Régis Genaux dies aged 35
Belgian football is mourning the death of the former international defender who suffered heart failure caused by a pulmonary embolism.11 November
Belgian football is mourning the death of Régis Genaux. The 35-year-old former international defender died at his home in Chaudfontaine (Liège province) on Saturday after suffering heart failure caused by a pulmonary embolism.
Régis Genaux started his professional career at his hometown club Sporting Charleroi, before moving to Standard de Liège in 1993.
In 1996 he moved to England where he spent a season with Coventry City.
He made a total of four first team appearances for the Sky Blues.
After his spell with Coventry he moved on to Italy where he spent four seasons in the Serie A with Udinese.
He returned to Standard in 2001, but injury meant that he made just four first team appearances.
It was injury that forced Régis Genaux to retire from his playing career at the age of just 29.
He was selected 27 times to play for the Belgian national team and at one point was said to be the successor to Eric Gerets.
However, he wasn't selected to be part of the Belgian squad for the 1998 World Cup in France and was unable to play in the 2000 European Championships due to injury.
Régis Genaux's career as a coach was limited to a four-year stint with Verviers between 2002 and 2006.