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The goalkeepers at Cercle.

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Today lets talk about Belgian side Cercle Brugge. For those who dont know, Cercle Brugge have four goalkeepers under contract.

Thomas Didillon

  • 26 years (contract till 2024)

  • Marketvalue: € 1.300.000

  • Sorare limited price on 13/4/22 7day average: 0.05 eth


  • 25 years (contract till 2024)

  • Marketvalue: € 250.000

  • Sorare limited price on 13/4/22 7day average: 0.017 eth

Sébastien Bruzzese

  • 33 years (contract till 2022, option for 1 extra year)

  • Marketvalue: € 100.000

  • Sorare limited price on 13/4/22 7day average: 0.002 eth

Miguel Van Damme

  • Out of respect for the goalkeeper, i'm also including him in the list. For those who don't know, he passed away two weeks ago after a long fight against cancer. Knowing this, club decided to renew his contract last year, respect to Cercle for that.

  • Sorare limited price on 13/4/22 7day average: 0.002 eth


Number 1 goalkeeper in Cercle during the season was Didillon, when he got injured some weeks ago, Warleson took his place until the end of the season.

Didillon already has a decent track record in several clubs, despite the fact he is only 26 (quiet young for a goalkeeper still).

He started his career in Metz, french club who is often in between ligue 1 and ligue 2. Metz and Seraing have a very close partnership, Metz is the mother club of Seraing (Dietsch right now is also on loan from Metz). So it wasn't a big surprise the talented goalie had his very first professional experience in Seraing (2nd division at that time). He played a full season and made a good impression, at least well enough to become the number 1 goalie the season after in Metz, still in 2nd division at that time.

His first season as 1st goalie was a great season for player and club as they won the promotion to the ligue 1, him being only 20 years old. After his first season in ligue 1, where he played almost every match for the team as a starter, it looked like a great future awaited him. But during that season there were already some doubts about him, making some errors costing them points. Season after, he had to fight for his spot against Kawashima. They both had their chance a couple of matches in a row, but none of them could convince enough and gk situation at that time in Metz was weird. 3 matches Didillon, 3 matches Kawashima, and again like that. Kawashima played most of the league matches after all, which was a horror season for the club, when they relegated directly, only having 26 points.

Anderlecht saw the opportunity to buy him from Metz, and he became immediately the number 1, playing a full season as a starter. He did play a quiet good season and there were a lot of rumours that he might leave, Anderlecht needed the money, so it would have been logical. Anderlecht anticipated in some way Didillon might leave, bringing in Van Crombrugge from Eupen. New appointed manager Kompany was very convinced of the new keepers qualities (check my tweet on Anderlecht to find out more about van

Crombrugge), so the number 1 was there. When Didillon didn't leave Anderlecht after all that summer, he knew he would be number 2 all season long. Genk brough him in on loan for the second half of the season, being the number 1, until Corona stopped the competition.

It was strange that after that season he moved to Cercle. Everybody asssumed he would have arrived in a bigger club then that, instead of fighting against relegation with Cercle.

But you should know that AS Monaco actually owns Cercle, so there is some money at the club to actually buy players,

including in this case the gk from Anderlecht.

Since summer 2020 he is the starting number 1 in Cercle, and just lost his spot this season for the last weeks, cause of injury. It would make sense he just takes his place again next season as number 1 when he is fully recovered from injury (broken finger). Although we never know what Monaco has in mind, and who knows bring in Majecki to gain some 1st gk experience (pure speculation from me).

Warleson is playing quiet consistent those matches, but imo not well enough to change goalkeeper next season or even doubt about Didillon. He came from Brazil 2 years ago, after being without a club for months. There wasn't a lot known at that time, a 23 year old without almost any experience in professional football, it did seem like a strange transfer. For sure he looks like a good back-up for now, and who knows what can happen with Didillon. He is French, and who knows if there is a Ligue 1 club

who needs a goalkeeper, might end up being interested in him. If Didillon might leave this summer, for sure another gk will join the club.

Number 3 Bruzzese has a lot of experience in Belgium. Playing for 7 different clubs in the league. A known back-up goalie with very few 1st gk experience despite his age. It's not clear yet what he or the club want to do for next season. There is an option in his contract for 1 extra year, but being 3rd gk now, he might want to move to a club where he can become number 2 again.



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