Defour announced it on social media on Tuesday. “That’s it for me,” Defour wrote. “Thank you all for your support over the years. It is time for a new chapter.”
Defour played his last match on May 2 during the trip to La Gantoise at the opening of the Europe playoffs (2-2).
The former Red Devil, 33, announced in early April that he will hang up his boots at the end of this championship, which he is playing with KV Mechelen. But, affected in the quadriceps, it had not already been taken for the match against Ostend last Sunday and will therefore no longer come into action.
Defour will stay in Mechelen for his new career. Last Friday, the KVM communicated that the Golden Boot 2007 will integrate the technical staff.
Defour played successively in the professional ranks at Genk (2005-06), Standard (2006-11), FC Porto (2011-14), Anderlecht (2014-16), Burnley (2016-19), Antwerp (2019-20). He joined his last training club FC Mechelen on October 15. He played nineteen games there, sixteen in the Jupiler Pro League.
He won the title of champion in Belgium with Standard in 2008 and 2009 and in Portugal with Porto in 2012 and 2013. He also won a Belgian Cup in 2011.
Defour wore the Red Devils jersey 52 times and scored two goals between 2006 and 2017. He announced his international retirement in May 2018 following his non-selection for the World Cup in Russia.