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De Wolf, Michel Stats

Michel De Wolf, born on January 19 1958 in Nivelles, started his carreer when he was 9 years old by signing up for the youth teams of Clabecq. Aged 14, he went to R.W.D.M (currently named FC Brussels). He was being educated in a school in Tubize, but after the classes he took te train to Brussels to train for R.W.D.M. On the age of 16, he started working in the steel factory 'Forges de Clabecq'. De Wolf signed his first professional football contract on November 28 of the year 1977. He quit his job in the steel factory.

De Wolf played his first game for R.W.D.M. by replacing Carlos Alhinho. De Wolf conquered his place in the team and played for 6 years for R.W.D.M. On October 15, 1980 he made his debute for the national team when he played for a few minutes with Belgium against Ireland. But there was also some negative news: he caused a leg fracture of Maurice de Schrijver (Lokeren). In 1983, De Wolf was transfered to A.A. Gent and won the cup in 1984. De Wolf scored in the final against Standard (2-0). With the national team, he made it to the European Championship of '84 in France.

Michel quit A.A. Gent after 5 years and went to K.V. Kortrijk. It was an important moment in his life. De Wolf had a bad reputation, but his manager Frank Kerkhof and trainer Georges Leekens changed that rapidly. After two years of absence, he rejoined the national team for the qualification game against Czechoslovakia. In 1990 he went to the World Cup in Italy and scored an amazing goal against South Korea.

After the Mondiale (World Cup in Italy), he joined Anderlecht. The Mauves were looking for a left back. Michel won three national titles and one cup in his four years with Anderlecht. On May 8 1994, he played his 500th game in the Belgian first division. On that same day, Anderlecht won the title against A.A. Gent.

Michel De Wolf, also played for Belgium on the World Cup in the USA under federal coach Paul Van Himst. In oktober '94, he said goodbye to the national team, before the game against Denmark. He chose for a future with Olympique Marseille, his new employer...