Royale Union Saint-Gilloise

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Union
Club crest
Full name Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
Nickname(s) Les Unionistes
Union 60
Founded 1 November 1897; 117 years ago (1897-11-01)
Ground Stade Joseph Marien,
Forest, Brussels
Ground Capacity 6,000
Chairman Alain Vander Borght
Manager Drazen Brncic
League Belgian Third Division/B
2013–14 Belgian Third Division/B, 6th

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise is a Belgian football club originally located in the municipality of Saint-Gilles, in Brussels, although since the 1920s it has been based at the Stade Joseph Marien in the neighbouring municipality of Forest.

The club is one of the most successful in the history of Belgian football, but currently plays in the third division. The club won 11 Belgian championships between 1904 and 1935, making it the most successful Belgian club before World War II. The team colours are blue and yellow.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1897 and obtained its first of eleven titles as Champion of Belgium in 1904. Its matricule is the n°10, meaning that it was the tenth football club to be formed in Belgium. From 1933 to 1935 the team played 60 consecutive matches undefeated, setting a still unbeaten and well-known record in Belgium. In the early 1900s the club also had a dominant spell in some of the very first "European" Cup competitions that took place, prior to officially sanctioned UEFA competitions.

Between 1958 and 1965 the club had a brief spell of European success, playing the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and reaching the semi-finals in the 1958-60 edition after a two legged victory against A.S. Roma. However, in 1963, the club was relegated to the second division, and in 1980 even fell as low as the Belgian Promotion division.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

  • Coupe Ponthoz:
    • Winners (3): 1905, 1906, 1907
    • Runners-up (1): 1904
  • Coupe Dupuich:
    • Winners (1): 1914

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 September, 2013.[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 Bilen Yousfi
2 Belgium DF Gaël Kipeya
4 Belgium DF Anthony Cabeke
5 France DF Kevin Dieme
6 Senegal MF Sadjaliou Sow
7 Greece MF Constant Keskinidis
8 Belgium MF Steve Dessart
9 Greece FW Konstantinos Apostolopoulos
10 Armenia MF Hiraç Yagan
11 Belgium FW Jamaïque Vandamme
13 Belgium DF Vincent Van Diepenbeeck
14 Belgium DF Vamuya Kamara
15 Italy MF Ignazio Cocchiere
No. Position Player
16 Belgium MF Ilias Khamal
17 Rwanda MF Steven Godfroid
18 Belgium FW Grégory Bilstein
19 Belgium GK Anthony Sadin
20 Belgium FW Karim Bahhodh
21 Belgium DF Robby Vanhamel
22 Belgium MF Manuel De Castris
23 Algeria MF Saïd Mjahid
Belgium DF Anthony Portier
Belgium MF Aaron Verwilligen
Morocco GK Mohammed Alouachi
Morocco FW Yahya Boumediene

Staff[edit]

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
  • Belgium Grégory Vanmelkebeke
Goalkeeper Coach
  • Belgium Florent Delstanche

Medical[edit]

Kiné
  • Morocco Ali Errachidi
  • Belgium Nick Parijs

Reserve squad[edit]

The team played in the Réserves Amateur Série E.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Belgium GK Michael Kaya
Algeria GK Bilal Missri
Guinea DF Sadou Bah
Belgium DF Imad Benabdelkrime
Ivory Coast DF Kafoumba Berete
Algeria DF Yassine Dahraoui
Belgium DF Marcos Del Molino
Belgium DF Massimo Grimaldi
Belgium DF Younes Touzani
Algeria DF Hamza Yousfi
Brazil DF José Zanzalá
Belgium MF Mohamed Aissa
Belgium MF Lucas Bonessa
No. Position Player
Belgium MF Mehdi Chairi
Portugal MF Michaël Coutinho-Cardoso
Belgium MF Brahim Essikal
Greece MF Constant Keskinidis
Belgium MF Imad Mohallem
Belgium MF Jordan Van Cappellen
Belgium FW Chemceddine Aoulad
Belgium FW Emmanuel Claes
Algeria FW Sofiane Dahraoui
Belgium FW Vincent Donnay
Belgium FW Ange Makungu
Brazil FW Kevin Luz Sampaio
Algeria FW Zachary Zekhnini

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

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