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Wesley Sonck

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Wesley Sonck
Full nameWesley Sonck
Date of birth (1978-08-09) 9 August 1978 (age 37)
Place of birthNinove, Belgium
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Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Retired
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1994–1998Molenbeek33(11)
1998–1999Germinal Ekeren32(7)
1999–2000Germinal Beerschot28(11)
2000–2003Genk93(66)
2003–2005Ajax34(10)
2005–2008Borussia Mönchengladbach28(6)
2007–2008Club Brugge (loan)21(6)
2008–2010Club Brugge50(21)
2010–2012Lierse32(6)
2012–2013Waasland-Beveren16(1)
2014KE Appelterre-Eichem9(9)
National team
1996Belgium U184(1)
1997–1999Belgium U2111(8)
2001–2010Belgium55(24)

Wesley Sonck (born 9 August 1978) is a Belgian footballer who last played for KE Appelterre-Eichem.[2] Sonck is as a striker and has previously played for Molenbeek, Germinal Ekeren, Germinal Beerschot, Genk, Ajax, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Club Brugge. He has been capped by Belgium at international level. During his time with Genk, he was the top goalscorer in the Belgian First Division in the 2001–02 season with 30 goals, and joint top in the following campaign with 22 – sharing the award with Cédric Roussel.

Club career

AFC Ajax

Sonck moved to Ajax in the summer of 2003, to replace departed striker Mido. He made his debut on the 12 August against Grazer AK. He scored his first goal for the club 13 September against RKC Waalwijk. Sonck never really made it in Amsterdam, partly because he was playing on the right wing a lot under coach Ronald Koeman. He moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the winter of 2004.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

His game with Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga was hampered by injuries. Mönchengladbach then signed him on a permanent contract, a deal initially arranged already at the start of his loan. In the summer of 2005 Sonck had three of his ribs broken after a horrific tackle by Wilfred Bouma in a goalless, meaningless friendly between Borussia Mönchengladbach & PSV Eindhoven. Sonck took six months to recover, marking his return to competitive football with a goal in a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich. He scored three more in 13 further Bundesliga games for Mönchengladbach until he was forced out for three months with an injury in the hollow of his knee at the start of the season of 2006-2007.

Back to Belgium

He left Gladbach at the end of the 2006-07 season, joining Club Brugge on a year-long loan deal while Borussia Mönchengladbach began playing in the second tier of the Bundesliga. Following the 2007-08 season, Sonck joined Brugge permanently for an undisclosed fee. At the end of the 2009/10 season, Sonck left Brugge to join Lierse S.K. on a free transfer having fallen out with manager Adrie Koster over contract negotiations and lack of first team action. Amongst his first goals for the club was an excellent overhead kick. Sonck was released in the summer of 2012 and spent a few months unemployed before joining newly promoted Waasland-Beveren near the end of October 2012. In January 2014 signed with 1ste Provincial Oost-Vlaanderen club KE Appelterre-Eichem,[3] before retired just three months later.[4]

International career

Sonck was called for the national team during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. In the match versus Spain he scored Belgium's only goal in that match, thus ending Casillas and Reina's undefeated streak of 710 minutes.

Wesley Sonck: International Goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 June 2001 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle 23x15px San Marino 1 – 4 Won 2002 World Cup Qualification
2 27 March 2002 Olympic Stadium, Athens 23x15px Greece 3 – 2 Lost Friendly
3 14 June 2002 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukoroi 23x15px Russia 3 – 2 Won 2002 World Cup
4 21 August 2002 Florian Kryger Stadium, Szczecin 23x15px Poland 1 – 1 Drawn Friendly
5 12 October 2002 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Aixovall 23x15px Andorra 0 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
6 16 October 2002 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn 23x15px Estonia 0 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
7 12 February 2003 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba 23x15px Algeria 1 – 3 Won Friendly
8 30 April 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Poland 2 – 1 Won Friendly
9 11 June 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Andorra 3 – 0 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
10 20 August 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Netherlands 1 – 1 Drawn Friendly
11 10 September 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Croatia 2 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
12 10 September 2003 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Croatia 2 – 1 Won Euro 2004 Qualification
13 28 April 2004 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Turkey 2 – 3 Lost Friendly
14 4 September 2004 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi 23x15px Lithuania 1 – 1 Drawn 2006 World Cup Qualification
15 24 May 2006 Cristal Arena, Genk 23x15px Turkey 3 – 3 Drawn Friendly
16 17 October 2007 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Armenia 3 – 0 Won Euro 2008 Qualification
17 30 May 2008 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 23x15px Italy 3 – 1 Lost Friendly
18 6 September 2008 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège 23x15px Estonia 3 – 2 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
19 6 September 2008 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège 23x15px Estonia 3 – 2 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
20 10 September 2008 Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Istanbul 23x15px Turkey 1 – 1 Drawn 2010 World Cup Qualification
21 11 October 2008 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Armenia 2 – 0 Won 2010 World Cup Qualification
22 15 October 2008 Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels 23x15px Spain 1 – 2 Lost 2010 World Cup Qualification
23 28 March 2009 Cristal Arena, Genk 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 – 4 Lost 2010 World Cup Qualification
24 17 November 2009 Stade Louis Dugauguez, Sedan 23x15px Qatar 0 – 2 Won Friendly

Statistics

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997/98 Molenbeek First Division 33 11
1998/99 Germinal Ekeren First Division 32 7
1999/00 Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen First Division 28 11
2000/01 Genk First Division 32 13
2001/02 32 30
2002/03 29 23
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003/04 Ajax Eredivisie 25 9
2004/05 9 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2004/05 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 7 2
2005/06 14 4
2006/07 7 0
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007/08 Brugge First Division 21 6
2008/09 28 14
2009/10 22 7
2010/11 Lierse First Division 14 4
Country Belgium 257 122
Netherlands 34 10
Germany 28 6
Total 319 138
Belgium national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 7 1
2002 13 5
2003 8 6
2004 6 2
2005 0 0
2006 3 1
2007 2 1
2008 8 6
2009 7 2
2010 1 0
Total 55 24

Honours

23x15px K.R.C. Genk

23x15px AFC Ajax

Individual

References

  1. "Wesley Sonck". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. [dendersport.be/kernen09-10.html Wesley SonckKE Appelterre]
  3. Wesley Sonck maakt het seizoen vol bij Appelterre - Sporza
  4. Wesley Sonck stopt met voetballen | VTM NIEUWS
  5. Wesley Sonck at National-Football-Teams.com

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