Stijn De Smet
|Full name||Stijn Camiel De Smet|
|Date of birth||27 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Bruges, Belgium|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Westerlo (loan)||18||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Waasland-Beveren (loan)||13||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2015|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:36, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
De Smet's big breakthrough came in the 2004–05 season, being in the starting line-up 19 times. The season before, De Smet had only appeared in six matches in total. He played for Cercle Brugge, where he was regarded as the most promising youth prospect and the best youth player at the team since Thomas Buffel. In December 2006, Stijn De Smet was invited for a trial at Blackburn Rovers, the partner team of Cercle. Sadly for De Smet, a knee injury caught in the match at Anderlecht forced him to stay in Belgium. On 17 July 2009 the 24-year-old forward left Cercle Brugge to sign a five-year deal for Gent. With this team, he won the Belgian Cup in 2010.
On 25 July 2011, De Smet signed a season-long loan deal with Westerlo.
De Smet was selected for Belgium for the first time for an unofficial friendly against Standard Liège, as a replacement for the injured Thomas Chatelle. De Smet played the last 10 minutes of the match. He was selected again for the friendly against Morocco, and was part of the starting XI.
- Stijn De Smet player info at the official Cercle Brugge site (in Dutch)
- Cerclemuseum.be (in Dutch)
- Belgium stats at Belgian FA
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