RFC Liège

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Liège
R.F.C. de Liège Logo.png
Full name Royal Football Club de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Sang et Marine
(The Blood and Marine)
Founded 1892
Ground Stade de Rocourt,
Liège
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Jean-Paul Lacomble
Manager Dante Brogno
League Belgian Third Division B
2015-16 Belgian Third Division B

Royal Football Club de Liège (RFC Liège) is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. It currently plays in the Belgian Third Division B. Its matricule is 4, meaning that it was the fourth club to register with the country's national federation, and the club was the first Belgian champion in history (5 Championships & 1 Cup). The club was also known for being 'homeless' between 1995 and 2015 but is now playing on his own ground in Rocourt. FC Liège management also made the club sadly famous for its refusal to release Jean-Marc Bosman after his contract ran out in 1990, which in turn led to the Bosman ruling, a European Court of Justice decision that caused major changes to the structure of European football. The 'philosophy' of the club is based on integration of local young players and on popular and faithful support.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1892 as "Liège Football Club" and became a member of the Belgian Football Association as "Football Club Liégeois" when it was founded in 1895. The club is the first Belgian Champion (1896) and is still the only club that has played all seasons at a national level (106 seasons in 2008–09). In 1920 the prefix Royal was added to the name of the club that already had won 3 championships (1896, 1898, 1899). In 1952 and 1953, the RFC Liège won two more championships, being at that time the only team which was able to contest the undisputed domination of Anderlecht. In 1964 Football Club Liégeois reached the Fairs Cup 1/2 finals, losing in 3 games against the winner of the Cup, Real Zaragoza. Between 1965 and 1985, there were poor results, and the club survived with the help of its own tradition: young players coming from inside the club, and faithful supporters.

At the end of the 1980s, the RFC Liège played in European competitions (notably against Benfica, Juventus, Rapid Vienna, Hibernian, Werder Bremen and Athletic Bilbao) and also won a Belgian Cup in 1990. Unfortunately, after that, bankruptcy was inevitable, and the stadium was sold and destroyed to build a movie theatre. The team joined with R.F.C. Tilleur-Saint-Nicolas, (a team from the suburb of Liège) in 1995, to become R. Tilleur F.C. de Liège.

The club went down from the first division (which it hadn't left since 1945) to the third division. The word Tilleur was finally excluded from the team name in 2000, coming back to "RFC de Liège". Since 1995, the club is moving between the second and fourth divisions, with two titles of 3rd division Champions in 1996 and 2008. In 2008–09 the club played in the Belgian Second Division, but after just 2 seasons the club suffered back to back relegations: they eventually dropped to the Belgian Fourth Division in April 2011.

In 2015-2016 RFC Liège plays in Division 3.

Stadium[edit]

Not having its own stadium after Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt (Liège) was destroyed in 1995 is the biggest problem for the RFC Liège, also well known as 'homeless'.

Between 1995 and 2015 the RFC Liège played in Tilleur (1995-2000), Seraing (2000-2004), Ans (2004-2008), Seraing (Pairay Stadium, 2008-2015).

In 2015 the club is back home on his new Rocourt based ground.

Current squad[edit]

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 Nicolas Pire
2 Belgium DF Simon Ligot
3 Belgium DF Arnaud Winandts
4 Belgium DF Sergio Teruel
5 Belgium DF Gaëtan Audoor
6 Belgium DF Eric Vandebon
7 Belgium MF François Henke
8 Belgium MF Jean-Sébastien Legros
9 Belgium FW Anthony Lorenzon
10 Belgium MF Kévin Guillaume
11 Belgium FW Curtis Kabeya
12 Belgium GK Robin Dengis
No. Position Player
15 Belgium DF Benoît Masset
18 Belgium FW Dieudonné Lwangi
19 Belgium FW Edgar Mbazoa
21 Belgium MF Jonathan Fondaire
23 Belgium MF Axel Dheur
24 Belgium MF Julien Charlier
25 Belgium MF Tom Dethier
Belgium MF Grégory Dufer
Belgium MF Amine Jiyar
Belgium FW Benoît Bruggeman
Belgium FW William Mauclet

Staff[edit]

Head coach: Belgium Alain Bettagno
Assistant coach': Belgium Bernard Wegria
Goalkeeper coach': Belgium Pierre Drouguet

Honours[edit]

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