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

13 November 1891; 123 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
2014–15 Belgian Pro League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [klʏb ˈbrʏɣə ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlvəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]),[2] also referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,472.

It has been Belgian champion on 13 occasions, second only to major rivals 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, losing to Liverpool in the final of the 1978 season. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same opponents. Club Brugge holds the record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Cup (16), the record number of Belgian cups (11) and the record number of Belgian Supercups (13).


History of Club Brugge
Brugsche Football Club
Football Club
Brugeois (1892)
Football Club Brugeois
Royal Football Club Brugeois
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]


Main article: Jan Breydel Stadium


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 club's main active supporter group. This group is responsible for the organization of tifos and the publishing of a fanzine.

The supporters of Club Brugge were labelled 'the best supporters of Belgium' by a survey in 2015.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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. Three Belgian Cup finals were played between the two clubs (with Anderlecht winning once and Club Brugge twice), and they played seven Belgian Supercup (Club Bruges won five). A match between these two sides is often called 'The Hate Game'.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 27 January 2015

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
5 Chile MF Francisco Silva (on loan from Osasuna)
6 Brazil MF Claudemir
7 Spain MF Víctor Vázquez (Vice-captain)
8 Israel FW Lior Refaelov
9 Belgium FW Tom De Sutter
13 Greece GK Sokratis Dioudis
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić
18 Brazil MF Felipe Gedoz
19 Belgium DF Thomas Meunier
22 Colombia FW José Izquierdo
No. Position Player
24 Netherlands DF Stefano Denswil
25 Netherlands MF Ruud Vormer
28 Belgium DF Laurens De Bock
33 Mali FW Abdoulay Diaby
40 Belgium DF Björn Engels
42 Belgium FW Nikola Storm
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman
44 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele
53 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
55 Belgium FW Tuur Dierckx
57 Belgium MF Yannick Reuten
58 Belgium FW Mamadou Obbi Oulare
63 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers winter 2014-15 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
17 Poland FW Waldemar Sobota (at Germany FC St. Pauli until 30 June 2015)
20 Latvia FW Valērijs Šabala (at Czech Republic Jablonec until 30 June 2015)
29 Belgium FW Zinho Gano (at Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz until 30 June 2015)
30 Chile FW Nicolás Castillo (at Germany Mainz 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)
Belgium DF Jimmy De Jonghe (at Belgium Roeselare until 30 June 2015)
Norway FW Mushaga Bakenga (at Norway Molde until 30 June 2015)

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.

Reserve-team (U21) squad[edit]

As of 22 January 2015.

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

No. Position Player
1B Morocco GK Oussayd Belkouch
2B Belgium DF Pieter Mariën
3B Belgium DF Nicolas Van De Walle
4B Belgium DF Christophe Janssens
5B Belgium DF Gauthier Libbrecht
7B Belgium FW Michiel Clyncke
8B Belgium MF Aaron Vanfleteren
10B Belgium MF Thomas Grillet
13B Belgium GK Quintijn Steelant
15B Belgium FW Dylan Seys
17B Belgium MF Christophe Callens
No. Position Player
18B Belgium DF Lennert De Smul
31B Belgium MF Dylan Damraoui
36B Morocco DF Anas Hamzaoui
43B Belgium MF Jur Schrijvers
46B Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
47B Belgium DF Senne Van Dooren
48B Belgium MF Jellert Van Landschoot
49B Belgium FW Thibault Vlietinck
59B Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
65B Belgium FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh

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
Belgium DF Alexander Embrechts (at Belgium Roeselare until 30 June 2015)

Club Academy (U7-U19)[edit]

As of 16 October 2014.

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

No. Position Player
30B Morocco DF Younes Boudadi
32B Belgium FW Dylan De Bruycker
33B Belgium MF Seppe de Langhe
No. Position Player
34B Belgium FW Jens Desaever
39B Afghanistan MF Mohammad Jabar Zada
44B Belgium MF Ferenc Soenens

Former players[edit]

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV players

Club captains[edit]

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV captains

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)


  • 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)

First-team staff[edit]

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 (Kit man)
  • Belgium Michel Dierings (Assistant kit man)
  • Belgium Herman Brughmans (Assistant kit man)

Reserve-team (U21) staff[edit]

  • Belgium Jannes Tant (Coach)
  • Belgium Dirk Laleman (Assistant coach)
  • Belgium Kristoff Deryckere (Team manager)
  • Belgium Dimitri Vastenavondt (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Noel Quintens (Kit man)



Winners (13): 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
Second Place (21): 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, 2014-15
Winners (11): 1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15
Final (6): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993-94, 1997-98, 2004–05
Winners (13): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Final (2): 1995, 2007


For more details on Club Brugge in European football, see Club Brugge KV in European football.
1970–71, 1994–95
1979, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

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