K.V. Kortrijk

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KV Kortrijk
KV Kortrijk.png
Full name Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk
Nickname(s) De Kerels
Founded 1901
Ground Guldensporenstadion,
Kortrijk
Ground Capacity 9,399
Owner Malaysia Vincent Tan
Chairman Belgium Joseph Allijns
Manager France Karim Belhocine
League Belgian Pro League
2014–15 Belgian Pro League, 5th

Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk (often simply called KV Kortrijk or KVK) is a Belgian professional football club based in Kortrijk, West Flanders. They play in the Belgian First Division, and they achieved their best ranking ever during the 2009–10 season, finishing fourth after the play-offs. KV Kortrijk was founded in 1971, though their roots can be traced to 1901. They are registered to the Royal Belgian Football Association with matricule number 19. The club colours are red and white. They play their home matches at the Guldensporenstadion, named after the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place in Kortrijk in 1302.

KV Kortrijk first entered the first division in the early 20th century, between 1906–07 and 1910–11. They eventually had to wait 65 years to return at the highest level, when they spent 15 seasons at the top flight, interrupted by a season in the second division (between 1976–77 and 1978–79 and between 1980–81 and 1991–92). KV Kortrijk also played the 1998–99 season in the first division before they returned to the Belgian Pro League in the 2008–09 season.

History[edit]

In 1901 SC Courtraisien was founded. The club merged with FC Courtraisien in 1918. They received in 1951 the name Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport. They had the matricule n°19 like the oldest club SC Courtraisien. Stade Kortrijk was founded in 1923 with matricule n°161. Because Stade Kortrijk and Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport didn't play well anymore, they merged in 1971. They could play with matricule n°19 and the new name was KV Kortrijk.

Due to a bankruptcy, KV Kortrijk had to relegate in 2001 to the third division. From 2004 to 2008 KV Kortrijk played in the second division, however in the 2007–08 season they managed to get promoted to the first division.

KV Kortrijk was bought for €5 million by Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan on 12 May 2015.[1]

Honours[edit]

Colours and badge[edit]

KV Kortrijk's colours are generally red and white. The home kit is usually all red with a white trim, and red shorts. The away kit is similar, except in blue. The club's logo is a white shield, split into thirds by a red upside-down, V-like shape, and the letters "KVK" are split into each third, in a red font. On top of the shield is a crown.

Stadium[edit]

KV Kortrijk play their home matches at the Guldensporen Stadion. It is located in Kortrijk, Belgium, and the current capacity of the ground is 9,399. In the summer of 2008, the grounds capacity was increased from 6,896 to 9,399, after Kortrijk's elevation into the Belgian First Division. Guldensporenstadion literally means "Stadium of the Golden Spurs". The stadium is named after this in reference to the Battle of the Golden Spurs which, in 1302, was fought in Kortrijk. The stadium has a traditional local stadium look about it, and is single-tiered all around the ground.

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 July, 2016

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 Michalis Sifakis
28 Belgium GK Thomas Kaminski

3 France DF Fabien Boyer
4 Belgium DF Lennert De Smul
16 Croatia DF Tomislav Barbaric
20 France DF Samuel Gigot
23 Portugal DF Joãozinho
31 Belgium DF Anthony Van Loo
-- France DF Romain Métanire

5 Belgium MF Birger Verstraete
8 Serbia MF Nebojša Pavlović (Captain)
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Hervé Kage
No. Position Player
12 Belgium MF Lukas Van Eenoo
17 Belgium MF Gertjan De Mets
21 Ghana MF Asiedu Attobrah
25 France MF Xavier Mercier
26 France MF Elohim Rolland
30 Belgium MF Kristof D'Haene
88 Senegal MF Sidy Sarr

7 Belgium FW Stijn De Smet
9 Greece FW Thanasis Papazoglou
11 France FW Idriss Saadi (on loan from Cardiff City)
27 Algeria FW Idir Ouali
44 Croatia FW Tomislav Kiš

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
27 Belgium GK Gilles Lentz (at Cercle Brugge)
21 Belgium FW Michael Lallemand (at Royal Antwerp)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buyse, Frank (12 May 2015). "Officieel: Maleisische miljardair Vincent Tan neemt KV Kortrijk over" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad – Sportwereld. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

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