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Luc Nilis

Luc Nilis
Complete Name: Luc Gilbert Cyrille Nilis
Nationality: Belgian
Place of Birth: Birth Hasselt, Belgium
Date of Birth: May 25, 1967
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 72 kg
National Team: Belgium
Current Club: Retired
Position: Striker


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Club career history

K.F.C. Winterslag (Belgium), RSC Anderlecht (Belgium), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Aston Villa (England)




Luc Nilis (born May 25, 1967 in Hasselt, Belgium) is a former Belgian football striker. He ended his career early in the 2000-01 season after he broke his leg in a match with his club Aston Villa following a clash with goalkeeper Richard Wright.

His former clubs include K.F.C. Winterslag, R.S.C. Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven. During his time with PSV, Nilis formed one of the deadliest partnerships in Europe with team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooij. In the 1998-1999 season, Nilis and van Nistelrooij scored 55 league goals between them. van Nistelrooij finished as top-scorer, Nilis came second. In the following season, Nilis's last for PSV, they scored 48 league goals between them.

Nilis played 56 times for the Belgian national team, scoring 10 times. A prolific goalscorer with his clubs, he scored his first goal for Belgium only on his 24th cap (a 9-0 win against Zambia). Nilis played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 which Belgium co-hosted with The Netherlands.

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