Hendrik Brugmans

Hendrik Brugmans (13 December 1906 in Amsterdam – 12 March 1997 in Bruges)[1] also known as Hendrik Bupatis was the son of historian Hajo Brugmans and Maria Keizer. He studied history of French literature at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Sorbonne University in Paris.[2]

Nederlands Congres in Doelen te Rotterdam, nummer 1 en 2 prof. dr. H. Brugmans ,, Bestanddeelnr 920-0843.jpg

Brugmans, who was one of the intellectual leaders of the European Movement and co-founder and first president of the Union of European Federalists, was rector of the College of Europe in Bruges between 1950 and 1972.[2]

Brugmans was awarded the Karlspreis in 1951. In 1972 he retired from work, but he remained living in Bruges. Brugmans died at the age of 90 years in 1997. The year after his death the College of Europe honoured Brugmans by naming that academic year the Brugmans promotion and by creating an annual lecture named after him.[2] One of the buildings of the new Verversdijk site of the College in Bruges is also named after him.

Since 2010, the students of the College of Europe have honoured him further by holding an annual football tournament named the Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup. The tournament includes both current and former students of the College of Europe. The Copernicus promotion won the first edition in 2010. In 2011 the Einstein dynasty began to emerge. Four teams from the host promotion entered the 14-team tournament and three of them made it to the semi finals, the final being an all-Einstein affair. The Einstein era of dominance was reinforced in the following years. The 2012[3] and 2016[4] editions were won by EFC Natolinsky (Einstein promotion) and the 2011 winners reclaimed the trophy in 2015. The winner of the 2013 edition was the Václav Havel City team.[5] The 2017 edition was won by both the male and female teams of the John Maynard Keynes Promotion, also known as 'Invictus' due to their 100% rate of wins in the Cup.[6] The Copernicus promotion won the 2018 edition of the Brugmans cup. The 2019 edition was a memorable one, with the highest ever attendance (170 athletes). The tournament was won by the incumbent Manuel Marín promotion, the first time the Brugmans cup was claimed by the current promotion's team since Einstein in 2011. The impressive nature of the Marineros' victory (they conceded but one goal over the course of the tournament) suggests that the tournament could see an unprecedented period of domination by the Marineros' team in years to come.[7] In 2020, the tournament was regrettably cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year Winner Runner-up
2010 Copernicus (2006/2007) Bertha von Suttner (2002/2003)
2011 Einstein (2010/2011) Einstein B (2010/2011)
2012 Einstein (2010/2011)
2013 Havel (2012/2013)
2014 Bertha von Suttner (2002/2003)
2015 Einstein (2010/2011) Copernicus (2006/2007)
2016 Einstein (2010/2011) Falcone and Borsellino (2014/2015)
2017 Keynes (2016/2017) Falcone and Borsellino (2014/2015)
2018 Copernicus (2006/2007) Falcone and Borsellino (2014/2015)
2019 Manuel Marín (2018/2019) Einstein (2010/2011)


  1. ^ "Europeaan van het eerste uur Hendrik Brugmans 1906-1997". Trouw (in Dutch). 13 March 1997. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Postgraduate institute of European studies - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
  3. ^ "Former Students of the Promotion Albert Einstein excel also in Football - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
  4. ^ "Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup 2016 - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
  5. ^ "News - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
  6. ^ "HBMC – Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup 2017 - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
  7. ^ "HBMC - Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup 2018 - College of Europe". www.coleurope.eu.
Preceded by
Rector of the College of Europe
Succeeded by
Jerzy Łukaszewski