KV Mechelen

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KV Mechelen
KV Mechelen Logo.png
Full name Yellow Red Koninklijke
Voetbalclub Mechelen
Nickname(s) The Yellow Reds,
Malinois, Malinwa, De Kakkers
Founded 1904
Ground AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne
Ground Capacity 18,500
Chairman Johan Timmermans
Manager Aleksandar Janković
League Belgian First Division A
2016–17 Belgian First Division A, 4th
Website Club website

Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen[1] (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɛloː ˈrɛt ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlˌklɵp ˈmɛxələ(n)]) (often simply called KV Mechelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaː ˈveː ˈmɛxələ(n)]) or KVM, or by their former French naming FC Malinois), is a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen in the Antwerp province. KV Mechelen plays in the Belgian Pro League. They have won four Belgian championships and one Belgian Cup, as well as the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1988 European Super Cup. They collected all of their honours in the 1940s and in the 1980s.

KV Mechelen was founded in 1904 and, in 1921–22, promoted to the first division. After two successive relegation and promotion, they were back for good between 1928–29 and 1955–56. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second division. From 1983–84 to 1996–97, they had a successful first division spell, with a title and several 2nd and 3rd-place finishes. During that period, they also won a European Cup Winners' Cup and they reached the same competition semi-finals as well as the European Cup quarter-finals.

KV Mechelen declined in the late 1990s though they had two more spells at the highest level from 1999–00 to 2000–01 and in 2002–03. At the end of that season, the club did not receive their Belgian professional football license. They were thus relegated to the third division with a 9-point penalty. After two promotions in 2004–05 and in 2006–07, KV Mechelen has come back to the first division.

The club outfits are a striped yellow and red shirt with black shorts and socks. They play their home matches at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, where Argos is their stadium sponsor and Achter de Kazerne means 'Behind the Barracks'. The stadium has been named so because there used to be barracks next to stadium. KV Mechelen fans have a long-standing rivalry with KRC Mechelen.


The club was founded in 1904, a few months after the birth of city rival KRC Mechelen. The club had a first successful period in the 1940s. During World War II, in 1943, the club won their first domestic title. The second title came a few years later, in 1946, and in 1948 the club was successful again. After that, the club fell back. In 1954, they managed to finish third, only one point behind champions Anderlecht, but that was their last good season. Two years later, Mechelen was relegated to second division. During the 1960s and the 1970s, Mechelen went up and down between the first and second division.

The club enjoyed a spell of both domestic and European success in the period of 1987–92. During these 5 seasons, Mechelen won one Belgian championship and one Belgian cup title. They also finished 2nd in the Belgian league twice and lost the Belgian cup final twice. After winning the domestic cup title in 1987, and hence qualifying for the European Cup Winners' Cup, they completed the extraordinary achievement of winning this tournament in 1988. Mechelen are the last Belgian team that has won a European trophy.

KV Mechelen seemed to be on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Belgium, but quickly declined when their chairman Cordier (who owned the rights to most of their players) was forced to sell many players due to his company's bad results. On 10 June 2007, the team achieved promotion to the Belgian First Division. Two years later in 2009, KV Mechelen played the final of the Belgian Cup, losing it 2–0 to Racing Genk. One year after that, they stranded in the semi-finals with a 2–2 draw and a 1–0 loss against KAA Gent. After a successful 2010 and four seasons for the yellow reds, coach Peter Maes decided to leave Malinwa and signed a four-year contract with Lokeren. Malinwa made a deal with Marc Brys to take over from Maes. Marc Brys was coach of FC Den Bosch, a second division team in the Netherlands. After two seasons he was sacked and Harm Van Veldhoven was appointed for the 2012–13 season. Van Veldhoven also could not lead KV Mechelen to Play-off 1, the clubs' recent unspoken ambition. He was fired in December 2013. At the end of the 2013–14 season KV Mechelen appointed Aleksandar Janković as head coach. Despite Janković's inability to lead the club to Play-off 1, Janković left for topclub Standard Liège and Mechelen had to appoint a new manager. The club ended up choosing Yannick Ferrera for the vacant job, who had just been fired as manager of Standard Liège.




European record[edit]

KV Mechelen's Belgian Cup win in 1987 saw the club participate in UEFA club competition for the first time in their history, entering the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup. It proved to be a hugely successful campaign, with Mechelen reaching the final undefeated by winning seven of their eight matches en-route. They then went on to defeat Ajax 1–0 in the final, Piet den Boer scoring the decisive goal early in the second half.[2] The following season Mechelen played 1988 European Cup winners PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Super Cup, and defeated the Dutch side 4–1 on aggregate. Mechelen remain the last Belgian club team to have won a European club competition.[3]

As of December, 2008.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 1 6 2 3 1 9 3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 17 13 3 1 26 8
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 4 14 3 5 6 14 15
UEFA Super Cup 1 2 1 0 1 3 1

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.


  • Q = qualification round
  • PO = play-off
  • R = round
  • Group = group stage / Group 1 = first group stage / Group 2 = second group stage
  • 1/8 = eighth finals / 1/4 = quarter-finals / 1/2 = semi-finals
  • F = final
Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 1–0, 2–0
2R Scotland St Mirren 0–0, 2–0
1/4 Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk 1–0, 1–1
1/2 Italy Atalanta 2–1, 2–1
F Netherlands Ajax 1–0
1988 UEFA Super Cup F Netherlands PSV 3–0, 0–1
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg Avenir Beggen 5–0, 3–1
2R Belgium Anderlecht 1–0, 2–0
1/4 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0, 0–0
1/2 Italy Sampdoria 2–1, 0–3
1989–90 European Cup 1R Norway Rosenborg 5–0, 0–0
2R Sweden Malmö 4–1, 0–0
1/4 Italy Milan 0–0, 0–2 (AET)
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Sporting CP 2–2, 0–1
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Greece PAOK 0–1, 1–1
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden Örebro 2–1, 0–0
2R Netherlands Vitesse 0–1, 0–1
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden IFK Norrköping 1–1 (AET), 1–0
2R Hungary MTK Hungária 5–0, 1–1
3R Italy Cagliari 1–3, 0–2

Summary of best results[edit]

(2 cups)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League:

- Quarter-finalists in 1990

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988
- Semi-finalists in 1989

UEFA Super Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2017 [4]

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

No. Position Player
2 Belgium DF Laurens Paulussen
3 Morocco MF Ahmed El Messaoudi
4 Belgium DF Seth De Witte
5 Serbia DF Uroš Vitas
7 Belgium MF Tim Matthys
8 Costa Rica MF Randall Leal
9 Denmark FW Nicklas Pedersen
10 France MF Yohan Croizet
11 Belgium MF Mats Rits
14 Belgium MF Denzel Jubitana
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Edin Cocalić
16 Belgium MF Rob Schoofs
17 Croatia DF Ivan Tomečak
20 Greece MF Dimitris Kolovos
21 Belgium MF Jonathan Kindermans
No. Position Player
22 Belgium DF Elias Cobbaut
26 Belgium GK Colin Coosemans
27 Burkina Faso FW Hassane Bandé
28 Belgium GK Anthony Swolfs
29 Belgium DF Jules Van Cleemput
30 Belgium DF Hannes Smolders
34 Belgium MF Mohamed Zeroual
35 Republic of the Congo FW Silvère Ganvoula (on loan from Belgium Anderlecht)
47 Belgium FW Andy Kawaya
49 Luxembourg GK Anthony Moris
55 Slovenia MF Željko Filipović
63 Morocco DF Faycal Rherras
77 Belgium MF Glenn Claes
99 Serbia FW Stefan Dražić

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2017.

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
6 Croatia MF Ljuban Crepulja (at Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk)
27 Belgium DF Cedric Mingiedi (at Belgium Vigor Hamme)


Chairmen history[edit]

Date Name
1904–06 Belgium Théophile Delvaulx
1906–51 Belgium Francis Dessain
1951–77 Belgium Patrick Dessain
1977–82 Belgium Herman Candries
1982–92 Belgium John Cordier
Date Name
1992–94 Belgium Willy Dussart
1994–97 Belgium Jef De Graef
1997–02 Belgium Willy Van den Wijngaert
2003 Belgium Mark Uytterhoeven
2003– Belgium Johan Timmermans


  1. ^ INFO EN CONTACT Archived 7 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "11 mai 1988 à la Meinau : Mechelen-Ajax". Racing Stub. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Miller, Nick. "Leeds, Aston Villa and River Plate among the Top 10 dramatic declines". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.sport.be/nl/jupilerproleague/team.html?team=5044&season=33319

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