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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; 125 years ago (1891-11-13)

Stamnummer (matricule number) 3
Ground Jan Breydel Stadium
Ground Capacity 29,042[1]
President Bart Verhaeghe
Head coach Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian Pro League
2016–17 Belgian Pro League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [klɵˈbrɵɣə ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlvəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]),[2] commonly 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 14 occasions, second only to major rivals Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge, 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 European record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Europa League (20), the record number of Belgian cups (11) and the record number of Belgian Supercups (14).


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.

  • 1895–96: 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".

  • 1913–14: 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 has reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

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

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.



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

Club Brugge is the most supported club in Belgium. it has fans all over the country. Attendances are high. The Jan Breydel Stadium is almost sold out at every home game. Some of these fans are part of 62 supporter clubs in Belgium, which have more than 10,000 members. The "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.

Club Brugge's most vocal fans are known to gather in the 'Noord-tribune', the 'Kop', of the Jan Breydel Stadium. Club Brugge fans are known for their lively atmosphere, taking their inspiration from the British football culture. As such, the supporters of Club Brugge were labelled as 'the best supporters of Belgium' by a survey in 2015. 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.

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 Supercups (Club Bruges won five). A match between these two sides is often called 'The Hate Game'. They are arguably the most heated fixtures in Belgian football.



Winners (14): 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, 2015–16
Runners-up (22): 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, 2016–17
Winners (11): 1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15
Runners-up (7): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2015–16
Winners (14): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016
Runners-up (3): 1995, 2007, 2015


1970–71, 1994–95

Pre-Season Friendly[edit]



First-team squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2017 – Notes: - 2 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
1 France GK Ludovic Butelle
2 Netherlands DF Ricardo van Rhijn
3 Belgium MF Timmy Simons (Captain)
4 Belgium DF Björn Engels
5 France DF Benoît Poulain
6 Brazil MF Claudemir
7 Brazil FW Wesley
8 Israel FW Lior Refaelov (Vice-captain)
9 Belgium FW Jelle Vossen
10 Mali FW Abdoulay Diaby
11 Colombia FW José Izquierdo
13 Colombia DF Helibelton Palacios
No. Position Player
15 Spain MF Tomás Pina
17 Belgium FW Anthony Limbombe
20 Belgium MF Hans Vanaken
21 Belgium DF Dion Cools
22 United States GK Ethan Horvath
24 Netherlands DF Stefano Denswil
25 Netherlands MF Ruud Vormer (3rd captain)
27 Netherlands MF Lex Immers
28 Belgium DF Laurens De Bock
29 Romania FW Dorin Rotariu
41 Belgium GK Jens Teunckens

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers summer 2016.

Registered reserve-team players[edit]

No. Position Player
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić
90 Belgium FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
92 Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
No. Position Player
93 Belgium DF Thibault Vlietinck
96 Belgium DF Ahmed Touba

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
16 Belgium GK Sébastien Bruzzese (on loan to Belgium Sint-Truiden)
30 Sweden FW Carlos Strandberg (on loan to Belgium Westerlo)
42 Belgium FW Nikola Storm (on loan to Belgium OH Leuven)
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman (on loan to Belgium Zulte Waregem)
44 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele (on loan to Belgium Sint-Truiden)
No. Position Player
46 Belgium FW Dylan Seys (on loan to Netherlands Twente)
63 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli (on loan to Belgium Sint-Truiden)
-- France DF Jean-Charles Castelletto (on loan to France Red Star)
-- Brazil FW Leandro Pereira (on loan to Brazil Sport Recife)
-- Latvia FW Valērijs Šabala (on loan to Latvia Riga)

End of season confirmed transfers[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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

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

Reserve-team (U21) and Club Academy (U19) squad[edit]

As of 10 September 2016 – Note: Reserve players are given a "B" squad number.

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

No. Position Player
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić
41 Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
1B Belgium GK Thomas Hooyberghs
2B Belgium DF Jordan Renson
3B Belgium DF Jur Schryvers
4B Belgium MF Jellert Van Landschoot
5B Belgium DF Thibault Vlietinck
6B Belgium FW Pierre Fonkeu
7B Turkey MF İbrahim Köse Halil
8B Belgium DF Ahmed Touba
9B Belgium FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
10B Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
11B Belgium FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
12B Belgium MF Niels Verburgh
No. Position Player
14B Belgium DF Nathan Nuyts
15B Belgium MF Singa Joel Ito
16B Belgium DF Kensau Masangu
22B Belgium MF Daouda Peeters
23B Belgium MF Senne Lynen
24B Belgium DF Soufiane Karkache
25B Belgium FW Jules Vanhaecke
26B Belgium GK Brent Gabriel
31B Belgium DF Sven Cornette
32B Belgium MF Anton Tanghe
34B Belgium MF Victor Vankerkhoven
35B Belgium FW Ephraim Lavia
40B Belgium FW Noah Fadiga
43B Belgium FW Loïs Openda

Former players[edit]

Club captains[edit]

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 (CCO)
  • 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 (Assistant Goalkeeping Coach)
  • Belgium Dimitri Vastenavondt (Physiotherapist)
  • Belgium Stijn Claeys (Sport Coordinator)

See also[edit]


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