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Cédric Roussel

Cédric Roussel
Full nameCédric Roussel
Date of birth (1978-01-06) 6 January 1978 (age 38)
Place of birthMons, Belgium
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Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
RUS Beloeil
Senior career*
1994-1998La Louvière107(49)
1998-2000AA Gent32(8)
2000-2001Coventry City39(8)
2001-2002Wolverhampton Wanderers25(2)
2002-2003R.A.E.C. Mons33(22)
2003-2004K.R.C. Genk31(14)
2004Rubin Kazan6(1)
2004-2006Standard Liège15(6)
2006S.V. Zulte Waregem14(4)
2007-2010R.A.E.C. Mons43(12)
2010AEK Larnaca0(0)
2010La Louvière0(0)
2010-2011HSV Hoek0(0)
2011-RUS Beloeil
National team
1993–1994Belgium U164(3)
1995–1996Belgium U187(5)
1995Belgium U195(0)
1997–1999Belgium U2112(10)

Cédric Roussel (born 6 January 1978) is a Belgian football striker currently at RUS Beloeil in Belgium.[1]



In 1997, Roussel took part in the FIFA World Youth Championship. In the season that followed the tournament, he was promoted to the Gent senior team.

Roussel signed for Premiership club Coventry City in January 2000 for a fee of £1.2 million,[2] having impressed during an initial loan deal from Gent. He finished his first season in the Premiership with six goals (scoring two goals in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in February 2000) and proved a successful strike partner to Robbie Keane.[citation needed] However, the following season he began to struggle on the goalscoring front.

A number of bids were made for Roussel's services, including by Wimbledon.[3] After refusing to sign for Wimbledon,[4] he slammed the Coventry board for trying to use him as a makeweight in a deal to bring John Hartson to the club.[5]

He was eventually sold a few weeks later to the First Division club Wolves, in a £2 million deal.[citation needed] Generally disappointing at Molineux, he left after 18 months, having scored two goals in twenty five appearances. He was loaned out for the 2002-03 season to his hometown club Mons, who had recently been promoted to the Belgian First Division. He finished the season as joint top scorer with Wesley Sonck, each had 22 goals.

His goalscoring form attracted interest from bigger clubs in the league and he signed for Genk in 2003. His reputation in Belgian football increased and he made his first appearance for the Belgium national team in 2004. After just one season at Genk, in which he scored on thirteen occasions, he moved on again, this time signing for Rubin Kazan in Russia. He never felt at home in Russia and returned to Belgium to play for Standard Liège. At Standard he struggled to break into the first team and after two unsuccessful years at the club he signed for Zulte Waregem. His time there was again short-lived and a year later he signed for Italian Serie B club Brescia. Roussel soon found himself frozen out at Brescia,[6] and the club became open to offers for him.

In August 2007, he spent a week on trial with Scottish Premier League club Dundee United but returned home without signing the agreed loan deal.[7] He instead chose to return to his former club R.A.E.C. Mons, where he signed a three-year contract.[8]

On 25 November 2010, Roussel agreed with Dutch side HSV Hoek to play in the Topklasse.

Outside football

Roussel has a son (born 2001) with Kirsty Wood.[9]


  1. ^ "Cédric Roussel signe dans une P1" (in French). 11 August 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gordon Strachan's Transfer Record". cwn. 10 September 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2007. 
  3. ^ Webster, Rupert. "WOULD COVENTRY RUE SALE OF CEDRIC?". Sky Sports. 
  4. ^ "Wolves eye Roussel". BBC Sport. 30 January 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Roussel Rages At Sky Blues Board". cwn. 23 January 2001. Retrieved 20 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Roussel set to reject Terrors". Eurosport. 11 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Dundee Utd poised to sign striker". BBC Sport. 10 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Roussel signs at Mons". La Dernière Heure. 21 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Lovely Kirsty got my life back on track; Striker Cedric's Tribute to Girlfriend". Sunday Mercury. 13 January 2002. 

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