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René Vandereycken (born 22 July 1953 in Spalbeek) is a Belgian football manager and a former player. He was the head coach of the Belgian national team from 1 January 2006 to 7 April 2009.

René Vandereycken
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René Vandereycken and Johan Boskamp
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-07-22) 22 July 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Spalbeek, Belgium
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 KSC Hasselt ? (?)
1974–1981 Club Brugge 233 (63)
1981–1983 Genoa CFC 28 (0)
1983–1986 R.S.C. Anderlecht 94 (13)
1986–1987 Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin 24 (0)
1987–1989 K.A.A. Gent 41 (1)
National team
1975–1986 Belgium 50 (3)
Teams managed
1989–1993 K.A.A. Gent
1993–1994 Standard de Liège
1994–1997 R.W.D. Molenbeek
1997 R.S.C. Anderlecht
2000 1. FSV Mainz 05
2002–2004 FC Twente
2004–2005 K.R.C. Genk
2006–2009 Belgium
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


He played for Club Brugge, Genoa and Anderlecht.


As a player, he got 50 caps and scored 3 goals for the national team, and represented Belgium at the Euro 1980, in the final of which he scored a penalty.

Coaching careerEdit

He used to coach FC Twente as well as R.S.C. Anderlecht for some months and was fired by K.R.C. Genk in June 2005 after he managed to qualify the team for the UEFA Cup. The other teams he managed were Gent, Standard, RWDM and Mainz 05. Vandereycken is known to like the defensive play and to be a tactician.

He was the head coach of the Belgian national team from January 2006 to April 2009. During this time, he was subject to a lot of criticism in the press for his tactical decisions. He was sacked on 7 April 2009 after not managing to get any points from 2 matches against Bosnia in World Cup qualifying.[1][2]


  1. ^ Belgien entlässt Coach Rene Vandereycken
  2. ^ "Belgium dispense with Vandereycken". 7 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009.

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