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Franky Van der Elst
Personal information
Date of birth April 30, 1961 (1961-04-30) (age 48)
Place of birth    Ninove, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club KVSK United (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Club Brugge
104 0(5)
462 (14)   
National team
1984–1998 Belgium 086 0(1)
Teams managed
Germinal Beerschot
Club Brugge (assistant)
FC Brussels
KVSK United

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Franky Van der Elst (born April 30, 1961 in Ninove) is a former Belgian footballer and a current manager.

A defensive midfielder, he played mainly with Club Brugge, being regarded as a legend there, and was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers, in March 2004.


Football career

Van der Elst started his professional career at R.W.D. Molenbeek, earning his first call-up for Belgium in 1982. Two years later, he moved to Club Brugge KV and stayed there until he finished his career in 1999, going on to total over 500 overall appearances with the side (462 in the league alone). During four seasons, he often partnered in midfield his namesake Leo - no relation.

Van der Elst won the Golden Shoe twice in his career, an accomplishment for an eminently defensive-minded player. He also appeared in four World Cups, from 1986 to 1998. Only having scored once for his country in nearly 90 matches, against Norway, he reacted with astonishment upon its realization.

After his career as a player, Van der Elst was appointed as manager at Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen. After four relatively successful years, he was replaced by Marc Brys, and subsequently joined K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, however only for one season.

In 2005, Van der Elst returned to 'his' Club Brugge, as an assistant, joining former teammates (both in club and country) Jan Ceulemans, Marc Degryse, Dany Verlinden and René Verheyen. He stayed at Brugge when Verheyen and Ceulemans were fired in 2006, but was eventually shown the door the following year, with head coach Emilio Ferrera.

After a very short spell with FC Brussels,[1] Van der Elst moved to K.V.S.K. United Overpelt-Lommel, both sides in the second level.


Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1978-79 Molenbeek Belgian League 1 0
1979-80 0 0
1980-81 6 0
1981-82 33 1
1982-83 32 1
1983-84 31 3
1984-85 Club Brugge Belgian League 33 1
1985-86 34 2
1986-87 34 0
1987-88 32 0
1988-89 34 1
1989-90 34 1
1990-91 34 3
1991-92 29 3
1992-93 32 1
1993-94 20 0
1994-95 29 0
1995-96 30 0
1996-97 29 2
1997-98 32 0
1998-99 30 1
Total Belgium 569 20
Career Total 569 20


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