|Full name||Oud-Heverlee Leuven|
|Nickname(s)||OHL, OH Leuven|
|Ground||Stadium "Den Dreef",
|League||Belgian Pro League|
|2015–16||5th, Belgian Second Division 2014-2015 (promoted)|
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 municipality of Leuven. It results from the 2002 fusion between F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, which registration number it inherited and K. Stade Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven . Since the summer of 2014, OH Leuven plays in the Belgian Second Division after three seasons in the Belgian First Division. On May 24, 2015 it won from Eupen 0-1 securing again a position in the Belgian First Division. for the season 2015-2016.
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 the promotion/relegation play-offs which they won, securing again their position in the 1st division for 2015-2016.
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.
Updated 26 June 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For details on former players, see Category:Oud-Heverlee Leuven players.
Top goal scorers Note: counting only official matches: league, cup and playoffs.
|Toni Brogno and Bjorn Ruytinx||16||2007–08|
|Kristof De Voeght||15||2003–04|
- Jean-Pierre Vande Velde (2002–04)
- Guido Brepoels (2004–07)
- Rudi Cossey (2007–Aug 27, 2008)
- Marc Wuyts (Aug 27, 2008–March 3, 2009)
- Jean-Pierre Vande Velde (March 4, 2009–10)
- Ronny Van Geneugden (2010–January 21, 2014)
- Herman Vermeulen (January 21, 2014 – February 25, 2014)
- Ivan Leko (February 25, 2014 – November 28, 2014)
- Hans Vander Elstcaretaker (November 28, 2014 – December 26, 2014)
- Jacky Mathijssen (December 26, 2014–)
- (Dutch) Official website
- (Dutch) Supporters Federation "O-Hasj-El"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Den Dreef"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Eendracht Leuven"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Pigeon d'Or"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Leuven Centraal / Den Bakkaree"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Leuven West"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "Leuven Lads"
- (Dutch) Fanclub "De Sortie"