Julien Cools

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Julien Cools
Personal information
Full name Julien Cools
Date of birth (1947-02-13) 13 February 1947 (age 71)
Place of birth Retie, Belgium
Playing position Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1973 Beringen FC 102 (7)
1973–1979 Club Brugge KV 201 (34)
1979–1981 Beerschot VAC 59 (7)
1981–1983 KFC Dessel 46 (6)
1984–1986 KVC Westerlo 12 (1)
National team
1974–1980 Belgium 35 (2)
Teams managed
2008– Brunei (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Julien Cools (born 13 February 1947) was a Belgian football player who won the Belgian Golden Shoe in 1977 while at Club Brugge. Discovered as a junior at SK Retie Branddonk of Antwerp and made his name with Beringen FC. Signed by FC Bruges in 1973 where his reputation for non-stop running in the midfield made him an international regular. Helped FC Bruges to the Belgian league titles in 1975-76,76-77 and 77-78 plus the Belgian Cup in 1977. In Europe Cools was a runner-up in the 1976 U.E.F.A.Cup Final and 1978 European Cup Final, Bruges losing both finals to Liverpool. Rated by World Soccer Magazine as Bruges` best player in that 1978 Final. At 32 Cools left Bruges to join Beerschot where he enjoyed a new lease of life, becoming Captain of the national team. At the 1980 European Championship in Italy Cools played in all four of Belgium's games including the Final where they lost to West Germany. He was capped 35 times and scored two goals for the Belgian national team.[1]

In April 2008, he accepted an offer to become the Assistant coach of the Brunei national football team.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Belgium - Record International Players". RSSSF.