Wesley Sonck

Date of birth09 August 1978
Place of birthNinove
NationalityBelgian
Weight73 kg
Height1.72 m
PositionForward

A name to make a note of, Wesley is key to Belgium's injury ravaged attacking options in Japan and South Korea. With 29 goals, the young striker has guided RC Genk to their Jupiler Championship success in 2001/02 and has been named Belgium' Footballer of the Year. Like previous winners Par Zetterberg, Branko Strupar, Lorenzo Staelens and Jan Koller before him, he is now lined up for a move abroad so many leading European clubs will be tracking his performances in the Far East. Formerly with RWD Molenbeek and Germinal Beerschot, Wesley joined Genk in July 2000. He scored 13 goals in his first season there to earn his first international call up in May 2001. He netted his first goal for Belgium the following month against San Marino.

Wesley opened his World Cup finals account with a vital goal in the 3-2 defeat of Russia in the last Group H game in Shizuoka to clinch Belgium's qualification for the last 16.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
RC Genk 01 Jul 2000

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2000-01 RC Genk Jupiler League 29
3
13
3
1
2000-01 RC Genk UEFA Cup 2
2
1
1
2001-02 RC Genk Jupiler League 17
21
2
1
2002-03 RC Genk UEFA Champions League 4
1
1
2003-04 Ajax UEFA Champions League 3
1
2004-05 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 6
1
2
3
2005-06 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 10
4
4
1
2006-07 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 3
4
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
12 Aug 2000 Mechelen v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 1
19 Aug 2000 RC Genk v Eendracht Aalst W 3-1 Jupiler League 2
27 Aug 2000 St Truiden v RC Genk D 2-2 Jupiler League 3
09 Sep 2000 Beveren v RC Genk L 2-0 Jupiler League 5
14 Sep 2000 FC Zürich v RC Genk W 1-2 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
16 Sep 2000 RC Genk v Charleroi W 2-1 Jupiler League 6
28 Sep 2000 RC Genk v FC Zürich W 2-0
Agg: 4-1
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
01 Oct 2000 RC Genk v Anderlecht D 1-1 Jupiler League 8
13 Oct 2000 Lierse SK v RC Genk D 1-1 Jupiler League 9
21 Oct 2000 RC Genk v Harelbeke W 4-0 Jupiler League 10
24 Oct 2000 Werder Bremen v RC Genk L 4-1 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
28 Oct 2000 RC Genk v AA Ghent D 1-1 Jupiler League 11
01 Nov 2000 Royal Antwerp v RC Genk L 1-0 Jupiler League 7
09 Nov 2000 RC Genk v Werder Bremen L 2-5
Agg: 3-9
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
12 Nov 2000 Excelsior Mouscron v RC Genk L 2-0 Jupiler League 12
19 Nov 2000 RC Genk v Lokeren D 0-0 Jupiler League 13
24 Nov 2000 Standard Liège v RC Genk L 2-1 Jupiler League 14
02 Dec 2000 RC Genk v La Louviere W 1-0 Jupiler League 15
09 Dec 2000 Germinal Beerschot v RC Genk L 5-1 Jupiler League 16
17 Dec 2000 RC Genk v Club Brugge L 0-1 Jupiler League 17
20 Dec 2000 RC Genk v Mechelen W 3-1 Jupiler League 18
21 Jan 2001 Eendracht Aalst v RC Genk L 4-2 Jupiler League 19
03 Feb 2001 Westerlo v RC Genk L 5-0 Jupiler League 21
10 Feb 2001 RC Genk v Beveren W 1-0 Jupiler League 22
17 Feb 2001 Charleroi v RC Genk L 2-1 Jupiler League 23
27 Feb 2001 RC Genk v St Truiden W 3-0 Jupiler League 20
10 Mar 2001 Anderlecht v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 25
17 Mar 2001 RC Genk v Lierse SK W 2-0 Jupiler League 26
01 Apr 2001 Harelbeke v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 27
07 Apr 2001 AA Ghent v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 28
14 Apr 2001 RC Genk v Excelsior Mouscron D 0-0 Jupiler League 29
21 Apr 2001 Lokeren v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 30
28 Apr 2001 RC Genk v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 31
05 May 2001 La Louviere v RC Genk L 2-1 Jupiler League 32
12 May 2001 RC Genk v Germinal Beerschot D 0-0 Jupiler League 33
20 May 2001 Club Brugge v RC Genk L 6-0 Jupiler League 34
11 Aug 2001 RC Genk v Beveren D 0-0 Jupiler League 1
19 Aug 2001 Royal Antwerp v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 2
26 Aug 2001 RC Genk v La Louviere D 0-0 Jupiler League 3
08 Sep 2001 Anderlecht v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 4
15 Sep 2001 Germinal Beerschot v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 5
22 Sep 2001 RC Genk v Lierse SK D 0-0 Jupiler League 6
30 Sep 2001 Club Brugge v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 7
10 Oct 2001 RC Genk v Eendracht Aalst D 0-0 Jupiler League 8
13 Oct 2001 AA Ghent v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 9
27 Oct 2001 Charleroi v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 11
04 Nov 2001 RC Genk v Standard Liège D 0-0 Jupiler League 12
25 Nov 2001 RWD Molenbeek v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 13
28 Nov 2001 RC Genk v Westerlo D 0-0 Jupiler League 16
01 Dec 2001 RC Genk v St Truiden D 0-0 Jupiler League 14
08 Dec 2001 Excelsior Mouscron v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 15
19 Dec 2001 Lokeren v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 17
11 Jan 2002 Beveren v RC Genk D 0-0 Jupiler League 18
25 Sep 2002 Real Madrid v RC Genk D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
02 Oct 2002 RC Genk v AS Roma D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
22 Oct 2002 AS Roma v RC Genk D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
12 Nov 2002 RC Genk v Real Madrid D 0-0 UEFA Champions League Group C


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
1996-97 Belgium UEFA Under-18
4
1
1
1997-98 Belgium Under-21
2
1998-99 Belgium UEFA Under-21 1
1
1999-00 Belgium B International 1
1999-00 Belgium UEFA Under-21 7
7
1
2000-01 Belgium FIFA World Cup
2
1
2001-02 Belgium FIFA World Cup 3
5
1
1
2001-02 Belgium International Friendly 4
2
1
2002-03 Belgium International Friendly 3
3
1
2002-03 Belgium UEFA European Championship 6
3
2003-04 Belgium International Friendly 3
2
2003-04 Belgium UEFA European Championship 2
2
2004-05 Belgium FIFA World Cup 3
1
2004-05 Belgium International Friendly
1
2005-06 Belgium International Friendly 2
1
1
2007-08 Belgium International Friendly
2
1
2007-08 Belgium UEFA European Championship
2
1
2008-09 Belgium FIFA World Cup 6
6
2008-09 Belgium International Friendly 2
2009-10 Belgium FIFA World Cup 2
1
2009-10 Belgium International Friendly 1
2
1
2010-11 Belgium International Friendly
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 Sep 1996 Turkey v Belgium L 5-3 UEFA U18 Group 6
18 Sep 1996 Belgium v Germany L 1-2 UEFA U18 Group 6
28 Sep 1996 Portugal v Belgium L 4-2 UEFA U18 Group 6
17 Oct 1996 Belgium v Portugal L 1-3 UEFA U18 Group 6
09 Dec 1997 Germany v Belgium D 0-0 Under-21
21 Apr 1998 Belgium v Romania W 3-2 Under-21
28 Apr 1999 Belgium v Bosnia-Herzegovina W 4-0 UEFA U21 Group 9
17 Aug 1999 Estonia v Belgium W 1-7 UEFA U21 Group 9
03 Sep 1999 Belgium v Estonia W 5-0 UEFA U21 Group 9
07 Sep 1999 Belgium v Lithuania W 3-0 UEFA U21 Group 9
22 Sep 1999 Bosnia-Herzegovina v Belgium W 3-4 UEFA U21 Group 9
08 Oct 1999 Czech Republic v Belgium W 1-3 UEFA U21 Group 9
13 Nov 1999 Netherlands v Belgium D 2-2 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
17 Nov 1999 Belgium v Netherlands L 0-2 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
22 Feb 2000 Belgium v France D 1-1 B INTER
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
10 Nov 2001 Belgium v Czech Republic W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
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
27 Mar 2002 Greece v Belgium L 3-2 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
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
21 Aug 2002 Poland v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Belgium v Bulgaria L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 8
12 Oct 2002 Andorra v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
16 Oct 2002 Estonia v Belgium W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
12 Feb 2003 Algeria v Belgium W 1-3 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Croatia v Belgium L 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
30 Apr 2003 Belgium v Poland W 3-1 International Friendly
07 Jun 2003 Bulgaria v Belgium D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group 8
11 Jun 2003 Belgium v Andorra W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
20 Aug 2003 Belgium v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
10 Sep 2003 Belgium v Croatia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
11 Oct 2003 Belgium v Estonia W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
18 Feb 2004 Belgium v France L 0-2 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Belgium v Turkey L 2-3 International Friendly
18 Aug 2004 Norway v Belgium D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Sep 2004 Belgium v Lithuania D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
09 Oct 2004 Spain v Belgium L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
17 Nov 2004 Belgium v Serbia and Montenegro L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 7
01 Mar 2006 Luxembourg v Belgium W 0-2 International Friendly
20 May 2006 Slovakia v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
24 May 2006 Belgium v Turkey D 3-3 International Friendly
13 Oct 2007 Belgium v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
17 Oct 2007 Belgium v Armenia W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
26 Mar 2008 Belgium v Morocco L 1-4 International Friendly
30 May 2008 Italy v Belgium L 3-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 Germany v Belgium L 2-0 International Friendly
06 Sep 2008 Belgium v Estonia W 3-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
10 Sep 2008 Turkey v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
11 Oct 2008 Belgium v Armenia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
15 Oct 2008 Belgium v Spain L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
19 Nov 2008 Luxembourg v Belgium D 1-1 International Friendly
28 Mar 2009 Belgium v Bosnia and Herzegovina L 2-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
01 Apr 2009 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Belgium L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
12 Aug 2009 Czech Republic v Belgium L 3-1 International Friendly
05 Sep 2009 Spain v Belgium L 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
09 Sep 2009 Armenia v Belgium L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
14 Nov 2009 Belgium v Hungary W 3-0 International Friendly
17 Nov 2009 Belgium v Qatar W 2-0 International Friendly
03 Mar 2010 Belgium v Croatia L 0-1 International Friendly


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