Guy Thys passes away

Former Belgium national football coach Guy Thys, who led his country at three successive World Cups, died at the age of 80 after a long illness, it was reported.

Thys was in charge of the Belgium World Cup teams in 1982 in Spain, 1986 in Mexico and in Italy in 1990. In Mexico, Belgium reached the semi-finals and was the European Championship runners-up in Italy in 1980.

He was in charge for a total of 114 international matches in two spells from 1976-1989 and 1990-1991 while, as a player, he won two caps in the 1950s. "With the death of Guy Thys, we have lost the most important coach in the history of Belgian football," a Belgian Football Union statement said. "His achievements say it all."