Marc Gabriel Degryse (1965)
Marc Gabriel Degryse (September 4, 1965) was a Belgian attacking midfielder who played for RSC Anderlecht and PSV, among others.
Degryse started with the amateurs of VC Ardooie and made the switch to Club Brugge as a 15-year-old. After his debut in 1983, his first prize followed in 1986. Club won the Belgian Cup that year under trainer Henk Houwaart. Two years later, the Dutch coach led the team to the league title. Degryse himself was then named Professional Footballer of the Year for the first time. He liked it in Bruges, but in those days he was sometimes criticized for enjoying the nightlife too often. A transfer was urgent and several clubs such as PSV and Juventus showed interest.
Ultimately, it was Anderlecht, where Aad de Mos had just become trainer, who took over Degrys for 90 million BEF (about € 2.25 million). De Mos transformed him into an attacking midfielder, although this did not go so well in his first season. Degryse had to get used to his new position and Club Brugge became champion. Anderlecht did win the Cup and reached the final of the European Cup II. Anderlecht lost in that final after Sampdoria went into extra time.
In the summer of 1995, Sheffield Wednesday paid around € 1.75 million to Anderlecht for Degryse. The midfielder made his debut in the Premier League and quickly became a regular at the English club. He had signed a contract there for three seasons, but moved to PSV in 1996.
At PSV, Degryse was united with fellow countrymen Luc Nilis and Gilles De Bilde. Trainer Dick Advocaat regularly called on the midfielder in his first season. The club also became champion that year. A season later, 32-year-old Degryse barely got around to playing.
At the end of the season, Marc Degryse returned to Belgium to finally retire from professional football in 2002, at the age of 37. Nowadays, the 63-time Red Devil is an analyst on Belgian TV.
(Photo: ANP – Cor Mulder)