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K Beerschot VA
Koninklijke Beerschot Voetbalclub Antwerpen logo.jpg
Full nameKoninklijke Beerschot Voetbalclub Antwerpen
Nickname(s)de Kielse Ratten
de Mannekes
Purple White Army'
2019 (renamed to K. Beerschot V.A.)
GroundOlympisch Stadion
Capacity12,771 [1]
ChairmanEric Roef
ManagerHernán Losada
LeagueFirst Division B (Second Division)
WebsiteClub website

Koninklijke Beerschot Voetbalclub Antwerpen or shortly Beerschot, is a Belgian professional football club, located in Antwerp, that competes in the First Division B. The club is affiliated with the Royal Belgian Football Association since 1899 and has been allocated association number 155. In 2013, KFCO Wilrijk decided to integrate the identity of Beerschot AC when they were relegated in the 2012–13 season, not only through their league position but also due to losing their professional license through financial issues, being officially declared bankrupt on 21 May 2013 and folding shortly afterwards. Being the proud owners of the colours: purple and white they play their games on the club's home ground the Olympic Stadium often referred to as 't Kiel.


KFCO Wilrijk[edit]

The club was founded in 1921 as Football Club Wilrijk and joined The Belgian football association.

As a result of the introduction of a national third division in 1926, the club played national football for the first time in their then short existence. Unfortunately the club ended third last, leading to their relegation after just one season. In 1931 the number of participants in the divisions was increased, causing FC Wilrijk to be included on the national level for the second time. FC Wilrijk lasted two seasons before being relegated again.

In 1935 the club was promoted once more. Unlike their previous third division stays, FC Wilrijk showcased dominant football. This resulted in a 3rd position in the 1935–36 season and even becoming third division champions in the 1936–37 season. After winning their division the club was promoted to the second division lasting two seasons before being relegated in 1939. After a lengthy stay in the third division, FC Wilrijk was relegated to the Provincial division in 1949 which set a trend for the following decades.

In 1993 KFC Wilrijk merged with Olympia Wilrijk 72. This other Wilrijk-based club, was founded in 1972 and part of the Royal Belgian Football Association, being assigned the association number 7727. Both clubs shared forces as KFC Olympia Wilrijk and continued under KFC Wilrijks association number 155.

In 1994, the club reached the 4th division, playing national football for the first time in 45 years. In the 1995–96 season KFCO Olympia Wilrijk came in 3rd only two points short of standing victorious in their division. After eight years KFC Olympia Wilrijk ended third last, which led to being relegated. Their absence was short-lived however, as KFC Olympia Wilrijk was promoted the following year resulting in a three-year stay before being relegated. In 2008 the club was promoted again, only to be relegated in 2010.

FCO Beerschot Wilrijk[edit]

After Beerschot AC's bankruptcy in 2013, KFCO Wilrijk decided to harbour its fans. KFCO Wilrijk followed up by incorporating the name Beerschot and their respective colours in their own identity. The KBVB however decided that due to the name change, the club was no longer eligible to use the handle "royal" in their club name. Hence the club's name is FCO Beerschot Wilrijk rather than KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk. In order to retrieve their "royal" status, FCO Beerschot Wilrijk filed a successful application in June 2017.

FCO Beerschot Wilrijk, became an instant success. Their season opener against Ternesse VV was attended by 8500 fans, which was a record for the Belgian provincial division at the time. This record was broken on 15 February 2014 during their game against fierce title contender FC De Kempen which was attended by 8982 fans and topped again, during their title game against KFC Katelijne-Waver on 22 March. This game was attended by almost 12000 fans and won by 5–0, gaining the club mathematic certainty about crowning themselves 2013–14 division champions.

Due to the club's high attendance – weekly attendance that tops several first division teams – KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk is required to play their home games at the Olympisch Stadion (city of Antwerp) to guarantee the safety of their fans. This is the home ground of the fallen Beerschot VAC. The club reached an average of 7000 fans at home games during its first season in the 1st division of the province of Antwerp, which is quite a feat. This reputation was upheld during away games by bringing on average over 1500 fans, whom took pride in causing friendly banter in the most obscurely hidden cities and stadiums that the province of Antwerp holds. The club's success and vibe often lead to opponents renting bigger stadiums because the prospected attendance exceeds their own stadium capacity.

For the 2014–15 season, FCO Beerschot Wilrijk was promoted to the 4th division in Belgian national football. In mid-March 2015, they held a 10-point lead over their closest rival.[2] They were promoted to third division as champions of their group. In 2015–2016 they became champions of the third division after a sensational winning goal in the last minute of their last game. In 2016–2017 they became the first champion of the new '1st Amateur League' and gained promotion to the Proximus League, the second tier of Belgian football.

In February 2018, Saudi prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who already owns a 50 percent stake in English Premier League side Sheffield United, announced his investment in Beerschot alongside Belgian construction company DCA.[3]


In 2019, the club reverted to its former name Beerschot, changing as well the club logo.

Old logo used until 2019 when the name was changed from Beerschot Wilrijk back to Beerschot


Season League Division Points Remarks Belgian Cup
  I II III IV P.I P.II P.III P.IV        
2013/14         1         First Provincial League 70   Promotion.  
2014/15       1           Fourth Division C 71   Promotion. 5th round
2015/16     1             Third Division B 71   Promotion. 3rd round
Reformation of the Belgian football league system*
  IA IB IAm IIAm IIIAm P.I P.II P.III P.IV        
2016/17     1             First Amateur Division 53   Promotion. After the regular season KFCO BW was ranked first with 80 points. 5th round
2017/18   3               First Division B 46   Winner of the first period title with 29 points. 1/16
2018/19   2               First Division B 54   Winner of the second period title with 30 points. 1/8
  • As a result, KFCO BW remained in the third division.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 August 2019[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 France DF Emeric Dudouit
3 Ukraine DF Denis Prychynenko
4 Belgium DF Rubin Seigers (on loan from Genk)
5 Belgium DF Joren Dom
6 Belgium DF Ayrton Mboko
7 Republic of the Congo FW Dylan Saint-Louis
8 Austria MF Raphael Holzhauser
9 Cameroon FW Marius Noubissi
10 Belgium MF Alexander Maes
11 Togo FW Euloge Placca
13 Republic of the Congo FW Prince Ibara
15 France DF Pierre Bourdin
16 Belgium MF Tom Pietermaat
No. Position Player
17 Belgium MF Brian De Keersmaecker
18 Belgium MF Ryan Sanusi
22 Georgia (country) MF Irakli Bugridze
24 Kazakhstan DF Yan Vorogovskiy
26 Belgium MF Loris Brogno
27 Algeria DF Réda Halaïmia
30 Belgium GK Jordi Nolle
31 Belgium GK Mike Vanhamel
34 Morocco FW Tarik Tissoudali
72 Belgium GK Antoine Lejoly
77 Belgium MF Jorn Vancamp
89 Belgium DF Grégory Grisez
Belgium GK Jarno De Smet

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


Season Manager
2013–2014 Belgium Urbain Spaenhoven
2014–2015 Belgium Urbain Spaenhoven
2015–2016 Belgium Urbain Spaenhoven/Netherlands Dennis van Wijk
2016–2017 Belgium Marc Brys
2017–2018 Belgium Marc Brys
2018–present Belgium Stijn Vreven

Club captains[edit]

Season Player
2013–2014 Belgium Davy De Smedt
2014–2015 Belgium Davy De Smedt
2015–2016 Belgium Davy De Smedt/Hannes Meeus
2016–2017 Belgium Jaric Schaessens
2018–2019 Belgium Tom Van Hyfte

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player Goals scored
2013–2014 Belgium Peter Nijs 28
2014–2015 Belgium Dyron Daal 18
2015–2016 Argentina Hernán Losada 10
2016–2017 Argentina Hernán Losada 15
2017–2018 Argentina Hernán Losada 10
2018–2019 Belgium Dante Vanzeir 16


  1. ^ Het Olympisch Stadion op het Kiel kfco.ibiscommunications.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ Hellemans, Koen. "Beerschot-Wilrijk wint voor 11.500 fans met 4–0 topper en is op weg naar derde". hln.be. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ Saudische prins investeert in Beerschot Wilrijk - GVA (in Dutch)
  4. ^ https://www.beerschot.be/nl/2019-2020