- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) - Francois “Swat” Van der Elst, who won club titles in Belgium and the United States and made it to the 1980 European Championship final with the Belgian national soccer team, has died. He was 62.

Van der Elst suffered a heart attack on New Year’s Day and was kept in an artificial coma before he died on Wednesday, his fomer club Anderlecht said.

With Anderlecht in the 1970s, the striker won two national titles, two European Cup Winners’ Cups and two European Super Cups during a six-year spell. He went on to win a league title with the New York Cosmos in 1980 before moving to English club West Ham.

After his career, he ran a snooker club in Belgium.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide