K.A.A. Gent

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KAA Gent
KAA Gent logo.svg
Full name Koninklijke Atletiek
Associatie Gent
Nickname(s) De Buffalo's (The Buffalos)
Founded 1864; 150 years ago (1864)
Ground Ghelamco Arena,
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Ivan De Witte
Managing Director Michel Louwagie
Head Coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck
League Belgian Pro League
2013-14 Belgian Pro League, 7th
Website Club home page

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː.ˌnɪŋk.ləkə ˌɑt.lə.ˈtik ˌɑsoːˈʃa.(t)si ˈʝɛnt]) (Royal Athletic Association Ghent), often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's (English: The Buffalos), is a Belgian football, track and field and field hockey club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. They have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989–90 season. Their best league result is a second place in 1954–55 and in 2009–10. They have won three Belgian Cups. Gent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena. They play in blue and white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK Holland.

The field hockey and track and field divisions were founded in 1864, making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in Belgium. The club was then known under their French name La Gantoise (and they are still referred to as such by the French-speaking part of Belgium). They changed their name to the present Dutch version in 1971. The football division opened in 1900. The nickname of the club is De Buffalo's, a term coined after a visit of the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus to the city in the early 20th century. Gent enjoyed a first spell at the highest level in Belgian football between 1913–14 and 1928–29, and a second one from 1936–37 to 1966–67. In the 1970s and 1980s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second divisions, to come back at the highest level in 1989. The club reached the 1991-92 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, which is their best achievement in European competitions.

One of the club's former logos

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 February 2014.[1]

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 Matz Sels
4 Burundi DF Valery Nahayo
7 Central African Republic FW Habib Habibou
9 Belgium MF Brecht Dejaegere
10 Brazil MF Renato Neto
11 Belgium FW Hervé Kage
12 Belgium MF Jari Vandeputte
13 Croatia DF Ante Puljić
17 Belgium MF Hannes van der Bruggen
18 Albania MF Enis Gavazaj
19 Brazil DF Rafinha
20 Belgium GK Kristof Maes
21 Ghana DF Nana Asare
22 Belgium DF Sébastien Locigno
24 Ivory Coast FW Yaya Soumahoro
26 Belgium MF Christophe Lepoint (captain)
27 Belgium FW Jinty Caenepeel
No. Position Player
28 Denmark FW Nicklas Pedersen
32 Belgium FW Thomas Foket
55 Israel DF Rami Gershon
77 Switzerland MF Danijel Miličević
Belgium GK Brian Vandenbussche
Serbia DF Uros Vitas
France DF Karim Belhocine
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nermin Zolotić
Belgium MF David Hubert
Belgium MF Yassine El Ghanassy
Belgium MF Wouter Corstjens
Belgium MF Christian Brüls
Belgium MF Sven Kums
Belgium FW Benito Raman
Belgium FW Laurent Depoitre
Belgium FW Mustapha Oussalah
Belgium FW David Pollet

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
No. Position Player

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2012.

Coaching history[edit]



Years President
1901 Hector Priem
1902-08 Adolphe Dangotte
1908-12 Adolf Gaeremijnck
1912 Hector Priem
1912-13 Jacques Feyerick
1913-29 Pierre Van Bleyenberghe
1929-39 Adrien Stassart
1939-64 Achiel Delongie
1964-67 René Hoste
1967-76 Freddy Mastelinck
1976-85 Albert De Meester
1985-88 Robert Naudts
1988-99 Jean Van Milders
1999-present Ivan De Witte

Technical staff & management[edit]

Name Position
Hein Vanhaezebrouck Belgium Manager T1
Peter Balette Belgium Assistant Manager T2
Bernd Thijs Belgium Assistant Manager T3
Franky Vandendriessche Belgium Goalkeeper Coach
Stijn Matthys Belgium Physical Coach
Manu Ferrera Belgium Youth Coordinator
Gunther Schepens Belgium Technical Coordinator
Gilbert De Groote Belgium Head Scouting
Ivan De Witte Belgium Chairman
Michel Louwagie Belgium Managing Director


  1. ^ "KAA Gent current squad (2012-2013)". Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Beknopte geschiedenis van KAA Gent". Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 

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