Tim Smolders

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Tim Smolders
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-08-26) 26 August 1980 (age 43)
Place of birth Geel, Belgium
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Club Brugge (head of academy)
Youth career
1988–1990 FC Netezonen Eindhout
1900–1993 Westerlo
1993–1998 Geel
1998–1999 Club Brugge
Senior career*
1999–2004 Club Brugge 64 (10)
2004–2006 RBC Roosendaal 60 (6)
2006–2008 Charleroi 82 (14)
2009–2012 Gent 82 (8)
2012–2015 Cercle Brugge 66 (5)
2015–2018 Zwevezele
Managerial career
2014–2015 Cercle Brugge (player-assistant)
2018–2019 Belgium U19 (assistant)
2019–2021 Club Brugge (U-21 assistant)
2021–2022 Club Brugge (head of academy)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tim Smolders (born 26 August 1980) is a Belgian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Club Brugge, RBC Roosendaal, Charleroi, K.A.A. Gent, and Cercle Brugge.


Coaching and later career

In his last year at Cercle Brugge, Smolders combined the roles of player and assistant manager. [1] In August 2015, Smolders joined Belgian amateur club Zwevezele, [2] and after three years at the club, he officially retired in August 2018, when he was hired as an assistant manager for the Belgian U-19 national team under manager Jacky Mathijssen. [3] [4]

In June 2019, Smolders returned to Club Brugge as an assistant coach for the clubs U-21 team and talent coach for both the U-21 and U-18 teams. [5] On 9 August 2021, Smolders was placed in a new role at Club Brugge as the Head of the clubs Academy, Club NXT Academy. [6] On May 31, 2022, Club announced that they and Smolders had mutually agreed to part ways. [7]


Club Brugge

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  1. Tipuric wordt assistent bij Cercle, Smolders wordt speler-coach, sporza.be, 14 October 2014
  2. Tim Smolders (ex-Cercle) naar Zwevezele: ‘Titel helpen pakken’, nieuwsblad.be, 27 August 2015
  3. Tim Smolders wordt assistent van Jacky Mathijssen bij Belgische U19, nieuwsblad.be, 21 August 2018
  6. TIM SMOLDERS NEW HEAD OF ACADEMY, clubbrugge.be, 9 August 2021
  7. "TIM SMOLDERS AND CLUB BRUGGE PARTED WAYS". clubbrugge.be. 31 May 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  8. "CUP BELGIUM. FINAL". besoccer.com. Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  9. "RACING GENK - CLUB BRUGGE 0-2". clubbrugge.be. Retrieved 20 April 2022.