Oud-Heverlee Leuven

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Oud heverlee leuven.png
Full name Oud-Heverlee Leuven
Nickname(s) OHL, OH Leuven
Founded 2002
Ground Stadium "Den Dreef",
Ground Capacity 9,493
Chairman Belgium Jimmy Houtput
Manager Belgium Emilio Ferrera
League Belgian Pro League
2015–16 5th, Belgian Second Division 2014–2015 (promoted)
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 results from the 2002 fusion between F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, which registration number it inherited, Daring Club Leuven and Stade Leuven. The home ground of OH Leuven is stadium "Den Dreef", located in Heverlee.

Since 2015, OH Leuven plays in the Belgian Pro League after one season in the Belgian Second Division.


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

As a result, in 2002 the city of Leuven wanted to improve the level of football played in the city and it was decided that both third division teams Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and K. Stade Leuven would merge, together also with the third club from Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven (matricule 223), who were at that time playing at the fifth level. Daring Club Leuven was founded in 1922, had played several seasons in the Belgian Second Division and was the leading club from the Leuven region between 1958 and 1964, but had dropped down into the provincial leagues in 1979 and had been stuck there since. The new club kept the matricule number 6142 of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and started playing under the name Oud-Heverlee Leuven, also known as OHL.

At the end of its first season, the club narrowly lost out on promotion, going down on penalty kicks to Eendracht Aalst in the 3rd division play-off final after finishing 2nd in the 3rd division B, just 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 subsequently entered the second division competition in season 2005–06. After two decent seasons, finishing 6th and 5th, OH Leuven got closer to the Belgian top division as they finished 3rd in the 2007–08 Belgian Second Division season with 61 points, allowing them to take part in the promotion playoff league. However the team finished 4th and bottom of league, losing all six matches to Tubize, Antwerp and Lommel United.

Two moderate 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 1st division for 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, amassing a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought 1st division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since season 1949–50, when Stade Leuven finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

After a 0–0 draw at home against Lierse on 3 March 2012, Oud-Heverlee Leuven's top flight status for the 2012–13 season was assured. This marked 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 finished at 15th and qualified for the promotion/relegation play-offs which they lost, sending them back to the second tier. However, after winning the first seasonal title in the season 2014–2015 they secured their position in the promotion/relegation play-offs which they won, securing again their position in the 1st division for 2015–2016.


Main article: Den Dreef
Den Dreef Stadium

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.

Current squad[edit]

For the women team, see Oud-Heverlee Leuven (women).

Updated 2 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
1 Belgium GK Yves Lenaerts
21 Belgium GK Nick Gillekens
26 France GK Rudy Riou
2 Belgium DF Kenny Van Hoevelen
4 France DF Romain Reynaud
5 Belgium DF Pierre-Yves Ngawa
6 France DF Jean Calvé
16 Greece DF Konstantinos Rougalas
17 Serbia DF Slobodan Urošević (on loan from Napredak Kruševac)
24 Belgium DF Nicolas Delporte
25 Brazil DF Kanu
28 Ukraine DF Oleksandr Volovyk (on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk)
29 Belgium DF Pieterjan Monteyne
8 France MF Flavien Le Postollec
10 France MF Yohan Croizet
No. Position Player
12 Belgium MF Kenneth Houdret (on loan from Charleroi)
15 England MF John Bostock
19 Belgium MF Leandro Trossard (on loan from Genk)
22 Ghana MF Samuel Asamoah (on loan from Eupen)
30 Belgium MF Jordy Lokando
31 Belgium MF Charni Ekangamene (on loan from Zulte Waregem)
7 Belgium FW Jordan Remacle
9 Curaçao FW Romero Regales
11 Belgium FW Alessandro Cerigioni
14 Belgium FW Thomas Azevedo
18 Belgium FW Tuur Houben
20 Belgium FW Din Sula
23 Republic of Macedonia FW Jovan Kostovski
27 Nigeria FW Kim Ojo

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 Belgium MF Kenneth Van Goethem (to Heist until the end of the 2015–16 season)
17 Belgium MF Simon Bracke (to Geel until the end of the 2015–16 season)
27 Belgium MF Yohan Brouckaert (to Roeselare until the end of the 2015–16 season)

Former players[edit]

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

Top goal scorers Note: counting only official matches: league, cup and playoffs.

Player Goals Season
Republic of 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