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Fernand Goyvaerts

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Full nameFernand August Goyvaerts Deyrdey
Date of birth24 October 1938
Place of birthMechelen, Belgium
Date of death5 April 2004(age 65)
Place of deathBruges, Belgium
Playing positionForward

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Fernand Goyvaerts (24 October 1938 - 5 April 2004) was a Belgian international footballer. He was an attacker.

He made his début for the first team of Club Brugge at the age of 16. In 1958, his penalty kick against CS Verviers was decisive for the promotion of Club to the highest level in Belgian football. He left Club Brugge in 1962 after a conflict with the Romanian coach Norberto Höfling. FC Barcelona paid 5 million Belgian franc for him. Two years later, he was voted best foreigner of the Primera División.

One year later, Goyvaerts left Barcelona for Real Madrid. Due to injuries, he was never really able to break through. He followed his coach Alfredo Di Stéfano to Elche CF.

In 1971, Goyvaerts returned to Belgium. He went from OGC Nice to Cercle Brugge. Goyvaerts would go on to play for SC Lokeren, WS Lauwe and RC Tournai.

Though being one of the most talented Belgian footballers of his era, Goyvaerts only played 8 times for the Red Devils, his lone goal coming in a match against Netherlands. At the time, professional footballers were not allowed to play for the national team.

After his footballing career, Goyvaerts worked as agent for several players.

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