1989-1991: George Leekens and the miracle of Bruges

At the start of the season 1989-1990, Club underwent a big turn-round. Georges Leekens and KV Kortrijk went their own ways and Georges Leekens came back to join the club he played for in his professional career as a player. He assembled a great team, bringing Lorenzo Staelens and Foeke Booy with him from Kortrijk, and also signing Vital Borkelmans and Hans Christaens from SV Waregem. 

1989-1991: George Leekens and the miracle of Bruges
1989-1991: George Leekens and the miracle of Bruges

Other newcomers were Cedomir Janesvski and Laszlo Distzl (from Honved Boedapest). In the other direction, Marc Degrijse left Club to play for Anderlecht in an, at that time, record breaking deal, while Raymond Mertens was replaced with Ronny Desmedt as assistant coach.  The season had a lot in store: a disastrous November week, with the elimination in the Belgian as well as the European Cup, Kenneth Brylle’s referral to the reserve team, the definite breakthrough of Frank Farina, a goalkeeper switch as Danny Verlinden took over from Vande Walle as Club’s first goalie and of course the league title, a feat that no one could have predicted at the start of the season.  The miracle of Bruges had indeed come to pass under the leadership of George Leekens.

100 years of football concluded with a Cup

The next season did not bring about big alterations to Club’s side: the players’ group largely stayed the same and was further enriched with Rudi Cossey, Claude Verspaille and abroad signing Daniel Amokachi.

With AC Milan, Club Brugge met a ‘big gun’ on the European scene. In the second round, the score after 90 minutes was still 0-0, but at home AC Milan finished the job by winning 0-1. Club Brugge was on a par with Milan, but in the end the rossoneri got the better of Club.  On 15 June 1991, Club placed another Belgian Cup in its trophy cabinet, beating KV Mechelen in the final.

1989-1991: George Leekens and the miracle of Bruges
1989-1991: George Leekens and the miracle of Bruges

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