Full name: Paul Van Himst
Date of birth: 2 October 1943
Place of birth: Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium
Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position: Forward
Paul Van Himst is a retired Belgian football forward and a football manager.
He was nicknamed Polle Gazon (Polle is Paul in Brussels dialect, and Gazon means lawn in Dutch and French) due to the large number of fouls committed on him.
Van Himst won the Belgian championship 8 times, all of them with Anderlecht, a club for which he started playing his first professional season in 1959–60. With Anderlecht, he scored 233 goals in 457 matches (16 seasons).
Between 1960 and 1974, "Polle Gazon" scored 30 goals (in 81 matches) for the Belgian national team. This performance made him Belgium's topscorer. He made his debut on 19 October 1960 in a match against Sweden and he was part of Belgium's team which qualified for the 1970 World Cup. Van Himst then helped Belgium reach third place at the Euro 1972. He also holds the record of Golden Shoe, awarded to him four times.
As a football manager, Van Himst has worked notably for Anderlecht and the national team which he led to the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was named the Golden Player of Belgium by the Belgian Football Association as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
Belgian championship: 8
Anderlecht: 1961-1962, 1963-1964, 1964-1965, 1966-1967, 1967-1968, 1971-1972, 1973-1974
Belgian Cup: 4
Anderlecht: 1964-1965, 1971-1972, 1972-1973, 1974-1975
Belgian championship: 1
Belgian Supercup: 1
UEFA Cup: 1
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