K.V.C. Westerlo

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K.V.C. Westerlo
K.V.C. Westerlo logo.png
Full name Koninklijke Voetbal Club
Westerlo
Nickname(s) De Kemphanen
Founded 5 September 1933
Ground Het Kuipje,
Westerlo
Ground Capacity 8,035
Chairman Belgium Vic Swerts
Manager Belgium Jacky Mathijssen
League Belgian Pro League
2016–17 Belgian Pro League, 16th

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑl ˌklɵp ˈʋɛstərloː]; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the municipality of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Since 1997–98, Westerlo has been mostly playing in the Belgian Pro League, save for a short stint in the Belgian Second Division between 2012 and 2014. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–00, 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.

History[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

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.

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2013–14
Runners-up (1): 1996–97
Winners (1): 1997
Winners (1): 2000–01
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2001

European record[edit]

Competition Appearances Matches Won Drawn Lost GF GA
UEFA Cup / Europa League 2 6 1 1 4 2 8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 4 0 1 3 0 14
Season Competition Round Nat Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovenia Primorje 0–6 0–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hertha Berlin 0–2 0–1
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Czech Republic Tescoma Zlín 0–0 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2 Finland TPS Turku 0–0 1–0
Q3 Switzerland Young Boys 0–2 1–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August, 2016

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 Kristof Van Hout
2 Netherlands DF Mitch Apau
3 Belgium DF Filip Daems
6 Belgium MF Robin Henkens
7 Sweden MF Marko Nikolić
8 Belgium MF Maxime Annys
9 Netherlands FW Elton Acolatse
10 Belgium FW Benjamin De Ceulaer
11 Trinidad and Tobago MF Khaleem Hyland
16 England DF Jordan Mustoe
17 Belgium DF Kenneth Schuermans
18 Belgium MF Daan Heymans
No. Position Player
19 Denmark DF Daniel Christensen
22 Belgium DF Gilles Ruyssen
24 Belgium DF Michaël Heylen (on loan from Anderlecht)
26 Belgium GK Yannick Verbist
28 Belgium MF Nicolas Rommens
29 Belgium MF Yoni Buyens (on loan from Genk)
30 Belgium GK Koen Van Langendonck
35 Republic of the Congo FW Silvère Ganvoula (on loan from Anderlecht)
42 Gabon DF Randal Oto'o (on loan from Braga)
44 Belgium DF Hervé Matthys (on loan from Anderlecht)
73 Serbia DF Nemanja Miletić
97 Sweden FW Carlos Strandberg (on loan from Brugge)

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
4 Belgium MF Jore Trompet (on loan at Rupel Boom)
23 Belgium MF Jarno Molenberghs (on loan at Lommel)

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2015.

Managers[edit]

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