Régis Genaux

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Régis Genaux
Personal information
Full name Régis Hervé Genaux
Date of birth (1973-08-31)31 August 1973
Place of birth Charleroi, Belgium
Date of death 8 November 2008(2008-11-08) (aged 35)
Place of death Chaudfontaine, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1981–1988 Charleroi
1988–1990 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Standard Liège 151 (1)
1996 Coventry City 4 (0)
1997–2003 Udinese 51 (0)
2001–2002 Standard Liège (loan) 4 (0)
Total 210 (1)
National team
1988 Belgium U15 2 (0)
1989–1990 Belgium U16 10 (0)
1989–1990 Belgium U17 11 (1)
1990–1991 Belgium U18 6 (0)
1991–1994 Belgium U21 8 (0)
1992–2000 Belgium 22 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Louviéroise (youth)
2005–2006 Verviétois (youth)
2006 Sérésien
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Régis Hervé Genaux (31 August 1973 – 8 November 2008) was a Belgian footballer who played as a right back.

During his career he represented three clubs in three countries, mainly Standard Liège and Udinese. He died at the young age of 35.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

After having started playing football with R. Charleroi SC, Genaux began his professional career aged 17 at Standard Liège, where he helped to win one Belgian Cup and achieved two Pro League runner-up places.

In 1996 Genaux moved to England, joining Coventry City. However, his spell at the club lasted just half a season, with only four Premier League appearances before he signed, in January 1997, with Italy's Udinese Calcio.

Due to persisting injuries during the most part of his career, Genaux retired at just 29, after having returned to Standard for a final season. Afterwards he moved into coaching, starting with the youths at R.A.A. Louviéroise and R.C.S. Verviétois; for a few months in 2006, he took the reins of third division side RFC Sérésien (formerly Seraing).

International career[edit]

Genaux played 22 times (being selected 27) with Belgium, the first being on 16 February 1992, in a friendly match against Tunisia, aged not yet 19. He seemed poised to be the successor of Eric Gerets in the Diables Rouges, although he was not picked up for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Genaux became a regular fixture in the following years, but Belgium failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 96. With the arrival of Georges Leekens, he lost his place in the national team, and was also not selected for the 1998 World Cup in France at the expense of Eric Deflandre and Bertrand Crasson; regarded as one of the best right-backs in Belgium in the 90s, he would not attend any major international tournaments, also missing Euro 2000 due to injury.

Personal life[edit]


On 8 November 2008, Genaux died from heart failure due to a pulmonary embolism, whilst in his house. He was only 35.[1][2]


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