K.V.C. Westerlo

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Westerlo
K.V.C. Westerlo logo.png
Full name Koninklijke Voetbal Club
Westerlo
Nickname(s) De Kemphanen
Founded 5 September 1933 (creation)
5 August 1942 (merge)
Ground Het Kuipje,
Westerlo
Ground Capacity 7,982
Chairman Belgium Herman Wijnants
Manager Netherlands Dennis van Wijk
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 Belgian Second Division, 1st (promoted)

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑl ˌklʏp ˈʋɛstərloː]; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Westerlo has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since 1997–98. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–2000, 2003–04 and 2008–09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only players 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. Westerlo are currently a feeder club to Premier League club Chelsea.

History[edit]

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 and then to the first division in 1997. In 1996, the club added the prefix Koninklijke (meaning "Royal" in Dutch) to its name.

Stadium[edit]

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 of 7,982 with 5,556 seats.

Honours[edit]

European record[edit]

Competition Appearances Matches Won Drawn Lost GF GA
UEFA Cup / Europa League 2 6 1 1 4 2 8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 4 0 1 3 0 14
Season Competition Round Nat Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovenia Primorje 0–6 0–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hertha Berlin 0–2 0–1
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Czech Republic Tescoma Zlín 0–0 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2 Finland TPS Turku 0–0 1–0
Q3 Switzerland Young Boys 0–2 1–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 August 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 Belgium GK Michaël Cordier
2 Netherlands DF Mitch Apau
3 Ivory Coast FW Koffi
4 Belgium DF Birger Maertens
5 Belgium DF Bruno Godeau (on loan from Zulte-Waregem)
6 Belgium MF Kevin Geudens
7 France MF Raphaël Lecomte
8 Belgium MF Maxime Annys
9 Belgium FW Kevin Vandenbergh
11 Netherlands FW Sherjill MacDonald
12 Benin FW Frédéric Gounongbe
14 Belgium FW Mohammed Aoulad
No. Position Player
15 Germany DF Christian Dorda
17 Belgium DF Kenneth Schuermans
18 Belgium MF Nils Schouterden
19 Belgium MF Arno Verschueren
20 Mali MF Alassane Diallo
21 Belgium MF Nicolas Rommens
22 Belgium DF Gilles Ruyssen
23 Belgium MF Jarno Molenberghs
24 Belgium MF Jens Cools
29 Belgium GK Brian Gielen
30 Belgium GK Koen Van Langendonck

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2011.

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