Gilles De Bilde was born in Zellik on June 7 1971. He played in the youth teams of Zellik Sport (1981-1984), RSC Anderlecht (1984-1985), again Zellik Sport (1985-1988), KHO Merchtem (1989-1992) and Eendracht Aalst (1992-1994). In the season of 1993-1994, he made it to the first team, reached European football and won the Golden Shoe.
Gilles then went to Anderlecht where the fans nicknamed him de ket. Soon he had to leave after punching Aalst player Krist Porte. Porte was severely injured and De Bilde was sold to PSV, where his fellow-countrymen Luc Nilis and Marc Degryse also played. De Bilde won one title and two supercups in Holland. After a few seasons in the Premier League, he returned to Anderlecht in 2001. He ended his career in 2004 in the highest division playing for Lierse. Eventually, he would end up in the 3rd division, playing for KVC Willebroek-Meerhof until 2008.
He played 25 games for the Belgian national team.
>> Video: 2002, De Bilde scores vs. Lokeren
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