Stijn Stijnen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈstɛin ˈstɛinə(n)]; born 7 April 1981) is a Belgian retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current manager of Patro Eisden Maasmechelen.
|Full name||Stijn Stijnen|
|Date of birth||7 April 1981|
|Place of birth||Hasselt, Belgium|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Patro Eisden Maasmechelen (manager)|
|2018–||Patro Eisden Maasmechelen|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
He played in 189 Belgian Pro League games during thirteen seasons, mainly with Club Brugge with which he won nine major titles, including two national championships.
Born in Hasselt, Limburg, Stijnen moved from K.S.C. Hasselt to Club Brugge KV in 2000, aged 19, and became the club's first stand-in for veteran Dany Verlinden – when the latter retired at 41, he backed up Tomislav Butina. On 18 April 2003, he made his debut in the league, in a 3–0 away win against K.R.C. Genk. However, his big breakthrough came in the 2005–06 season, when he replaced the injured Butina several times; some strong performances (including the UEFA Champions League 2–1 home loss to Juventus in the group stage) made him the undisputed first-choice onwards.
In the 2006–07 campaign, Stijnen was between the posts as Brugge won the Belgian Cup 1–0 against Standard Liège, but the club only finished sixth in the domestic league. He never played in less than 31 league games in the following three seasons, but the Blue and Black did not manage to win any silverware.
Stijnen retired in the 2013 summer at the age of 32, after two top flight seasons with Beerschot AC. He returned to youth club Hasselt subsequently, after being appointed director of football.
Belgium manager René Vandereycken noticed Stijnen's performances at club level, and handed him his debut in a friendly against Saudi Arabia on 11 May 2006. In March 2007, before an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier in Portugal, he reportedly claimed his teammates should take opponent star Cristiano Ronaldo out of the game in an early stage, by all means necessary; eventually the home side won 4–0, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice, and the Manchester United player accepted the Belgian's apologies.
Stijnen retired from international play in October 2009, after collecting 30 caps.
|Club Brugge||2002–03||Belgian Pro League||2||0|
|2003–04||Belgian Pro League||0||0|
|2004–05||Belgian Pro League||1||0|
|2005–06||Belgian Pro League||15||0|
|2006–07||Belgian Pro League||27||0|
|2007–08||Belgian Pro League||31||0|
|2008–09||Belgian Pro League||31||0|
|2009–10||Belgian Pro League||35||0|
|2010–11||Belgian Pro League||12||0|
|Beerschot AC||2011–12||Belgian Pro League||13||0|
|2012–13||Belgian Pro League||20||0|
- Belgian First Division: 2002–03, 2004–05
- Belgian Cup: 2001–02, 2006–07
- Belgian Super Cup: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
- Bruges Matins: 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 
- Jules Pappaert Cup: 2005
- ^ "Juve start in familiar fashion". UEFA.com. 14 September 2005. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012.
- ^ "Stijn Stijnen stopt als voorzitter van Sporting Hasselt" [Stijn Stijnen no longer Sporting Hasselt's director of football]. Het Belang van Limburg (in Dutch). 16 November 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- ^ "Thursday gossip column". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
- ^ Tom Adams (31 March 2007). "Fergie wanted Boateng action". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
- ^ Mark Buckingham (26 March 2007). "Ronaldo makes Stijnen peace". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
- ^ "Belgian keeper Stijnen retires". Agence France-Presse. 5 October 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
- ^ "Stijn Stijnen". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
- ^ "Geschiedenis". Club Brugge. 8 July 2017.
- ^ "CUP BELGIUM. FINAL". besoccer.com. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "Bruges-Standard : En 2007, Ishiaku sauvait la saison du Club". rtbf.be. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "RACING GENK - CLUB BRUGGE 0-2". clubbrugge.be. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "CLUB BRUGGE - LA LOUVIÈRE 1-1". clubbrugge.be. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "Anderlecht beaten in the Supercup". anderlecht-online.be. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "SUPERCOUPE DE BELGIQUE. FIN". besoccer.com. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
- ^ "Winnaars Brugse Metten".
- ^ Sports+, DH Les (1 October 2018). "Le Trophée Pappaert, c'est reparti!". DH Les Sports +.
- Club Brugge profile (in Dutch)
- Stijn Stijnen at National-Football-Teams.com
- Stijn Stijnen – FIFA competition record (archived)