RFC Liège

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Liège
R.F.C. de Liège Logo.png
Full name Royal Football Club de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Sang et Marine
(The Blood and Marine)
Founded 1892
Ground Stade du Pairay,
Seraing
Ground Capacity 6,744
Chairman Jean-Paul Lacomble
Manager Christophe Kinet
League Belgian Promotion D
2011–12 Belgian Promotion D

Royal Football Club de Liège (RFC Liège) is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. It currently plays in the Belgian Promotion D. Its matricule is 4, meaning that it was the fourth club to register with the country's national federation, and the club was the first Belgian champion in history (5 Championships & 1 Cup). The club is also known today for being 'homeless' and for its refusal to release Jean-Marc Bosman after his contract ran out in 1990, which in turn led to the Bosman ruling, a European Court of Justice decision that caused major changes to the structure of European football. The 'philosophy' of the club is based on integration of local young players and on popular and faithful support.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1892 as "Liège Football Club" and became a member of the Belgian Football Association as "Football Club Liégeois" when it was founded in 1895. The club is the first Belgian Champion (1896) and is still the only club that has played all seasons at a national level (106 seasons in 2008-09). In 1920 the prefix Royal was added to the name of the club that already had won 3 championships (1896, 1898, 1899). In 1952 and 1953, the RFC Liège won two more championships, being at that time the only team which was able to contest the undisputed domination of Anderlecht. In 1964 Football Club Liégeois reached the Fairs Cup 1/2 finals, losing in 3 games against the winner of the Cup, Real Zaragoza. Between 1965 and 1985, there were poor results, and the club survived with the help of its own tradition: young players coming from inside the club, and faithful supporters.

At the end of the 1980s, the RFC Liège played in European competitions (notably against Benfica, Juventus, Rapid Vienna, Hibernian, Werder Bremen and Athletic Bilbao) and also won a Belgian Cup in 1990. Unfortunately, after that, bankruptcy was inevitable, and the stadium was sold and destroyed to build a movie theatre. The team joined with R.F.C. Tilleur-Saint-Nicolas, (a team from the suburb of Liège) in 1995, to become R. Tilleur F.C. de Liège.

The club went down from the first division (which it hadn't left since 1945) to the third division. The word Tilleur was finally excluded from the team name in 2000, coming back to "RFC de Liège". Since 1995, the club is moving between the second and fourth divisions, with two titles of 3rd division Champions in 1996 and 2008. In 2008-09 the club played in the Belgian Second Division, but after just 2 seasons the club suffered back to back relegations: they eventually dropped to the Belgian Fourth Division in April 2011.

Stadium[edit]

Not having its own stadium after Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt (Liège) was destroyed is the biggest problem for the RFC Liège, also well known as 'homeless'. After having played during 4 years at rue Gilles Magnée, in Ans where a temporary stand was built, the RFC Liège is currently playing in Seraing (Pairay Stadium).

Current squad[edit]

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 Nicolas Pire
2 Belgium DF Eric Deflandre
3 Belgium DF Arnaud Winandts
4 Belgium MF David Aktan
5 Belgium DF Thomas Thibou
6 Belgium MF Thomas Hony
7 Central African Republic FW Evans Kondogbia
8 Belgium MF Benjamin Maréchal
10 Belgium MF Grégory Scattone
11 France FW Mickael Citony
12 Belgium GK Roman Graczyk
13 Belgium DF Stéphane Callegari
No. Position Player
15 Belgium MF Jean-Marc Deflandre
16 Belgium DF Martin Leroy
17 Belgium MF Jason Monerris
18 Belgium MF Aurélio Marinacci
19 Belgium MF Adrien François
20 Belgium MF Serge Djamba-Shango
21 Belgium MF Sandro Mirante
22 Belgium DF Maxim Proesmans
23 Belgium MF André Carrein
25 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Papy Kimoto
29 Belgium GK Grégory Messoten
74 Nigeria MF Damiola Babatunde
99 Belgium GK Kevin Wanson

Staff[edit]

Head coach[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

  • Belgium Jacky Franken

Goalkeeper coach[edit]

  • Belgium Jacky Stevens

Honours[edit]

References[edit]