RWDM Brussels FC

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RWDM Brussels
Full name RWDM Brussels Football Club
Nickname(s) Les Coalisés (The United)
Founded 1932 / 2003[1]
Ground Stade Edmond Machtens,
Ground Capacity 11,266
Chairman Johan Vermeersch
Manager Jean-Guy Wallemme
League Belgian Third Division
2013–14 Belgian Second Division, 8th (relegated)

RWDM Brussels FC, often simply referred to as FC Brussels, is a Belgian association football club based in the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels. They will play in the third division starting in the 2014-15 season. The club was formed in 2003 by the move of KFC Strombeek, a club from the Brussels suburb of Strombeek-Bever with matricule n°1936. FC Brussels play at the Stade Edmond Machtens, Molenbeek's former stadium. Their highest league ranking is a 10th place in the first division in 2005–06.


FC Strombeek first registered at the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1932.[2] After many seasons played at the lower levels of Belgian football, Strombeek first reached the third division by winning the Promotion D - Belgium's 4th highest level of football - in 1995–96.[3] After three seasons at that level, they won the third division A in 1999–2000, gaining promotion to the second division for the first time in their history. They finished at the 10th place in the second division in 2000–01.[4] The next season, Strombeek finished at the 9th place. At the same time, the club of RWD Molenbeek, though ranked 10th in the first division, were refused their professional license, and were subsequently relegated to the third division, struggling with financial problems. At this moment, Johan Vermeersch decicided to create another club by moving KFC Strombeek to Molenbeek, in order to play at the second level instead of the third level unless the will of the fans. Therefore, RWD Molenbeek was terminated, with KFC Strombeek moving from the Singelstadion, their stadium in Grimbergen to Molenbeek's stadium, the Stade Edmond Machtens.[5] KFC Strombeek finished at the 9th place again in the second division in the 2002–03 season. Only 2 players from Strombeek remaining at the club,[6] and the new club was named FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek, with the aim to promote to the first division the next season.[7]

The new club won the second division right away under the coaching of Harm van Veldhoven but the manager was eventually fired in the summer. The new coach Emilio Ferrera made a bad start with the team at the highest level and was replaced by former Belgium manager Robert Waseige during the 2004–05 season. Although Waseige managed to prevent Brussels' relegation (the team finished 15th) he resigned at the end of the season. The chairman Johan Vermeersch then hired Frenchman Albert Cartier for the 2005–06 season. It turned out to be the club's best season as they reached their highest ranking in their history, the 10th place in the first division. At the end of a disastrous 2007–08 season, FC Brussels found themselves far adrift at the bottom of the table, 8 points behind Sint-Truidense with whom they were relegated to the second division.[citation needed]


RWD Molenbeek had itself been created by the merger of earlier clubs. The timeline below shows visually the history of the various clubs that went into the creation of FC Brussels.



Current squad[edit]

As of August 2, 2013[8]

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 Martin Sourzac (on loan from Monaco)
2 France DF Jérémy Labor (on loan from Monaco)
3 Guinea MF Lanfia Camara
4 France DF Kevin Tunani
5 Chad MF Kévin Nicaise
6 Belgium MF Jérôme Nollevaux
7 Belgium MF Enzo Bellia
8 Belgium MF Sakir Serttas
9 Belgium FW Hamid Bouyfoulkitne
10 Belgium MF Abdelmajid Doudouh
11 Belgium DF Geoffrey Cabeke
12 Belgium FW Frédéric Gounongbe
13 Belgium FW Fabio Tonini
No. Position Player
14 Turkey MF Emre Aydemir
15 France FW Mikael Seoudi (on loan from Waasland-Beveren)
16 Burkina Faso DF Mahamoudou Kéré
17 Belgium FW Eloy Menendez
18 Burundi DF David Habarugira
20 Belgium GK Sebastién Van den Eynde
21 Belgium MF Ahmed Cherkaoui
22 Belgium DF Hakan Bilgiç
24 France DF Yakhouba N'Diaye
25 Belgium MF Jean Mathieu
26 Belgium MF Sami Lkoutbi
27 Belgium GK Benny Rogiest
28 France DF Marko Zec

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ "RACING WHITE DARING MOLENBEEK BRUSSELS FC". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Belgium - Overview of teams". Pluto. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Classements finals des divisions supérieures 1995–96". Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Belgium - Final Tables 1895-2008". RSSSF Archive. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Le déménagement". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Longrie et Dessaer, seuls rescapés". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Autre matricule, même esprit". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ FC Brussels: Staff -

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