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Club Brugge
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Full name Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Club Bruges Royal Football association)
Nickname(s) Blauw-Zwart (Blue-Black), Club, FCB
Founded

13 November 1891; 122 years ago (1891-11-13)

Stamnummer (matricule number) 3
Ground Jan Breydel Stadium
Ground Capacity 29,472[1]
President Bart Verhaeghe
Head coach Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 Belgian Pro League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Flemish pronunciation: [klʏp ˈbrʏʝə ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑɫvəˈreːnəʝɪŋ]), also referred to as just Club Brugge is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and is one of the top clubs in Belgium. Its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,472.

Club Brugge's major rival is R.S.C. Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge K.S.V., with whom they contest the Bruges derby.

Throughout its long history, Club Brugge has enjoyed much European football success, reaching two European finals and two European semi-finals. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played the final of the European Cup (forerunner of the current UEFA Champions League) so far. They were beaten by Liverpool F.C. in the final of its 1978 season. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to Liverpool. Club Brugge holds the record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Cup (16).

History[edit]

History of Club Brugge
Brugsche Football Club
(1891)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Football Club
Brugeois (1892)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Football Club Brugeois
(1897)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royal Football Club Brugeois
(1920)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Club Brugge Koninklijke
Voetbalvereniging (1972)
 
 
 
 
Logo of Club Brugge in the 1970s
  • 1890: Brugsche Football Club

Club created by old students of the Catholic school Broeders Xaverianen and the neutral school Koninklijk Atheneum.

  • 13 November 1891: Club recreated

The club was recreated. This has since been adopted as the official date of foundation.

  • 1892: First board

An official board was installed in the club.

  • 1894: Football Club Brugeois

Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC.

  • 1895: Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges

Club created in the city.

  • 1895/1896: the UBSSA set up in 1895. and they went to the UBSSA and took part of the first Belgian national league.
  • 1896: Leaving the UBSSA

Financially it was difficult for FC Brugeois and so after only one year they had to leave the UBSSA.

  • 1897: Fusion

FC Brugeois joined Brugsche FC but they continued under the name Football Club Brugeois.

  • 1902: New fusion

Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois.

  • 1912: De Klokke

They moved to a new stadium named "De Klokke".

  • 1913/1914: First cup final

FC Brugeois reached their first Belgian Cup final but they lost 2–1 from Union SG.

  • 1920: First time league champions

The club became for the first time champions of the first division.

  • 1926: Royal Football Club Brugeois

The club get number 3 as their matricule number and in the same year they get the royal title.

  • 1928: First relegation

A first low when the club was relegated to the second division.

  • 1930: New statute

President Albert Dyserynck changed the club's statute into a non-profit association.

  • 1931: Albert Dyserynckstadion

When president Albert Dyserynck suddenly died they honoured him by changing the stadium's name into Albert Dyserynckstadion.

  • 1959: Permanent to the first division

RFC Brugeois promoted to the first division and never relegated again in the future.

  • 1968: First time cup winners

They won the Belgian Cup for the first time against Beerschot AC (1–1, 7–6 after penalty's).

  • 1972: Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

The club changed their name into the Flemisch name Club Brugge KV

They moved from Albert Dyserynckstadion to Olympiastadion (current Jan Breydelstadion).

Under Austrian coach Ernst Happel, Club Brugge reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and lost against Liverpool (3–2 and 1–1).

Still under Ernst Happel, the club faced Liverpool again of a European final. This time it was in the European Champions Clubs' Cup final. And again they lost (1–0). Club Brugge is the only Belgian club that have reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

Daniel Amokachi is the first goal scorer in the Champions League. He scored against CSKA Moskva.

Olympiastadion had to be expanded for the EURO 2000 organisation. They also changed the name into Jan Breydelstadion.

  • 2006: CLUBtv

Club Brugge was the first Belgian club to create its own TV channel.

Crest and colours[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Jan Breydel Stadium

Supporters[edit]

Tifo before the Champions League game Club Brugge-Rapid Wien in 2005

Club Brugge, like other major Belgian clubs has fans all over Belgium. Some of these fans are part of a 62 supporter clubs in Belgium, which has more than 10,000 members. The "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.

The Blue Army is the clubs main active supporter groups. This group is also responsible for the organization of tifos among other duties. The Blue Army also publishes the Blue Army fanzine, a magazine aimed at supporters, and defined as about football, unbridled idealism, atmosphere for 90 minutes, information for all fans of FC Bruges, open communication, creativity and positivism.

In tribute the fans, often dubbed the twelfth man in football, Club Brugge no longer assigns the number 12 to players. Club Brugge also has a TV show, CLUBtv, on the Telenet network since 21 July 2006. This twice weekly show features exclusive interviews with players, coaches and managers.

Mascot[edit]

The three Bears; mascots of Club Bruges

The official mascot of Club Bruges is a bear, symbol of the city of Bruges. The history of the bear is related to a legend of the first Count of Flanders, Baldwin I of Flanders, who had fought and defeated a bear in his youth. Since the end of 2000, a second mascot, always a bear, travels along the edge of the field during home games for fans to call and encourage both their favorites. These two bears are called Belle and Bene. In 2010, a third bear named Bibi, made its appearance. He is described as the child of the first two mascots, and is oriented towards the young supporters.

Rivalries[edit]

Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge contests rivalries with other Belgian clubs, whether at local (Cercle Brugge), regional level (Gent and Anderlecht).

Cercle Brugge[edit]

Main article: Bruges derby

Since the early twentieth century, a strong rivalry has existed between the two clubs in the city, "Club" and "Cercle", or the "Blue" and "Green". The derby was first contested during the 1899-1900 season. The derby is notable as it is now the only city based derby regularly played in Belgium.

Gent[edit]

At regional level, Club Brugge has maintained rivalry with Gent, a team in the neighboring province. The successes achieved by Club Bruges in the early 1970s, combined with very poor season performances by Gent in the same period, attracted many fans. Since the late 1990s, Gent again played a somewhat more leading role in Belgium, and matches against Club Brugge were often spectacles.

Anderlecht[edit]

The rivalry between Club Brugge and Anderlecht has developed since the 1970s. At that time, the Brussels-based club and Club Brugge won most trophies between them, leaving little room for other Belgian teams. Matches between these two teams were often contested for the title of champion of Belgium. Two Belgian Cup finals were played between the two clubs (one win each side), and they played seven Belgian Supercup (Club Bruges won five).

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 26 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Mathew Ryan
2 Belgium DF Davy De fauw
3 Belgium MF Timmy Simons (captain)
4 Costa Rica DF Óscar Duarte
6 Brazil MF Fernando Menegazzo
7 Spain MF Víctor Vázquez (3rd captain)
8 Israel FW Lior Refaelov
9 Belgium FW Tom De Sutter
10 Denmark MF Jesper Jørgensen
11 Belgium MF Jonathan Blondel (vice-captain)
13 Greece GK Sokratis Dioudis
14 Denmark DF Jim Larsen
15 China MF Wang Shangyuan
16 Belgium FW Maxime Lestienne
17 Poland FW Waldemar Sobota
19 Belgium DF Thomas Meunier
20 Latvia FW Valērijs Šabala
28 Belgium DF Laurens De Bock
30 Chile FW Nicolás Castillo
No. Position Player
32 Belgium MF Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe
33 Serbia GK Vladan Kujović
40 Belgium DF Björn Engels
42 Belgium FW Nikola Storm
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman
44 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele
51 Belgium GK Quintijn Steelant
52 Belgium DF Alexander Embrechts
53 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
54 Belgium DF Gauthier Libbrecht
55 Belgium FW Tuur Dierckx
56 Belgium MF Yannick Reuten
57 Belgium FW Floriano Vanzo
58 Belgium FW Mamadou Obbi Oulare
63 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
Belgium MF Jimmy De Jonghe
Portugal DF Elton Monteiro
Greece DF Valentinos Vlachos

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers summer 2014 or 2014–15 Club Brugge Season.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 Norway FW Mushaga Bakenga (at Germany Eintracht Braunschweig until 30 June 2015)
29 Belgium FW Zinho Gano (at Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
41 Belgium MF Birger Verstraete (at Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz until 30 June 2015)
50 Belgium GK Sven Dhoest (at Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz until 30 June 2015)
 

Reserve-team (U21) squad[edit]

As of 27 July 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Oussaid Belkouch
3 Belgium DF Nicolas Van De Walle
4 Belgium DF Alexander Embrechts
5 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
6 Belgium MF Yannick Reuten
8 Belgium MF Aaron Vanfleteren
9 Belgium FW Hakim Borahsasar
10 Belgium MF Thomas Grillet
11 Belgium MF Floriano Vanzo
12 Belgium DF Gauthier Libbrecht
13 Belgium GK Quintijn Steelant
16 Belgium FW Mamadou Obbi Oulare
18 Belgium MF Christophe Callens
23 Belgium FW Dylan Seys
30 Morocco DF Younes Boudadi
31 Belgium MF Dylan Damraoui
Belgium GK Anthony Swolfs
No. Position Player
Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
Belgium DF Lennert De Smul
Morocco DF Anas Hamzaoui
Belgium DF Justin Himpe
Belgium DF Sebastien Ito Mavitidi
Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
Belgium DF Pieter Mariën
Spain DF Ian Soler
Belgium DF Senne Van Dooren
Belgium MF Yentl Meyssen
Belgium MF Jur Schrijvers
Belgium MF Ferenc Soenens
Belgium FW Michiel Clyncke
Belgium FW Ruben Leman
Belgium FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
Belgium FW Thibault Vlietinck

Club Academy (U7-U19)[edit]

As of 26 July 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Former players[edit]

Club captains[edit]

 

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – The 12th man (reserved for the club supporters)

23Belgium François Sterchele, striker (2007–08). Posthumous; Sterchele died in a single-person car accident on 8 May 2008.

Club officials[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Belgium Bart Verhaeghe (President)
  • Belgium Jan Boone (Board Member)
  • Belgium Bart Coeman (Board Member)
  • Belgium Sam Sabbe (Board Member)
  • Belgium Peter Vanhecke (Board Member)
  • Belgium Vincent Mannaert (Managing Director)

Management[edit]

  • Belgium Vincent Mannaert (General Manager)
  • Belgium Klaus Van Isacker (PR & Communications Manager)
  • Belgium Veroniek Degrande (Finance Manager)
  • Belgium Carl Lenaerts (Head of Business Development)
  • Belgium Evy Verhaeghe (Legal Manager)
  • Belgium Dagmar Decramer (Operations Manager)
  • Iceland Arnar Grétarsson (Sports Manager)

First-team coaching staff[edit]

Medical staff[edit]

  • Belgium Karel Watteyne (Doctor)
  • Belgium Thierry Dalewyn (Doctor)
  • Belgium Jan Van Damme (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Dimitri Dobbenie (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Valentijn Deneulin (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Peter Destickere (Masseur)

Team Support[edit]

  • Belgium Dévy Rigaux (Team Manager)
  • Belgium Pascal Plovie (Material Man)
  • Belgium Michel Dierings (Assistant Material Man)
  • Belgium Herman Brughmans (Assistant Material Man)

Reserve-team (U21) coaching staff[edit]

  • Belgium Jannes Tant (Head coach T1)
  • Belgium Dirk Laleman (Assistant coach T2)
  • Belgium Kristoff Deryckere (Team manager)
  • Belgium Dimitri Vastenavondt (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Noel Quintens (Material Man)

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

1919–20, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05
1898-99, 1899-00, 1905-06, 1909-10, 1910-11, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2011-12
1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07
1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2004–05
1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
1995, 2007

International[edit]

1977–78
1976–77
1975–76
1987–88
1991–92
1970–71, 1994–95
1979, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
1981

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]