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Michel Preud'homme

Published: Monday 3 January 2011, 16.30CET
FC Twente
Michel Preud'homme
Michel Preud'homme of Twente ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 3 January 2011, 16.30CET

Michel Preud'homme

FC Twente

Date of birth: 24 January 1959
Nationality: Belgian
Playing career: R. Standard de Liège, KV Mechelen, SL Benfica
Coaching career: R. Standard de Liège (twice), KAA Gent, FC Twente

• Won two league titles and lost 1982 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final to FC Barcelona with Standard. Won the competition six years later having moved on to Mechelen in 1986 – it remains the last UEFA competition won by a Belgian club.

• Signed for Benfica in 1994 and excelled at that year's FIFA World Cup finals – his second – winning the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year and the IFFHS Best Goalkeeper awards as a result. Retired in 1999, aged 40, after 58 caps for Belgium.

• Became Benfica's technical director but within a year had been appointed head coach at Standard. In 2002 he became the club's technical director and chairman of the Belgian Football Association's technical committee.

• In 2006 he succeeded Johan Boskamp as Standard coach and brought the club a first league title in 25 years in 2008, cementing his popularity in Liege.

• Unexpectedly joined Gent after failing to agree a new contract. Success came in his second season again, Gent winning the 2010 Belgian Cup and finishing second in the league to earn a place in UEFA Champions League qualifying. Again opted to move on, replacing Steve McClaren at Dutch champions Twente.

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