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,
Ground Capacity 9,399
Owner Malaysia Vincent Tan
Chairman Belgium Joseph Allijns
Manager Belgium Johan Walem
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 enjoyed a first spell in 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 enjoyed 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.


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]


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.


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 January, 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 France GK Rémi Pillot
2 Luxembourg DF Maxime Chanot
3 France DF Fabien Boyer
4 Belgium DF Arno Claeys
5 Belgium MF Birger Verstraete
7 Belgium FW Stijn De Smet
8 Serbia MF Nebojša Pavlović (Captain)
9 Greece FW Thanasis Papazoglou
10 France MF Xavier Mercier
11 Montenegro MF Adam Marušić
12 Belgium MF Lukas Van Eenoo
13 Greece GK Michalis Sifakis
No. Position Player
16 South Africa GK Darren Keet
17 Belgium MF Gertjan De Mets
18 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Hervé Kage
20 France DF Samuel Gigot
21 Ghana MF Asiedu Attobrah
22 Belgium FW Michaël Lallemand
26 France MF Elohim Rolland
27 Belgium GK Gilles Lentz
30 Belgium MF Kristof D'Haene
31 Belgium DF Anthony Van Loo
44 Croatia FW Tomislav Kiš
88 Senegal MF Sidy Sarr
99 Nigeria FW Michael Olaitan (on loan from Olympiacos)

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
23 Belgium DF Baptiste Ulens (at AFC Tubize)
- Denmark FW Kenneth Zohore (at Cardiff City)



  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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