Luc Nilis

Football player infobox
playername = Luc Nilis


fullname = Luc Gilbert Cyrille Nilis
nickname = Lucky Luke
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1967|5|25
cityofbirth = Hasselt
countryofbirth = Belgium
currentclub =
position = Striker (Retired)
youthyears = 1973–1980
youthclubs = F.C. Halveweg Zonhoven
years = 1984–1986
1986–1994
1994–2000
2000
clubs = K.F.C. Winterslag
R.S.C. Anderlecht
PSV Eindhoven
Aston Villa F.C.
caps(goals) = 047 0(16)
224 (127)
164 (110)
003 00(1)
nationalyears = 1988–2000
nationalteam = Belgium
nationalcaps(goals) = 056 0(10)

Luc Nilis (born May 25, 1967 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian football striker. He ended his career early in the 2000-01 season after he broke his leg in a match with his club Aston Villa following a clash with Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright.

His former clubs include K.F.C. Winterslag, R.S.C. Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven.During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooij. In the 1998-1999 season, Nilis and van Nistelrooij scored 55 league goals between them. van Nistelrooij finished as top-scorer, Nilis came second. In the following season, Nilis' last for PSV, they scored 48 league goals between them.

Nilis played 56 times for the Belgian national team, scoring 10 times. A prolific goalscorer with his clubs, he scored his first goal for Belgium only on his 24th cap (a 9-0 win against Zambia).Nilis played in the 1994 World Cup, the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 which Belgium co-hosted with The Netherlands. He is currently assigned as a trainer with PSV. In this job he is responsible for training the attackers of the club. His son, Arne, plays for the PSV reserve team.

Honours

Club honours

*Jupiler League - 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994
*Belgian Cup - 1988, 1989, 1994
*Eredivisie - 1997, 2000
*KNVB Cup - 1996

Individual honours

*Eredivisie Player of the Year - 1995
*Eredivisie topscorer - 1996, 1997

References

*nl icon [http://www.vi.nl/vi/show/id=40053/dbid=12900/typeofpage=40054/sc=690a0e Voetbal international website] - Nilis stats
*nl icon [http://www.beijen.net/frank/cvs/nilis-l.htm Beijen website] - CV
*en icon [http://www.eurosoccer.com/news/00/0923/s3991.html Eurosoccer website] - End of career report
*en icon [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8084934473300432540 Google Video] - Luc Nilis Compilation


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