When the cycling legend suddenly became a footballer: our man delved into the Brussels football years of Eddy Merckx

Merckx (l.) as a fan of Anderlecht and Merckx (right) wearing football boots. — © Tony Strouken

You don’t realize it, but this weekend it is the ‘derby Eddy Merckx’. The greatest cyclist of all time is now a big Anderlecht fan, but in the 1970s De Kannibaal sat on the board of RWDM and even trained with Johan Boskamp and co in the winter. “When Eddy lost, he started tackling. To hit, hey. He did not withdraw his foot.”

Jürgen Geril and Thomas Standaert

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