Royale Union Saint-Gilloise

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Union Saint-Gilloise
Club crest
Full nameRoyale Union Saint-Gilloise
Nickname(s)Les Unionistes
Union 60
Founded1 November 1897; 121 years ago (1897-11-01)
GroundStade Joseph Marien,
Forest, Brussels
Capacity8.000
OwnerTony Bloom[1]
ChairmanAlex Muzio[2]
ManagerLuka Elsner
LeagueBelgian First Division B
2018–19Belgian First Division B, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, abbreviated to Union SG, unofficially simply called Union, is a Belgian football club originally located in the municipality of Saint-Gilles, in Brussels, although since the 1920s it has been based at the Stade Joseph Marien in the neighbouring municipality of Forest.

The club is one of the most successful in the history of Belgian football, but currently plays in the second division. The club won eleven Belgian championships between 1904 and 1935, making it the most successful Belgian club before World War II. The team colours are blue and yellow and its matricule is the n°10. The team is traditionally popular with the native Flemish speaking natives of Brussels and both the French as the Flemish speaking free universities.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1897 and obtained its first of eleven titles as Champion of Belgium in 1904. From 1933 to 1935 the team played 60 consecutive matches undefeated, setting a still unbeaten record in Belgium. In the early 1900s the club also had a dominant spell in some of the very first "European" Cup competitions that took place, prior to officially sanctioned UEFA competitions.

Between 1958 and 1965 the club had a brief spell of European success, playing the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and reaching the semi-finals in the 1958–60 edition after a two legged victory against A.S. Roma. In 1963, however, the club was relegated to the second division, and in 1980 even fell as low as the Belgian Promotion division.

On 21 May 2018, Tony Bloom, Chairman of current English Premier League side, Brighton & Hove Albion was confirmed as the majority shareholder. [3]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January, 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
1 Norway GK Anders Kristiansen
2 Belgium DF Pietro Perdichizzi
3 Belgium DF Kevin Kis
4 Spain DF Carlos David
5 Belgium DF Anas Hamzaoui
6 France MF Steven Pinto-Borges
8 Germany MF Max Besuschkow (on loan from Eintracht)
9 Belgium FW Roman Ferber
10 Cameroon MF Serge Tabekou
11 Belgium FW Mathias Fixelles
13 Belgium GK Enzo D'Alberto
14 Spain DF Urtzi Iriondo
15 Jamaica FW Chad Letts
No. Position Player
16 Belgium MF Charles Morren
17 Comoros MF Faïz Selemani
18 France FW Youssouf Niakaté
19 South Africa FW Percy Tau (on loan from Brighton)
20 France MF Abdelrafik Gérard
21 Germany MF Adrian Beck
22 Argentina DF Federico Vega
23 Serbia DF Miloš Stamenković
26 Belgium GK Adrien Saussez
27 France MF Hadamou Traore
59 France DF Ismaël Kandouss
77 Germany MF Marcel Mehlem
94 France MF Teddy Teuma

Staff[edit]

Sports Director
Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Goalkeeping Coach
  • Netherlands Maarten Arts
Fitness Coach
  • France Léo Djaoui

Medical[edit]

Docteur
  • Belgium Axel Marlaire
Kinés
  • Belgium Glenn Vercauteren
  • Belgium Stephen Van den Berg
  • Belgium Ivan Del Molino

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rusg.brussels/article/communique-officiel-3/en
  2. ^ http://www.rusg.brussels/article/communique-officiel-7/en
  3. ^ http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/16239606.Done_deal__Albion_chairman_completes_Belgian_club_takeover
  4. ^ "Noyau A". Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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