Standard Liège

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Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full name Royal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Rouches (The Reds)
Founded 1898; 116 years ago (1898)
Ground Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Ground Capacity 30,023
Chairman Roland Duchâtelet
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.[1]

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

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


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. The 1960s and early 1970s brought much more success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.

At European level, in the 1960s, the club will play the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in 1962 and the Cup Winners' Cup in the year 1967 . 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.[2] 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.[2]

On nine occasions, Standard players have won the Belgian Golden Shoe as the best player in the domestic league.[3] 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.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 September 2014.[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Japan GK Eiji Kawashima
4 Senegal MF Ricardo Faty
5 Portugal DF Jorge Teixeira
6 Belgium DF Laurent Ciman
8 Netherlands DF Ronnie Stam
9 Brazil FW Vinícius Araújo (on loan from Valencia)
10 Belgium FW Igor de Camargo
11 Spain FW Jonathan Viera
14 Japan MF Yuji Ono
15 Belgium MF Julien De Sart
16 France GK Yohann Thuram-Ulien
19 France DF Damien Dussaut
21 Cameroon MF Eyong Enoh
23 France MF Adrien Trebel
No. Position Player
25 Haiti FW Jeff Louis
27 Colombia DF Darwin Andrade (on loan from Újpest)
28 Belgium GK Guillaume Hubert
29 Belgium GK Lucas Pirard
30 Belgium DF Samy Mmaee
32 Scotland FW Tony Watt
33 Morocco MF Mehdi Carcela-González
36 Belgium DF Dino Arslanagić
37 Belgium DF Jelle Van Damme (captain)
40 Belgium MF Paul-Jose M'Poku
45 Belgium MF François Marquet
63 Belgium MF Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
66 Slovenia DF Martin Milec
67 Belgium MF Tortol Lumanza

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Gabon MF Frédéric Bulot (at England Charlton Athletic)
Belgium MF Yoni Buyens (at England Charlton Athletic)
Montenegro MF Nebojša Kosović (at Hungary Újpest)
France MF Jason Buaillon (at Spain Alcorcón)
No. Position Player
Japan FW Kensuke Nagai (at Japan Nagoya Grampus)
Netherlands FW Danny Verbeek (at Netherlands FC Utrecht)
Israel FW Dudu Biton (at Slovenia NK Maribor)



Belgian League[3]

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[3]

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[3]

Champions (1): 1975

Belgian Supercup[3]

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


UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up (1) 1981-82

UEFA Intertoto Cup

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.


  1. ^ "1982: Villa victorious in Europe". UEFA. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Once Upon A Time...". Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Trophies". Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^

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