Date of birth: 22 February 1969
Playing career: K. Sint-Truidense VV, KV Mechelen, R. Standard de Liège, FC Schalke 04, FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Coaching career: FC Schalke 04, K. Sint-Truidense VV, Belgium
• Started out at Sint-Truiden in 1985 and joined Mechelen in 1988, appearing as a substitute in the first leg of that year's UEFA Super Cup as the Belgian side defeated PSV Eindhoven. A forward before later moving into midfield, Wilmots helped Mechelen clinch the Belgian title in 1988/89 ahead of a switch to Standard, where he lifted the Belgian Cup in 1993.
• Signed for Schalke after five years with Standard, scoring the winner in the first leg of the 1997 UEFA Cup final against FC Internazionale Milano and then converting the decisive spot kick in the second-leg shoot-out. Wilmots ended his career with Schalke – picking up the German Cup in 2002 – after a short stint at Bordeaux.
• Notched 28 goals in 70 outings for Belgium, including two at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and three in South Korea/Japan in 2002; he also featured at the 1994 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000.
• Took over as Schalke coach after retiring in 2003 but left the post soon afterwards to pursue a career in politics. Serving as a senator in his native Belgium, he then briefly held the reins at Sint-Truiden from 2004 to 2005.
• Returned to the dugout in 2009 as assistant to Belgium boss Dick Advocaat, and later Georges Leekens, before his own nomination as head coach in May 2012. Steered his country to the 2014 World Cup in his first qualifying campaign, Belgium going on to reach the quarter-finals in Brazil.
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