Erwin Vandenbergh

Erwin Vandenbergh (born 26 January 1959) is a retired Belgian footballer. Between 1979 and 1991, he finished six times topscorer of the Belgian First Division (a record as of 2015), with three clubs (the first three with Lierse, the following two with Anderlecht, and the last one with Gent). In 1980, he was European topscorer with 39 goals out of 34 games. As a Belgian national team regular Vandenbergh scored a memorable victory goal against Argentina in the opening game of the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Erwin Vandenbergh
Personal information
Full name Erwin Vandenbergh
Date of birth (1959-01-26) 26 January 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth Ramsel, Belgium
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1982 Lierse 178 (117)
1982–1986 Anderlecht 121 (87)
1986–1990 Lille 114 (38)
1990–1994 Gent 110 (47)
1994–1995 Molenbeek 21 (4)
Total 544 (293)
National team
1979–1991 Belgium 48 (20)
Teams managed
1995 Westerlo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vandenbergh also played for the French club Lille with his Belgian national team partner Filip Desmet under the management of another fellow Belgian Georges Heylens. His son, Kevin Vandenbergh, has also became a football striker and has played several seasons at the highest level of Belgian football, for multiple clubs. He also had a short spell at Utrecht in the Netherlands.




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