K.R.C. Mechelen

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KRC Mechelen
Logo of KRC Mechelen.gif
Full nameKoninklijke Racing Club Mechelen
Nickname(s)Den Racing, De Racingers
Founded1904 (creation)
GroundOscar Vankesbeeckstadion,
Capacity6,123 [1]
ChairmanBelgium Koen Van Exem
ManagerBelgium Lucien Suykens
CoachBelgium James Van Vaerenbergh
LeagueFirst Provincial Division - Antwerp
2016–1716th (relegated)

K.R.C. Mechelen is a Belgian association football club from Mechelen in the Antwerp province. It is a long-time rival of KV Mechelen. The club's best position ever is a second place in the first division 1951–52. KRC Mechelen also reached the final of the Belgian Cup in 1954. However, the team has been falling through the Belgian football league system since 2015 and in the 2017-18 season it will be playing in the Belgian Provincial Leagues for the first time since 1906.


Founded in July 1904 as Racing Club de Malines, the club registered with the federation two years later on 22 June 1906 and received the matricule n°24. The name of the club changed three times: first the suffix Société Royale was added (1929), then the name was translated into Dutch becoming Koninklijke Racing Club Mechelen (1937).

Racing Mechelen played its first season in the first division in 1910–11 and finished 8th of 12 teams. By this time, rival FC Malines, later called KV Mechelen, was playing in second division. The following season, Racing ended 11th just one point away from Beerschot and was relegated. Just before World War I, Racing finished second in their division while FC Malines was third (8 points away). Thus RC Malines were promoted, playing the following season in the first division, which was played in 1919–20. They ended in 6th place. Two years after that FC Malines was playing in the first division too. In 1929 and 1930 after having spent one year in the second division (1924), the club grabbed third place in the first division. A record it would beat in 1952 with a second place after a new sequence of two third places (1950 and 1951). In 1954 it qualified for the final game of the Belgian Cup. Afterwards, the club fell to the second division and has rarely played at a higher level in recent decades.


3 April 2004: North stand

The Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion is a football stadium in the Belgian city of Mechelen. The stadium is located just to the north of the centre of town over the River Dijle. It was built in 1923 and is named after the former president of the club: Oscar Van Kesbeeck (1886–1943) who was a Flemish Liberal Politician. The current capacity of the stadium is 6,123 [2]. The Oscar Vankesbeeckstadion is located just under a mile away from Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, which is home to rivals KV Mechelen.


Current squad[edit]

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 Knipp
2 Belgium DF Denis Dessaer
3 Belgium DF Yassir
4 Belgium DF Nils Van Delm
5 Belgium MF Mattis Adem
6 Belgium MF Sofiaan Zarrouk
7 Belgium FW Alec Mertens
8 Belgium FW Sami Lkoutbi
9 Peru FW Sandro Tardio
10 Belgium MF Vittorio Villano
11 Belgium FW Anthony Pulcinelli
12 Belgium FW Dani Almeida
13 Belgium MF Sacha Fontaine
14 Belgium GK Maxim Meulders
16 Belgium DF Jorge Verschuren
17 Belgium DF Tim Peleman
No. Position Player
18 Belgium MF Anass Arbage
19 Belgium FW Souhail El Aissaoui
20 Belgium MF Dimitri Billiet
22 Belgium FW Christopher Kabika
28 Belgium MF Ilias Kaissoumi
29 Belgium FW Naoufal Boumina
32 Belgium MF Gil Figys
33 Belgium DF Yani Huybrechts
39 Belgium DF Frank Ndongala
45 Belgium DF Patrick Tshiani
56 Belgium DF Kenny Mpaka
65 Belgium DF Hervé Telen
77 Belgium MF Mehdi Khchab
91 Belgium DF Matthew Ubaliza
94 Belgium FW Tarik Dahman
 – Belgium MF Jérémy Mayele

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



  1. ^ stadion, racingmechelen.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ stadion, racingmechelen.be (last check 30/03/2018)

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