One of the best soccer players of his generation; he won the Belgian Cup twice and led the Belgian national team in three World Cup tournaments.
He began his career with his hometown club and then joined Club Brugge, where he spent 13 years of his professional playing career.
He managed several teams after retiring, including Westerlo from 1999 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2012
He grew up in Lier, Belgium.
He played alongside Marc Wilmots on the Belgian national team from 1990 to 1991.