Referees from Belgium

Frank de Bleeckere
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Oudenaarde
Frank de Bleeckere won WorldReferee's golden whistle in 2006 and the bronze whistle in
Serge Gumienny
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Sint Truiden
In October 2009 the Belgian police had to secure Gumienny's house in Sint-Truiden after a newspaper got a letter with death threats against him.
Alexis Ponnet
Intl. since:
Hometown: Brussels
Ponnet was listed high at the annual IFFHS best referee election. In 1987 he became second, in 1988 third and in 1989 fifth.
John Langenus
Intl. since:
Hometown: Antwerp
John (aka Jan or Jean) Langenus was the referee of the final of the first World Cup in 1930. He took charge of six matches in 3 World Cup finals and many other international matche
Paul Allaerts
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Mol-Wezel
For three years in a row now (2007) Paul Allaerts has been elected Best Belgian Referee by Belgium's players and coaches.
Sébastien Delferiere
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown: Henegouwen
Sebastien's dad is David Delferiere, an important man in the Belgian FA. He is also a UEFA delegate and referee observer.
Marcel van Langenhove
Intl. since:
Hometown: Wemmel
Somewhere in Belgium, leaning against Brussels, right on top of the great language divide, is a small town called Wemmel, where former international FIFA (and World Cup) referee Ma
Jonathan Lardot
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Ouffet
The youngest Belgian international referee ever (but there is one almost every year) but also one with very little experience in his national first league. One source gives Lardot,
Michel Piraux
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Vital Loraux
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Charleroi
Loraux was invited for Pele's last match for the Brazilian national team, a friendly against Yugoslavia.
Bart Vertenten
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Guy Goethals
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Guy Goethals was active at EURO 1992 and 1996 where he refereed two matches.
Alphonse Constantin
Intl. since:
Hometown:
As the director of Standard Liege, Constantin reached the news by saying his players were getting too fat.
Jérome Efong Nzolo
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Roux (Charleroi)
Jorome Nzolo was invited to take charge of the match Al Ahli-Al Ittihad in Saudi-Arabia, March 2012.
Alexandre Boucaut
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Waals Brabant
Alexandre Boucaut started refereeing in the Belgian top league in 2009 and already received his FIFA badge in 2012 as a category 3 ref.
Johan Verbist
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown:
In januari 2007 referee Johan Verbist was named "Man of the Match" by Belgacom TV. It was the first time in Belgian history that a referee was given this honour instead of a player
Alfred Delcourt
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Sleidinge
FIFA referee from 1967 until 1976.
Erik Lambrechts
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Frans van den Wijngaert
Intl. since:
Hometown: Antwerp
Frans van den Wijngaert had a good string of matches in the UEFA Cup: twice in a row the semi-finals and again a year later the second leg of the final.
Robert Schaut
Intl. since:
Hometown: Edegem
Internationally active in the 1960s and 1970s and retired in 1978. Robert Schaut died in 2000.
Eric Blareau
Intl. since:
Hometown:
In august 2001 Blareau had to stop a match between AA Gent and Westerlo for ten minutes. Westerlo-speler Van Den Bossche received a stone against his head. Blareau filed a complain
Lucien van Nuffel
Intl. since: 1947
Hometown: Antwerpen
Van Nuffel said the 1959 semi-final Young Boys vs Stade Reims was his toughest match. The public invaded the pitch.
Roger Schoeters
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Mol
Schoeter once sent off Rijeka player Damir Desnica. Because Desnica was (still is) a def-mute and he'd just received a yellow for stalling, people joked he was expelled for protest
Luc Huyghe
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Oostnieuwkerke
Charles Barette
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Matches at the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Tournaments and many friendlies. This drawing is of a Charles Barette, second president of a Belgian team called Union Saint-Gilloise 1897
Luis Andre Baert
Intl. since: 1929
Hometown: Gent
Louis Baert took charge of one match in the 1934 and one in the 1938 World Cup, both quarter-finals and both with Italy. The first one, Italy - Spain, had to be replayed. B
Joseph Hannet
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Dongelberg
During his life Joseph Hannet was a representative for the German firm Saarstahl AG near its locations in Völklinge. Joseph's competence was in the field of steel production and
Nicolas Laforge
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Amand Ancion
Intl. since:
Hometown: Namur
Ancion's worst match, the one he will be remembered by was in 1999. Westerlo vs Genk. He awarded 5 penalties, sent off 4 players and showed 12 yellow cards. The match ended in a 6-
Joeri van der Velde
Intl. since:
Hometown: Mariekerke
Internationally it started out well for Joeri van de Velde. Not long after his debut he took charge of a group stage match in the UEFA Cup in 2005. But from then on his career went
Marnix Sandra
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Kortrijk
Marnix Sandra retired after having had a dispute with the Belgian FA in 1998. He is an inspectorfor the Westvlaamse referee Association (in Dutch "PSC Westvlaanderen")
Francis Rion
Intl. since:
Hometown: Dalhem (Liege)
Francis Rion took charge of a second round match in the 1978 World Cup. He (was) retired in 1981 after he was seen in an advertisement for a bank wearing his referee kit.
Eric Romain
Intl. since:
Hometown:
In 2001 Eric Romain failed for his theoretical referee exam of the Belgium central referee commission (CSC).
Gérard Versyp
Intl. since: 1953
Hometown: Bruges
A quarter-finals of the 1964 European Championships. After he retired as a referee he stepped on the board of Cercle Brugge. Gerard Versyp died in 1983 of a stroke.
Luc Wouters
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Lummen
Luc Wouters' town Lummen seems a nice and ecological friendly town. There are 13 free
Albert Alsteen
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Woluwe
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Fernand Meese
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Brugge
A FIFA referee for a few years (93- 99), and a man who found his place in the UEFA organization. First as a referee observer then a UEFA delegate and now a security officer.
Johny Ver Eecke
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Harelbeke
Johny Ver Eecke sent off 3 players from one team in his first ever national match. Before the match he overheard the coach of that team tell his players to play it rough since the
Raphael van Praag
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Van Praag allowed Portugal 3 substitutions during a 1934 World Cup qualifier against Spain. Portugal lost 9-0 but still, three subs were not allowed in those days and the match sho
Christof Virant
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Dilsen
At 28 the 3rd youngest referee in the Belgian First League and only a year later the proud owner of a FIFA badge. From 2011 Virant is a UEFA Category 2 referee. September 2011 news
Franz Geluck
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Namur
FIFA referee 1963-1973.
Peter Vervecken
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Arendonk
Rik Vervecken, father of Peter, was also a referee.
Henry Christophe
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Four matches in three Olympic Tournaments and one match in the first (1930) World Cup, Henry Christophe died in 1968.
Jean-Francois Crucke
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Crucke not only checks the stadium, the hotels and the way from one to the other, he also checks the players kit. In 2006 Real in their away match against Olympiakos had to play wi
Paul Putz
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Putz sent off Zamora, the Spanish goalie, in the 1920 OG match against italy. Zamora is the first Spanish player ever to be sent off.
Jan Peeters
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Antwerp
Jan Peeters from Antwerp was a FIFA referee either from 1978 or 1975 until 1980 or a little later. He was also president of the Belgian FA (2001-2006).
Laurent Franken
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Linkebeek
Austria vs Scotland, a World Cup finals group stage match must have been his most important one. Laurent Franken, one of the many Belgian refs who was active at a World Cup, was a
Lawrence Visser
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Hubert Burguet
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Givegnee / Embourg
FIFA referee 1963-1968.
Wim Smet
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Antwerpen
Wim Smet became a B-category referee in the Belgian premier league in 2010 and a category 3 FIFA referee in 2012. Smet is noticed in Belgium as a big promise and one of the
Antoine / Arthur Blavier
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Namur, Jambes
Arthur Blavier took charge of a match in the 1962 World Cup and two in the 1964 European Cup. He was only FIFA ref from 1956 until 1963 but Blavier must have been a really good ref
Roger Verhaeghe
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Oostende
A FIFA referee from the early 1980s who later became a member of the Belgian Referee Committee.
Léon Schellings
Intl. since:
Hometown:
He is (or was) a member of the Belgian referee committee, that is all we could find about Leon Schellings an international referee during the early 1990s.
Christof Dierick
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Temse
Started as a UEFA category 3 referee in 2011 and taken off the list again a year later.
Joseph Brauburger
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Around the turn of the century (the last one), Joseph Brauburger was a player for Daring, Brussels. Good players (and captains) often used to take charge of matches. Almost all int
Gaston Grandain
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Ixelles
Gaston Grandain took charge of a semi-final of the 1960 European Championships. He was a FIFA deputy referee in 1956 and a FIFA referee from 1957 until 1960.
Louis Delsemme
Intl. since:
Hometown: Ans
Louis Delsemme was active as an international referee in the 1980s. He died in 2006.
Henri Bauwens
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Gent
Henri Bouwens was a FIFA referee in the early 1950s (1951-1953)
Hubert Istace
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Joseph Minnoy
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Brussels
Minnoy will go down in history as the referee who got knocked down in a game. FIFA ref from probably 1967 until 1973
Jozef Casteleyn
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: St Denijs-Werstrem
A FIFA referee from 1960 until 1963.
Jacques van Melkebeke
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Gent
A FIFA ref probably from 1974 and then only a few years.
Alois Smidts
Intl. since:
Hometown: Antwerp
Alois Smidts took charge of the Intercities Fairs Cup match Chelsea against a Danish team. The fairs Cup was a tournament with teams from cities and sometimes a team was selected f
Jean Claude Jourquin
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Brussels, Havré
A FIFA referee for one or two years, last year 1976. Jourquin was the chair of the Belgian Referee Committee until 2007.
Marcel Raeymaeckers
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Schoten
A FIFA referee from 1960 until perhaps 1963, not very long but long enough to have been taking charge of a World Cup qualifier.
Raymond Lespineux
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown: Liege
FIFA referee 1959-1963
Marcel Deckx
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Deurne
Internationally active during seasons 1965/66 and 1966/67.
Antoine Jorssen
Intl. since:
Hometown:
An international referee until the end of 1950 and a player for Royal Antwerp in 1923, albeit only three matches. Antione Jorssen was also the chairman of the Belgian referees Asso
François Roeykens
Intl. since: 1952
Hometown: Brussels
Listed as a FIFA deputy ref in 1952 and a referee in 1953 54 55.
Pierre Wouters
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Kraainem
A FIFA referee in 1972 and 1973, maybe a little longer.
Geert Cruycke*
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Not sure if this person exists. Or if we have the spelling right. maybe same guy as Jean Francois Crucke.
Georges Hubrecht
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Olympic Tournament 1920, one match.
Henri Boon
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Ignace Goris
Intl. since:
Hometown: Genk
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Andre Hauben
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Brussels
A FIFA referee from 1963 until 1965.
Alex Guillon
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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André van Volcem
Intl. since:
Hometown:
You get all kinds of stuff if you Google his name, no idea if it's true (and we don't want to help spread false rumours). Apparantly he was a manager of a local bank in Knokke, but
Rodolphe Seeldrayers
Intl. since:
Hometown:
An all-round sports man and sports administrator, journalist, organizer and what not, but for us it counts that he also took charge of one or two football matches at the beginning
Frank König
Intl. since:
Hometown:
One of the pioneers who was part of the first real football team from Brussels, Brussels FA - now Molenbeek. As was usual in those days, a good player like Frank Konig was asked to
Karl Lescart
Intl. since:
Hometown: Haine-St-Paul
Listed as a FIFA deputy referee in 1951 52 53 54 55 and as a referee in 1956 57 and 1958.
Henri Maeck
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Final of the 1927 Belgian FA Cup.
Pierre Theunen
Intl. since:
Hometown:
We don't know when Pierre Theunen became a FIFA referee but it is certain he retired internationally at the end of 1949.
R Charlier
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Can't seem to find anything on this ref, not even his first name.
Oscar Ledène
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A referee and probably a player (but not for the National team). We have found one match, from 1911.
Jean Wouters
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Brussels
A FIFA referee from 1947 (or earlier) until 1952.
Maurice Goossens
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Rene Wolters
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Marc Turfkruyer
Intl. since:
Hometown:
More than a FIFA referee, Marc Turfkruyer was a journalist and a film critic.
Raymond Rondia
Intl. since: 1953
Hometown: Seraing
On the FIFA lists Raymond Rondia was mentioned as a deputy referee in ass 1953, 54 and 55 and as a referee in 1956.
Nathan Verboomen
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Bram Van Driessche
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Willy Goovaerts
Intl. since: 1971
Hometown: Winksele
A FIFA referee for possibly one one year: 1971. Later he became a member of the Belgian Referee Committee.

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