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Ten years ago, Lei Clijsters, a look back at the granite libero: We called him ‘the old’
Football Day in day ten years ago, Lei Clijsters, at only age 52, life after a lingering illness. On 4 January 2009 died the Golden Shoe of 1988 on the consequences of skin cancer. “We called him ‘the old’, to his way of life.”

Was there ever a better defender from the province of Limburg on, then the Lei Clijsters? Leo Albert Jozef, like Clijsters in full was called, grew as a footballer in Opitter FC. After a short period of time with one match at the beginning of Club Brugge he broke in his own province. Via Patro Eisden and Tongeren in the Belgian first division only really the height with THOR Waterschei. Clijsters played 119 matches for the predecessor of Racing Genk. The defender has appeared there to a hardened libero that is authoritarian, was behind his defense. Always right by the sea.

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Winner of the european cup for the winners ' cup

kim Clijsters' greatest triumphs came as the captain of KV Mechelen. Between 1987 and 1992 was the defender, the captain of the team in which Piet Den Boer, Michel Preud'homme and Erwin Koeman large ornamental made. Under Aad De Mos played Mechelen champion in 1989 and took it one year earlier as a last Belgian club to the victory in a European tournament.

on the Road took Malinwa the size of Dinamo Bucharest, St. Mirren, Dinamo Minsk and Atalanta Bergamo. Clijsters in the final of the now defunct european cup for the winners ' cup, the cup in the air stitches after a 1-0 victory against Ajax. A few months later also the European Supercup won. Undoubtedly the high point of kim Clijsters’ career as a footballer. The Observer remains the last Belgian captain with a Belgian club to a European cup managed to win.

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