Philippe Léonard

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Philippe Léonard
Personal information
Full name Philippe Léonard
Date of birth (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Standard Liège 124 (3)
1996–2003 Monaco 99 (3)
2004 Nice 14 (0)
2004–2006 Standard Liège 55 (3)
2006–2007 Feyenoord 2 (0)
2008 Rapid Bucureşti 10 (0)
Total 304 (9)
National team
1991 Belgium U19 2 (0)
1992–1995 Belgium U21 9 (1)
1994–2006 Belgium 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Philippe Léonard (born 14 February 1974) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a left back.

After playing most notably for Standard Liège and Monaco, he rarely appeared for his following four teams (including Standard again) in a 16-year professional career.

Léonard represented Belgium at Euro 2000, being an international over a 12-year period.

Club career[edit]

Born in Liège, Léonard started his professional career at Standard Liège. There, alongside Régis Genaux and Michaël Goossens, he was part of The Three Musketeers generation – with Roberto Bisconti playing a smaller role – hailed for their sporting talent but with a troublesome character.

He won the Belgian Cup in 1993, only 19, having scored in the final against R. Charleroi SC, and also helped the side to two runner-up league places (1992–93 and 1994–95), each time bowing out to R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Subsequently, Léonard moved to France where he played with AS Monaco FC, also having a brief stint with OGC Nice. Whilst at Monaco, he scored in the semifinal of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League against Juventus FC, in a 4–6 aggregate loss, being the only Belgian player to score at this stage of the competition;[1] in the previous round, he helped oust Manchester United on the away goals rule after a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford.[2]

After two Ligue 1 titles with Monaco, to which he contributed with 38 games and two goals combined, Léonard returned to Standard, where he again finished second, in the 2005–06 season, again to Anderlecht. Subsequently, he had short spells abroad, with Feyenoord and FC Rapid Bucureşti.

Léonard ended his career in 2009, at the age of 35, after not being able to find a new club. He subsequently took up writing columns in Belgian newspapers.

International career[edit]

Léonard played 26 times with Belgium, and was in the team for UEFA Euro 2000, where he appeared in the 2–1 win for the hosts against Sweden. His debut coming in 1994, he was a regular fixture in the next two years, as right back Genaux, but Belgium failed to qualify for Euro 1996.

They both lost their place with the arrival of coach Georges Leekens, and Léonard was dropped at the last minute for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Because of a conflict with then coach Robert Waseige, he spent five years without being called after Euro 2000, so he also missed the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Honours[edit]

Standard
Monaco

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monaco 3–2 Juventus". UEFA.com. 15 April 1998. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Monaco and bust for sorry United". The Independent. 19 March 1998. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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