Marc Wilmots

Date of birth22 February 1969
Place of birthDongelberg
NationalityBelgian
Weight86 kg
Height1.84 m
PositionMidfielder

Wilmots is Belgium's most experienced player and is their captain and leader in midfield. A perfectly personable character off the pitch, he becomes a fierce competitor in the heat of battle and is well known for arguing with all around him. Having been introduced to the international squad in May 1990, he is a big game player who thrives on responsibility. This was demonstrated when he took the vital penalty in the World Cup Play-Off against the Czech Republic in Prague. He was a Belgian Cup winner in his five years at Standard Liege after leaving Mechelen in 1991. He enjoyed a successful move to Germany when he scored the winning penalty for Schalke 04 in the shoot-out at the end of the 1997 UEFA Cup Final against Internazionale in the San Siro. Wilmots moved on to Bordeaux for £1.5million in July 2000 but returned to Schalke after a disappointing year in France. His 2001/02 season has been badly disrupted by injury, and he underwent a knee operation in March 2002. Wilmots took over the Red Devils captaincy from Lorenzo Staelens after Euro 2000.

Wilmots scored Belgium's first goal in their opening game in the Far East - a 2-2 draw with Japan, and found the net again in their second game - a 1-1 draw with Tunisia.

He maintained his goal-a-game record with the winner in the 3-2 defeat of Russia as Belgium qualified for the second phase.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
KV Mechelen 01 Jul 1989 01 Jul 1991
Standard Liège 01 Jul 1991 01 Jul 1996
Schalke 04 01 Jul 1996 01 Jul 2000
Bordeaux 01 Jul 2000 01 Jul 2001
Schalke 04 01 Jul 2001

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 Bordeaux French Championnat 26
4
8
1
2000-01 Bordeaux UEFA Cup 3
2
2
2001-02 Schalke 04 Bundesliga 17
7
6
3
2001-02 Schalke 04 UEFA Champions League 2
1
2002-03 Schalke 04 Bundesliga 5
5
1
2002-03 Schalke 04 UEFA Cup 2
1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
29 Jul 2000 Bordeaux v Metz D 1-1 French Championnat 1
05 Aug 2000 Bastia v Bordeaux L 2-0 French Championnat 2
12 Aug 2000 Bordeaux v Troyes D 2-2 French Championnat 3
19 Aug 2000 Saint Etienne v Bordeaux L 1-0 French Championnat 4
26 Aug 2000 Bordeaux v RC Lens D 1-1 French Championnat 5
06 Sep 2000 Nantes v Bordeaux W 0-5 French Championnat 6
09 Sep 2000 Bordeaux v Guingamp L 0-2 French Championnat 7
12 Sep 2000 Lierse SK v Bordeaux D 0-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
16 Sep 2000 Olympique Marseille v Bordeaux W 0-1 French Championnat 8
23 Sep 2000 Bordeaux v Toulouse W 2-1 French Championnat 9
26 Sep 2000 Bordeaux v Lierse SK W 5-1
Agg: 5-1
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
30 Sep 2000 AS Monaco v Bordeaux D 2-2 French Championnat 10
15 Oct 2000 Auxerre v Bordeaux W 0-2 French Championnat 11
21 Oct 2000 Bordeaux v Olympique Lyonnais D 1-1 French Championnat 12
04 Nov 2000 Bordeaux v Lille W 1-0 French Championnat 14
19 Nov 2000 Bordeaux v Rennes W 3-0 French Championnat 16
23 Nov 2000 Bordeaux v Werder Bremen W 4-1 UEFA Cup 3rd round 1st leg
26 Nov 2000 Sedan v Bordeaux D 0-0 French Championnat 17
29 Nov 2000 Bordeaux v Bastia D 0-0 French Championnat 18
03 Dec 2000 Troyes v Bordeaux L 1-0 French Championnat 19
07 Dec 2000 Werder Bremen v Bordeaux D 0-0
Agg: 1-4
UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg
10 Dec 2000 Bordeaux v Saint-Étienne W 2-1 French Championnat 20
16 Dec 2000 RC Lens v Bordeaux D 2-2 French Championnat 21
21 Dec 2000 Bordeaux v Nantes L 0-2 French Championnat 22
13 Jan 2001 Guingamp v Bordeaux D 1-1 French Championnat 23
26 Jan 2001 Bordeaux v Olympique Marseille W 3-0 French Championnat 24
03 Feb 2001 Toulouse v Bordeaux D 1-1 French Championnat 25
07 Feb 2001 Bordeaux v AS Monaco W 2-1 French Championnat 26
15 Feb 2001 Rayo Vallecano v Bordeaux L 4-1 UEFA Cup 4th round 1st leg
18 Feb 2001 Bordeaux v Auxerre W 1-0 French Championnat 27
03 Mar 2001 Olympique Lyonnais v Bordeaux L 2-1 French Championnat 28
06 Apr 2001 Lille v Bordeaux D 2-2 French Championnat 30
14 Apr 2001 Bordeaux v Strasbourg W 2-1 French Championnat 31
12 May 2001 Bordeaux v Sedan D 2-2 French Championnat 33
19 May 2001 Metz v Bordeaux L 2-0 French Championnat 34


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1987-88 Belgium Under-21 1
1
1988-89 Belgium UEFA Under-21 3
3
1989-90 Belgium International Friendly 1
1
1989-90 Belgium UEFA Under-21 2
1
1990-91 Belgium International Friendly
2
1990-91 Belgium UEFA European Championship 3
1
1991-92 Belgium FIFA World Cup 1
1
3
1991-92 Belgium International Friendly 1
2
1
1991-92 Belgium UEFA European Championship 1
1992-93 Belgium FIFA World Cup 1
3
2
1993-94 Belgium FIFA World Cup 2
1993-94 Belgium International Friendly 1
3
2
1996-97 Belgium FIFA World Cup 1
1996-97 Belgium International Friendly 1
1997-98 Belgium FIFA World Cup 5
3
1997-98 Belgium International Friendly 5
2
1997-98 Belgium King Hassan II Cup 1
1998-99 Belgium International Friendly 2
1999-00 Belgium International Friendly 7
4
1
1999-00 Belgium UEFA European Championship 3
1
2000-01 Belgium FIFA World Cup 6
7
2000-01 Belgium International Friendly 2
2001-02 Belgium FIFA World Cup 6
1
4
2001-02 Belgium International Friendly 6
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
04 Jun 1988 Denmark v Belgium L 2-1 U21
15 Nov 1988 Czechoslovakia v Belgium W 0-3 UEFA U21 Group 7
14 Feb 1989 Portugal v Belgium D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 7
29 Apr 1989 Belgium v Czechoslovakia D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 7
05 Sep 1989 Belgium v Portugal D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 7
24 Oct 1989 Belgium v Luxembourg W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
26 May 1990 Belgium v Romania D 2-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 1990 Belgium v Mexico W 3-0 International Friendly
12 Sep 1990 Belgium v East Germany L 0-2 International Friendly
17 Oct 1990 Wales v Belgium L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
12 Feb 1991 Italy v Belgium D 0-0 International Friendly
27 Feb 1991 Belgium v Luxembourg W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
27 Mar 1991 Belgium v Wales D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
01 May 1991 Germany v Belgium L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
09 Oct 1991 Hungary v Belgium W 0-2 International Friendly
20 Nov 1991 Belgium v Germany L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
26 Feb 1992 Tunisia v Belgium L 2-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 1992 France v Belgium D 3-3 International Friendly
22 Apr 1992 Belgium v Cyprus W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
03 Jun 1992 Faroe Islands v Belgium W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Group 4
02 Sep 1992 Czechoslovakia v Belgium W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 4
14 Oct 1992 Belgium v Romania W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
18 Nov 1992 Belgium v Wales W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
22 May 1993 Belgium v Faroe Islands W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
06 Oct 1993 Belgium v Gabon W 2-1 International Friendly
13 Oct 1993 Romania v Belgium L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 4
16 Feb 1994 Malta v Belgium L 1-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 1994 Belgium v Zambia W 9-0 International Friendly
08 Jun 1994 Belgium v Hungary W 3-1 International Friendly
29 Jun 1994 Belgium v Saudi Arabia L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group F
14 Dec 1996 Belgium v Netherlands L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Group 7
11 Feb 1997 Northern Ireland v Belgium L 3-0 International Friendly
11 Oct 1997 Belgium v Wales W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Group 7
29 Oct 1997 Republic of Ireland v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1st leg play-off
25 Feb 1998 Belgium v USA W 2-0 International Friendly
25 Mar 1998 Belgium v Norway D 2-2 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Belgium v Romania D 1-1 International Friendly
27 May 1998 Belgium v France L 0-1 King Hassan II Cup
03 Jun 1998 Belgium v Colombia W 2-0 International Friendly
06 Jun 1998 Belgium v Paraguay W 1-0 International Friendly
13 Jun 1998 Netherlands v Belgium D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
20 Jun 1998 Belgium v Mexico D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
25 Jun 1998 Belgium v Korea Republic D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
27 Mar 1999 Belgium v Bulgaria L 0-1 International Friendly
30 Mar 1999 Belgium v Egypt L 0-1 International Friendly
18 Aug 1999 Belgium v Finland L 3-4 International Friendly
04 Sep 1999 Netherlands v Belgium D 5-5 International Friendly
10 Oct 1999 England v Belgium L 2-1 International Friendly
13 Nov 1999 Italy v Belgium W 1-3 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 Belgium v Portugal D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2000 Belgium v Netherlands D 2-2 International Friendly
03 Jun 2000 Denmark v Belgium D 2-2 International Friendly
10 Jun 2000 Belgium v Sweden W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
14 Jun 2000 Belgium v Italy L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
19 Jun 2000 Belgium v Turkey L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group B
16 Aug 2000 Bulgaria v Belgium W 1-3 International Friendly
02 Sep 2000 Belgium v Croatia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
07 Oct 2000 Latvia v Belgium W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
28 Feb 2001 Belgium v San Marino W 10-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
24 Mar 2001 Scotland v Belgium D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
25 Apr 2001 Czech Republic v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Belgium v Latvia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
06 Jun 2001 San Marino v Belgium W 1-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
15 Aug 2001 Finland v Belgium L 4-1 International Friendly
05 Sep 2001 Belgium v Scotland W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
06 Oct 2001 Croatia v Belgium L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
14 Nov 2001 Czech Republic v Belgium W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
13 Feb 2002 Belgium v Norway W 1-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Belgium v Slovakia D 1-1 International Friendly
14 May 2002 Belgium v Algeria D 0-0 International Friendly
18 May 2002 France v Belgium W 1-2 International Friendly
26 May 2002 Belgium v Costa Rica W 1-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 2002 Japan v Belgium D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
10 Jun 2002 Tunisia v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
14 Jun 2002 Belgium v Russia W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group H
17 Jun 2002 Brazil v Belgium L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.