Karel Geraerts

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Karel Geraerts
KAREL Geraerts Club Brugge.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Genk, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Club Brugge 9 (0)
2004Lokeren (loan) 16 (0)
2004–2007 Standard Liège 93 (16)
2007–2011 Club Brugge 119 (15)
2011–2014 Oud-Heverlee Leuven 78 (12)
2014–2016 Charleroi 32 (2)
National team
2005–2009 Belgium 20 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2015

Karel Geraerts (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaːrəl ˈɣeːraːrts]; born 5 January 1982 in Genk) is a former Belgian football player who last played for Charleroi in 2016 and after being without a club for half a year has announced his retirement in January 2017.[1]


Geraerts played for Club Brugge from 1998 to December 2003. In 2004 Club Brugge lent him to Lokeren where he scored his first goal in the Jupiler League. In the summer of 2004 he moved to Standard Liège. In June 2007 he went back to Bruges. As a youngster the midfielder played with C.S. Mechelen-aan-de-Maas and Racing Genk (from 1996 to 1998) before he moved to the youth team of Club Brugge. After the 2010-11 season, Geraerts was no longer part of the plans at Club Brugge and was told he could look for a new club, which resulted in him signing with newly promoted side Oud-Heverlee Leuven on the last day of the transfer period.[2] Geraerts' contract ended in 2014 and with Oud-Heverlee Leuven just being relegated, it was not renewed. This allowed him to move as a free agent player to Charleroi.

In 2005, Geraerts debuted for the Belgium national football team. In his first match in the starting line-up, on 12 October in and against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier, he scored the opening goal.

International goals[edit]


  1. ^ "Karel Geraerts hangt voetbalschoenen definitief aan de haak" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 4 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Geraerts:"I want to attain the level of my best years at Club Brugge."" (in Dutch). sporza.be. 1 August 2011.