|Full name||Koninklijke Voetbal Club
|Founded||5 September 1933 (creation)
5 August 1942 (merge)
|Manager||Dennis van Wijk|
|League||Belgian Second Division|
Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː.ˌnɪŋk.lə.kə ˈvut.bɑl ˈklʏp ˈβɛs.tər.lo]) (often simply called Westerlo Dutch pronunciation: [ˈβɛs.tər.lo]) is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Westerlo has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since 1997–98. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–2000, 2003–04 and 2008–09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only player who has ever been called up for the Belgium national football team while at Westerlo is Toni Brogno (7 caps, all of them while at Westerlo).
The club was founded in 1933, receiving the matricule number 2024. Their colours are yellow and blue. They play their home matches at the Het Kuipje. Westerlo are currently a feeder club to Premier League club Chelsea.
K.V.C. Westerlo was founded in the city of Westerlo by students in 1917, and it was named Sportkring De Bist Westerlo. After five years of existence, the club retired. The club Bist Sport was created in 1931 and it changed its name to Sportkring Westerlo two years later. At that time. some players left the club to found Westerlo Sport, the ancestor of K.V.C. Westerlo. In 1939, the club won its league for the first time. Five years later, Sportkring Westerlo and dissident Westerlo Sport decided to merge in spite of the rivalry between the teams, and the new club was called V.C. Westerlo.
It became champion of the Antwerp second division in 1960. Eight years later it played its first season at the national level in Promotion and it won its league to play the third division in 1969. At the end of the season, Westerlo missed a third title in a row, finishing second behind Eupen. The next year, the club was relegated after the playoff and it stayed in the Promotion for ten seasons. The club then underwent two relegations in a row and thus played in the Antwerp second division in 1982–83. Westerlo was then promoted for three consecutive years to qualify for the third division once again. In 1993, the club promoted to the second division and then to the first division in 1997. In 1996, the club added the prefix Koninklijke (meaning "Royal" in Dutch) to its name.
Westerlo plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which means "The Small Tank" in Dutch. It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip ("The Tank"). Its capacity is of 7,982 with 5,556 seats.
- Belgian Second Division:
- Runners-up (1): 1996–97
- Belgian Second Division Final Round:
- Winners (1): 1997
- Belgian Cup:
- Winners (1): 2000–01
- Runners-up (1): 2010–11
- Belgian Supercup:
- Runners-up (1): 2001
|UEFA Cup / Europa League||2||6||1||1||4||2||8|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||2||4||0||1||3||0||14|
|2000||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Primorje||0–6||0–5|
|2001–02||UEFA Cup||1R||Hertha Berlin||0–2||0–1|
|2004||UEFA Intertoto Cup||2R||Tescoma Zlín||0–0||0–3|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||Q2||TPS Turku||0–0||1–0|
- As of 3 February, 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2011.
- Louis Leysen (1982–84)
- Jos Heyligen (1984–86)
- Marcel Corens (1986–88)
- Dirk Verbraken (1989)
- Raymond Jaspers (1989)
- Dirk Verbraken (1990–92)
- Jos Heyligen (1992–93)
- Werner Helsen (1993)
- Stef Verelst (1993)
- Barry Hulshoff (1994–95)
- Erwin Vandenbergh (1995)
- Franky Dekenne (1996)
- Jos Heyligen (1996–99)
- Jan Ceulemans (1999–05)
- Herman Helleputte (2005–07)
- Jan Ceulemans (2007–12)
- Frank Dauwen (2012)
- Dennis Van Wijk (2012-)
- (Dutch) Official Website
- (English) KVC Westerlo at UEFA.COM
- KVC Westerlo at EUFO.DE
- KVC Westerlo at Weltfussball.de
- KVC Westerlo at Transfermarkt.de
- KVC Westerlo at Football Squads.co.uk
- KVC Westerlo at national Football Teams.com
- KVC Westerlo at Football-Lineups.com