Oud-Heverlee Leuven

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OHL
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Full nameOud-Heverlee Leuven
Short nameOHL, OH Leuven
Founded2002
GroundStadium "Den Dreef",
Heverlee,
Leuven
Capacity10,020 [1]
OwnerKing Power International Group
ChairmanAiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
ManagerVincent Euvrard
LeagueBelgian First Division B
2018–19Belgian First Division B, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Oud-Heverlee Leuven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʌut ˈɦeː.vər.ˌleː ˈløː.və(n)]), also called OH Leuven or OHL, is a Belgian football club from the city of Leuven. It was created in 2002 from the merger of three clubs, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, whose registration number it inherited, Daring Club Leuven, and Stade Leuven. The home ground of OH Leuven is stadium "Den Dreef", located in Heverlee.

The club currently plays in the country's second level, Belgian First Division B. It has played four seasons at the first level, the last time being the 2015–16 season.

History[edit]

F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee (matricule #6142) was founded in 1957, climbing out of the provincial leagues in 1996 and winning the Belgian Fourth Division title during the 1999–2000 season. Promoted to the Belgian Third Division they joined their Leuven neighbours Stade Leuven (matricule #18), founded in 1905, which had played over 30 seasons in the Belgian Second Division and one year in the First in the 1949–50 season. As of 2002, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee was in bad financial shape, moving up and down between third and fourth division since 1991.

In 2002, the city of Leuven decided that both Third division teams, Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and K. Stade Leuven, would merge also with the third club from Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven (matricule #223), which was at that time playing at the fifth level of the league. Daring Club Leuven was founded in 1922, had played several seasons in the Belgian Second Division, and after being the leading club from the Leuven region between 1958 and 1964, had dropped down into the provincial leagues in 1979 and stayed there since. The new club that was created through the merger kept the matricule number 6142 of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and started playing in the Belgian Third Division under the name Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

At the end of its first season, the club narrowly lost out on promotion, going down on penalty kicks to Eendracht Aalst in the Third division play-off final, after finishing 2nd in the 3rd division B, 5 points behind champions Tubize. After a 3rd place in the same division in season 2003–04, Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished 2nd once again in season 2004–05 and this time they did win the promotion play-off and entered the second division in the 2005–06 season. After two seasons finishing 6th and 5th, OH Leuven finished 3rd in the 2007–08 Belgian Second Division season with 61 points. This allowed them to take part in the promotion playoffs where the team finished as the bottom 4th after losing all six games to Tubize, Antwerp, and Lommel United.

Two seasons with the team finishing 9th and 14th were followed by a second division title on Sunday 24 April 2011, when Oud-Heverlee Leuven secured the 2010–11 2nd division championship and gained promotion to the First division for the season 2011–12, following a 2–2 draw at Antwerp. The team rounded off the season the following Sunday with a 2–0 home win against Lommel United, gathering a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought First division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since the 1949–50 season, when Stade Leuven had finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

OH Leuven secured its top flight status following a 0–0 draw at home against Lierse on 3 March 2012, marking the first time a team from the city of Leuven managed to remain at the highest level of Belgian football for more than a single season. In the 2013–14 season OH Leuven was relegated after losing the 2014 promotion/relegation play-offs. Although finishing 6th, the team was promoted next year via the 2015 promotion/relegation play-offs, but it was immediately relegated again after finishing last in the 2015-16 season.

In September 2016, OH Leuven were caught up in a scandal affecting football in England. In relation to allegations made against individuals within English football, OH Leuven chairman Jimmy Houtput was alleged to have offered up the club as a "conduit" to allow third-party companies to gain ownership of football players in England.[2] Houtput claimed he was "merely trying to obtain the identity of the possible investor(s) and would never take part in illegal activities to circumvent the third-party ownership", but subsequently resigned as OH Leuven chairman on 30 September.[3]

Later that season, with the club struggling financially, OH Leuven was taken over by the King Power International Group led by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who already owned Leicester City.[4]

In July 2018, OH Leuven reclaimed the matricule #18 that originally belonged to Stade Leuven, to "reclaim the glorious past".[5]

On 27 October 2018, the club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died in a helicopter crash following Leicester City's home game against West Ham United.[6]

Evolution throughout the league[edit]


Green denotes the highest level of football in Belgium; yellow the second highest; red the third highest.

Stadium[edit]

Den Dreef Stadium (before the expansions to the main stand (right) and construction of a same stand on the opposite side (left).)

Their stadium is called Stadion Den Dreef and is situated on Kardinaal Mercierlaan in the south Leuven suburb of Heverlee (not to be confused with 'Oud-Heverlee' in the club name, which is in fact a separate municipality). The entrance for visiting fans is on Tervuursevest.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 May 2019[7]

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 Nick Gillekens
2 Belgium DF Dimitri Daeseleire
3 Belgium DF Derrick Tshimanga
4 Belgium DF Kenneth Schuermans
5 England DF Elliott Moore (on loan from Leicester City)
6 Belgium MF David Hubert
7 France MF Yannick Aguemon
9 France FW Thomas Henry
10 England FW George Hirst
11 Belgium MF Joeri Dequevy
14 France MF Samy Kehli
15 Ghana MF Kamal Sowah (on loan from Leicester City)
16 Thailand GK Kawin Thamsatchanan
17 France MF Julien Gorius
18 Belgium MF Jellert van Landschoot (on loan from Club Brugge)
No. Position Player
19 France DF Frédéric Duplus
20 Senegal FW Simon Diedhiou
21 Germany DF Sascha Kotysch
22 Belgium MF Olivier Myny
23 North Macedonia FW Jovan Kostovski
24 Belgium MF Jarno Libert
25 Belgium MF Jenthe Mertens
26 Belgium GK Laurent Henkinet
27 France MF Redouane Kerrouche
28 Belgium MF Koen Persoons
33 Belgium MF Mathieu Maertens
34 Belgium DF Ahmed Touba (on loan from Club Brugge)
38 Belgium FW Yanis Mbombo
39 Ivory Coast MF Aboubakar Keita

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
8 Netherlands FW Sam Hendriks (at Netherlands Cambuur until 30 June 2019)
Belgium DF Jordy Gillekens (at Italy Fiorentina until 30 June 2019)
Belgium MF Jo Gilis (at Belgium Eendracht Aalst until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
Belgium MF Leo Njengo (at Belgium Heist until 30 June 2019)
Belgium FW Daan Vekemans (at Belgium Eendracht Aalst until 30 June 2019)

Club staff[edit]

As of 17 April 2019[8]

Directors & Senior Management
Role Person
Chairman Thailand Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Director Republic of Ireland Susan Whelan
Director England Jon Rudkin
Technical Director Belgium Wim De Corte
Chief Executive Officer Belgium Peter Willems
Chief Commercial Officer Belgium Filip Van Doorslaer
Head of Operations Belgium Marc Tordeur
First Team Management
Role Person
First Team Head Coach Belgium Vincent Euvrard
First Team Assistant Coach Belgium Joachim Mununga
First Team Assistant Coach & Under 21’s Manager Belgium Gunter Vandebroeck
Goalkeeping Coach Ivory Coast Boubacar Barry
Sports Advisor Belgium Franky Vercauteren
Head of Fitness and Conditioning Belgium Matthias De Baerdemaeker
First Team Sports Scientist Belgium Bram Gielen
Head Physiotherapist Belgium Sam Vanhumbeeck
Head of Technical Scouting England Rob Mackenzie
Head of Performance Innovation England Paul Balsom
Academy Manager Belgium Henk Mariman

Managers[edit]

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Oud-Heverlee Leuven players.

Top goal scorers[edit]

The following list the top scorers for OH Leuven per season, counting only goals scored during official matches: league, cup and playoffs.

Player Goals Season
France Frédéric Duplus and Belgium Mathieu Maertens 7 2018–19
France Yannick Aguemon 13 2017–18
Belgium Esteban Casagolda 8 2016–17
France Yohan Croizet and Belgium Leandro Trossard 9 2015–16
North Macedonia Jovan Kostovski 14 2014–15
Belgium Bjorn Ruytinx 11 2013–14
The Gambia Ibou 19 2012–13
Belgium Jordan Remacle 16 2011–12
Tunisia Hamdi Harbaoui 28 2010–11
France Cédric Bétrémieux 13 2009–10
Belgium Frederik Vanderbiest 9 2008–09
Belgium Toni Brogno and Belgium Bjorn Ruytinx 16 2007–08
Belgium Toni Brogno 14 2006–07
Belgium Samuel Remy 14 2005–06
Belgium François Sterchele 32 2004–05
Belgium Kristof De Voeght 15 2003–04
Belgium Hans Goethuys 12 2002–03

Internationals[edit]

The list below consists of current and former players of OH Leuven that have gained caps for their national team.

Flags indicate national teams they played for.
Only players obtaining first team caps are included, U21 or unofficial matches are not.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Copa never played an official match for OH Leuven, he was part of the squad for the 2017-18 season and is hence counted as former OH Leuven player.

References[edit]

  1. ^ King Power at Den Dreef Stadion (as of 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ "Belgium football club offered itself as a conduit to help a fictitious investment firm get around third party ownership - against FA and Fifa rules". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Belgian football club chairman resigns after offering club as conduit for banned third party ownership scheme". The Daily Telegraph. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ "OH Leuven komt in Thaise handen: "Zo snel mogelijk weer naar 1e klasse A"" [OH Leuven comes in Thai hands: "As soon as possible back to 1st class A"] (in Flemish). Sporza. Retrieved 22 September 2017.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. ^ "OHL draagt voortaan stamnummer 18" [OHL now bears the number 18] (in Flemish). Radio 2. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  6. ^ "Leicester City owner among five dead in helicopter crash". BBC Sports. London. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Team". OH Leuven. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "A-Kern". OH Leuven. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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