Royal Antwerp F.C.

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Royal Antwerp
Royal Antwerp Football Club Official Logo.png
Full name Royal Antwerp Football Club
Nickname(s) The Great Old
Founded 1880
Ground Broodstraat (1908-1923)
Bosuilstadion (1923- )
Antwerp, Belgium
Ground Capacity 16,649
Chairman Gunther Hofmans
Manager Richard Stricker
League Belgian Second Division
2013–14 Belgian Second Division, 7th

Royal Antwerp Football Club, often simply referred to as Antwerp, is a Belgian football club based in the city of Antwerp.

Antwerp is regarded as the oldest club in Belgium, approximately founded in 1880 by English students residing in Antwerp as Antwerp Athletic Club, 15 years prior to the creation of the Royal Belgian Football Association. At first there was no organised football played by its members, until 1887 when the football division was founded with an own board, named Antwerp Football Club. As it was the oldest club still playing it was subsequently the first football club to register to the Association in 1895 and they consequently received the matriculate number one, when matriculation numbers were introduced in 1926.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 1900, most of the players left the club for the new neighbouring club of K. Beerschot V.A.C., and this was the start of a long rivalry between both clubs. Royal Antwerp have won four Belgian league titles so far, as well as two Belgian Cups. The club is also the latest Belgian team to have reached a UEFA competition final, the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where they lost 3–1 against Parma at Wembley Stadium. They have been playing in the Belgian Second Division since 2004–05. Royal Antwerp play their home matches at the Bosuilstadion since 1923.[3] Royal Antwerp colours are red and white.

Royal Antwerp have a long-term partnership with the English giants Manchester United, often taking their young players on loan so that their development can be aided with first team football, and young players who require European work-permits can benefit from Belgium's more relaxed laws.[4] An example is Dong Fangzhuo, who was unable to play for United, immediately due to work permit problems and was loaned to allow him to gain first team experience.

Despite being one of Belgium's best-supported clubs, Antwerp have been under-achievers for several years. They have not won a league title since 1957, and have spent several seasons in the second division. They were last promoted to the top flight in 2000, only to be relegated in short order in 2004.

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Belgian First Division

Champions (4): 1928–29, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1956–57

Belgian Second Division

Champions (1): 1999–2000

Belgian Cup

Champions (2): 1954–55, 1991–92

International[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up (1): 1992–93

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 August, 2014.[5]

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 Jorn Brondeel
2 Belgium DF David Iboma
3 Senegal DF Papé Diakité
4 Belgium DF Gertjan Martens
5 Belgium DF Jannes Vansteenkiste
6 Belgium MF Wim De Decker
7 Belgium MF Joren Dom
8 England MF John Bostock
9 Ghana FW William Owusu
10 Belgium MF Emrullah Güvenç
11 Netherlands FW Kevin Tano
12 Belgium MF Jovan Stojanac
No. Position Player
14 Portugal MF Umberto Carvalho Dos Santos
15 Kenya MF Johanna Omolo
16 Belgium FW Anthony Di Lallo
18 France FW Seïd Khiter
19 Belgium DF Elias Lampis
20 Belgium DF Stallone Limbombe
21 Belgium GK Jordy Huysmans
22 Netherlands DF Just Berends
23 Republic of the Congo DF Maël Lépicier
24 Belgium DF Robin Lenaerts
25 Belgium DF Jonas De Roeck
26 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Yves Makabu-Makalambay

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Netherlands Richard Stricker
Assistant Manager Belgium Pieter-Jan Sabbe
U-15 Youth Coach Malaysia Pembulak

References[edit]

  1. ^ "125 years football history". rafc.be. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wist je dat: de KBVB stamnummers uitvond?". voetbalkrant.com. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stadiums & Pitches". rafc.be. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Manchester United's Royal Antwerp Loanees". Five Cantonas. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.rafc.be/team/teamA

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