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Keeper Verlinden sets new mark

Published: Tuesday 9 December 2003, 21.00CET
Club Brugge KV's Dany Verlinden tonight became the oldest player in UEFA Champions League history.

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Published: Tuesday 9 December 2003, 21.00CET

Keeper Verlinden sets new mark

Club Brugge KV's Dany Verlinden tonight became the oldest player in UEFA Champions League history.
Club Brugge KV captain Dany Verlinden has become the oldest player in UEFA Champions League history following the start of the Belgian club's Group H match against AFC Ajax.

Debut in 1992
At 40 years, three months and 24 days, the Brugge goalkeeper surpassed by a week the record set by the former Olympiacos CFP player, Tasos Mitropoulos, against Rosenborg BK six years ago. Verlinden made his Champions League debut on the first-ever matchday on 25 November 1992, a 1-0 home victory against PFC CSKA Moskva.

Oldest players in the UEFA Champions League:

Player: Age (years,
months, days)
:
Match:
Dany Verlinden 40y 3m 24d AFC Ajax
v
ClubBruggeKV
(9 Dec 2003)
Tasos Mitropoulos 40y 3m 17d Olympiacos CFP
v
Rosenborg BK
(10 Dec 1997)
Donato 40y 1m 20d FC Basel
v
RC Deportivo La Coruña
(19 Feb 2003)
John Lukic 39y 10m 6d S.S. Lazio
v
Arsenal FC
(17 Oct 2000)
Michel Preud'homme 39y 9m 11d SL Benfica
v
HJK Helsinki
(4 Nov 1998)
David Seaman 39y 5m 20d Arsenal FC
v
AS Roma
(11 Mar 2003)
Jan Heintze 39y 2m 5d BV Borussia Dortmund
v
PSV Eindhoven
(22 Oct 2002)
Stanislav Cherchesov 39y 1m 0d Liverpool FC
v
FC Spartak Moskva
(2 Oct 2002)
Lothar Matthäus 38y 11m 16d FC Bayern München
v
Real Madrid CF
(8 Mar 2000)
Jean-Luc Ettori 38y 8m 29d AC Milan
v
AS Monaco FC
(27 April 1994)

N.B. The side each player represented is shown in bold.

Last updated: 09/12/03 22.47CET

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