K.V. Oostende

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KV Oostende
K.V. Oostende logo.svg
Full name Koninklijke Voetbalclub
Oostende
Nickname(s) De Kustboys
Founded 1904
Ground Versluys Arena,
Ostend
Ground Capacity 8,432
Chairman Belgium Marc Coucke
Manager Belgium Yves Vanderhaeghe
League Belgian First Division A
2016–17 Belgian First Division A, 4th

Koninklijke Voetbalclub Oostende, also called KV Oostende (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkaː ˈveː ˌoːs.ˈtɛn.də]) or KVO, is a Belgian football club from the city of Ostend, West Flanders. The team was founded in 1904 as VG Oostende and has the matricule n°31.

History[edit]

In 1911, another club was created, AS Oostende, which would soon become the best club of the city, playing regularly in the second division in the 1930s. In the mid 1970s, AS reached the first division while VG was playing at the second level.

The two clubs merged in 1981 to become KV Oostende. The new club played in the third division for eleven years, before finally promoting. In its first season on the second level, Oostende immediately promoted again, to the first division, where it would achieve its best result in the club history: a seventh place, in 1993–94.

From 1995 to 2013, Oostende has been playing in the second division, except in 1998–99 and 2004–05, when it was at the higher level again, and in 2001–02 and 2002–03, when it played in the third division.

In 1982, one year after the merger, VG Oostende had been re-founded at the lowest level of the Belgian football competition. The club first used the Armenonville stadium, which was the original ground of VG. In 2001, the stadium was declared unsafe, so the club had to groundshare with KV Oostende in the Albertparkstadion, until 2010. In 2013, the new VG Oostende also disappeared, after a financial breakdown.

In August 2013, shortly after a new promotion to the highest level, it was announced that chairman and majority shareholder Yves Lejaeghere would be succeeded by a new chairman, businessman Marc Coucke.

In the spring of 2016, the main tribune of the Albertparkstadion was rebuilt and the stadium was renamed the Versluys Arena with the capacity increased to 8,432.

Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 January 2017[1]

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 Silvio Proto
6 Belgium DF Mathias Bossaerts
7 Cameroon MF Sébastien Siani (captain)
8 Belgium FW Yassine El Ghanassy
10 France MF Franck Berrier
11 Zimbabwe FW Knowledge Musona
14 Denmark FW Nicklas Pedersen
15 South Africa MF Andile Jali
16 Montenegro MF Adam Marušić
17 Nigeria FW Joseph Akpala
18 Czech Republic DF David Rozehnal
19 Belgium FW Landry Dimata
20 Belgium MF Michiel Jonckheere
No. Position Player
21 Belgium MF Victor Van De Wiele
24 Belgium MF Siebe Van der Heyden
26 France MF Kévin Vandendriessche
27 Belgium DF Brecht Capon
28 France GK William Dutoit
29 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Alvin Segbia
31 Belgium DF Bruno Godeau
33 Montenegro DF Žarko Tomašević
36 Turkey MF Hasan Özkan
40 Belgium GK Justin Verlinden
44 Croatia DF Antonio Milić
55 Brazil MF Fernando Canesin
Slovenia FW Nicolas Rajsel
Belgium GK Thomas De Bie
Belgium DF Nicolas Lombaerts
Netherlands FW Richairo Živković

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
22 Belgium DF Sébastien Locigno at (Go Ahead Eagles)
90 Republic of the Congo FW Yannick Loemba at (Oud-Heverlee Leuven)
12 France FW Nicolas de Préville at (Lille OSC)
9 Ivory Coast FW Cyriac at (Fulham F.C.)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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