Antwerp icon Louis Lambert has died at the age of 92: the last national champion of 1957 is no more (Deurne)

Antwerp icon Louis Lambert has died at the age of 92: the last national champion of 1957 is no more (Deurne)
Antwerp icon Louis Lambert has died at the age of 92: the last national champion of 1957 is no more (Deurne)
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Louis Lambert passed away on Friday, February 2, at the age of 92. The Great Old reports this. Lambert was the only living national champion from 1957 for a long time and was happy to pass on the baton last summer. He spent his last years in a residential care center a stone’s throw from the Bosuil Stadium.

Lambert joined Antwerp as a youth player and made his debut there in 1950. He had a particularly successful period with a cup win in 1955 and the national title in 1957. He was a teammate and good friend of ‘Mister Antwerp’ Vic Mees, with whom he played together commuted from his hometown of Schoten to training and competitions. He was also between the lines in the double confrontation with Real Madrid just after the title.

Striking fact: in the championship match, Lambert received a red card and was excluded. But that didn’t diminish the festive spirit. After the 1957 title, the Great Old had to wait 66 years for a new championship and in the meantime Lambert passed the obituaries of all his ex-teammates and friends. When he won the title in 2023, he was the only champion of 1957 who could congratulate his successors.

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Lambert was regularly invited by his former club, where he regularly visited after his career, including as youth manager. Just before his 92nd birthday, on the 14th matchday of the current season, the former defender came to kick off Antwerp-Standard.

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Lambert remained involved in football long after his retirement age. For example, in his eighties he was still working as a youth coach at Ternesse in Wommelgem. He remained fit all his life. The secret of that sharpness? “I was always very sporty, didn’t smoke and we didn’t drink beer when we went out with the team. And I might have a better doctor”, he joked. It was Lambert to the core.

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In the run-up to Antwerp’s national title, we visited Lambert at the residential care center in Deurne. We hung on his every word for an hour and a half as he talked about the title in 1957, the European matches against Real Madrid and his son Paul’s career at… Beerschot.

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In his room in the residential care center within hearing distance of the Bosuil. Top left: his son Paul, who won the Belgian Cup with Beerschot.

In his room in the residential care center within hearing distance of the Bosuil. Top left: his son Paul, who won the Belgian Cup with Beerschot. — © Patrick De Roo

Lambert (fourth from the left) and his teammates before the meeting against the great Real Madrid.

Lambert (fourth from the left) and his teammates before the meeting against the great Real Madrid.

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