Jean-Marie Pfaff

Jean-Marie Pfaff

Pfaff in 2007
Personal information
Full name Jean-Marie Pfaff
Date of birth (1953-12-04) 4 December 1953
Place of birth Lebbeke, Belgium
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1982 Beveren 305 (0)
1982–1988 Bayern Munich 156 (0)
1988–1989 Lierse 23 (0)
1989–1990 Trabzonspor 22 (0)
Total 506 (0)
National team
1976–1987 Belgium 64 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 K.V. Oostende

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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Jean-Marie Pfaff (born 4 December 1953 in Lebbeke) is a Belgian former football goalkeeper[1] who spent most of his professional career with Beveren and Bayern Munich. Pfaff was capped 64 times playing for Belgium, and participated at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1986 FIFA World Cup tournaments.


At the age of 16, Pfaff joined K.S.K. Beveren with whom he won a Belgian champions title (1979) and a Belgian Cup (1978). The same year, he received the Belgian Golden Shoe. In 1982, he entered the Bayern Munich squad, getting three Bundesliga titles (from 1985 to 1987) and two German cups (1984 and 1986).[2]

Pfaff first played with the Red Devils in 1976 against legendary rival the Netherlands. He was the goalkeeper during Euro 80 and Euro 84, and the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Pfaff was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He is now a TV star in Belgium with the reality show De Pfaffs showing him and his family from 2002 to 2012.[3]

At the 1982 World Cup Pfaff was nearly drowned after he was pushed into the swimming pool by a journalist, while he couldn't swim.

Pfaff married Carmen Seth (born 24 March 1956) on 27 June 1974. They have three daughters: Debby Edilbert Gerdina (born 30 May 1975), Kelly Yvonne Danny (born 26 July 1977) and Lyndsey Linda Marc (born 4 October 1978).



Bayern Munich

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1973–74BeverenFirst Division270
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1982–83Bayern MunichBundesliga270
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1988–89LierseFirst Division230
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
1989–90TrabzonsporSüper Lig220
Total Belgium 2990
Germany 1560
Turkey 220
Career total


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  2. "Jean Marie PFAF". Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. "De Pfaffs". IMDB. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. José Luis Pierrend (27 March 2015). "IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  5. "Legends". Golden Foot. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
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