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Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud'homme[1] (born 24 January 1959), commonly known as Michel Preud'homme, is a former Belgian professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and is the current manager of Standard Liège in the Belgian Pro League.

Michel Preud'homme
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Preud'homme in 2008
Personal information
Full name Michel Georges Jean Ghislain Preud'homme
Date of birth (1959-01-24) 24 January 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Ougrée, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Standard Liège (manager)
Youth career
1969–1977 Standard Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1986 Standard Liège 240 (0)
1986–1994 Mechelen 263 (0)
1994–1999 Benfica 147 (0)
Total 650 (0)
National team
1979–1994 Belgium 58 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Standard Liège
2006–2008 Standard Liège
2008–2010 Gent
2010–2011 Twente
2011–2013 Al-Shabab
2013–2017 Club Brugge
2018– Standard Liège
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He was considered one of the world's best and most consistent goalkeepers during his career;[2] he was the first winner of the Yashin Award as the best goalkeeper at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

On club level, Preud'homme played for Standard Liège, Mechelen and Benfica. With Mechelen, he won the Belgian Cup in 1987, the Cup Winner's Cup and the European Super Cup in 1988 and the Belgian league title in 1989. He also won the Portuguese Cup with Benfica in 1996. He retired as a player in 1999, aged 40. For Belgium, Preud'homme was capped 58 times, from 1979 to 1995. Other than the 1994 World Cup, he also played in the 1990 tournament.[3]

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Club careerEdit

Standard LiègeEdit

Preud'homme is a product of Standard Liège's youth system, which he joined at 10 years old in 1969. He was first called up to the first team in 1977 and made his senior debut in August 1977 after early injuries to the main goalkeeper Christian Piot and his successor Jean-Paul Crucifix.[4]

MechelenEdit

Preud'homme moved to KV Mechelen in 1986.

BenficaEdit

Preud'homme moved to Portuguese club Benfica in 1994, becoming the first foreign goalkeeper in Benfica's history. He made his debut on 21 August, against Beira-Mar. On 18 May 1996, Michel won his first trophy in Portuguese football as Benfica defeated Lisbon rivals Sporting CP 3–1 in the Taça de Portugal final.[5]

For his outstanding performances and almost impossible saves, he was nicknamed "Saint Michel" by supporters of Benfica. On 10 August 1999, he played his last match, an off season friendly against Bayern Munich. After his retirement, at age 40, he became Benfica's director of international relations.[6]

International careerEdit

Preud'homme made his senior debut on 2 May 1979 in a 0–0 draw with Austria in a UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying match.[7] He served as third keeper behind Jean-Marie Pfaff and Theo Custers in the UEFA Euro 1980 as Belgium lost in the final against Germany.[8]

Preud'homme represented Belgium in two consecutive FIFA World Cups: 1990 and 1994 – the latter being his last competition at international level, where he was awarded with the Yashin Award for best goalkeeper,[9] and was included in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team,[10] as Belgium reached the round of 16 of the tournament, only to be eliminated by defending champions Germany following a 3–2 defeat.[11]

Preud'homme made his final appearance for Belgium on 17 December 1994 in a 4–1 defeat to Spain, in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match.

Style of playEdit

A world-class, elegant, efficient, and consistent goalkeeper, regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Preud'homme was mainly known for his excellent shot-stopping abilities, quick reflexes, agility, strength, tenacity, handling and his ability to come off his line to collect crosses, as well as his tendency to produce spectacular and decisive saves.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Managerial careerEdit

After his professional football career, Michel Preud'homme stayed at Benfica to become technical director. In September 2000, he suggested the club approach José Mourinho to become the head coach. At that time, Mourinho was just an interpreter at Barcelona. Preud'homme met Mourinho on a visit to Barcelona.[21]

Standard LiègeEdit

Preud'homme has been the head coach of Standard Liège twice, the first time from December 2000 to May 2002 and the second time from August 2006 to the end of the 2008 season. After leaving his technical director duties at Benfica, he replaced Tomislav Ivić on 20 December 2000.[22] On May 2002, he left his coaching position to become Standard's sporting director.[23]

On 30 August 2006, after Dutchman Johan Boskamp was sacked due to poor results, Preud'homme left his sporting director duties and became Standard's manager for the second time in his career.[24] After his return to the club, Standard Liège won in 2008 its first Belgian Championship in 25 years,[25] and it therefore came as a surprise when he was appointed manager of Gent for the 2008–09 season.[26]

GentEdit

Preud'homme moved to Gent on 27 May 2008. With Gent he finished second in the Jupiler Pro League, this was their highest place ever (together with the 1954–1955 season). He also won the Belgian Cup, it was the third time in the history of the club that they won that trophy.

TwenteEdit

On 23 May 2010, it was confirmed that Preud'homme would replace Steve McClaren as the head coach of Twente,[27] despite the interest of Porto and Milan. On 31 July 2010, he won his first trophy in Dutch football as Twente defeated Ajax 1–0 in the Johan Cruyff Shield match. In the last competition match of the season, Twente lost to Ajax, which meant the Dutch title went to Amsterdam and Twente finished runners-up. On 8 May 2011, Twente defeated Ajax 3–2 after extra time in the KNVB Cup final held at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Al-Shabab RiyadhEdit

On 13 June 2011, FC Twente confirmed Preud'homme's departure to Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab Riyadh on its website .[28] By the end of the transfer window, he brought Brazilian central midfielder Fernando Menegazzo and Uzbekistani midfielder Server Djeparov.

On 10 September 2011, Al-Shabab won 3–1 at Al-Faisaly in Preud'homme's first Saudi Professional League game as manager. On 10 March 2012, he succeeding Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs on winning the Guy Thys Award, the prize for the coach who most contributed to the image of his profession and football.[29]

On 14 April 2012, after a 1–1 draw against Al-Ahli, Al-Shabab clinched the Saudi Professional League title after six years since they had won it for the last time. Shabab finishing the league undefeated, with 19 victories and 7 draws.[30] At the end of the season, he was won the Saudi Arabia Manager of the Year award.[31]

On 10 May, Preud'homme was rewarded with a new contract extension, running until 2016.[32] On 18 September 2013, he and Al-Shabab agreed to part ways, allowing him to sign for Club Brugge one day later.[33]

Club BruggeEdit

After Juan Carlos Garrido was fired, Preud'homme was appointed head coach of Club Brugge on 19 September 2013.[34] Six days later, he made his debut in a 1–0 win against Oudenaarde. At the end of the season, Preud'homme signed a new contract to remain as Club Brugge manager until 2019.[35]

On 11 February 2015, Preud'homme reached his third Belgian Cup Final, after eliminating rivals Cercle Brugge 8–3 on aggregate. On 22 March 2015, he won that final against rivals Anderlecht. It was the first trophy for Club Brugge in eight years. At the end of the season, he was voted Belgian Professional Manager of the Year for the second time.[36]

Preud'homme started the new season losing the 2015 Belgian Super Cup to Gent. In the Belgian Cup, Brugge won 0–2 in the quarter-final against Westerlo. On 3 February 2016, they eliminated Gent on the away goals rule to reach the Cup Final for the second year in a row.[37] Brugge lost the match 2–1 to Standard Liège.

On 15 May 2016, after finishing first in the regular season, Preud'homme won the Jupiler Pro League with Club Brugge in a 4–0 win over Anderlecht. It took the club 11 years since their last victory in the Belgian competition.[38] On 23 May, he was voted Manager of the Year for the third time, the second consecutive.[39]

Return to Standard LiègeEdit

On 23 May 2018, Preud'homme signed with Standard Liège.[40]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

National
Team
Year Friendlies World Cup European Championships Total
Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA Pld GA
Belgium

[41]

1979 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
1981 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
1987 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2
1988 4 7 1 0 0 0 5 7
1989 2 0 6 5 0 0 8 5
1990 6 7 4 4 1 3 11 14
1991 2 0 0 0 5 3 7 3
1992 2 5 5 1 0 0 7 6
1993 1 1 4 4 0 0 5 5
1994 3 2 4 4 3 5 10 11
Total 20 22 26 21 12 13 58 56

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 23 February 2019
Team From To Record
M W D L Win %
Standard Liège 20 December 2000 5 May 2002 60 25 22 13 041.67
Standard Liège 30 August 2006 26 May 2008 81 51 17 13 062.96
Gent 27 May 2008 22 May 2010 89 46 20 23 051.69
Twente 23 May 2010 13 June 2011 53 31 12 10 058.49
Al-Shabab Riyadh 13 June 2011 18 September 2013 67 42 15 10 062.69
Club Brugge 19 September 2013 31 May 2017 191 112 29 50 058.64
Standard Liège 23 May 2018 Present 58 24 21 13 041.38
Total 599 331 136 132 055.26

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • Prata, João; Perdigão, Carlos (April 1995). Biografias: Michel Preud'Homme, experiência e classe inconfundíveis! [Biographies: Michel Preud'Homme, unmistakable class and experience!]. Lisgráfica. Depósito Legal [Deposit number]: 84768/94.

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