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Tim Smolders
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-08-26) 26 August 1980 (age 42)
Place of birth Geel, Belgium
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club 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*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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
Total 354 (43)
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.

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Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel a ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposite team by moving the ball beyond the goal line into a rectangular-framed goal defended by the opposing side. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45-minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries and territories, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively right back role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging, known simply as Club Brugge, is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges, Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,062. They play in, and are the reigning champions of Belgian First Division A, the top domestic league in Belgian football.

RBC Roosendaal

RBC Roosendaal

RBC, commonly known under its previous official name RBC Roosendaal, is a football club based in Roosendaal, Netherlands. RBC currently plays in the seventh-tier Tweede Klasse after a bankruptcy in 2011, restarting the club in tenth tier Vijfde Klasse.

R. Charleroi S.C.

R. Charleroi S.C.

Royal Charleroi Sporting Club, often simply known as Charleroi or Sporting Charleroi, is a Belgian football club based in the city of Charleroi, in the province of Hainaut. Charleroi plays in the Belgian Pro League and their current spell at the highest level in Belgian football has started in the 2012–13 season. Charleroi was founded in 1904 and they first reached the first division in 1947–48. Their highest finish was runner-up in the 1968–69 season. They have also twice reached the Belgian Cup final, losing in 1977–78 to Beveren and in 1992–93 to Standard Liège.

K.A.A. Gent

K.A.A. Gent

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent, often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's, is a Belgian sports club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. Their football team is the best known section within the club and has been playing in the Belgian First Division A since the 1989–90 season. They won the national league once, in 2014–15, in addition to four Belgian Cup victories. Ghent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena. Their team colours are blue and white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK bank.

Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges. Cercle have played in the Belgian Pro League since the 2003–04 season, having previously spent several years in the Belgian Second Division following relegation in 1997. Their matricule is the n°12. The club plays home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which they share with fierce rivals Club Brugge. Cercle Brugge won their first national title in 1911, and won two more titles before the Second World War. The side also won the Belgian Cup in 1927 and in 1985, and have represented Belgium in European tournaments on several occasions.

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]

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Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

Cercle Brugge K.S.V.

Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges. Cercle have played in the Belgian Pro League since the 2003–04 season, having previously spent several years in the Belgian Second Division following relegation in 1997. Their matricule is the n°12. The club plays home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which they share with fierce rivals Club Brugge. Cercle Brugge won their first national title in 1911, and won two more titles before the Second World War. The side also won the Belgian Cup in 1927 and in 1985, and have represented Belgium in European tournaments on several occasions.

K.S.K. Voorwaarts Zwevezele

K.S.K. Voorwaarts Zwevezele

Koninklijke Sportkring Voorwaarts Zwevezele is a football club based in Zwevezele, West Flanders, Belgium. The club is affiliated to the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) with matricule 6039 and has yellow and black as club colours.

Belgium national under-19 football team

Belgium national under-19 football team

The Belgium national under-19 football team is the national under-19 football team of Belgium and is controlled by the Belgian Football Association. The team competes in the European Under-19 Football Championship, held every year. Their biggest success was winning the tournament in 1977, albeit it wore a different name and had a different structure back then.

Jacky Mathijssen

Jacky Mathijssen

Jacky Mathijssen is a Belgian former football player and manager who is currently managing the Belgium U21 squad.

Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging, known simply as Club Brugge, is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges, Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,062. They play in, and are the reigning champions of Belgian First Division A, the top domestic league in Belgian football.

Honours

Club Brugge

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2002–03 Belgian First Division

2002–03 Belgian First Division

The 2002–03 season of the Jupiler League began on August 9, 2002 and ended on May 25, 2003. Club Brugge became champion.

Belgian Cup

Belgian Cup

The Belgian Cup is the main knockout football competition in Belgium, run by the Royal Belgian FA. The competition started in 1908 with provincial selections as the "Belgian Provinces Cup". Starting from 1912 only actual clubs were allowed to partake. As of 1964, the Belgian Cup has been organised annually. Since the 2015–16 edition, the Belgian Cup is called the Croky Cup, for sponsorship purposes. The final traditionally takes place at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

2002 Belgian Cup Final

2002 Belgian Cup Final

The 2002 Belgian Cup Final, took place on 9 May 2002 between Club Brugge and Mouscron. It was the 47th Belgian Cup final and was won by Club Brugge.

Belgian Super Cup

Belgian Super Cup

The Belgian Super Cup, Pro League Supercup, is a Belgian club competition played as a single match between the Belgian First Division A champions and the Belgian Cup winners. If both teams are the same, the Belgian Cup runners-up participates as the second club.

2002 Belgian Super Cup

2002 Belgian Super Cup

The 2002 Belgian Supercup was a football match between the winners of the previous season's Belgian First Division and Belgian Cup competitions. The match was contested by Cup winners Club Brugge, and 2001–02 Belgian First Division champions, Genk on 3 August 2002 at the ground of the league champions as usual, in this case the Fenix stadium.

Source: "Tim Smolders", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 19th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Smolders.

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References
  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
  4. ^ TIM SMOLDERS NIEUWE ASSISTENT-BONDSCOACH U19, rbfa.be, 21 August 2018
  5. ^ TRAINING AND INNOVATION KEYWORDS IN NEW CLUB BRUGGE STAFF, clubbrugge.be, 13 June 2019
  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.
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