K.V. Oostende

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K.V. Oostende logo.svg
Full name Koninklijke Voetbalclub
Nickname(s) De Kustboys
Founded 1981
Ground Albertparkstadion,
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Belgium Marc Coucke
Manager Belgium Frederik Vanderbiest
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 Belgian Pro League, 9th

K.V. Oostende (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaː ˈveː ˌoːs.ˈtɛn.də]) is a Belgian association football club, from the municipality of Ostend, West Flanders. It was created in 1904 as V.G. Oostende and it has the matricule n°31.


In 1911 another club was created, A.S. Oostende, which would soon become the best club of the city, playing regularly in the second division in the 1930s. In the mid 1970s, the AS reached the first division while the VG was playing at the second level.

The two clubs merged in 1981 to become K.V. Oostende. Twelve years after, the new club reached the first division. It has then been playing in the second division since 1995 except in 1998–99 and 2004–05 when it played at the higher level again.

VG Oostende was re-founded at the lowest level of the Belgian football one year after the merger. The club originally used the name Oostendse VG until the name VG Oostende could be used again ten years after the merger. VG Oostende originally used the Armenonville stadium again, which was the original VG Oostende's ground. Since the ground has been declared unsafe, VG Oostende groundshares with KV Oostende in the Albertparkstadion.

In August 2007, Oostende established a working partnership with Scottish giants Celtic. Under the deal, each season Celtic will send up to three reserve and youth team players on loan to Oostende. These working partnerships are not unique to Belgian football, as Royal Antwerp have been in partnership with Manchester United since 1998.[1]

On August 23, 2013, shortly after the start of a new season in the Jupiler Pro League, it was announced that chairman and majority shareholder Yves Lejaeghere would be succeeded by a new chairman businessman Marc Coucke with Lejaeghere remaining as president-manager.


Current squad[edit]

As of 7 February, 2014.

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

No. Position Player
2 France DF Xavier Luissint
3 Belgium DF Niels De Schutter
6 France DF Baptiste Schmisser
7 Costa Rica FW John Jairo Ruiz
8 Belgium MF Niels Coussement
10 Belgium MF Michiel Jonckheere
12 Gabon GK Didier Ovono
13 France DF Frédéric Brillant
14 Belgium MF Tom van Imschoot
15 South Africa MF Andile Jali
17 Belgium FW Gianny Vanhaecke
18 Belgium MF Nils Pierre
No. Position Player
23 Zimbabwe FW Nyasha Mushekwi (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
24 Belgium DF Jimmy Hempte
25 Brazil MF Fernando Canesin
26 Belgium MF Jordan Lukaku
27 France MF Franck Berrier (on loan from Zulte-Waregem)
30 France GK Jérémy Dumesnil
Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Mulopo Kudimbana
France GK Jean Chopin
Belgium DF Carl Hoefkens
Belgium FW Bjorn Ruytinx
Senegal FW Elimane Coulibaly
Croatia FW Ante Blažević



  1. ^ Published on 17/08/2007 00:09 (2007-08-17). "Scottish champions establish partnership with Belgian club". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 

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