K. Rupel Boom F.C.

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K. Rupel Boom FC
Full name Koninklijke Rupel Boom Football Club
Nickname(s) De Steenbakkers (The Brickmakers)
Founded 1998
Ground Gemeentelijk Parkstadion
Ground Capacity 9470
Chairman Walter Leijs
Manager Urbain Spaenhoven
League Belgian Third Division

Koninklijke Rupel Boom FC is a Belgian association football club based in Boom, Antwerp province currently playing in the Belgian Third Division. They play at the Gemeentelijk Parkstadion in Boom.


Gemeentelijk Parkstadion

K. Rupel Boom FC was founded in 1998, a result of a merger between K. Boom F.C. and Rupel SK. The club started playing in the regional third division of the Belgian provincial leagues. In 1999 they were promoted to the regional second division and in 2001 to the regional first division.

In 2004 the club reached the Nationwide Fourth Division. In its first season they reached the playoffs and won promotion to the Belgian Third Division. But, after only one season, K. Rupel Boom FC were relegated back to Fourth Division.

In 2008 the club again won promotion to the Belgian Third Division, and in 2009 they narrowly missed a ticket for the promotion playoffs.

After being on top of the league since mid September 2009, the club fell back and were beaten to the title by K.S.K. Heist with only one match to play. As runner-up of the regular season, they played the promotion playoffs in which they defeated Eendracht Aalst in the first round (4–0:3–4) and R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne in the second round (2–2:0–2). The final was played against U.R.S. du Centre (1–0: 4:4). And so, at the end of the 2009–2010 season, Rupel Boom were promoted to the Belgian Second Division.

In November 2010, Peter Van Wambeke was fired as head coach after a string of bad results. He became the first trainer in Rupel Boom history to be prematurely released off his contract.

In December 2010, Rupel Boom appointed Yves Cloots as the new head coach of the club. Cloots was Technical Manager with KV Mechelen and head coach of Rapid Leest. This change in head coach did not have the desired effect, and after the 2010–2011 season, Rupel Boom were relegated back to the Third Division.

For the 2011–2012 season, Johan Houben was appointed as the new manager. During this season, Rupel Boom had a very successful cup run, beating Acrenoise (Belgian Promotion), Boussu Dour (2nd Division), Oud-Heverlee Leuven (1st Division) and Belgian record champion Anderlecht against all odds. For Anderlecht, it was the first time since 1954 (against VV Terhagen) that they were eliminated by a Third Division team. Rupel Boom eventually lost the quarter finals against Mons with 2-0 in the first leg and 2-2 draw at home.

In May 2013 player Alexander Bell was selected for Scotland u20 for an international youth tournament in Den Haag, Netherlands.

The 2013–2014 season started good, with a first place after 5 games. But after a series of heavy losses, trainer Johan Houben stepped down as manager. Club captain and icon Jerry Poorters also resigned from the club. Frank Staes was appointed new manager in September 2013. In his first game in charge, Rupel Boom won against KSV Standaard Wetteren with 2–0, after being reduced to 9 men after 40 minutes of play, with a 0–0 on the board. The team ended a disappointing season in 13th place, just 3 points above the relegation places.

Halfway through the 2014–2015 season, head coach Frank Staes resigned and was replaced by his assistant Serge Van Den Stock, who eventually signed a two-year contract with the club. With Van Den Stock, Rupel Boom won 6 of its last 11 matches, and drew 2, finishing the season in 5th place.

In oktober 2015 Serge Van Den Stockt was fired and replaced by his assistant Robbie Grauwloos. Former K. Boom FC player and Belgian international Glenn De Boeck was appointed as Technical Advisor.[1] De Boeck left the club in January 2016 to become head coach of First Division club Mouscron Péruwelz. Rupel Boom finished the season in 9th place.

For the new season 2016-2017, former coach Urbain Spaenhoven was appointed as the new coach. It's his second stint as headcoach after leaving the club for KV Mechelen in 2010.


Season Division Division Points Remarks
  I II III IV P.I P.II P.III      
1998–99             2 Regional Third Division 65 promotion
1999–00           3   Regional Second Division 54
2000–01           1   Regional Second Division 73 champion
2001–02         6     Regional First Division 53
2002–03         3     Regional First Division 63
2003–04         2     Regional First Division 64 promotion
2004–05       2       Fourth Division B 53 promotion
2005–06     15         Third Division A 19 relegation
2006–07       3       Fourth Division B 55
2007–08       3       Fourth Division B 64 promotion
2008–09     6         Third Division B 49
2009–10     2         Third Division A 71 promotion, final against U.R.S. du Centre 1–0: 4:4
2010–11   17           Second Division 36 relegation
2011–12     5         Third Division 58 ¼ Final Belgian Cup after eliminating RSC Anderlecht
2012–13     4         Third Division 56
2013–14     13         Third Division 36
2014–15     5         Third Division 54
2015–16     9         Third Division 51

Club honours[edit]

Individual honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 February 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Belgium GK Marko Ristovic
25 Belgium GK Ruben Van Wemmel
Belgium GK Ruben Smet
Belgium DF Jens De Paepe
27 Belgium DF Jef Vogels
18 Belgium DF Andreas Kliché
4 Belgium DF Yannick Lodders
11 Belgium DF Nick Felix
33 Belgium DF Niels Vets
No. Position Player
Belgium DF Nick Spaenhoven
6 Belgium MF Jeroen Mertens
22 Belgium MF Jonas Laureys
23 Belgium MF Bjorn Cornelissens
Belgium MF Lennard Hens
Belgium MF Dominique Ernst
12 Belgium FW Yannick Put
Belgium FW Antonio Munoz Herrera
Belgium FW Thoma Frick

Transfers 2016-2017[edit]



Supporters Player of the Year[edit]

This is an election organised by supportersclub Blue Corner/De Steenbakkers.

Previous trainers[edit]


External links[edit]