Michel Preud'homme

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Michel Preud'homme
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Preud'homme in 2008
Personal information
Full name Michel Georges Jean
Ghislain Preud’Homme
Date of birth (1959-01-24) 24 January 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Ougree, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge (manager)
Youth career
1969–1977 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1986 Standard Liège 240 (0)
1986–1994 Mechelen 263 (0)
1994–1999 Benfica 147 (0)
Total 650 (0)
National team
1979–1994 Belgium 58 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Standard Liège
2006–2008 Standard Liège
2008–2010 K.A.A. Gent
2010–2011 Twente
2011–2013 Al-Shabab
2013– Club Brugge

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud’Homme[1] (born 24 January 1959), commonly known as Michel Preud'homme, is a former Belgian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current coach of Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League.

He was considered one of the world's best goalkeepers during his career for his amazing saves, terrific reflexes and agility, and the first winner of the Yashin Award as the best goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup.

On club level, Preud'homme played for Standard Liège, Mechelen, and Benfica. With Mechelen, he won the Belgian Cup in 1987, the Cup Winner's Cup and the European Super Cup in 1988 and the Belgian league title in 1989. He also won the Portuguese Cup with Benfica in 1996. He retired as a player in 1999, aged 40. For Belgium, Preud'homme was capped 58 times, from 1979 to 1995. Other than the 1994 World Cup, he also played in the 1990 edition.[2]

Club career[edit]

Standard Liège[edit]

Preud'homme is a product of Standard Liège's youth system which he joined 10 years old in 1969. He was first called up to the first team in 1977.

Mechelen[edit]

Preud'homme went to KV Mechelen in 1986.

Benfica[edit]

Preud'homme moved to Benfica in 1994, becoming the first foreign goalkeeper in Benfica history. He made his debut on 21 August, against Beira-Mar.

On 18 May 1996, Michel won his first trophy in Portuguese football as Benfica defeated Lisbon rivals Sporting 3–1 in the Portuguese Cup final.

For his outstanding performances and almost impossible saves, he was nicknamed by Benfica fans "Saint Michel". On 10 August 1999, Preud'homme played his last match, an off season friendly against Bayern Munchen. After his retirement, at the age of 40, Preud'homme became Benfica's Director of International Relations.

International career[edit]

Preud'homme made his senior debut on 2 May 1979 in a 0–0 draw with Austria in a UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying match.[3]

Preud'homme served as third keeper behind Jean-Marie Pfaff and Theo Custers in the UEFA Euro 1980 as Belgium lost in the final against Germany.

He represented the nation in two consecutive FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994 – his last competition, where he was awarded with the Yashin Award for best goalkeeper.

He made his final appearance for Belgium on 17 December 1994 in 1–4 loss against Spain, in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match.

Managerial career[edit]

Benfica[edit]

After his professional football career, Michel Preud'homme stayed at Benfica to become technical director. In September 2000, he suggested the club to attract José Mourinho to become the head coach. At that time, Mourinho was just an interpreter at F.C. Barcelona. Preud'homme met Mourinho when he once visited Barcelona.

Standard Liège[edit]

Preud'homme has been the head coach of Standard Liège twice, from January 2001 to June 2002 and from August 2006 to the end of the 2008 season. Under Preud'homme, Standard Liège won in 2008 its first Belgian Championship in 25 years,[4] and it therefore came as a surprise when he was appointed manager of Gent for the 2008–09 season.[5]

Gent[edit]

Preud'homme moved to K.A.A. Gent on 27 May 2008. With Gent he finished second in the Jupiler Pro League, this was their highest place ever (together with the 1954–1955 season). He also won the same year the Belgian Cup, it was the third time that Gent won that trophy.

Twente[edit]

On 23 May 2010, it was confirmed that Preud'homme would replace Steve McClaren as the head coach of FC Twente,[6] despite the interest of FC Porto and AC Milan. On 31 July 2010, Preud'homme won his first trophy in Dutch football as Twente defeated Ajax 1–0 in the Johan Cruijff Schaal match. In the last competition match of the season, Twente lost to Ajax and that meant the Dutch title went to Amsterdam and Twente became runners-up. On 8 May 2011, Twente defeated Ajax 3–2 after extra time in the KNVB Cup final held at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Al-Shabab Riyadh[edit]

On 13 June 2011 FC Twente confirmed on its website Preud'homme's departure to Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab Riyadh.[1] By the end of the transfer window, Preud'homme brought Brazilian central midfielder Fernando Menegazzo and Uzbekistani midfielder Server Djeparov.

On 10 September 2011, Al-Shabab won 3–1 at Al-Faisaly in Preud'homme's first Saudi Professional League game as manager. On 14 April 2012, after a 1–1 draw against Al-Ahli, Al-Shabab clinched the Saudi Professional League title after six years since they had won it for the last time. Shabab finishing the league undefeated, with 19 victories and 7 draws.[7]

On 10 May, Preud'homme was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2016.[8] On 18 September 2013, he and Al-Shabab agreed to part ways, allowing him to sign for Club Brugge one day later.[9]

Club Brugge[edit]

After Juan Carlos Garrido was fired, Preud'homme was appointed head coach of Club Brugge on 19 September 2013.[10] Six days later, he made his debut in a 1–0 win against KSV Oudenaarde. At the end of the season, Preud'homme signed a new contract to remain as Club Brugge manager till 2019.[11]

On 11 February 2015, Preud'homme reached his third Belgian Cup Final, after eliminating rivals Cercle Brugge 8–3 on aggregate. On 22 March 2015, he won that final against rivals Anderlecht. It was the first trophy for Club Brugge in eight years.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Team Season League Cup European
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps G A Apps G A Apps G A Apps G A Apps G A
Standard Liège 1977–78 32 5 8
1978–79 34 30 4 4
1979–80 34 31 6 7
1980–81 34 45 8 9
1981–82 33 9 6 1 0
1982–83 34 34 4 6 1 3
1983–84 27 4 8 1 1
1984–85 5 0 0
1985–86 7 0 0
Total 240 40 48 3 4
Mechelen 1986–87 34 18
1987–88 30 9 3 2 3
1988–89 34 20 8 5 2 1
1989–90 34 14 6 3
1990–91 34 24 2 3
1991–92 34 23 2 2
1992–93 33 4 3
1993–94 30 6 7
Total 263 37 26 4 4
Benfica 1994–95 31 28 5 3 8 7 3 3 47 41
1995–96 33 24 6 2 6 10 45 36
1996–97 34 30 5 7 6 5 2 6 47 48
1997–98 28 21 4 4 1 0 33 25
1998–99 21 20 0 0 6 8 27 28
Total 147 123 20 16 27 30 5 9 199 178
Career Total 650 104 104 12 14

1European competitions include the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup and UEFA Cup
2Other tournaments include the Belgian Supercup, UEFA Super Cup, Portuguese Supercup

International[edit]

National
Team
Year Friendlies World Cup European Championships Total
Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA
Belgium 1979 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1981 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
1987 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2
1988 4 7 1 0 0 0 5 7
1989 2 0 6 5 0 0 8 5
1990 6 7 4 4 1 3 11 14
1991 2 0 0 0 5 3 7 3
1992 2 5 5 1 0 0 7 6
1993 1 1 4 4 0 0 5 5
1994 3 2 4 4 3 5 10 11
Total 20 22 26 21 12 13 58 56

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 February 2015
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
Standard Liège January 2001 June 2002 Belgian First Division 54 22 21 11 40.74 91 66 +25
Europe 6 3 1 2 50.00 10 7 +3
Total 60 25 22 13 41.67 101 73 +28
Standard Liège August 2006 26 May 2008 Belgian First Division 64 41 16 7 64.06 119 51 +68
Belgian Cup 13 9 1 3 69.23 31 13 +18
Europe 6 2 1 3 33.33 5 8 –3
Total 83 52 18 13 62.65 155 72 +83
Gent 27 May 2008 23 May 2010 Belgian Pro League 72 35 19 18 48.61 136 85 +51
Belgian Cup 11 9 1 1 81.82 21 7 +14
Europe 4 1 0 3 25.00 4 12 –8
Total 87 45 20 22 51.72 161 104 +57
Twente 1 July 2010 1 July 2011 Eredivisie 34 21 8 5 61.76 65 34 +31
KNVB Cup 6 4 2 0 66.67 15 5 +10
Europe 12 3 4 5 25.00 18 23 –5
Other[nb 1] 1 1 0 0 100.000 1 0 +1
Total 53 29 14 10 54.72 99 62 +37
Al Shabab 13 June 2011 18 September 2013 Saudi Professional League 55 38 12 5 69.09 110 58 +52
King Cup of Champions 7 3 0 4 42.86 11 10 +1
Saudi Crown Prince Cup 3 1 0 2 33.33 4 5 –1
Asia 10 6 3 1 60.00 15 9 +6
Total 75 48 15 12 64.00 140 82 +58
Club Brugge 19 September 2013 Present Belgian Pro League 59 33 15 11 55.93 117 58 +59
Belgian Cup 8 6 1 1 75.00 21 7 +14
Europe 11 8 3 0 72.73 21 4 +17
Total 78 47 19 12 60.26 159 69 +90
Career totals League 338 190 91 57 56.21 638 352 +286
Cup 48 32 5 11 66.67 103 47 +56
Europe 39 17 9 13 43.59 58 54 +4
Asia 10 6 3 1 60.00 15 9 +6
Other 1 1 0 0 100.000 1 0 +1
Total 436 246 108 82 56.42 815 462 +353

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Standard Liège
Mechelen
Benfica

Country[edit]

Belgium

Manager[edit]

Standard Liège
Gent
Twente
Al-Shabab Riyadh
Club Brugge

Individual[edit]

Player
Manager

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michel Preud'homme". 16 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Michel PreudhommeFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Austria - Belgium, Footballdatabase.eu, Retrieved 26 May 2013
  4. ^ Interview Michel Preud'homme with Berend Scholten on UEFA.com "Preud'homme's high Standard". Berend Scholten on UEFA.com. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Preud'homme to coach Ghent". FIFA. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.football-transfers.co.uk/football-rumours/fc-twente-appoint-michel-preudhomme-as-new-coach
  7. ^ "Al-Shabab crowned Saudi champions". arabnews. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  8. ^ "Preud'homme prolonge à Al-Shabab". footgoal. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Preud'homme:"Work hard to make fans happy"". footgoal. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Club Brugge fire Garrido, Enter Preud’homme". benefoot. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Michel Preud'homme at Club until 2019". Club Brugge. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2015.