21 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gregory Mertens (2 February 1991 – 30 April 2015) was a Belgian professional football player. His usual position was central defender. He last played for Lokeren.


Mertens moved from the reserves of K.A.A. Gent to the first team of Cercle Brugge in the 2010–11 winter transfer window, at the recommendation of manager Bob Peeters, who had been his coach at the Gent reserves the previous season.

On 12 February 2011, Mertens made his senior debut for Cercle as an 89th-minute substitute for Hans Cornelis in a match against his former team R.S.C. Anderlecht. Cercle lost the match 1–0.

On 23 May 2013, he scored his first hat trick against WS Woluwe.[citation needed]


Mertens suffered a cardiac arrest during a reserve game for Lokeren against K.R.C. Genk on 27 April 2015. He was immediately taken to hospital where he was put in an artificially induced coma.[1] He died on 30 April 2015 at around 16:30. Lokeren declared that Mertens had passed all fitness tests set by UEFA, and therefore the cause of his cardiac arrest needed to be established.[2]

On the day after his death, Lokeren lined up for their play-off match against Westerlo in T-shirts bearing Mertens' name and squad number 4.[3]

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