Royal Excel Mouscron

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Royal Excel Mouscron
Full name Royal Excel Mouscron
Short name REM
Founded 1922; 95 years ago (1922)
as RRC Péruwelz
Ground Stade Le Canonnier
Ground Capacity 10,571
Owner Israel Adar Zahavi
Chairman Belgium Patrick Declerck
Manager Romania Mircea Rednic
League Belgian First Division A
2015–16 Belgian Pro League, 14th
Website Club home page

Royal Excel Mouscron, also known simply as Mouscron or (especially locally) REM, is a Belgian football club located in the town of Mouscron, in the western province of Hainaut. The club was formed as Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in the spring of 2010 as a result of the merging of bankrupt club R.E. Mouscron and R.R.C. Peruwelz and was renamed in the summer of 2016 to Royal Excel Mouscron. The team plays in the Belgian First Division A after winning the Belgian Second Division promotion play-offs in the 2013–14 season.

History[edit]

Following the liquidation and break-up of R.E. Mouscron, whose registration number was removed by the Royal Belgian Football Association, the city of Mouscron began negotiations with leaders of R.R.C. Peruwelz about a possible merge. After weeks of hesitation and uncertainty, an agreement was reached. The agreement was officially signed and announced on March 11, 2010. Debts of about 100,000 in R.R.C. Peruwelz's name were cleared while the city agreed to maintain the training center known as "Futurosport". The newly merged club, Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, took on the history of R.R.C. Peruwelz, receiving matricule number 216 and keeping red and blue as its main colors.[1] In its first season, it participated in Belgian Promotion A, the 4th level of Belgian football. After a strong season, they were promoted to the Belgian Third Division for the 2011–12 season, playing in Division A. They had reached Round 6 of the 2011–12 Belgian Cup before losing narrowly to Belgian Pro League club Beerschot AC on penalties 4–3. They finished first in their division in league play, and thus were promoted to the Belgian Second Division. The next season Mouscron-Péruwelz finished 2nd and qualified for the promotion play-offs but lost. In the 2014 play-offs Mouscron-Péruwelz wound up 4th and qualified yet again; this time they won the play-offs, promoting them to the highest division of Belgian football for the first time in their history, bringing back top tier football to Mouscron after a 5-year absence.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February, 2017.
No. Position Player
4 Morocco MF Karim Essikal (on loan from Zulte Waregem)
5 Belgium MF David Hubert (on loan from Gent)
6 Romania DF Cristian Manea (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
7 Serbia MF Filip Marković
8 Cameroon FW Fabrice Olinga (on loan from Málaga)
9 Belgium FW Roman Ferber
10 Egypt MF Trézéguet (on loan from Anderlecht)
11 France MF Dimitri Mohamed
17 France MF Melvin Neves
18 Uganda MF Farouk Miya (on loan from Standard Liège)
20 Senegal FW Simon Diedhiou (on loan from Gent)
21 Croatia GK Matej Delač (on loan from Chelsea)
22 Serbia MF Luka Stojanovic (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
23 Belgium DF Mickaël Tirpan
No. Position Player
24 Serbia DF Nikola Gulan
26 Belgium MF Aristote Nkaka
27 Kosovo DF Mërgim Vojvoda
28 Belgium DF Jérémy Huyghebaert
29 France DF Thibault Peyre
30 Belgium DF Benjamin Van Durmen
33 Belgium GK Théo Defourny
34 Czech Republic DF Stefan Simic (on loan from Milan)
36 Belgium DF Dino Arslanagic
45 Serbia FW Fejsal Mulić
66 Croatia GK Alen Šarić-Hodžić
94 Belgium FW Nathan Kabasele (on loan from Anderlecht)
99 Lithuania FW Deivydas Matulevičius

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
1 Brazil GK Vagner (at Boavista)

Players with Dual Nationality[edit]

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