Joeri Vastmans

Joeri Vastmans (born 5 December 1983) is a retired Belgian professional footballer, who last played for Bocholt.[1]

Joeri Vastmans
Personal information
Full name Joeri Vastmans
Date of birth (1983-12-05) 5 December 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Bree, Belgium
Position(s) Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Bocholt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Patro Maasmechelen 61 (2)
2005–2011 OH Leuven 172 (2)
2012–2015 Patro Eisden Maasmechelen 10 (0)
2015–2016 Bocholt 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 November 2012

Vastmans started career with Patro Maasmechelen in the Belgian Second Division in 2003. After the 2004-05 season Maasmechelen was relegated two levels to the Belgian Promotion following financial difficulties. As a result, Vastmans chose to leave the team and signed for OH Leuven, who had just gained promotion into the Second Division. At OH Leuven, Vastmans quickly grew out to become a regular, seldom missing a match. As of 2012, he is still the player with the second most matches for OH Leuven, with only Bjorn Ruytinx having played more. Early through the 2010-11 season, Vastmans suffered a severe leg fracture, causing him to be sidelined for almost the whole season, only playing 20 minutes in the final match. From the sidelines, he saw the team win promotion to the Belgian Pro League. Although completely fit, Vastmans never regained his status of first team regular and only played in one match at the highest level, at home against Club Brugge when he came on in injury time. Due to lack of playing time, Vastmans was allowed to leave during the 2011–12 winter transfer window. He opted to join his former team, in the meantime renamed to Patro Eisden Maasmechelen and playing in the Belgian Third Division. He stayed at Patro Eisden Maasmechelen until the end of the 2014-15 season before leaving for Bocholt. Following a tragic accident in which his brother died, Vastmans decided to retire from football in August 2016.[2]

In June 2012, following the 10th anniversary of the founding of Oud-Heverlee Leuven, the "Oud-Heverlee Leuven Merit Award" was handed out to the player with the most merit for the team in the inaugural 10 years. Vastmans was voted into fourth place by the supporters, only being beaten by François Sterchele, Bjorn Ruytinx and Jordan Remacle.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ voetbal international profile
  2. ^ "Joeri Vastmans stopt met voetbal: "Met pijn in het hart"" (in Dutch). nieuwsblad.be. 2016-08-02.
  3. ^ "François Sterchele wins "OHL Merit award"" (in Dutch). ohl.be. 2012-06-02.