Standard Liège

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Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full name Royal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s) James (The Reds)
Founded 1898; 117 years ago (1898)
Ground Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Ground Capacity 30,023
Chairman Roland Duchâtelet[1]
Manager José Riga
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 2nd
Current season

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège (pronounced: [stɑ̃daʁ ljɛːʒ]; Dutch: Standard Luik [ˈstɑndɑrt ˈlœy̯k]; German: Standard Lüttich [ˈstandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç] or [ˈʃtandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç]), is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on 10 occasions, most recently in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They have been in the top flight without interruption since 1921, longer than any other Belgian side. They have also won 6 Belgian Cups, and in 1981–82 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which they lost 2–1 against Barcelona.[2]

Standard players are nicknamed the "Rouches" because of their red jerseys. The French word for red, rouge, when pronounced with a Walloon accent, sounds like "rouche".

Flag waving in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne


On the first day of school in September 1898, the pupils of Collège Saint-Servais in Liège started a football club, which they called Standard of Liège in reference to Standard Athletic Club of Paris.[3] Standard, whose official name is Royal Standard Club of Liège, was based in Cointe and Grivegnée, before settling for good in 1909 in Sclessin, an industrial area of Liège.[3] At the beginning, Standard joined the Belgian First League in 1909, before returning to the lower leagues a few years later. The club gained promotion back to the top division in 1921 and has never been relegated since.[3][4]

Shortly after World War II, Roger Petit, a former player and team captain, became general secretary of the club. Petit worked alongside President Henrard Paul, to establish Standard among the elite of Belgian football. In 1954, Standard won their first club trophy, the Belgian Cup, which was soon followed by a first national title in 1957-58.

At European level, in the 1960s, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1962, falling to beaten finalists Real Madrid 0-6 on aggregate,[5] and the same stage of the Cup Winners' Cup in the year 1967, losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich.[6] The 1960s and early 1970s brought much success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.

Standard fan group, Ultras Inferno 96, celebrating their 15 year anniversary in July 2012.

Driven by the Austrian Ernst Happel, Standard won the Belgian Cup again in 1981. The following year, Raymond Goethals took control of the team. Led by "Raymond Science", the club was twice the champions of Belgium, two-time winners of the Belgian Supercup (in three appearances), and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1982. Standard played against Barcelona in the final at the Camp Nou on 12 May 1982, losing the match 1-2 to the Spaniards.[3][7]

In 1984, these exploits were tainted by the revelation of the Standard-Waterschei Affair. Just days before the match against Barcelona, to secure the championship of Belgium and guard against injuries last minute, Standard had approached Roland Janssen, the captain of Thor Waterschei, to ensure that Thor players' threw the final game of the season.[3] This scandal involved several players, including Eric Gerets, and coach, Raymond Goethals, who left for Portugal to escape suspension.[3] In compensation the Standard players gave their game bonuses to the Waterschei players.[3] Following this case, Standard was deprived of many of the playing staff because of long-term suspensions and it took the club several years to recover from the incident.

On 6 June 1993, Standard won the Belgian Cup for the fifth time in its' history, defeating Robert Waseige's Charleroi at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels.[8]

Following the scandal of 1982, it took 25 years before Standard won the Belgium Championship again, lifting the title on 20 April 2008.[3] The club won the Belgian League again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on 24 May 2009, after a home-and-away game against rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht.[3] Standard won the national cup once more in 2011, defeating K.V.C. Westerlo 2−0 in the final at the King Baudouin Stadium on 21 May 2011.[8] The club was bought by businessman Roland Duchatelet on 23 June 2011,[1] who then took over English club Charlton in December 2013 creating an affiliation between the two clubs.[9]

On 20 October 2014, Guy Luzon resigned as manager of Standard with the club sitting in 12th position in the Pro League standings and having taken only two points from three Europa League matches.[10] Assistant and former midfielder Ivan Vukomanović took over as caretaker-manager.[10]

Name history[edit]

  • 1898: Standard Football Club (Standard FC)
  • 1899: Standard FC Liégeois (Standard FCL)
  • 1910: Standard Club Liégeois (Standard CL)
  • 1923: Royal Standard Club Liège (R. Standard CL)
  • 1952: Royal Standard Club Liégeois (R. Standard CL)
  • 1972: Royal Standard de Liège

Golden Shoe[edit]

On nine occasions, Standard players have won the Belgian Golden Shoe as the best player in the domestic league.[11] Jean Nicolay won the award in 1963, Wilfried Van Moer in 1969 and 1970, Christian Piot in 1972, Eric Gerets in 1982, Sérgio Conceição in 2005, Steven Defour in 2007, Axel Witsel in 2008 and Milan Jovanović in 2009.[11]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 May 2015.[12]

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 Quintijn Steelant
2 Belgium DF İlkan Çavuş
3 Belgium DF Samy Mmaee
4 Belgium DF Hervé Matthys
5 Belgium DF Joey Dujardin
6 Belgium MF Alexis De Sart
7 Belgium MF Thorgan Hazard (on loan from Chelsea)
8 Belgium MF Kylian Hazard
9 Belgium FW Beni Badibanga
10 Belgium FW Igor de Camargo (vice captain)
11 Belgium MF Yoni Buyens
12 Belgium GK Nordin Jackers
13 Belgium MF Alessio Alessandro
14 Belgium MF Jordy Vleugels
15 Belgium MF Julien De Sart
16 Belgium MF Charly Musonda (on loan from Chelsea)
17 Belgium MF Deni Milosevic
18 Belgium MF Reda Jaadi
19 Belgium MF Iebe Swers
20 Belgium MF Jordi Vanlerberghe
No. Position Player
21 Belgium FW Nany Dimata
22 Belgium FW Obbi Oulare
23 Belgium FW Gilles Dewaele
24 Belgium DF Corentin Fiore
25 Belgium MF Jinty Caenepeel
26 Belgium DF Marco Weymans
27 Belgium DF Nathan Leyder
28 Belgium MF Paolino Bertaccini
29 Belgium GK Lucas Pirard
30 Belgium GK Senne Vits
31 Belgium MF Ayron Verkindere
32 Belgium MF Yan De Maeyer
33 Belgium MF Arno Verschueren
34 Belgium FW Matthias Verreth
35 Belgium FW Jeff Callebaut
36 Belgium DF Dino Arslanagić
37 Belgium DF Jelle Van Damme (captain)
49 Belgium MF François Marquet
63 Belgium MF Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
67 Belgium MF Tortol Lumanza



Belgian League[11]

Champions (10): 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2007–08, 2008–09
Runners-up (12): 1925–26, 1927–28, 1935–36, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2013–14

Belgian Cup[11]

Champions (6): 1953–54, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2010–11
Runners-up (9): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2006-07

Belgian League Cup[11]

Champions (1): 1975

Belgian Supercup[11]

Champions (4) 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (3) 1993, 1982, 2011


UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[13]

Runners-up (1): 1981-82

UEFA Intertoto Cup[13]

Runners-up (1): 1996


European record[edit]

As of 3 August 2011.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 11 46 23 6 17 76 54
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 14 70 30 18 22 99 88
UEFA Intertoto Cup 3 20 8 10 2 25 16

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Summary of best results[edit]

From the quarter-finals upwards:

(2 finals)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League:

- semi-finalists in 1962
- quarter-finalists in 1959, 1970 and 1972

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1):

- finalists in 1982
- semi-finalists in 1967
- quarter-finalists in 1968

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League:

- quarter-finalists in 1981 and 2010

UEFA Intertoto Cup (1):

- finalists in 1996
- semi-finalists in 2000

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 22 November 2012), Source: website

Notable players[edit]

Former players[edit]

Player stats[edit]


# Player Standard career Appearances
1 Luxembourg Guy Hellers 1983–00 474
2 Belgium Gilbert Bodart 1981–96, 1997–98 469
3 Belgium Guy Vandersmissen 1978–91 465
4 Belgium Léon Semmeling 1959–74 449


# Player Standard career Goals (App.)
1 Belgium Jean Capelle 1929–44 245 (285)
2 Belgium Roger Claessen 1956–68 161 (229)
3 Belgium Maurice Gillis 1919–35 124 (275)


Player's name in bold when Standard won the title



Dates Name
Jul 1912–Jun 1916 England Charles Bunyan, Sr.
Jul 1916–Jun 1922 Belgium Camille van Hoorden
Jul 1922–Jun 1924 England Lamport
Belgium Pierre Kögel
Jul 1924–Jun 1930 England Percy Wilding Hartley
Jul 1930–Jun 1932 Belgium Maurice Grisard
Jul 1932–Jun 1935 England Percy Wilding Hartley
Jul 1935–Jun 1936 Belgium Jean Dupont
Jul 1936–Mar 1937 England Percy Wilding Hartley
Apr 1937–Nov 1938 Belgium Emile Riff
Dec 1938–Jun 1939 Belgium Jean Dupont
Jul 1939–Jun 1940 Belgium Maurice Grisard
Jul 1940–Jun 1942 Belgium René Dohet
Jul 1942–Jun 1945 Belgium Fernarnd Wertz
Jul 1945–Jun 1950 Belgium Marcelin Waroux
Jul 1950–Jun 1951 Belgium Antoine Basleer
Jul 1951–Jun 1953 Belgium Maurice Grisard
Dates Name
Jul 1953–Jun 1958 France André Riou
Jul 1958–Jun 1961 Hungary Géza Kalocsay
Jul 1961–Jun 1963 France Jean Prouff
Jul 1963–Nov 1964 France Austria Auguste Jordan
Dec 1964–Jun 1968 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
Jul 1968–Jun 1973 France René Hauss
Jul 1973–Oct 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlatko Marković
Nov 1973–Jun 1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ned Bulatović
Jul 1974–Dec 1975 Netherlands Cor van der Hart
Jan 1976–Jun 1976 Belgium Maurice Lempereur
France Lucien Leduc
Jul 1976–Jun 1979 Belgium Robert Waseige
Jul 1979–Jun 1981 Austria Ernst Happel
Jul 1981–Feb 1984 Belgium Raymond Goethals
Mar 1984–Jun 1984 Belgium Léon Semmeling
Jul 1984–Apr 1985 Luxembourg Louis Pilot
May 1985–Feb 1987 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
Dates Name
Feb 1986–Jun 1987 Germany Helmut Graf
Jul 1987–Sep 1987 Belgium René Desaeyere
Oct 1987–Mar 1988 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
Apr 1988–Jun 1988 Belgium Jozef Vliers
Jul 1988–Jun 1989 Belgium Urbain Braems
Jul 1989–Jun 1991 Germany Georg Kessler
Jul 1991–Dec 1993 Netherlands Arie Haan
Jan 1994–Jun 1994 Belgium René Vandereycken
Jul 1994–Jun 1996 Belgium Robert Waseige
Jul 1996–Jun 1997 Belgium Jos Daerden
Jul 1997–Oct 1997 Netherlands Aad de Mos
Nov 1997–Mar 1998 Belgium Daniel Boccar
Apr 1998–Jun 1998 Croatia Luka Peruzović
Jul 1998–Sep 1999 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Oct 1999–Dec 1999 Croatia Željko Mijač
Jan 2000–May 2000 Belgium Jean Thissen
Belgium Henri Depireux
Dates Name
May 2000–Dec 2000 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Dec 2000–Jan 2001 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Belgium Christian Labarbe
Jan 2001–Jun 2002 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2002–Oct 2002 Belgium Robert Waseige
Oct 2002–Jun 2006 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Jul 2006–Sep 2006 Netherlands Johan Boskamp
Sep 2006–Jun 2008 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2008–Feb 2010 Romania László Bölöni
Feb 2010–Jun 2011 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Jul 2011–May 2012 Belgium José Riga
May 2012–Oct 2012 Netherlands Ron Jans
Oct 2012–May 2013 Romania Mircea Rednic
May 2013–Oct 2014 Israel Guy Luzon

Cultural references[edit]

Standard Liège are mentioned in the song This One's For Now by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on the album Urge For Offal.


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  4. ^ B. Dubois, Th. Evens, Ph. Leruth, 1892-1992 : La jeunesse centenaire. Livre officiel du Centenaire du Royal Football Club Liégeois. Bruxelles, Labor, 1992, p. 276.
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  6. ^ "1966/67: Bayern exploit home advantage". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Charlton's new owner hell-bent on raising standards at The Valley". The Guardian. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Luzon steps down at Standard". UEFA. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Trophies". Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
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  13. ^ a b "R. Standard de Liège". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 

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