K.V. Kortrijk

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KV Kortrijk
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Full name Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk
Nickname(s) De Kerels
Founded 1901
Ground Guldensporenstadion,
Kortrijk
Ground Capacity 9,399
Chairman Belgium Joseph Allijns
Manager Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 Belgian Pro League, 8th

Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk (often simply called KV Kortrijk or KVK) is a Belgian professional football club based in Kortrijk, West Flanders. They play in the Belgian First Division, and they achieved their best ranking ever during the 2009-10 season, finishing 4th after the play-offs. KV Kortrijk was founded in 1971, though their roots can be traced to 1901. They are registered to the Royal Belgian Football Association with matricule number 19. The club colours are red and white. They play their home matches at the Guldensporenstadion, named after the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place in Kortrijk in 1302.

KV Kortrijk enjoyed a first spell in the first division in the early 20th century, between 1906-07 and 1910-11. They eventually had to wait 65 years to return at the highest level, when they enjoyed 15 seasons at the top flight, interrupted by a season in the second division (between 1976-77 and 1978-79 and between 1980-81 and 1991-92). KV Kortrijk also played the 1998-99 season in the first division before they returned to the Belgian Pro League in the 2008-09 season.

History[edit]

In 1901 SC Courtraisien was founded. The club merged with FC Courtraisien in 1918. They received in 1951 the name Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport. They had the matricule n°19 like the oldest club SC Courtraisien. Stade Kortrijk was founded in 1923 with matricule n°161. Because Stade Kortrijk and Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport didn't play well anymore, they merged in 1971. They could play with matricule n°19 and the new name was KV Kortrijk.

Due to a bankruptcy, KV Kortrijk had to relegate in 2001 to the third division. From 2004 to 2008 KV Kortrijk played in the second division, however in the 2007-08 season they managed to get promoted to the first division. The club is also home to the majority of Swansea City A.F.C. fans from Belgium.

Honours[edit]

Colours & badge[edit]

KV Kortrijk's colours are generally red and white. The home kit is usually all red with a white trim, and red shorts. The away kit is similar, except in blue. The club's logo is a white shield, split into thirds by a red upside-down, V-like shape, and the letters "KVK" are split into each third, in a red font. On top of the shield is a crown.

Stadium[edit]

KV Kortrijk play their home matches at the Guldensporen Stadion. It is located in Kortrijk, Belgium, and the current capacity of the ground is 9,399. In the summer of 2008, the grounds capacity was increased from 6,896 to 9,399, after Kortrijk's elevation into the Belgian First Division. Guldensporenstadion literally means "Stadium of the Golden Spurs". The stadium is named after this in reference to the Battle of the Golden Spurs which, in 1302, was fought in Kortrijk. The stadium has a traditional local stadium look about it, and is single-tiered all around the ground.

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 June, 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 France GK Rémi Pillot
2 Luxembourg DF Maxime Chanot
4 Belgium DF Arno Claeys
5 France DF Alassane També
6 France DF Benoît Poulain
7 Belgium FW Stijn De Smet
8 Serbia MF Nebojša Pavlović (captain)
9 France FW Teddy Chevalier
10 Netherlands MF Robert Klaasen
14 Belgium DF Landry Mulemo
15 Belgium MF Dylan Ragolle
16 South Africa GK Darren Keet
No. Position Player
17 Belgium MF Gertjan De Mets
18 Croatia FW Ivan Santini
19 Belgium MF Gregory Mahau
20 Belgium MF Thomas Matton
21 Belgium DF Brecht Capon
22 Serbia MF Adam Marušić
23 Belgium DF Baptiste Ulens
26 Belgium GK Laurent Henkinet
31 Belgium DF Anthony Van Loo
33 Montenegro DF Žarko Tomašević
Belgium MF Lukas Van Eenoo

Players 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

Managers[edit]

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