Jan Ceulemans

January Anna Gummaar Ceulemans ( born February 28, 1957 in Lier ) is a retired Belgian footballer. " Cazze " Ceulemans with 96 inserts ( 23 goals) most-capped player of his country, as well as three-time Belgian Footballer of the Year (1980, 1985, 1986 ). From the FIFA 100, he was included on the list of the greatest living football players of all time FIFA.



The footballing career started in 1967 in the left foot Lierse. He played there until 1978 - March 26, 1977, he had already made ​​its debut in the national team - and graduated in the two rounds 1976/77 and 1977/78 in the league 66 games with 26 goals. In the 1975/76 season to Lierse had played in the cup final. To round 1978/79, the young national players moved to FC Bruges. With Bruges, he celebrated 1980, 1988, 1990 and 1992 the championship was in 1985 and 1986 runner-up and won in 1986 and 1991, the Belgian Cup after 1979 and 1983 he was inferior in two cup finals with his team. With Bruges, he sat down in the years 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1992 respectively in the finals of the Belgian Supercup. At the national level, he completed for the Lierse SK and FC Bruges total of 517 first division matches in which he was able to achieve 230 goals. In the series 1979/80 he set a new personal record with 29 goals in 34 league games on. In the election to the European Footballer of the Year, he finished the season in fifth place.

National Team, 1977-1991

Ceulemans was a striker and midfielder, who took part in all major international tournaments for Belgium between 1980 and 1990. His biggest success was the Vice - Championship 1980. During the first group match in the finals in Italy, he equaled the 1-0 lead of England by Ray Wilkins with his goal in the 30th minute. Even against Spain ( 2-1 ), Italy ( 0-0) and in the final on 22 June in Rome at the tight 1-2 defeat he stormed against Germany for Belgium. In qualifying for the World Cup in Spain in 1982, he scored two goals in seven games. In the World Cup tournament, the final games against the defending champions Argentina, El Salvador, Hungary, Poland and the Soviet Union were added. In qualifying for the European Football Championship 1984 in France Ceulemans played in all six games in Group 1 against Switzerland, East Germany and Scotland, scoring in a 2-1 success on 27 April 1983 in Brussels against the East in the 18th minute to 1 :1- equalizer. In the final round the players of coach Guy Thys lost to hosts France ( 0:5 ) and Denmark (2:3) and were able to hold only 2-0 against Yugoslavia. Even in the qualifying matches for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he was active against Poland, Albania and Greece in Group 1 in Europe. Belgium and Poland led on points with each 8:4 counters the group and the team of Ceulemans had thus a second group play two relegation matches against the Netherlands. With a 1-0 win in Brussels and the 1-2 defeat in Rotterdam the ticket for the World Cup in Mexico in 1986 has been resolved. Seven games were going to come Ceulemans international duty to do so. At the World Championship 1986, he was with his team's fourth. The captain had completed seven more World Cup matches and scored three goals. The game June 25, 1986 3rd place he lost his team with 2:4 after extra time against the European champion in 1984, France. In the World Cup Encyclopedia of Hardy Green, he is listed in the "WM- Eleven 1986 ".

The qualifying matches for the 1988 European Championship in Germany were not accompanied by success. It was enough for Belgium against Ireland, Bulgaria, Scotland and Luxembourg only for third place. In six games Ceulemans had scored two goals for the " rode duivels ". Against the group winners Ireland remisierte Belgium in Brussels with 2:2 and 0:0 in Dublin. In the goalless draw, the Belgian midfield with Patrick Vervoort, Enzo Scifo, and Ceulemans Franky Vercauteren formed. Nico Claesen attacker had achieved in the qualification seven goals in eight games. For a successful FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1990 the veteran from Bruges had contributed in seven games with a hit in the qualifiers against Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In Italy, he retired in the World Cup tournament in the second round after a 0-1 defeat after extra time against England with his teammates. Ceulemans and Scifo had determined most of the time the game, the goal came from David Platt but in the 119th minute. In 52 international matches of often acting as " back hanging outside left " Ceulemans led the "Red Devils " as a captain on the field. Overall Ceulemans played in three World Cups 16 games, scoring four goals. In two European Championship finals seven games will be added with two goals. In qualifying for the European Championship tournaments he is quoted at 19 locations with four goals. His last international match was completed by the Belgian record player on February 27, 1991. Brussels in the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg took place. The hosts won with 3-0, and Ceulemans said goodbye to the deficit to 2-0. The formation in his 96th international game was: Michel Preud'homme - Marc Emmers, George Green, Philippe Albert, Bruno Versavel - Frank Dauwen, Enzo Scifo, Marc Degryse, Ceulemans - Marc Wilmot, Erwin Vandenbergh.

Between 2007 and 2012, was Ceulemans coach at Belgian first division club KVC Westerlo. Since 2012, trained third division Cappellen FC.