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Jelle Van Damme
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Personal information
Full name Jelle Van Damme
Date of birth 10 October 1983 (1983-10-10) (age 26)
Place of birth Lokeren, Belgium
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Anderlecht
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Germinal Beerschot 7 (0)
2002–2004 Ajax 18 (0)
2004–2006 Southampton 6 (0)
2005–2006 Werder Bremen (loan) 8 (1)
2006– Anderlecht 77 (9)
National team
2003– Belgium 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:12, 17 August 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:14, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Jelle Van Damme (born 10 October 1983 in Lokeren) is a Belgian footballer currently on the books of Anderlecht. He can play as a central defender or a left back. Van Damme also plays with Belgium.

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Club career

He started his career at Beveren, before he made a short move to neighbour club Lokeren where he played in the youth teams. He then signed to Germinal Beerschot, a Jupiler League team linked with Ajax Amsterdam. The Dutch team offered him a try-out which started in February 2002. In the summer of 2002 Van Damme moved permanently to the Amsterdam club where he showed promise in the Dutch Cup. In the 2002–03 season, he played in the UEFA Champions League and started as a regular player in the squad but he broke his toe in November 2002. The next season he helped Ajax qualifying for the Champions League Group Stage but he had few chances to play in the first team, which led him to sign for Southampton in the FA Premier League in the summer of 2004. In England, he only played six matches for the whole season which saw the relegation of Southampton to the Coca Cola Championship.

Van Damme subsequently moved on a loan basis to Werder Bremen in Germany though Anderlecht showed interest in the player at that moment. After only eight matches and a goal in the Bundesliga in 2005–06, Van Damme moved to the Brussels squad, which was officialised on 6 June 2006.

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Claims of racism

In May 2009, Oguchi Onyewu claimed that in the Belgian 2008–09 Championship playoff between Standard Liege and Anderlecht, Van Damme repeatedly called him a "dirty ape,"[1] even after Onyewu relayed the information to the referee.[2] Van Damme denied the accusations following the match, even claiming that Onyewu had called him a "dirty Flemish."[1] Approximately two weeks later, on 2 June 2009, it was announced by Onyewu's lawyer that he was suing Van Damme in an effort to end on-field racism in European soccer.[3]

International career

He made his debut in the national team on 29 March 2003 in a match against Croatia.

Honours

Ajax
  • Eredivisie: 2004
Anderlecht
  • Belgian League: 2007
  • Belgian Cup: 2008
  • Belgian Super Cup: 2006

References

  1. ^ a b Seltzer, Greg (22 May 2009). "S365 Exclusive: No Onyewu Slur Look Pending". Soccer365.com. http://www.soccer365.com/us_news/story_22509121747.php. Retrieved 22 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Adubato, Michael (22 May 2009). "Onyewu: We'll Make Liege Proud". Yanks-Abroad.com. http://www.yanks-abroad.com/get.php?mode=content&id=4745. Retrieved 22 May 2009. "I almost ended up fighting him (Van Damme). He called me a monkey several times. The league has these anti-racism campaigns, but when I told the referee what Van Damme was saying, he chose not to do anything about it. I also told the journalists after the game last night about this." 
  3. ^ "U.S.' Onyewu sues over alleged racist slur". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 2 June 2009. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/soccer/06/02/onyewu.slur.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 

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Jelle Van Damme
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Personal information
Full name Jelle Van Damme
Date of birth 10 October 1983 (1983-10-10) (age 27)
Place of birth    Lokeren, Belgium
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Anderlecht
Number 6
Senior clubs
Years Club
2001
2002-2004
2004-2006
2005-2006
2006-
Germinal Beerschot
Ajax
Southampton
Werder Bremen (loan)
Anderlecht
National team
2003- Belgium

Jelle Van Damme (born 10 October 1983) is a Belgian football player. He plays for Anderlecht and Belgium national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
BelgiumLeague
2001/02Germinal BeerschotFirst Division70
NetherlandsLeague
2001/02AjaxEredivisie10
2002/03110
2003/0460
EnglandLeague
2004/05SouthamptonPremier League60
GermanyLeague
2005/06Werder BremenBundesliga81
BelgiumLeague
2006/07AnderlechtFirst Division250
2007/08297
2008/09223
2009/10
CountryBelgium 8310
Netherlands 180
England 60
Germany 81
Total 11511

International career statistics

Belgium national team
YearAppsGoals
200340
200430
200520
200640
200740
200850
200910
2010
Total230

References


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