Marc Wilmots

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Marc Wilmots
13980312001139636951013713150860 46238 PhotoT.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marc Robert Wilmots
Date of birth (1969-02-22) 22 February 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Jodoigne, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Iran (manager)
Youth career
1980–1985 CS Jodoigne
1985–1987 Sint-Truiden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Sint-Truiden 30 (9)
1988–1991 Mechelen 87 (22)
1991–1996 Standard Liège 136 (67)
1996–2000 Schalke 04 104 (21)
2000–2001 Bordeaux 30 (8)
2001–2003 Schalke 04 34 (6)
Total 421 (133)
National team
1986–1987 Belgium U19 9 (3)
1987–1989 Belgium U21 9 (6)
1990–2002 Belgium 70 (28)
Teams managed
2003 Schalke 04 (interim)
2004–2005 Sint-Truiden
2009–2012 Belgium (assistant)
2012–2016 Belgium
2017 Ivory Coast
2019– Iran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marc Robert Wilmots (born 22 February 1969) is a Belgian international former footballer who is currently the manager of the Iran national football team.[1] During his club career as attacking midfielder, he won trophies with KV Mechelen, Standard Liège and Schalke 04.

He has also been a politician, having sat in the Senate for four years for the Mouvement Réformateur party.[2]

Club career[edit]

In his club career, which started in 1987, Wilmots played for Sint-Truiden, Mechelen, Standard Liège, Schalke 04, and Bordeaux. At Schalke, he helped them to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final. His goal in the first leg[3] was cancelled out by Internazionale in the second leg, but Schalke went on to win the game on penalties,[4] with Wilmots scoring the decisive goal. He retired in 2003, after his second stint with Schalke. During his time with Schalke, the fans there gave him the affectionate nickname "Das Kampfschwein" (The War Pig),[5] which has been picked up by some English language journalists.[6] In Belgium he is known under the nickname the Bull of Dongelberg, an allusion to his birthplace.[7]

International career[edit]

For Belgium, Wilmots scored 28 goals in 70 caps, his first coming in May 1990. He went to four World Cups, playing in three. After being an unused substitute in 1990, he played 54 minutes in 1994 without scoring, but scored two goals in 1998 and three in 2002,[8] making him Belgium's leading goal scorer in World Cup history. He also scored a goal against Brazil in the last 16 match of the 2002 World Cup which was disallowed because of a "phantom foul" on Roque Júnior.[9] According to Wilmots, the referee Peter Prendergast apologized for the error to him at half time.[10] Wilmots was named as one of the seven reserves in the 2002 World Cup All-Star Team.[11]

Wilmots also played in Euro 2000,[12] when Belgium co-hosted the tournament.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Belgium's goal tally first.[14]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 March 1992 Parc des Princes, Paris  France 3–2 3–3 Friendly
2. 22 April 1992 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Cyprus 1–0 1–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
3. 3 June 1992 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 2–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
4. 3–0
5. 22 May 1993 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Faroe Islands 1–0 3–0 1994 World Cup qualifier
6. 3–0
7. 6 October 1993 Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels  Gabon 1–1 2–1 Friendly
8. 2–1
9. 11 October 1997 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Wales 3–0 3–2 1998 World Cup qualifier
10. 25 March 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Norway 2–1 2–2 Friendly
11. 3 June 1998 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Colombia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
12. 20 June 1998 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux  Mexico 1–0 2–2 1998 World Cup
13. 2–0
14. 18 August 1999 Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges  Finland 2–3 3–4 Friendly
15. 4 September 1999 De Kuip, Rotterdam  Netherlands 4–3 5–5 Friendly
16. 13 November 1999 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce  Italy 2–1 3–1 Friendly
17. 3 June 2000 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 2–2 2–2 Friendly
18. 7 October 2000 Skonto Stadium, Riga  Latvia 1–0 4–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
19. 28 February 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  San Marino 7–0 10–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
20. 24 March 2001 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Scotland 1–2 2–2 2002 World Cup qualifier
21. 2 June 2001 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Latvia 1–0 3–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
22. 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 1–0 4–1 2002 World Cup qualifier
23. 4–1
24. 14 November 2001 Letna Stadium, Prague  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
25. 18 May 2002 Stade de France, Saint-Denis  France 2–1 2–1 Friendly
26. 4 June 2002 Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama  Japan 1–0 2–2 2002 World Cup
27. 10 June 2002 Ōita Big Eye Stadium, Ōita  Tunisia 1–0 1–1 2002 World Cup
28. 14 June 2002 Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka  Russia 3–1 3–2 2002 World Cup

Managerial career[edit]

Wilmots became a football manager in summer 2004 for Sint-Truiden, but was sacked in February 2005. Between 2009 and 2012, he served as assistant manager of the Belgium national team under Dick Advocaat and later Georges Leekens.[15] On 15 May 2012, following the exit of Leekens, Wilmots assumed the Belgium reins on an interim basis before going onto become permanent coach, signing a contract until June 2014.

On 11 October 2013, Belgium qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[16] Wilmots is credited with "not only giving the young group confidence in themselves as well as enjoying a close relationship with his players but also at the same time being capable of instilling discipline to the squad."[17] During the group stage, Belgium topped the group with all three wins, before exiting the tournament at the quarter-final stage.

On 13 October 2015, Belgium won the group to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 in the last game of the stage against Israel.[18] After a disappointing European Championship, Wilmots was fired by the Royal Belgian Football Association on 15 July 2016.[19]

In March 2017 Wilmots was appointed as the manager of Ivory Coast national team.[20] However he was sacked from his position six months later after failing to qualify for the World Cup.[21]

On 15 May 2019, Wilmots agreed a three years contract to become the manager of the Iranian national team, after Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz left the team after eight years in charge following Iran's semifinal exit in the Asian Cup.[22][23] He officially signed his contract on 29 May, effective from 1 June 2019.

Political career[edit]

After retiring as a footballer, Wilmots went into politics. He was elected to the Senate for the French-speaking conservative party, the Reformist Movement (Mouvement Réformateur or MR) in the 2003 federal election.[24] His political career is not considered very successful.[25] In 2005, he announced that he wanted to resign as a senator, a rather unconventional and criticized constitutional move.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[27]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sint-Truiden 1987–88 30 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 31 9
Total 30 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 31 9
Mechelen 1988–89 30 4 0 0 0 0 6 2 36 6
1989–90 25 10 0 0 0 0 4 0 29 10
1990–91 32 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 34 8
Total 87 22 0 0 0 0 12 2 99 24
Standard Liège 1991–92 33 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 10
1992–93 25 22 0 0 0 0 6 2 31 24
1993–94 28 11 0 0 0 0 4 3 32 14
1994–95 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 10
1995–96 26 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 14
Total 136 67 0 0 0 0 10 5 146 72
Schalke 04 1996–97 29 6 2 1 0 0 11 5 42 12
1997–98 31 7 2 1 0 0 7 2 40 10
1998–99 12 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 15 2
1999–2000 32 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 7
Total 104 21 7 2 0 0 20 8 131 31
Bordeaux 2000–01 30 8 2 1 1 0 5 2 38 11
Total 30 8 2 1 1 0 5 2 38 11
Schalke 04 2001–02 24 6 6 0 0 0 3 0 33 6
2002–03 10 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 14 1
Total 34 6 7 0 0 0 6 1 47 7
Career total 421 133 16 3 1 0 54 18 492 154

International[edit]

[28]

Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
1990 4 0
1991 6 0
1992 7 4
1993 3 4
1994 4 0
1995 0 0
1996 1 0
1997 3 1
1998 9 4
1999 6 3
2000 9 2
2001 9 6
2002 9 4
Total 70 28

Managerial[edit]

As of match played 11 June 2019.
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Schalke 04 26 March 2003 30 June 2003 Bundesliga 8 1 3 4 10 10 +0 012.50
Total 8 1 3 4 10 10 +0 012.50
Sint-Truiden 1 July 2004 20 February 2005 Belgian Pro League 20 5 5 10 23 35 −12 025.00
Belgian Cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 000.00
Total 22 5 6 11 25 38 −13 022.73
Belgium 15 May 2012 15 July 2016 Competitive 30 22 4 4 57 17 +40 073.33
Friendlies 20 10 4 6 37 29 +8 050.00
Total 50 32 8 10 94 46 +48 064.00
Ivory Coast 21 March 2017 15 November 2017 Competitive 4 1 1 2 4 4 +0 025.00
Friendlies 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 000.00
Total 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 016.67
Iran 1 June 2019 Present Competitive 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Friendlies 2 1 1 0 6 1 +5 050.00
Total 2 1 1 0 6 1 +5 050.00
Career totals League 28 6 8 14 33 45 −12 021.43
Cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 000.00
Competitive 34 23 5 6 61 21 +40 067.65
Friendlies 24 11 6 7 44 36 +8 045.83
Total 88 40 20 28 138 105 +33 045.45

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Mechelen
Standard Liège
Schalke 04
Individual

Manager[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mark Wilmots named the head coach of the Iran national football team". farsnews.com (in Persian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Marc Wilmots - MR". senate.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Football: Schalke shock for Hodgson". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 8 May 1997. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Football: Ince and Hodgson suffer as Schalke lift Uefa Cup". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 22 May 1997. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Belgien-Coach Wilmots: "Ich wollte nie Nationaltrainer werden"". SpiegelOnline (in German). Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. ^ "England face a Belgium team rich in talent and hell-bent on victory". The Guardian. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Bakkerszoon vs. boerenzoon". De Standaard. 1 July 2014. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Marc Wilmots 2002 World Cup profile". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 17 May 2002. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  9. ^ Witzig 2006, p. 289.
  10. ^ "Wilmots tells of ref's apology". BBC Sport. 17 June 2002. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Report and Statistics, p.106: "MasterCard All-Star Team"
  12. ^ "Marc Wilmots Euro 2000 profile". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 12 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  13. ^ "The host countries". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 May 2000. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Marc Wilmots – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Principeakkoord KBVB – Wilmots" (in Dutch). footbel.be. 28 September 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  16. ^ "World Cup qualifiers: Romelu Lukaku sends Belgium to Brazil". BBC. 11 October 2013. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  17. ^ Noel, Benoît (11 October 2013). "Hazard and co help Wilmots prove critics wrong". AFP. Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Belgium defeat Israel to finish top of Group B in Euro qualifying". ESPN. 13 October 2015. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Marc Wilmots is niet langer coach Rode Duivels". De Standaard (in Dutch). 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  20. ^ "Wilmots appointed Ivory Coast coach". Euronews. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Marc Wilmots leaves Ivory Coast coaching job". BBC. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Marc Wilmots appointed Iran's football team coach". business-standard.com. Business Standard. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Belgium's Wilmots to coach Iran". sportstar.thehindu.com. The Hindu. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  24. ^ "Marc Wilmots – MR" (in French). senaat.be. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
    "Marc Wilmots – MR" (in Dutch). senaat.be. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  25. ^ James Dart and Georgina Turner (21 September 2005). "Footballers pursuing political careers". football.guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  26. ^ Edwin Jacobs (7 September 2005). "Willi das Kampfschwein – Belgian Senate: 0–0 ?". lawjustice.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  27. ^ "Marc Wilmots L'Équipe profile". L'Équipe. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  28. ^ "Marc Wilmots". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  29. ^ "Wilmots verkozen tot Coach van het Jaar". Het Laatste Nieuws (in Dutch). 22 December 2013. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  30. ^ "Rode Duivels zijn grote slokop op Sportgala" (in Dutch). Sporza. 14 December 2014. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  31. ^ "Globe Soccer Awards : le triplé pour le Barça, le doublé pour New York City". L'Équipe (in French). 27 December 2015. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2015.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Witzig, Richard (2006). The Global Art of Soccer. Harahan: CusiBoy Publishing. ISBN 0-9776688-0-0.