Oud-Heverlee Leuven

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OHL
Oud heverlee leuven.png
Full name Oud-Heverlee Leuven
Nickname(s) OHL, OH Leuven
Founded 2002
Ground Stadium "Den Dreef",
Heverlee,
Leuven
Ground Capacity 9,500
Chairman Belgium Jimmy Houtput
Manager Belgium Hans Vander Elst
League Belgian Second Division
2013–14 Belgian Pro League, 15th (relegated)
Current season

Oud-Heverlee Leuven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʌut ˈɦeː.vər.ˌleː ˈløː.və(n)]), also called OH Leuven or OHL, is a Belgian football club, from the municipality of Leuven. It results from the 2002 fusion between K. Stade Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven and F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee. Since the summer of 2014, OH Leuven plays in the Belgian Second Division after three seasons in the Belgian First Division.

History[edit]

F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee (matricule 6142) was founded in 1957, climbing out of the provincial leagues in 1996 and winning the title in the Belgian Fourth Division during the 1999-2000 season, promoting into the Belgian Third Division where they joined neighbours Stade Leuven (matricule 18). Stade Leuven was founded in 1905, had played over 30 seasons in the Belgian Second Division and just one at the highest level, namely during the 1949–50 season. However as of 2002 the club was struggling, moving up and down between third and fourth division since 1991.

As a result, in 2002 the city of Leuven wanted to improve the level of football played in the city and it was decided that both third division teams Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and K. Stade Leuven would merge, together also with the third club from Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven (matricule 223), who were at that time playing at the fifth level. Daring Club Leuven was founded in 1922, had played several seasons in the Belgian Second Division and was the leading club from the Leuven region between 1958 and 1964, but had dropped down into the provincial leagues in 1979 and had been stuck there since. The new club kept the matricule number 6142 of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and started playing under the name Oud-Heverlee Leuven, also known as OH Leuven.

At the end of its first season, the club narrowly lost out on promotion, going down on penalty kicks to Eendracht Aalst in the 3rd division play-off final after finishing 2nd in the 3rd division B, just 5 points behind champions Tubize. After a 3rd place in the same division in season 2003-04, Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished 2nd once again in season 2004-05 and this time they did win the promotion play-off and subsequently entered the second division competition in season 2005-06. After two decent seasons, finishing 6th and 5th, OH Leuven got closer to the Belgian top division as they finished 3rd in the 2007-08 Belgian Second Division season with 61 points, allowing them to take part in the promotion playoff league. However the team finished 4th and bottom of league, losing all six matches to Tubize, Antwerp and Lommel United.

Two moderate seasons, with the team finishing 9th and 14th, were followed by a second division title on Sunday 24 April 2011, when Oud-Heverlee Leuven secured the 2010-11 2nd division championship and gained promotion to the 1st division for season 2011-12, following a 2-2 draw at Antwerp. The team rounded off the season the following Sunday with a 2-0 home win against Lommel United, amassing a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought 1st division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since season 1949-50, when Stade Leuven finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

After a 0-0 draw at home against Lierse on 3 March 2012, Oud-Heverlee Leuven's top flight status for the 2012-13 season was assured. This marked the first time a team from the city of Leuven managed to remain at the highest level of Belgian football for more than a single season. In the 2013–14 season OH Leuven finished at 15th and qualified for the promotion/relegation play-offs which they lost, sending them back to the second tier.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Den Dreef
Den Dreef Stadium

Their stadium is called Stadion Den Dreef and is situated on Kardinaal Mercierlaan in the south Leuven suburb of Heverlee (not to be confused with 'Oud-Heverlee' in the club name, which is in fact a separate municipality). The entrance for visiting fans is on Tervuursevest.

Current squad[edit]

Updated 14 December, 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 Yves Lenaerts
2 Belgium DF Kenny Van Hoevelen
3 Belgium DF David Vandenbroeck
4 France DF Romain Reynaud
5 Belgium DF Kenny Thompson
6 Belgium MF Kenneth Van Goethem
7 Belgium FW Ben Yagan
8 France MF Flavien Le Postollec
9 Ghana FW Abdul-Yakuni Iddi (on loan from K.V. Mechelen)
10 France MF Yohan Croizet
11 Belgium FW Alessandro Cerigioni
12 Belgium DF Dion Cools
14 Belgium FW Thomas Azevedo
No. Position Player
15 England MF John Bostock
16 Belgium DF Cédric Buekers
17 Belgium MF Simon Bracke
18 Belgium MF Tuur Houben
19 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Ibrahim Somé
20 Belgium DF Matthias Trenson
21 Belgium GK Nick Gillekens
22 Belgium GK Senne Vits
23 Republic of Macedonia FW Jovan Kostovski
24 Belgium MF Ogun Yavuz
25 Belgium DF Nicolas Delporte
26 Belgium GK Logan Bailly
27 Belgium MF Yohan Brouckaert

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
18 Belgium DF David Wijns (out on loan at KSK Heist until the end of the 2014–2015 season)

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Oud-Heverlee Leuven players.

Top goal scorers

Player Goals Season
Belgium Bjorn Ruytinx 11 2013–14
The Gambia Ibou 19 2012–13
Belgium Jordan Remacle 16 2011–12
Tunisia Hamdi Harbaoui 28 2010–11
France Cédric Bétrémieux 13 2009–10
Belgium Frederik Vanderbiest 9 2008–09
Belgium Toni Brogno and Belgium Bjorn Ruytinx 16 2007–08
Belgium Toni Brogno 14 2006–07
Belgium Samuel Remy 14 2005–06
Belgium François Sterchele 32 2004–05
Belgium Kristof De Voeght 15 2003–04
Belgium Hans Goethuys 12 2002–03

Managers[edit]

References[edit]