K.R.C. Mechelen

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Racing Mechelen
Logo of KRC Mechelen.gif
Full name Koninklijke Racing Club Mechelen
Nickname(s) Den Racing, De Racingers
Founded 1904 (creation)
1906 (registration)
Ground Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion,
Ground Capacity 13,687
Chairman Belgium Martin Jeurissen
Manager Belgium Christophe Leclerc
Coach Belgium Thierry Pister
League Belgian Second Division

K.R.C. Mechelen is a Belgian association football club from Mechelen in the Antwerp province. It is a long-time rival of KV Mechelen. The club's best position ever is a second place in the first division 1951–52. KRC Mechelen also reached the final of the Belgian Cup in 1954.


Founded in August 1904 as Racing Club de Malines, the club registered with the federation two years later on the 22 June 1906 and received the matricule n°24. The name of the club changed three times: first the suffix Société Royale was added (1929), then the name was translated into Dutch becoming Koninklijke Racing Club Mechelen (1937).

Racing Mechelen played its first season in the first division in 1910–11 and finished 8th of 12 teams. By this time, rival FC Malines, later called KV Mechelen, was playing in second division. The following season, Racing ended 11th just one point away from Beerschot and was relegated. Just before World War I, Racing finished second in their division while FC Malines was third (8 points away). Thus RC Malines were promoted, playing the following season in the first division, which was played in 1919–20. They ended in 6th place. Two years after that FC Malines was playing in the first division too. In 1929 and 1930 after having spent one year in the second division (1924), the club grabbed third place in the first division. A record it would beat in 1952 with a second place after a new sequence of two third places (1950 and 1951). In 1954 it qualified for the final game of the Belgian Cup. Afterwards, the club fell to the second division and has rarely played at a higher level in recent decades.


3 April 2004: North stand The Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion is a football stadium in the Belgian city of Mechelen. The stadium is located just to the north of the centre of town over the River Dijle. It was built in 1923 and is named after the former president of the club: Oscar Van Kesbeeck (1886-1943) who was a Flemish Liberal Politician. The current capacity of the stadium is 13,687, of which there are around 1,900 seats and a few dozen business seats also. The Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion is located just under a mile away from Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, which is home to rivals KV Mechelen. The Oscar Vankesbeeckstadon is currently the largest stadium overall in the Belgian Third Division.


Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Griffin De Vroe
3 Belgium DF Kenny Laevaert
4 Belgium DF Mourad Gloub
5 Belgium MF Bert Tuteleers
6 Belgium MF Daan Vaesen
7 France DF Modeste Gnakpa
8 Belgium DF Achraf Essikal
9 Belgium FW Thomas Weydisch
10 Belgium MF Frédéric Farin
12 Belgium DF Jeffrey Salut
13 Belgium FW Rachid Hmouda
No. Position Player
14 Belgium DF Dylan Carton
15 Central African Republic FW Evans Kondogbia
16 Belgium MF Seppe Brulmans
17 Belgium GK Machael Beeckmans
18 Belgium FW Jessy Salut
19 Belgium GK Lars Knipping
20 Belgium MF Mehdi Hadraoui
22 Belgium MF David Olensky
Belgium FW Jordy Mathei
Belgium DF Nicolas Depret
Belgium MF Lennard Hens

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


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