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For Thibaut, the Galáctico was already there, Fernando the dribbelaar

For Thibaut, the Galáctico was already there, Fernando the dribbelaar

09 August, 2018 to 14:29 hours

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With Thibaut Courtois will occur soon, finally a Belgian at Real Madrid, one of the most mythical clubs in modern football. Went to him for, from the time that the goal posts from wood existed, and a transfer abroad as a betrayal gold: Fernand Goyvaerts.

Goyvaerts, born in Mechelen, was for his (short) Real-time in the 60’s also still active for archrival FC Barcelona. He is so far the only Belgian ever to both for the Royal as …

Goyvaerts, born in Mechelen, was for his (short) Real-time in the 60’s also still active for archrival FC Barcelona. He is so far the only Belgian ever to both for the Royal as for the Blaugrana played. Although he only made an impression in Spain, he collected only eight caps for the Red Devils.

It was only at the age of fourteen that Goyvaerts first terminal board at Club Brugge signed. Two years later he debut in the first team of the West-Flemish, then in second class. The attacking midfielder scored in his first match for the cup against Tens and was left for a long career.

In his second season at the Club he helped the Team to promotion to first class. In 1962 he left after arguing with the Romanian coach Norberto Höfling and he opted for a pro career abroad.

Vaandelvlucht

It was FC Barcelona that Fernando, as in Spain he was called, binnenhaalde for five million Belgian francs – at that time an impressive amount.

That transfer meant the end of Goyvaerts’ career with the Red Devils. After Raymond Braine (Beerschot to Prague), he was only the second Belgian to a foreign soccer adventure chose. That was then still considered to be vaandelvlucht.

The first and a half season with the Catalans could Goyvaerts, as a foreigner in surplus, is not continue, but in the season 1964-1965, he was voted the best foreign player in the Primera División. It earned him a transfer to archrival Real Madrid. By injuries came to El Rubio Belga (the blonde Belgian) but little to the box in the Spanish capital.

From Di Stefano to Amokachi

Real legend Di Stefano troonde Goyvaerts after two seasons at Elche. Then he played another three years for the French in Nice before returning to Cercle Brugge in the Belgian first division. In the lower series, at Lokeren, Lukewarm and Tournai, closed Goyvaerts his career.

After his football career trained Goyvaerts his ex-team Lukewarm, but after two years he became a football agent. He was involved in the transfers of the strikers Jean-Pierre Papin and Daniel Amokachi to Bruges.

As a footballer was Goyvaerts an enfant terrible whose antics continue in spectacular but true stories. Like that time he was a penalty kick binnentrapte while he was still bent over the ball at the end. Or the countless times that he hit the ball between his feet and put his opponent off.

Goyvaerts died in 2004 in Bruges. He was 65 years of age.

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