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Marc Wilmots (born 22 February 1969 in Dongelberg, Belgiummarker) is a former Belgianmarker football player.


Career

In his club career that started in 1987, Wilmots played for Sint-Truidense, KV Mechelen, Standard Liège, Schalke 04, and Bordeaux. At Schalke he helped them to the 1997 UEFA Cup Final. His goal in the first leg was cancelled out by Inter in the second leg, but Schalke went on to win the game on penalties. He retired in 2003 after his second stint with Schalke.

International Career

For Belgium, Wilmots scored 28 goals in 70 caps, his first coming in May 1990. He played in four World Cups, going scoreless in 1994, but getting two goals in 1998 and adding three in 2002. Wilmots is Belgium's leading goal scorer in World Cup history. Wilmots also played in Euro 2000, when Belgium co-hosted the tournament.

Coaching Career

He also became a football manager in summer 2004 for Sint-Truidense but was fired in February 2005. On 28 September 2009 he announced his return to the Belgium national football team. From 1 October 2009 on he will be working as assistant coach for Dick Advocaat.

Personal

After retiring as a football player, Wilmots went into politics and became a member of the Belgian senate, for the French-speaking liberal party, the Reformist Movement (Mouvement Réformateur or MR).

His political career is not considered very successful. In 2005 he announced that he wanted to resign as a senator, a rather unconventional, and criticized constitutional move.

Trivia

  • Wilmots is considered by many as one of the best players in his country's history.
  • In Belgium, he received the nickname of the Taureau de Dongelberg (The Bull from Dongelberg).
  • Wilmots was then nicknamed das Kampfschwein (The Fighting Pig) or Willi das Kampfschwein during his playing days in Schalke, in Germanymarker.


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