Stijn Haeldermans is a former professional football player, who was wearing, among others, the shirts of KRC Genk, Standard Liège, Fortuna Sittard, and Rot-Weiss Essen. After a professional career of more than 14 years, Stijn accepted a new challenge and started studying law.
In 2011, Stijn graduated as Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) and, in 2013, he obtained the degree of LL.M. in Globalisation and Law (specialisation corporate and commercial law). The latter degree was awarded by Maastricht University (NL) after Stijn successfully completed a master's dissertation titled "The Settlement of Football-Related Disputes within FIFA's Regulatory Framework". In his dissertation Stijn investigated, among other things, the jurisdiction and functioning of FIFA's judicial bodies and arbitral tribunals, as well as their relationship with ordinary courts of law.
However, since Stijn was still passionate about the game, he started attending UEFA’s coaching classes and took the examination to become a FIFA Players’ Agent. In 2010, Stijn acquired both the “UEFA A Coaching Diploma” and the FIFA Players’ Agents license.
At present, Stijn is registered as a football intermediary with the German and English FA.
He was previously involved in the transfers of among others:
- Igor Vetokele from AA Ghent to Cercle Bruges (2011)
- Leroy Labylle from Standard Liège to MVV Maastricht (2012)
- Igor Vetokele from Cercle Bruges to FC Copenhagen (2012)
- Emrullah Güvenç from Helmond Sports to F.C. Antwerp (2013)
- Leroy Labylle from MVV Maastricht to PEC Zwolle (2013)
- Fatih Turan from Fortuna Sittard to Boluspor (2015)
- Kim Ojo from KRC Genk to OH Leuven (2015)
- Obbi Oularé from Club Bruges to Watford FC (2015)
- Emrullah Güvenç from F.C. Antwerp to MVV Maastricht (2015)
In addition, Stijn has successfully negotiated the first professional contracts of the following youngsters:
- Ilkan Cavus with KRC Genk (2013)
- Obbi Oulare with Club Bruges (2013 & renewal in 2014)
- Henry Odutayo with KRC Genk (2015)
- Quincy Odutayo with KRC Genk (2015)
Highlights of Stijn’s career