Gérard Delbeke

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Gérard Delbeke
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Date of birth(1903-09-01)1 September 1903 [ citation needed ]
Place of birth Ruiselede, Belgium
Date of death 22 October 1977(1977-10-22) (aged 74) [ citation needed ]
Playing position(s) midfield
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1923–1933 FC Bruges
National team
1930 Belgium 1 (0)
Teams managed
1933–1934 FC Bruges
1939–1945 FC Bruges
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gérard Delbeke was a Belgian footballer born 1 September 1903[ citation needed ] in Ruiselede (Belgium), died 22 October 1977[ citation needed ].

He was a midfielder for Club brugeois, spending eight seasons in the first team. [1] He played one international match for Belgium, on 20 July 1930, during the first World Cup in Montevideo, against Paraguay (lost, 1–0). [2]

In 1933, he retired, and took over as coach with the mission to return club brugeois to the élite. He succeeded in his mission, and continued to manage the Blauw-Zwart through the Second World War.

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References

  1. Biography on the page of clubbrugge.be Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Player caps at the URBSFA site Archived 25 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine