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Philippe Julien Albert (born 10 August 1967 in Bouillonmarker) is a former Belgianmarker football defender. He played with R. Charleroi S.C., KV Mechelen, R.S.C. Anderlecht and Newcastle United in Englandmarker. Albert made 41 appearances for the Belgium national football team, and he played in the 1994 World Cup.

He started his Carrer with Charleroi before moving to Mechelen where his performances won him Belgian Golden Shoe and a move to Anderlecht. While playing at Anderlecht he won the Belgian League twice and helped his national side qualify for the world cup.

He came to world wide attention at the 1994 World Cup, where he played in four of Belgium's matches, scoring in his first game against Netherlands and in the second round match against Germany, which Belgium lost 3–2. After his good performances he was purchased by Kevin Keegan's Newcastle United for £2.6m.

He claims he had a change to move to Juventus or Fiorentina the year before but turned it down because he did not like the a hot climate or having to play on Sundays. Having been a fan of Liverpool and Kevin Keegan in his youth he choose to move to an attacking Newcastle team that had achieved 3rd in the Premier League the year before.

He was a cult hero at Newcastle United due to his less-than-defensive tendencies in "the Entertainers" central defence, would often make runs forward and be found roaming on the edge of the box. His most famous moment arguably being when he scored an audacious chip over Peter Schmeichel in a 5–0 win over Manchester United.

Fans at Newcastle created a terrace chant for the player, singing "Phillipe, Phillipe Albert, everyone knows his name" to the words of the song used in the soundtrack to the 1970s children's TV series The Adventures of Rupert Bear.

On leaving Newcastle in 1999, Albert returned to Belgian club Charleroi but lasted just one season before retiring from playing.

He is now working as a pundit for Belgian TV.

Albert also runs a successful fruit and vegetable company in Belgium.


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