Yves Vanderhaeghe

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Yves Vanderhaeghe
Personal information
Full name Yves Vanderhaeghe
Date of birth (1970-01-30) 30 January 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Roeselare, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Oostende (coach)
Youth career
1978–1986 Roeselare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1992 Roeselare
1986–1988 Cercle Brugge (loan) 1 (0)
1992–1994 Mouscron 56 (11)
1994–1997 Eendracht Aalst 94 (11)
1998–2000 Mouscron 80 (11)
2000–2006 Anderlecht 150 (10)
2007–2008 Roeselare 15 (0)
Total 396 (43)
National team
1999–2005 Belgium 48 (2)
Teams managed
2008–2014 Kortrijk (assistant)
2014–2015 Kortrijk
2015– Oostende
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Yves Vanderhaeghe (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈi vɑndɛrˈɦaːɣə]; born 30 January 1970 in Roeselaere) is a Belgian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current manager of K.V. Oostende.

Known for his tackling, hard-working approach and stamina, he played for five clubs during his 22-year professional career, amassing Belgian Pro League totals of 340 games and 32 goals.

A late bloomer, Vanderhaeghe did not reach the Belgian national team until the age of 29, but still went on to collect nearly 50 caps, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

At the age of 16, Vanderhaeghe moved from hometown's K.S.V. Roeselare to Cercle Brugge KSV, on loan, but he only played one game in two seasons. Subsequently, he returned to his first club, playing four years in the Belgian Third Division and two in the second, now with the shirt of R.E. Mouscron.

Vanderhaeghe first established himself in the Pro League with K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst, amassing more than 100 official appearances and adding 11 goals in the league alone. In January 1998 he returned to Mouscron, scoring a career-best eight times in the 1999–2000 campaign as the Wallonia team finished in fourth position, nearly qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

Aged already 30, Vanderhaeghe signed with country giants R.S.C. Anderlecht. In his first two years combined he appeared in 65 matches, helping the Brussels side to the league and the domestic supercup in his debut campaign; in the following years he began to be irregularly used, due to persistent injury problems.

During the winter-break of 2006–07, 37-year-old Vanderhaeghe was told to look for a new club, and he joined another old acquaintance, Roeselaere, by then competing in the first division. He retired in June 2008, later working as assistant manager at K.V. Kortrijk.

On 11 May 2015, Vanderhaeghe was appointed head coach of K.V. Oostende.[1]

International career[edit]

Vanderhaeghe made 48 appearances for Belgium,[2] his debut coming on 30 May 1999 against Peru (in a friendly tournament in Japan) at the age of 29.

Vanderhaeghe represented the nation in UEFA Euro 2000 – played on home soil – and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, totalling seven appearances and helping the country to the round-of-16 in the latter competition (0–2 against eventual winners Brazil). He scored his two only goals for Belgium in the historic 10–1 win against San Marino in Brussels for the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, on 28 February 2001.



  1. ^ "Vanderhaeghe neemt afscheid van Kortrijk en gaat naar Oostende" [Vanderhaeghe says goodbye to Kortrijk and moves to Oostende] (in Dutch). Sporza. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Belgium – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. 

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