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Wilfried Van Moer, Belgian soccer legend, dies

Wilfried Van Moer, Belgian soccer legend, dies

Former Belgian footballer Wilfried Van Moer, who was international on 57 occasions and won three Belgian Golden Boots, died on Tuesday at the age of 76 in a Leuven hospital of a brain hemorrhage, local media reported.

Van Moer, considered one of the best midfielders in his country, was a finalist in the 1980 Eurocup with the Red Devils, who were defeated in the final by the German team.

In that same year, he came in fourth place in the fight to win the Ballon d’Or, behind Frenchman Michel Platini and Germans Bern Schuster and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who won the award.

Van Moer won three leagues with Standard Liege (1969, 1970 and 1971) and received three Belgian Golden Boots.

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Following his playing career, Van Moer coached Belgian teams Sint-Truiden, SK Beveren, FC Assent and FC Diest.

In addition, in 1995 he became an assistant to national coach Paul Van Himst and a year later he took up his position at the head of the Belgian team. However, after 8 months in office he was fired. EFE (HN)

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