Thomas Buffel Biography
Thomas Buffel is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Belgian First Division A side K.R.C. Genk. He is an attacking midfielder and can play as a striker. He has represented the Belgian football team at international level.
He was born on 19 February 1981 in Belgium. He weighs 150 lbs (68 kg) with a height of 5’8″ (1.75 m)
Thomas Buffel Club Career
Buffel began his career with Belgian sides Ruddervoorde and Cercle Brugge before making a move to the Netherlands. He played for the Dutch team Feyenoord in the 1999–2000 season, before moving to their feeder team Excelsior Rotterdam from 2000 to 2002. He returned to Feyenoord for the 2002–2003 Dutch season.
Buffel moved to the Scottish side Rangers in January 2005 in a £2.3 million, four-and-a-half-year deal. He made his debut in the Scottish Cup coming on as a substitute against Old Firm rivals Celtic in what was to be a 2–1 defeat.
In the 2007 January transfer window, German club Hannover 96 expressed an interest in him, with Rangers manager Walter Smith saying Buffel was free to leave. However, the deal fell through when Buffel was unable to agree on personal terms with the Bundesliga side.
It was announced on 9 February 2007 that Buffel would undergo surgery on a long-term knee injury and would not take any further part in the 2006–07 season. He returned to action on 26 December as a substitute in Rangers
Buffel’s Rangers career came to an end when he joined former club Cercle Brugge on 1 July 2008. In the 2009 summer transfer window Buffel made a last-minute transfer to KRC Genk as part of a deal between Genk and Cercle Brugge with Jelle Vossen (on loan). In the 2010–2011 season he won the Belgian league title with Genk.
Thomas Buffel Family
Buffel was married to Stephanie De Buysser, in June 2016, with whom he had twin sons born in November 2013. She however died after a three-year battle with cancer on 26 January 2017 aged 39.
From his social media posts, the former Rangers star has a new girlfriend, Annabel Vandebroek. He revealed that, “The woman I have got to know is someone who supports me. I can ask her advice and share problems I don’t have answers to. For example, when it comes to dealing with my children. And it feels great.”
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Thomas Buffel Honours
- Scottish Premier League : 2004–05
- Scottish League Cup : 2004–05
- Belgian Pro League : 2010–11
- Belgian Cup : 2012–13
- Belgian Super Cup : 2011
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