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Tributes paid by fans as ex-Coventry and Wolves player dies age 45

Tributes have been paid by fans as ex-Coventry and Wolves player Cedric Roussel dies age 45, confirmed by Standard Liege.

Cedric Roussel played as a forward, starting his professional playing career in 1997 with Gent and later joined then-Premier League club Coventry City in 1999.

Despite initial success, he struggled with injuries and was eventually sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and went on to make appearances for various other clubs, including Mons, Genk, Rubin Kazan, Standard Liège, Zulte Waregem, Brescia, and HSV Hoek, before retiring in 2015.

Roussel made his first appearance for the Belgium national team in 2003, and after retiring, he started a career in real estate.

sudinfo.be report Roussel collapsed at the No Maison café on the Grand’Place in Mons and couldn’t be revived.

While a waiter was giving him a cardiac massage, emergency services were called, before taking over resuscitation for about twenty minutes, but their efforts were in vain.


Our club is in mourning.

We have just learned of the death of Cédric ROUSSEL

The striker had been trained partly with the Rouches (between 1992 and 1994) and had played for our colors during the 2005-2006 season (25 matches / 6 goals).

Standard de Liège presents its most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.


“We keep reminding Cédric of his warrior mentality and brilliant header. He was still ready to help the club of his heart in any way,” said RAEC Mons, who are planning a tribute in Sunday’s friendly match against Charleroi.

Belgian Red Devils – “We send our condolences to the family and friends of Cédric Roussel.”

FIFA – “Our thoughts are with Cédric’s family, friends and everyone at the @RoyalBelgianFA.”

Coventry City – “Coventry City are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our former striker Cedric Roussel, at the age of just 45.

“Cedric played 43 games for the Sky Blues from 1999-2001, scoring 11 goals.

“Our condolences are with his family and friends at this very sad time. #PUSB”


Senior career – *Club domestic league appearances and goals

1994–1998 – La Louvière – 107 games (49 goals)
1998–2000 – Gent – 32 games (8 goals)
1999–2000 → Coventry City (loan) – 10 games (2 goals)
2000–2001 – Coventry City – 28 games (6 goals)
2001–2003 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 25 games (2 goals)
2002–2003 → Mons (loan) – 33 games (22 goals)
2003–2004 – Genk – 31 games (14 goals)
2004 – Rubin Kazan – 6 games (1 goal)
2004–2006 – Standard Liège – 15 games (6 goals)
2006 – Zulte Waregem – 14 games (4 goals)
2007 – Brescia – 3 games (0 goals)
2007–2010 – Mons – 43 games (12 goals)
2010 – AEK Larnaca
2010 – La Louvière
2010–2011 – HSV Hoek
2011 – RUS Beloeil
2012–2013 – CS Entité Manageoise
2013 – R.R.C Waterloo

International career
1993–1994 – Belgium U16 – 4 games (3 goals)
1995–1996 – Belgium U18 – 7 games (5 goals)
1995 – Belgium U19 – 5 games (0 goals)
1997–1999 – Belgium U21 – 12 games (10 goals)
2003 – Belgium – 3 games (0 goals)

More tributes were paid by fans as the ex-Coventry and Wolves player dies age 45…

@SkyBlueBull: I think I was at my most fanatical when Cedric Roussel was in the team, proper target man centre forward, gave a lot of joy to me in partnership with Robbie Keane, so I’m very sad to see the news that he passed away today. RIP big man 😢 #PUSB

@jake_const15: Horrible news about Cédric Roussel

@MattGSBA: RIP… once a sky blue always a sky blue 💙

@SalopSkyBlue2: Sad news about Cédric Roussel. 45 is no age at all. #PUSB

@DannyRosamond: Wtf?! Wow. R.I.P Cedric.

@PUSB1980: So sad to hear RIP

@skybluelee76: Oh wow, that’s awful news 😔

@SkyBlueBull: Gutted, lost part of my teenage years today, Rest well Cedric.

@PUSBbook: Cannot believe the news of Cedric Roussel’s passing. When interviewed for the book, Cedric was the loveliest, warmest man. He spoke of his time in Coventry as the best of his career and was very keen to come back to Coventry in 2023 to watch a game. #pusb

@martw17: Just the most awful news that Cedric Roussel has passed away

@Skybluek8: RIP Cedric Roussel, taken too soon 🕊️ 🩵 #PUSB

@GarethE59969875: Sad news rip

@TheMilkman85: Shocker….. RIP Sid

@andyching: Mad that

@lvwlvs: Awful news. Had some difficulties off the pitch during his time at Wolves but was always a player I liked and I was disappointed but Dave Jones moved him on. Rest in peace, Cedric. 🧡🐺

@burfabulous: Oh my. 🙁 RIP big man. Loved watching him, that partnership with Robbie Keane was unplayable on its day

@kingkevg1: RIP Cedric Roussel. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. God bless you all 🙏

@RaffellTom: Awful news, I liked him alot. Condolences to his family.

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