Royal Antwerp F.C.

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Royal Antwerp
Royal Antwerp Football Club Official Logo.png
Full name Royal Antwerp Football Club
Nickname(s) The Great Old
Founded 1880
Ground Broodstraat (1908–1923)
Bosuilstadion (1923– )
Antwerp, Belgium
Ground Capacity 16,649
Chairman Belgium Jan Michel
Manager Belgium Wim De Decker
League Belgian First Division A
2015–16 Belgian Second Division, 3rd
Website Club home page

Royal Antwerp Football Club, often simply referred to as Antwerp, is a Belgian football club based in the city of Antwerp.

Antwerp is regarded as the oldest club in Belgium, approximately founded in 1880 by English students residing in Antwerp as Antwerp Athletic Club, 15 years prior to the creation of the Royal Belgian Football Association. At first there was no organised football played by its members, until 1887 when the football division was founded with an own board, named Antwerp Football Club. As it was the oldest club still playing it was subsequently the first football club to register to the Association in 1895 and they consequently received the matriculate number one, when matriculation numbers were introduced in 1926.[1][2]


In 1900, most of the players left the club for the new neighbouring club of K. Beerschot V.A.C., and this was the start of a long rivalry between both clubs. Royal Antwerp have won four Belgian league titles so far, as well as two Belgian Cups. The club is also the latest Belgian team to have reached a UEFA competition final, the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where they lost 3–1 against Parma at Wembley Stadium. They have been playing in the Belgian Second Division since 2004–05. Royal Antwerp play their home matches at the Bosuilstadion since 1923.[3] Royal Antwerp colours are red and white.

Royal Antwerp have a long-term partnership with the English giants Manchester United, often taking their young players on loan so that their development can be aided with first team football, and young players who require European work-permits can benefit from Belgium's more relaxed laws.[4] An example is Dong Fangzhuo, who was unable to play for United, immediately due to work permit problems and was loaned to allow him to gain first team experience.

Despite being one of Belgium's best-supported clubs, Antwerp have been under-achievers for several years. They have not won a league title since 1957, and have spent several seasons in the second division. They were last promoted to the top flight in 2000, only to be relegated in short order in 2004. They returned to the first division after 13 years in 2017.

Meuse/Scheldt Cup[edit]

The best football (soccer) players of Antwerp and Rotterdam contested a yearly match between 1909 and 1959 for the Meuse- and Scheldt Cup (Maas- en Schelde Beker). It was agreed to play the game at stadium De Bosuil [ Royal Antwerp Football Club ] in Antwerp [Belgium] and at stadium Het Kasteel [ Sparta Rotterdam ] in Rotterdam [Holland]. The cup was provided in 1909 by P. Havenith from Antwerp and Kees van Hasselt from Rotterdam.



Belgian First Division

Champions (4): 1928–29, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1956–57

Belgian Second Division

Champions (2): 1999–2000, 2016-17

Belgian Cup

Champions (2): 1954–55, 1991–92


UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up (1): 1992–93

Current squad[edit]

Updated 2 February, 2017.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Nicaise Kudimbana
2 Belgium DF Dimitri Daeseleire
3 Belgium DF Maxime Biset
4 Belgium DF Steve Colpaert
5 Belgium DF Jannes Vansteenkiste
6 Ivory Coast MF Isaac Koné
8 Belgium DF Joren Dom
9 Belgium MF Stallone Limbombe
10 Tunisia MF Fabien Camus
11 Belgium MF Joeri Dequevy
12 Belgium GK Jordy Huysmans
15 Kenya MF Johanna Omolo
17 Mali MF Mamoutou N'Diaye
18 Belgium FW Björn Vleminckx
No. Position Player
19 Ghana FW William Owusu
20 Belgium MF Geoffry Hairemans
21 Belgium FW Michaël Lallemand
23 Belgium FW Nico Binst
25 Belgium DF Alexander Corryn
26 Belgium MF Younes Teghmas
27 France DF Frédéric Duplus
28 France MF Djaïd Kasri
30 Croatia GK Antonijo Ježina
38 Belgium MF Faris Haroun
40 Belgium MF Stephen Buyl
55 Belgium MF Tuur Dierckx
89 Belgium GK Kevin Debaty


  1. ^ "125 years football history". Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wist je dat: de KBVB stamnummers uitvond?". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stadiums & Pitches". Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Manchester United's Royal Antwerp Loanees". Five Cantonas. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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