Yves Vanderhaeghe (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈi vɑndɛrˈɦaːɣə]; born 30 January 1970) is a Belgian retired footballer and manager who played as a defensive midfielder. He is currently the manager of KV Kortrijk.
|Full name||Yves Vanderhaeghe|
|Date of birth||30 January 1970|
|Place of birth||Roeselare, Belgium|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1986–1988||→ Cercle Brugge (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Known for his tackling, hard-working approach and stamina, he played for five clubs during his 22-year professional career, amassing Belgian Pro League totals of 340 games and 32 goals.
A late bloomer, Vanderhaeghe did not reach the Belgian national team until the age of 29, but still went on to collect nearly 50 caps, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.
At the age of 16, Vanderhaeghe moved from hometown's K.S.V. Roeselare to Cercle Brugge KSV, on loan, but he only played one game in two seasons. Subsequently, he returned to his first club, playing four years in the Belgian Third Division and two in the second, now with the shirt of R.E. Mouscron.
Vanderhaeghe first established himself in the Pro League with K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst, amassing more than 100 official appearances and adding 11 goals in the league alone. In January 1998 he returned to Mouscron, scoring a career-best eight times in the 1999–2000 campaign as the Wallonia team finished in fourth position, nearly qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
Aged already 30, Vanderhaeghe signed with country giants R.S.C. Anderlecht. In his first two years combined he appeared in 65 matches, helping the Brussels side to the league and the domestic supercup in his debut campaign; in the following years he began to be irregularly used, due to persistent injury problems.
During the winter-break of 2006–07, 37-year-old Vanderhaeghe was told to look for a new club, and he joined another old acquaintance, Roeselaere, by then competing in the first division. He retired in June 2008, later working as assistant manager at K.V. Kortrijk.
Shortly after he was dismissed at Oostende he was appointed as the new manager of Gent, where he stayed for 1 year. On 15 November 2018, Vanderhaeghe became the new manager of Kortrijk, where he started his second term as head coach.
Vanderhaeghe represented the nation in UEFA Euro 2000 – played on home soil – and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, totalling seven appearances and helping the country to the round-of-16 in the latter competition (0–2 against eventual winners Brazil). He scored his two only goals for Belgium in the historic 10–1 win against San Marino in Brussels for the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, on 28 February 2001.
- "Vanderhaeghe neemt afscheid van Kortrijk en gaat naar Oostende" [Vanderhaeghe says goodbye to Kortrijk and moves to Oostende] (in Dutch). Sporza. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Verrassing bij KV Kortrijk: Glen De Boeck ontslagen, Yves Vanderhaeghe neemt officieel over: "Welcome home"" [Surprise at KV Kortrijk: Glen De Boeck dismissed, Yves Vanderhaeghe officially takes over: "Welcome home"] (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- Mamrud, Roberto (29 October 2009). "Belgium – Record International Players". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009.