Interview: Danny Boffin

For the first time on this blog we will publish an interview with a famous (ex-) football player. I had the pleasure to interview Belgian ex-international Danny Boffin.


 

Danny Boffin (°1965, winger) started his career at Sint Truiden VV in the Belgian second division when he was 20 years old. After 2 seasons he moved to FC Liege where he played in the European competition (scoring a hattrick against FK Viking, 3-0) and won the Belgian Cup in the final againboffin2st Germinal Ekeren.

Afterwards he moved to RSC Anderlecht where he scored twice in a Champions League game against Werder Bremen. 6 seasons, 187 games and 30 goals (1997) later he moved to FC Metz where they called him la mobylette because of his pace.

In his first season he guided the club to their best finishing position ever in the Ligue 1 (second place). In 2001 he went back to his first club, Sint Truiden VV and he finished his carreer at Standard de Liege.

Danny Boffin also played 53 times for the Belgian national team and was selected for 3 World Cup Tournaments (1994,1998,2002), were he featured in 5 games.

He retired at the age of 39 having scored 84 goals in 589 games and winning 3 Belgian titles, 2 Belgian cupfinals, 2 Belgian supercups and winning 1 title in the Belgian 2nd division.


Did you have a favourite stadium during your carreer, a stadium where you had a good game time after time?

No, I didn’t have a favourite stadium. The only thing counting for me was the importance of the game and the quality of the opponent. The higher they were how more motivated I was.

 

Where did you notice the atmosphere the best? Did this influence your game?

In Belgium the games I played with Anderlecht against Club Brugge or Standard de Liege always had an impressive atmosphere. In Europe the games against AC Milan and Inter Milan had a special feeling. As international the best atmosphere was at the Low Countries Derby (Belgium – Netherlands). However, it did not influence my games at all. As I already said I was extra motivated when the importance was high and the bigger the crowd the better my game.

How did you feel to be selected for the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament? How did the accomodations look like?

The 1994 World Cup was the most impressive for me. The dressing rooms had hotpools as big as a swimming pool. We could even have our warming up indoor! This was mainly because the stadiums were used for American football.boffin1994

You were also selected for the 2002 World Cup, weren’t these stadiums impressive too?

Yes, they were impressive too but America was the best experience I ever had.

Thank you very much for this interview!

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