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Club Brugge
Full name Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Club Bruges Royal Football association)
Nickname(s) Blauw-Zwart (Blue-Black), Club, FCB

13 November 1891; 123 years ago (1891-11-13)

Stamnummer (matricule number) 3
Ground Jan Breydel Stadium
Ground Capacity 29,472[1]
President Bart Verhaeghe
Head coach Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian Pro League
2014–15 Belgian Pro League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [klʏb ˈbrʏɣə ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlvəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]),[2] also referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,472.

One of the most decorated clubs in Belgian football, it has been Belgian league champion on 13 occasions, second only to major rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge K.S.V., with whom they contest the Bruges derby.

Throughout its long history, Club Brugge has enjoyed much European football success, reaching two European finals and two European semi-finals. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played the final of the European Cup (forerunner of the current UEFA Champions League) so far, losing to Liverpool in the final of the 1978 season. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same opponents. Club Brugge holds the record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Cup (16), the record number of Belgian cups (11) and the record number of Belgian Supercups (13).


History of Club Brugge
Brugsche Football Club
Football Club
Brugeois (1892)
Football Club Brugeois
Royal Football Club Brugeois
Club Brugge Koninklijke
Voetbalvereniging (1972)
Logo of Club Brugge in the 1970s
  • 1890: Brugsche Football Club

Club created by old students of the Catholic school Broeders Xaverianen and the neutral school Koninklijk Atheneum.

  • 13 November 1891: Club recreated

The club was recreated. This has since been adopted as the official date of foundation.

  • 1892: First board

An official board was installed in the club.

  • 1894: Football Club Brugeois

Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC.

  • 1895: Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges

Club created in the city.

  • 1895/1896: the UBSSA set up in 1895. and they went to the UBSSA and took part of the first Belgian national league.
  • 1896: Leaving the UBSSA

Financially it was difficult for FC Brugeois and so after only one year they had to leave the UBSSA.

  • 1897: Fusion

FC Brugeois joined Brugsche FC but they continued under the name Football Club Brugeois.

  • 1902: New fusion

Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois.

  • 1912: De Klokke

They moved to a new stadium named "De Klokke".

  • 1913/1914: First cup final

FC Brugeois reached their first Belgian Cup final but they lost 2–1 from Union SG.

  • 1920: First time league champions

The club became for the first time champions of the first division.

  • 1926: Royal Football Club Brugeois

The club get number 3 as their matricule number and in the same year they get the royal title.

  • 1928: First relegation

A first low when the club was relegated to the second division.

  • 1930: New statute

President Albert Dyserynck changed the club's statute into a non-profit association.

  • 1931: Albert Dyserynckstadion

When president Albert Dyserynck suddenly died they honoured him by changing the stadium's name into Albert Dyserynckstadion.

  • 1959: Permanent to the first division

RFC Brugeois promoted to the first division and never relegated again in the future.

  • 1968: First time cup winners

They won the Belgian Cup for the first time against Beerschot AC (1–1, 7–6 after penalty's).

  • 1972: Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

The club changed their name into the Flemisch name Club Brugge KV

They moved from Albert Dyserynckstadion to Olympiastadion (current Jan Breydelstadion).

Under Austrian coach Ernst Happel, Club Brugge reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and lost against Liverpool (3–2 and 1–1).

Still under Ernst Happel, the club faced Liverpool again of a European final. This time it was in the European Champions Clubs' Cup final. And again they lost (1–0). Club Brugge is the only Belgian club that have reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

Daniel Amokachi is the first goal scorer in the Champions League. He scored against CSKA Moskva.

Olympiastadion had to be expanded for the EURO 2000 organisation. They also changed the name into Jan Breydelstadion.

  • 2006: CLUBtv

Club Brugge was the first Belgian club to create its own TV channel.

Crest and colours[edit]

The club don a black and blue home kit traditional to their history, away they wear a red strip.


Main article: Jan Breydel Stadium


Tifo before the Champions League game Club Brugge-Rapid Wien in 2005

Club Brugge, like other major Belgian clubs has fans all over Belgium. Some of these fans are part of a 62 supporter clubs in Belgium, which has more than 10,000 members. The "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.

The Blue Army is the club's main active supporter group. This group is responsible for the organization of tifos and the publishing of a fanzine. The North Fanatics are the club's second, smaller supporter group. They try to achieve a non-stop atmosphere in the stadium, by using smoke bombs, flags, flares, constant singing, etc.

The supporters of Club Brugge were labelled 'the best supporters of Belgium' by a survey in 2015.

In tribute the fans, often dubbed the twelfth man in football, Club Brugge no longer assigns the number 12 to players. Club Brugge also has a TV show, CLUBtv, on the Telenet network since 21 July 2006. This twice weekly show features exclusive interviews with players, coaches and managers.


The three Bears; mascots of Club Bruges

The official mascot of Club Bruges is a bear, symbol of the city of Bruges. The history of the bear is related to a legend of the first Count of Flanders, Baldwin I of Flanders, who had fought and defeated a bear in his youth. Since the end of 2000, a second mascot, always a bear, travels along the edge of the field during home games for fans to call and encourage both their favorites. These two bears are called Belle and Bene. In 2010, a third bear named Bibi, made its appearance. He is described as the child of the first two mascots, and is oriented towards the young supporters.


Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge contests rivalries with other Belgian clubs, whether at local (Cercle Brugge), regional level (Gent and Anderlecht).


At regional level, Club Brugge has maintained rivalry with Gent, a team in the neighboring province. The successes achieved by Club Bruges in the early 1970s, combined with very poor season performances by Gent in the same period, attracted many fans. Since the late 1990s, Gent again played a somewhat more leading role in Belgium, and matches against Club Brugge were often spectacles.


The rivalry between Club Brugge and Anderlecht has developed since the 1970s. At that time, the Brussels-based club and Club Brugge won most trophies between them, leaving little room for other Belgian teams. Matches between these two teams were often contested for the title of champion of Belgium. Three Belgian Cup finals were played between the two clubs (with Anderlecht winning once and Club Brugge twice), and they played seven Belgian Supercup (Club Bruges won five). A match between these two sides is often called 'The Hate Game'.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 28 August 2015 – Note: Around 8 players are injured at the moment.

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

No. Position Player
2 Belgium DF Davy De fauw
3 Belgium MF Timmy Simons Injured (captain)
4 Costa Rica DF Óscar Duarte
5 France DF Jean-Charles Castelletto
6 Brazil MF Claudemir
7 Spain MF Víctor Vázquez (vice-captain)
8 Israel MF Lior Refaelov Injured
10 Mali FW Abdoulay Diaby
11 Australia FW Bernie Ibini Injured
16 Belgium GK Sébastien Bruzzese
18 Brazil MF Felipe Gedoz
19 Belgium DF Thomas Meunier
20 Belgium MF Hans Vanaken
21 Belgium DF Dion Cools
22 Colombia FW José Izquierdo Injured
24 Netherlands DF Stefano Denswil Injured
No. Position Player
25 Netherlands MF Ruud Vormer
27 Belgium GK Michael Cordier
28 Belgium DF Laurens De Bock
38 Turkey GK Sinan Bolat (on loan from Porto)
40 Belgium DF Björn Engels Injured
41 Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
42 Belgium FW Nikola Storm
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman Injured
44 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele
45 Belgium DF Lennert De Smul
46 Belgium FW Dylan Seys
51 Belgium GK Quintijn Steelant
55 Belgium FW Tuur Dierckx Injured
58 Belgium FW Obbi Oulare
63 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers summer 2015.

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
13 Greece GK Sokratis Dioudis (on loan to Greece Panionios until 30 June 2016)
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić (on loan to Belgium Antwerp until 30 June 2016)
17 Poland FW Waldemar Sobota (on loan to Germany St. Pauli until 30 June 2016)
30 Chile FW Nicolás Castillo (on loan to Italy Frosinone until 30 June 2016)
57 Belgium MF Yannick Reuten (on loan to Belgium Deinze until 30 June 2016)
-- Norway FW Mushaga Bakenga (on loan to Norway Molde until 31 December 2016)
-- Belgium MF Jimmy De Jonghe (on loan to Belgium Beerschot Wilrijk until 30 June 2016)
-- Latvia FW Valērijs Šabala (on loan to Poland Miedź Legnica until 30 June 2016)

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – The 12th man (reserved for the club supporters)

23Belgium François Sterchele, striker (2007–08). Posthumous; Sterchele died in a single-person car accident on 8 May 2008.

Reserve-team (U21) squad[edit]

As of 28 August 2015

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

No. Position Player
61 Belgium GK Thomas Hooyberghs
70 Morocco DF Younes Boudadi
72 Belgium MF Dylan Damraoui
73 Belgium DF Anas Hamzaoui
74 Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
75 Belgium MF Jur Schrijvers
76 Belgium FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
77 Belgium FW Thibault Vlietinck
79 Belgium MF Jellert Van Landschoot
Belgium DF Paolo Arrivas
Belgium DF Lucas Berger
Belgium DF Bram De Maeght
Belgium DF Soufiane Karkache
Belgium DF Kensau Masangu
Belgium DF Nathan Nuyts
Belgium DF Noah Nulens
Belgium DF Ahmed Touba
Belgium MF Jules Combel
No. Position Player
Belgium MF Marlon Lukinga Bina Lemba
Belgium MF Senne Lynen
Belgium MF Livio Milts
Belgium MF Daouda Peeters
Belgium MF Ferenc Soenens
Belgium MF Indyana Van Camp
Belgium MF Jasper Van Oudenhove
Belgium MF Niels Verburgh
Belgium FW Younes Boufous
Belgium FW Dylan De Bruycker
Belgium FW Massimiliano D'Errico
Belgium FW Pierre Fonkeu
Belgium FW Murad Han Gönen
Belgium FW Singa Joel Ito
Turkey FW Halil İbrahim Köse
Belgium FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
Belgium FW Jules Vanhaecke
Belgium FW Kjell Vanmaele

Club Academy (U7-U19)[edit]

As of 28 August 2015

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 Tiziano Delmotte
Belgium GK Jarno De Smet
Belgium GK Brent Gabriël
Belgium DF Sven Cornette
Belgium DF Onur Gurler
Belgium DF Brendan Schoonbaert
Belgium DF Ward Verwerft
Belgium MF Brandon Baiye
Belgium MF Rafael Gacio Cabrera
Belgium MF Jerome Callebaut
Belgium MF Lars Dendoncker
Belgium MF Noah Fadiga
Belgium MF Albion Gashi
Belgium MF Egide Kabanza
No. Position Player
Belgium MF Ephraim Lavia
Belgium MF Gabriel Lemoine
Belgium MF Brian Marmitte
Belgium MF Isaak Matombo
Belgium MF Joas Simon Ndombasi
Belgium MF Simon Paulet
Belgium MF Lloyd Van Landeghem
Belgium FW Samir Belasfar
Belgium FW Louis Declerck
Nepal FW Bimal Magar
Belgium FW Cyril Ngonge
Belgium FW Abdou Aziz Njie
Belgium FW Ikoma Lois Openda

Former players[edit]

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV players

Club captains[edit]

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV captains

Club officials[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Belgium Bart Verhaeghe (President)
  • Belgium Jan Boone (Board Member)
  • Belgium Bart Coeman (Board Member)
  • Belgium Sam Sabbe (Board Member)
  • Belgium Peter Vanhecke (Board Member)
  • Belgium Vincent Mannaert (CEO)


  • Belgium Vincent Mannaert (CEO)
  • Belgium Veroniek Degrande (Finance Manager)
  • Belgium Jorgen Van hellemont (Chief Commercial Officer)
  • Belgium Evy Verhaeghe (Legal Manager)
  • Belgium Dagmar Decramer (Operations Manager)
  • Belgium Roel Vaeyens (Coordinator Sport)

First-team staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Medical staff[edit]

  • Belgium Thierry Dalewyn (Doctor)
  • Belgium Lode Dalewyn (Doctor)
  • Belgium Jan Van Damme (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Dimitri Dobbenie (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Valentijn Deneulin (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Peter Destickere (Masseur)

Team Support[edit]

  • Belgium Dévy Rigaux (Team manager)
  • Belgium Pascal Plovie (Kit man)
  • Belgium Michel Dierings (Assistant kit man)
  • Belgium Herman Brughmans (Assistant kit man)
  • Belgium Martine Calleuw (Housekeeper)
  • Belgium Melanie Depuydt (Sport Support)
  • Belgium Lode Lobbestael (Team Delegate)

Youth staff[edit]

  • Belgium Pascal De Maesschalck (Head of Youth Development)
  • Belgium Sven Vermant (Coach U21)
  • Belgium Rik De Mil (Coach U19)
  • Belgium Dirk Laleman (Physical coach)
  • Belgium Sander Krabbendam (Goalkeeping coach)
  • Belgium Willy Loose (Goalkeeping coach)
  • Belgium Stijn Claeys (Coordinator Sport)



Winners (13): 1919–20, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05
Second Place (21): 1898–99, 1899-00, 1905–06, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2014–15
Winners (11): 1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15
Final (6): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2004–05
Winners (13): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Final (3): 1995, 2007, 2015


For more details on Club Brugge in European football, see Club Brugge KV in European football.
1970–71, 1994–95

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