FM19 Club Info: Belgium Pro League B

Beerschot Wilrijk

KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk, is a Belgian professional football club, located in Wilrijk, Antwerp, that competes in the Pro League B. The club is affiliated with the Royal Belgian Football Association since 1921 and has been allocated association number 155. In 2013, KFCO Wilrijk decided to integrate the identity of Beerschot AC when they were relegated in the 2012–13 season, not only through their league position but also due to losing their professional license through financial issues, being officially declared bankrupt on 21 May 2013 and folding shortly afterwards. Being the proud owners of the colours: purple, white, yellow and blue they play their games on the club’s home ground the Olympic Stadium often referred to as ‘t Kiel.

The club was founded in 1922 as Football Club Wilrijk and joined The Belgian football association.

As a result of the introduction of a national third division in 1926, the club played national football for the first time in their then short existence. Unfortunately the club ended third last, leading to their relegation after just one season. In 1931 the number of participants in the divisions was increased, causing FC Wilrijk to be included on the national level for the second time. FC Wilrijk lasted two seasons before being relegated again.

In 1935 the club was promoted once more. Unlike their previous third division stays, FC Wilrijk showcased dominant football. This resulted in a 3rd position in the 1935–36 season and even becoming third division champions in the 1936–37 season. After winning their division the club was promoted to the second division lasting two seasons before being relegated in 1939. After a lengthy stay in the third division, FC Wilrijk was relegated to the Provincial division in 1949 which set a trend for the following decades.

In 1993 KFC Wilrijk merged with Olympia Wilrijk 72. This other Wilrijk-based club, was founded in 1972 and part of the Royal Belgian Football Association, being assigned the association number 7727. Both clubs shared forces as KFC Olympia Wilrijk and continued under KFC Wilrijks association number 155.

In 1994, the club reached the 4th division, playing national football for the first time in 45 years. In the 1995–96 season KFCO Olympia Wilrijk came in 3rd only two points short of standing victorious in their division. After eight years KFC Olympia Wilrijk ended third last, which led to being relegated. Their absence was short-lived however, as KFC Olympia Wilrijk was promoted the following year resulting in a three-year stay before being relegated. In 2008 the club was promoted again, only to be relegated in 2010.

After Beerschot AC’s bankruptcy in 2013, KFCO Wilrijk decided to harbour its fans. KFCO Wilrijk followed up by incorporating the name Beerschot and their respective colours in their own identity. The KBVB however decided that due to the name change, the club was no longer eligible to use the handle “royal” in their club name. Hence the club’s name is FCO Beerschot Wilrijk rather than KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk. In order to retrieve their “royal” status, FCO Beerschot Wilrijk filed a successful application in June 2017.

FCO Beerschot Wilrijk, became an instant success. Their season opener against Ternesse VV was attended by 8500 fans, which was a record for the Belgian provincial division at the time. This record was broken on 15 February 2014 during their game against fierce title contender FC De Kempen which was attended by 8982 fans and topped again, during their title game against KFC Katelijne-Waver on 22 March. This game was attended by almost 12000 fans and won by 5–0, gaining the club mathematical certainty about crowning themselves 2013–14 division champions.

Due to the club’s high attendance – weekly attendance that tops several first division teams – KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk is required to play their home games at the Olympisch Stadion (city of Antwerp) to guarantee the safety of their fans. This is the home ground of the fallen Beerschot VAC. The club reached an average of 7000 fans at home games during its first season in the 1st division of the province of Antwerp, which is quite a feat. This reputation was upheld during away games by bringing on average over 1500 fans, whom took pride in causing friendly banter in the most obscurely hidden cities and stadiums that the province of Antwerp holds. The club’s success and vibe often lead to opponents renting bigger stadiums because the prospected attendance exceeds their own stadium capacity.

For the 2014–15 season, FCO Beerschot Wilrijk was promoted to the 4th division in Belgian national football. In mid-March 2015, they held a 10-point lead over their closest rival.[2] They were promoted to third division as champions of their group. In 2015–2016 they became champions of the third division after a sensational winning goal in the last minute of their last game. In 2016–2017 they became the first champion of the new ‘1st Amateur League’ and gained promotion to the Proximus League, the second tier of Belgian football.

Club Website: https://www.beerschotwilrijk.be/nl

KV Mechelen

Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen  often simply called KV Mechelen or KVM, or by their former French naming FC Malinois, is a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen in the Antwerp province. KV Mechelen plays in the Belgian Pro League. They have won four Belgian championships and one Belgian Cup, as well as the 1987–88 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1988 European Super Cup. They collected all of their honours in the 1940s and in the 1980s.

KV Mechelen was founded in 1904 and, in 1921–22, promoted to the first division. After two successive relegation and promotion, they were back for good between 1928–29 and 1955–56. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second division. From 1983–84 to 1996–97, they had a successful first division spell, with a title and several second- and third-place finishes. During that period, they also won a European Cup Winners’ Cup and they reached the same competition semi-finals as well as the European Cup quarter-finals.

KV Mechelen declined in the late 1990s though they had two more spells at the highest level from 1999–2000 to 2000–01 and in 2002–03. At the end of that season, the club did not receive their Belgian professional football license. They were therefore relegated to the third division with a nine-point penalty. After two promotions in 2004–05 and in 2006–07, KV Mechelen returned to the first division.

The club’s outfits are a striped yellow and red shirt with black shorts and socks. They play their home matches at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, where Argos is their stadium sponsor and Achter de Kazernemeans ‘Behind the Barracks’. The stadium has been named so because there used to be barracks next to stadium. KV Mechelen fans have a long-standing rivalry with KRC Mechelen.

The club was founded in 1904, a few months after the birth of city rival KRC Mechelen. The club had a first successful period in the 1940s. During World War II, in 1943, the club won their first domestic title. The second title came a few years later, in 1946, and in 1948 the club was successful again. After that, the club fell back. In 1954, they managed to finish third, only one point behind champions Anderlecht, but that was their last good season. Two years later, Mechelen was relegated to second division. During the 1960s and the 1970s, Mechelen went up and down between the first and second division.

The club enjoyed a spell of both domestic and European success in the period from 1987 to 1992. During these five seasons, Mechelen won one Belgian championship and one Belgian cup title. They also finished second in the Belgian league twice and lost the Belgian Cup final twice. After winning the domestic cup title in 1987, and hence qualifying for the European Cup Winners’ Cup, they completed the extraordinary achievement of winning this tournament in 1988. Mechelen are the last Belgian team that has won a European trophy.

KV Mechelen seemed to be on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Belgium, but quickly declined when their chairman Cordier (who owned the rights to most of their players) was forced to sell many players due to his company’s bad results. On 10 June 2007, the team achieved promotion to the Belgian First Division. Two years later in 2009, KV Mechelen played the final of the Belgian Cup, losing it 2–0 to Genk. One year after that, they stranded in the semi-finals with a 2–2 draw and a 1–0 loss against KAA Gent.

After a successful 2010 and four seasons for the yellow reds, coach Peter Maes decided to leave Malinwa and signed a four-year contract with Lokeren. Malinwa made a deal with Marc Brys to take over from Maes. Marc Brys was coach of FC Den Bosch, a second division team in the Netherlands. After two seasons he was sacked and Harm Van Veldhoven was appointed for the 2012–13 season. Van Veldhoven also could not lead KV Mechelen to Play-off 1, the clubs’ recent unspoken ambition. He was fired in December 2013. At the end of the 2013–14 season KV Mechelen appointed Aleksandar Janković as head coach. Despite Janković’s inability to lead the club to Play-off 1, Janković left for topclub Standard Liège and Mechelen had to appoint a new manager. The club ended up choosing Yannick Ferrera for the vacant job, who had just been fired as manager of Standard Liège.

Honours

Domestic

  • Belgian First Division:
    • Winners (4): 1942–43, 1945–46, 1947–48, 1988–89
  • Belgian Second Division:
    • Winners (6): 1925–26, 1927–28, 1962–63, 1982–83, 1998–99, 2001–02
  • Belgian Second Division Final Round:
    • Winners (2): 1981, 2007
  • Belgian Third Division:
    • Winners (1): 2004–05
  • Belgian Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1986–87

International

  • European Cup Winners Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1987–88
  • European Super Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1988

KV Mechelen’s Belgian Cup win in 1987 saw the club participate in UEFA club competition for the first time in their history, entering the 1987–88 European Cup Winners’ Cup. It proved to be a largely successful campaign, with Mechelen reaching the final undefeated by winning seven of their eight matches en route. They then went on to defeat Ajax 1–0 in the final, Piet den Boer scoring the decisive goal early in the second half. The following season Mechelen played 1988 European Cup winners PSV in the UEFA Super Cup, and defeated the Dutch side 4–1 on aggregate. Mechelen remain the last Belgian club team to have won a European club competition.

Club Website: https://www.kvmechelen.be/

Lommel SK

Lommel SK is a Belgian association football club based in the city of Lommel, Limburg.

The roots of the club date back to the 1920s when the club Vlug & Vrij Overpelt-Usines (Fast & Free Overpelt-Factories) was founded, registering as an official club with the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1927 to receive matricule 1064. The club dissolved in 1933 only to be re-established in 1937 as Vlug & Vrij Overpelt (Fast & Free Overpelt) with matricule 2554 and played at stadium De Leukens in Overpelt. It was commonly known as Overpelt Fabriek (Overpelt Factory), named after the Overpelt district in which the zinc factory was situated and was a club for the local factory workers.

In 1954 the club reached the national football levels, that time at the fourth level of the Belgian football pyramid, and continued to the Belgian Third Division in 1957. Near the end of the 1950s, the name was changed again, now to Vlug en Vrij Overpelt-Fabriek (Fast and Free Overpelt-Factory).

In 1982 the club was promoted to the Belgian Second Division where it remained for three seasons before being relegated again and starting an up and down movement between the second and fourth divisions. In 1987 the club obtained the royal designation, thus changing the name in 1988 to Koninklijke Vlug en Vrij Overpelt-Fabriek (Royal Fast and Free Overpelt-Factory). Midway the 1990s the club played three more seasons in the second division but promotion to the highest level would never be obtained.

In 2003 neighbours K.F.C. Lommel S.K. dissolved following bankruptcy. Lommel had been founded in 1932 and its biggest achievements included playing the 2001 Belgian Cup Final and playing in both the 1997 and 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Overpelt-Fabriek and Lommel merged into K.V.S.K. United Overpelt-Lommel, often referred to as KVSK United, with KVSK an abbreviation standing for Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging en Sportkring (Royal Footballassociation and Sportscircle). It continued with the matricule 2554 of Overpelt-Fabriek but moved from De Leukens to the Soevereinstadion in Lommel. The club colours became a combination of those of Lommel (green & white) and Overpelt-Fabriek (red & blue). The new club started the 2003–04 season in the third division and only narrowly missed out on promotion. The following season the team became champions undefeated throughout the whole season (30 matches) and was promoted to the second division. During the 2005–06 season the team came close to promotion to the highest level as it led the table before the last match but lost away to Oud-Heverlee Leuven and saw the title and promotion move to Mons. The following promotion playoffs were lost to Lierse.

In 2010 the club merged with third division team KFC Racing Mol-Wezel and changed its name to Lommel United and started two very successful seasons, ending second in both 2009–10 and 2010–11. This however was a turning point, as almost all starting players decided to leave the club after those two seasons, forcing Lommel United to rebuild the team with many youngsters. A highlight was the 2014–15 season in which Lommel United again finished second. After that, the team only narrowly managed to obtain a place in the new second level league called Belgian First Division B, but during the 2016–17 season the team started with only 3 wins out of 28 matches and despite a strong finish, the team was relegated to the Belgian First Amateur Division, thereby losing its professional status. Following that season, the team changed its name to Lommel SK.

Club Website: http://www.lommelsk.be/

Oud-Heverlee Leuven

Oud-Heverlee Leuven also called OH Leuven or OHL, is a Belgian football club from the city of Leuven. It was created in 2002 from the merger of three clubs, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, whose registration number it inherited, Daring Club Leuven, and Stade Leuven. The home ground of OH Leuven is stadium “Den Dreef”, located in Heverlee.

The club currently plays in the country’s second level, Belgian Pro League B. It has played four seasons at the first level, the last time being the 2015–16 season.

F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee (matricule #6142) was founded in 1957, climbing out of the provincial leagues in 1996 and winning the Belgian Fourth Division title during the 1999–2000 season. Promoted to the Belgian Third Division they joined their Leuven neighbours Stade Leuven (matricule #18), founded in 1905, which had played over 30 seasons in the Belgian Second Division and one year in the First in the 1949–50 season. As of 2002, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee was in bad financial shape, moving up and down between third and fourth division since 1991.

In 2002, the city of Leuven decided that both Third division teams, Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and K. Stade Leuven, would merge together also with the third club from Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven (matricule #223), which was at that time playing at the fifth level of the league. Daring Club Leuven was founded in 1922, had played several seasons in the Belgian Second Division, and after being the leading club from the Leuven region between 1958 and 1964, had dropped down into the provincial leagues in 1979 and stayed there since. The new club that was created through the merger kept the matricule number 6142 of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and started playing in the Belgian Third Division under the name Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

At the end of its first season, the club narrowly lost out on promotion, going down on penalty kicks to Eendracht Aalst in the Third division play-off final, after finishing 2nd in the 3rd division B, 5 points behind champions Tubize. After a 3rd place in the same division in season 2003–04, Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished 2nd once again in season 2004–05 and this time they did win the promotion play-off and entered the second division in the 2005–06 season. After two seasons finishing 6th and 5th, OH Leuven finished 3rd in the 2007–08 Belgian Second Division season with 61 points. This allowed them to take part in the promotion playoffs where the team finished as the bottom 4th after losing all six games to Tubize, Antwerp, and Lommel United.

Two seasons with the team finishing 9th and 14th were followed by a second division title on Sunday 24 April 2011, when Oud-Heverlee Leuven secured the 2010–11 2nd division championship and gained promotion to the First division for the season 2011–12, following a 2–2 draw at Antwerp. The team rounded off the season the following Sunday with a 2–0 home win against Lommel United, gathering a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought First division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since the 1949–50 season, when Stade Leuven had finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

OH Leuven secured its top flight status following a 0–0 draw at home against Lierse on 3 March 2012, marking the first time a team from the city of Leuven managed to remain at the highest level of Belgian football for more than a single season. In the 2013–14 season OH Leuven was relegated after losing the 2014 promotion/relegation play-offs. Although finishing 6th, the team was promoted next year via the 2015 promotion/relegation play-offs, but it was immediately relegated again after finishing last in the 2015-16 season.

In September 2016, OH Leuven were caught up in a scandal affecting football in England. In relation to allegations made against individuals within English football, OH Leuven chairman Jimmy Houtput was alleged to have offered up the club as a “conduit” to allow third-party companies to gain ownership of football players in England.[2] Houtput claimed he was “merely trying to obtain the identity of the possible investor(s) and would never take part in illegal activities to circumvent the third-party ownership”, but subsequently resigned as OH Leuven chairman on 30 September.

Later that season, with the club struggling financially, OH Leuven was taken over by the King Power International Group led by the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who already owned Leicester City.

In July 2018, OH Leuven reclaimed the matricule #18 that originally belonged to Stade Leuven, to “reclaim the glorious past”.

On 27th October 2018, the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash following Leicester City’s home game against West Ham.

Their stadium is called Stadion Den Dreef and is situated on Kardinaal Mercierlaan in the south Leuven suburb of Heverlee (not to be confused with ‘Oud-Heverlee’ in the club name, which is in fact a separate municipality). The entrance for visiting fans is on Tervuursevest.

Club Website: https://www.ohleuven.com/

Roeselare

Koninklijke Sport Vereniging Roeselare, or KSV Roeselare is a Belgian football club from the city of Roeselare in West Flanders. Its matricule is the n°134. It has last played in the Belgian Pro League from 2005–06 to 2009–10.

The first club of the city was founded in 1900 by some students and named De Verenigde Vrienden (Dutch for The United Friends) but that name changed early to Red Star Roeselare. In 1902, the club is known as Union Sportive Roulers (in French) but it will retire from the football association for financial problems in 1909. The next year, two new clubs are founded – Sportvereniging Roeselare (the Catholics) and F.C. Roeselare (the non-Catholics) – but not for long as the former club activity stopped in 1914 due to World War I. The birth of S.K. Roeselare arose seven years later. it received the matricule n° 134. F.C. Roeselare with the matricule n° 286. However, this matricule does not exist anymore as K.S.K. Roeselare and K.F.C. Roeselare merged in 1999 to form K.S.V. and kept the n° 134. The first time a team from Roeselare achieved promotion to the first division was in 2005 when K.S.V. won the second division playoff.

KSV Roeselare was founded in 1999 after a merger between KSK Roeselare and KFC Roeselare. The stock number 134 was taken over from KSK Roeselare. The fusion club started in second class, where good results were achieved in the first few seasons. In the 2002/2003 season, KSV Roeselare narrowly missed the relegation. A season later, the team managed to qualify for the final round, which it only lost in the final game. A year later, in the 2004/2005 season it was hit. The team, led by trainer Dennis van Wijk, won the competition convincingly. With a 16 out of 18 points, Roeselare was able to open the gate to first class open beech via the final round.

In the first season, Schiervelde grew into a true hell for the opponents. Renowned clubs such as Lokeren (4-0), Germinal Beerschot (5-1) and Exc. Mouscron (5-0), … got a beating from Wagneau Eloi and co and KSVR finished in the middle of the field without any problem. It also added the  Fair Play standings  , which meant that it   was allowed to enter Europe . The  Macedonian Vardar Skopje  had to believe it (1-2 in Skopje and 5-1 on Schiervelde), and in the next round SV won home with 2-1 from the Cypriot  FC Ethnikos Achnas . However, the scorching heat (around 40 degrees) in Nicosia was too much. With a 5-0 score in Cyprus the first European adventure of stamnummer 134.

KSVR had two quiet seasons in the lower middle class of the Belgian first division, with high-profile victories against Club Brugge and Standard. Many teams came to Schiervelde with their knees nodded.

Only in the fourth season did the team get into difficulties. Trainer Dirk Geeraerd was fired after a 2 in 27, after which old well-known Dennis van Wijk came to save the furniture. Under the impetus of Ivan Perisic and Sherjill MacDonald, KSVR forced the retention through the final round. The heavy wage burden that was built up in the previous seasons was still too weighty in the fifth season. With a 15th place in the standings and a loss in the final round, KSV Roeselare dropped out of the first division in the 2009-2010 season.

Since 2010 KSVR is therefore active again in the second class. The team was not able to play a major role in the Belgacom League due to a slimmed-down budget. KSV Roeselare will be preparing for his fifth consecutive season in the second division and the club will be able to look back on a promising 2014-2015 season through a renewed management and renewed ambition.

The Belgian competition was thoroughly reformed for the 2016-2017 season. Professional football was separated from amateur football. Eight second-class clubs were allowed to stand up for a step higher while the rest ‘sank’ to the first amateur class. Roeselare was one of eight clubs with a license for professional football and was thus able to take another big step forward.

Honours

  • Belgian Second Division:
    • Runners-up (1): 2004–05
  • Belgian Second Division Final Round:
    • Winners (1): 2005
  • Belgian First Division B
    • Runners-up (1): 2016–17

Club Website: http://www.ksvroeselare.be/

Tubize

The origin of AFC Tubize goes all the way back to 1919. It was first found under the name of Athletic Club Tubizien and had gone through a number of changes; Club Sportif Tubizien to Football Club Tubize, and then Club Sportif Hope Tubize. In 1963, two clubs that represented the city of Tubize, CSE Tubize and CS Tubizien, merged and newly formed Football Club Tubize (FC Tubize). Also in 1974, another club was created based in Tubize, Amis Réunis de Tubize (AR Tubize). These two teams continued to develop and represented the city of Tubize.

The current club made its first appearance in May, 1990. The co-owner of AFC Tubize, Raymond Langendries managed the merger between Amis Réunis de Tubize and Football Club Tubize, and created Association Football Club Tubize. At that time, FC Tubize became the champions of National Division 3 and got promoted to Division 2, while Amis Réunis, finished dead last and got relegated to the Provincial Division 4.

The very first manager to lead AFC Tubize was Theo Buelinckx, who successfully led FC Tubize to become National Division 3 champions. During his playing career, Theo Buelinckx had represented Halle and Olympic Charleroi (Belgium First Division), Avenir Lembeek and Union Saint-Gilloise. In the space of seven seasons, Theo led AFC Tubize to move up 4 times from Provincial Division 3 to National Division 3.

Philippe Saint-Jean succeeded Theo Buelinckx in his first season with the club, although he was not able to lead the team to a victory in the final round of Promotion. However, the club won the Division 3 Champion title in his second season. After spending two successful spells at AFC Tubize, Philippe Saint-Jean left the club to join Mouscron and Wachel Patrick was appointed.

In 2007/2008 season, the second division was played between 19 teams following the relegation of Geel and Namur (from the first division), forcing our players to play up to 3 times a week. Despite the tight schedule, AFC Tubize brings an impressive series where the club went on to 17 consecutive games without a defeat and won the ticket to the final round of promotion playoffs.

AFC Tubize’s outstanding performance continued during playoffs. The club won all 6 games and finally made its presence at the Belgium’s first division, the Jupiler Pro League. As AFC Tubize entered into the first division, the club became more professional. The club started with the stadium expansion by increasing its capacity from 5,000 to 8,000 seats in order to meet the requirements of Belgium’s First Division. Furthermore, AFC Tubize holds a gym, medical staff including physiotherapist, waiting room for players, video room, press room, command post, restaurant and reception area.

For the first time in 33 years, Belgium’s First Division saw a number of changes. The decision was made to relegate bottom 4 teams to Division 2 and reduce the number of teams competing in the first division from 18 to 16.

AFC Tubize finished second last in the league with 27 points, which lead to relegation to Division 2 with Mons and Dender.

Club Website: http://www.afctubize.co.kr/en/

Union SG

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, often abbreviated to Union SG, is a Belgian football club originally located in the municipality of Saint-Gilles, in Brussels, although since the 1920s it has been based at the Stade Joseph Marienin the neighbouring municipality of Forest.

The club is one of the most successful in the history of Belgian football, but currently plays in the second division. The club won eleven Belgian championships between 1904 and 1935, making it the most successful Belgian club before World War II. The team colours are blue and yellow and its matricule is the n°10.

The club was founded in 1897 and obtained its first of eleven titles as Champion of Belgium in 1904. From 1933 to 1935 the team played 60 consecutive matches undefeated, setting a still unbeaten record in Belgium. In the early 1900s the club also had a dominant spell in some of the very first “European” Cup competitions that took place, prior to officially sanctioned UEFA competitions.

Between 1958 and 1965 the club had a brief spell of European success, playing the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and reaching the semi-finals in the 1958–60 edition after a two legged victory against A.S. Roma. In 1963, however, the club was relegated to the second division, and in 1980 even fell as low as the Belgian Promotion division.

On 21 May 2018, Tony Bloom, Chairman of current English Premier League side, Brighton & Hove Albion was confirmed as the majority shareholder.

Honours

Domestic

  • Belgian First Division:
    • Winners (11): 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1912–13, 1922–23, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35
    • Runners-up (8): 1902–03, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1913–14, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1923–24
  • Belgian Second Division:
    • Winners (1): 1963–64
    • Runners-up (1): 1967–68
  • Belgian Third Division A:
    • Winners (2): 1975–76, 1983–84
  • Belgian Third Division B:
    • Winners (1): 2003–04
  • Belgian Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1912–13, 1913–14

European

  • Coupe Van der Straeten Ponthoz:
    • Winners (3): 1905, 1906, 1907
    • Runners-up (1): 1904

Club Website: http://www.rusg.brussels/

Westerlo

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the municipality of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Since 1997–98, Westerlo has been mostly playing in the Belgian Pro League, save for a short stint in the Belgian Second Division between 2012 and 2014. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–00, 2003–04 and 2008–09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only player who has ever been called up for the Belgium national football team while at Westerlo is Toni Brogno (7 caps, all of them while at Westerlo).

The club was founded in 1933, receiving the matricule number 2024. Their colours are yellow and blue. They play their home matches at the Het Kuipje.

K.V.C. Westerlo was founded in the city of Westerlo by students in 1917, and it was named Sportkring De Bist Westerlo. After five years of existence, the club retired. The club Bist Sport was created in 1931 and it changed its name to Sportkring Westerlo two years later. At that time. some players left the club to found Westerlo Sport, the ancestor of K.V.C. Westerlo. In 1939, the club won its league for the first time. Five years later, Sportkring Westerlo and dissident Westerlo Sport decided to merge in spite of the rivalry between the teams, and the new club was called V.C. Westerlo.

It became champion of the Antwerp second division in 1960. Eight years later it played its first season at the national level in Promotion and it won its league to play the third division in 1969. At the end of the season, Westerlo missed a third title in a row, finishing second behind Eupen. The next year, the club was relegated after the playoff and it stayed in the Promotion for ten seasons. The club then underwent two relegations in a row and thus played in the Antwerp second division in 1982–83. Westerlo was then promoted for three consecutive years to qualify for the third division once again. In 1993, the club promoted to the second division andand then to the first division in 1997. In 1996, the club added the prefix Koninklijke (meaning “Royal” in Dutch) to its name.

Westerlo plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which means “The Small Tank” in Dutch. It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip (“The Tank”). Its capacity is 8,035

Honours

  • Belgian Second Division:
    • Winners (1): 2013–14
    • Runners-up (1): 1996–97
  • Belgian Second Division Final Round:
    • Winners (1): 1997
  • Belgian Cup:
    • Winners (1): 2000–01
    • Runners-up (1): 2010–11
  • Belgian Super Cup:
    • Runners-up (1): 2001

Club Website: https://www.kvcwesterlo.be/

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