Grün, Georges Stats

Georges Grün (January 25, 1962) was one of Belgium's best defenders ever, but he never won the Golden Shoe award. He ended up fourth in 1985, when Jan Ceulemans won, and fifth in 1988, when Lei Clijsters won.

Georges Grün a defender with offensive qualities. He played as a central defender or as a right back. Grün was a fast player with a good center. He wasn't very mobile player, but had a good header. He combined his intelligence with his talent. On top of that, he was always focused. All these skills made trainer Van Himst line him up in Anderlecht. Federal coach Guy Thys did the same for the national team.

Georges Grün had a long carreer, playing for Anderlecht, Parma, again Anderlecht and finally Reggiana. With Anderlecht, he conquered the national title in '85, '86, '87 and '95. He also won two Belgian Cups by beating Standard twice with 2-0 in '88 and '89. With Parma, he won the Coppa d'Italia in '92.

He had his biggest international success with Parma by winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1993. Parma beat the Belgian club FC Antwerp in Wembley with 3-1. Parma also won the European Supercup against AC Milan.

Grün also played two European finals with Anderlecht. In 1984, as well the first as the second leg of the final ended on a score of 1-1, but opponent Tottenham won on penalties by 4-3. In 1990, Sampdoria Genua beat the Mauves in the final with 2-0.

Grün played 77 interlands and scored 6 goals between 1984 and 1995. His first interland game was on the European Championship in France (1984). He immediatly scored with a header against Yugoslavia. He also played on the World Cups in '86, '90 and '94. He scored in his last World Cup match against Germany (3-2).

Georges Grün became famous by scoring against Holland on 20 Novemver 1985. In order to reach the World Cup in Mexico, Belgium had to beat the Netherlands in a play-off game. The Belgians had won the match in Brussels with 1-0. In Rotterdam, the score was 2-0 for Holland with just 4 minutes left on the clock. But then Grün scored with a header on a center of Eric Gerets: 2-1 and Belgium qualified for the Mundial '86 in Mexico, where the Red Devils reached the semi-final.