K.V. Oostende

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Oostende
K.V. Oostende logo.svg
Full name Koninklijke Voetbalclub
Oostende
Nickname(s) De Kustboys
Founded 1981
Ground Albertparkstadion,
Ostend
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. The team was founded in 1904 as V.G. Oostende and it has the matricule n°31.

History[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 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 Gabon GK Didier Ovono
2 France DF Xavier Luissint
3 Belgium DF Niels De Schutter
4 Belgium DF Carl Hoefkens
5 Belgium DF Jordan Lukaku
6 France DF Baptiste Schmisser
7 Cameroon MF Sébastien Siani
8 Belgium MF Niels Coussement
9 Belgium FW Bjorn Ruytinx
10 France MF Franck Berrier
11 Belgium DF Bryan Willems
12 France GK Jean Chopin
13 France DF Frédéric Brillant
No. Position Player
14 Belgium MF Tom van Imschoot
15 South Africa MF Andile Jali
16 Senegal FW Elimane Coulibaly
17 Belgium DF Yoshi Verbrugge
18 Belgium MF Nils Pierre
19 Croatia FW Ante Blažević
20 Belgium MF Michiel Jonckheere
22 Belgium FW Jonathan Wilmet
24 Belgium DF Jimmy Hempte
29 Costa Rica FW John Jairo Ruiz
30 France GK Jérémy Dumesnil
55 Brazil MF Fernando Canesin

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  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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