Michel Preud'homme

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Michel Preud'homme
Michel Preud'homme.JPG
Michel Preud'homme in 2008
Surname Michel Jean Georges Ghislain Preud'homme
birthday January 24, 1959
place of birth OugréeBelgium
size 183 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station Games (goals) 1
1977-1986 Standard Liege 240 (0)
1986-1994 KV Mechelen 263 (0)
1994-1999 Benfica Lisbon 146 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1978-1979 Belgium U-21 8 (0)
1979-1994 Belgium 58 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2001-2002 Standard Liege
2006-2008 Standard Liege
2008-2010 KAA Gent
2010-2011 FC Twente Enschede
2011-2013 Al-Shabab
2013-2017 Club Bruges
2018-2020 Standard Liege
1 Only league games are given.

Michel Jean Georges Ghislain Preud'homme (born January 24, 1959 in Ougrée ) is a former Belgian football player and coach . Since June 2020 he has been Vice President of the Belgian first division club Standard Liège .

Career as a player


In his professional days, Preud'homme played in the position of goalkeeper . He began his career in 1977 at the Belgian club Standard Liège . For the 1981/82 season he celebrated with the team winning the Belgian championship . This title was defended in the following season. In 1981 Preud'homme won the first title of his career. In the game for the Belgian Supercup , the team prevailed 3-1 on penalties against RSC Anderlecht . Shortly before, they beat SC Lokeren 4-0 in the final of the national cup . With this triumph, the team was entitled for the season 1981/82 at the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup participate. It made it to the final against FC Barcelona . After a 1-0 lead, the club had to give up the game with 1: 2. In 1982, after the final, Preud'homme was banned from the Belgian Football Association for three years because of a bribery affair. After almost ten years, the goalkeeper moved to league competitor KV Mechelen in 1986 . As in Liège, Preud'homme also played very successfully here. In the first year after the move, the club won the Belgian Cup and in the following season Preud'homme and his team reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup for the second time. You faced the Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam . Thanks to a goal by Piet Den Boer shortly after half-time, the match was won 1-0. This was to be Preud'homme's greatest success on an international level. Shortly afterwards, the Mechelen team also won the UEFA Super Cup against PSV Eindhoven . In the following season he was able to win the Belgian championship again.

In the summer of 1994 Preud'homme went abroad for his last professional station. There he signed a new contract with the Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon . In 1996 he won the Portuguese Cup competition with Benfica .

In 1987 and 1989 he was voted Footballer of the Year in Belgium.

National team

Preud'homme took part as number 1 with the Belgian national team in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. At the 1994 tournament, he was voted the best goalkeeper in the World Cup and World Goalkeeper of the Year in the same year . As early as 1989 he received an award as the second best goalkeeper in the world behind Walter Zenga . Preud'homme was nominated for his first major tournament in 1980 when coach Guy Thys appointed him to the squad for the European Championship . At that time he was only the third goalkeeper behind the older Theo Custers and Jean-Marie Pfaff . Preud'homme played his last game for the red devils in the round of 16 of the 1994 World Cup when they lost 3-2 to Germany .

See also

Career as a coach

Preud'homme later became a football coach. After working at Standard Liège , he moved to the post of sports director. In August 2006 he became the successor of the Croat Tomislav Ivić , who suffered from heart problems, again as a coach at Standard. In April 2008 he won the Belgian championship again with the club for the first time in 25 years.

When Preud'hommes decided against a further engagement in Liège, the duration of his new contract was disputed: While the coach favored a two-year contract, the club preferred to conclude a one-year contract. Since the 2008/09 season he was therefore a coach at the KAA Gent . Preud'homme succeeded the Norwegian Trond Sollied there.

For the 2010/11 season he took over the former Dutch champions FC Twente after Steve McClaren had moved to VfL Wolfsburg . He led the Enscheder to the cup win , but had to let Ajax Amsterdam overtake Twente to the championship in the Eredivisie on the last matchday . He received the Rinus Michels Award for the best coach of the season. After one season, Preud'homme accepted an offer from the Saudi first division club Al-Shabab . He led his team to the Saudi championship straight away in the 2011/12 season. The second season he finished in third place.

In September 2013 Preud'homme became the new coach of Club Bruges . He gave up this job at the end of the 2016/17 season.

In July 2018 he took on the position of coach at Standard Liège for the third time. After the 2019/20 season, Preud'homme announced his resignation as coach. But he would stay with Standard as Vice President.


As a player



As a trainer

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michel Preud'homme naar Al-Shabab , FC Twente club homepage from June 13, 2011
  2. Michel Preud'homme wins title with Al-Shabab , The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation of January 2, 2014
  3. Michel Preud'homme trainer Club Brugge clubbrugge.be from September 19, 2013, accessed on May 10, 2016 (Dutch)
  4. DH.be: Officiel: Michel Preud'homme quitte le Club de Bruges, Philippe Clement aussi, Simons jouera encore . ( dhnet.be [accessed July 20, 2018]).
  5. Michel PREUD'HOMME de retour chez les Rouches . In: Standard de Liège . ( standard.be [accessed July 20, 2018]).
  6. Michel Preudhomme ends his coaching career. Belgian Broadcasting, June 9, 2020, accessed June 9, 2020 .
predecessor title successor

Jan Ceulemans
Leo Clijsters
Belgium's Footballer of the Year

Leo Clijsters
Franky Van Der Elst