Johan Walem

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Johan Walem
Personal information
Full name Johan Walem
Date of birth (1972-02-01) 1 February 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Soignies, Belgium
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1986 Molenbeek
1986–1991 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1997 Anderlecht 180 (17)
1997–1999 Udinese 32 (5)
1999–2000 Parma 24 (1)
2000–2001 Udinese 14 (0)
2001–2003 Standard Liège 59 (4)
2003–2004 Torino 21 (2)
2004–2005 Catania 14 (0)
National team
1991–2002 Belgium 36 (2)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Anderlecht B
2010–2011 Udinese (youth)
2011–2012 Udinese B
2012–2015 Belgium U-21
2015–2016 Kortrijk
2016– Belgium U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Johan Walem (born 1 February 1972) is a Belgian football manager and former player, who currently manages the Belgium national under-21 football team; he previously worked as head coach of the Kortrijk. Walem was considered one of the best Belgian midfielders of his generation, but gained only a few caps (36) for the national team, scoring two goals.


Walem was born in Soignies, Belgium. His former clubs are Molenbeek (as a youngster), Anderlecht, Udinese, Parma (on loan), Standard Liège, Torino and Catania. At Udinese, he was nicknamed Il Geometra (The Geometer) as he was very precise in his passes. His partnership with German striker Oliver Bierhoff was also praised at that time. After he retired he has worked as TV consultant for Belgacom TV and as youth-coach at Udinese Calcio. Walem took over the job as head coach of the Belgium national under-21 football team after the 2011–12 season.




  • Belgian Young Professional Player of the Year: 1992


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