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; 122 years ago (1897-11-01)
GroundStade Joseph Marien,
Forest, Brussels
Capacity8.000
OwnerTony Bloom[1]
ChairmanAlex Muzio[2]
ManagerThomas Christiansen
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 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 2 September, 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 Denmark DF Jonas Bager
5 Belgium DF Anas Hamzaoui
6 Denmark MF Casper Nielsen
7 France FW Nils Bouekou
8 Germany MF Marcel Mehlem
9 Belgium FW Roman Ferber
10 Cameroon FW Serge Tabekou
11 Belgium FW Mathias Fixelles
12 Belgium DF Sébastien Pocognoli
13 Belgium GK Enzo D'Alberto
14 Belgium FW Ibrahima Bah
No. Position Player
17 France MF Teddy Teuma
18 Norway FW Sigurd Hauso Haugen
20 France MF Abdelrafik Gérard
22 Argentina DF Federico Vega
23 Iceland FW Aron Sigurðarson
26 Belgium GK Adrien Saussez
27 France MF Hadamou Traoré
28 Belgium DF Soufiane El Banouhi
30 United States FW Isaiah Young (on loan from Werder Bremen)
34 Netherlands MF Soufyan Ahannach (on loan from Brighton)
43 Slovenia MF Nik Lorbek
44 Belgium DF Siebe Van der Heyden
59 France DF Ismaël Kandouss

Staff[edit]

Sports director
Head coach
Assistant coach
Goalkeeping coach
  • Netherlands Maarten Arts
Fitness coach
  • Belgium Eric Dehaeseleer
Team manager
  • Belgium Annelies Menten
Kit manager
  • Slovenia Rok Grilec

Medical[edit]

Doctors
  • Belgium Koen Pansaers
  • Belgium Axel Marlaire
  • Belgium Gert Vandeurzen
Physios
  • Belgium Stephen Van den Berg
  • Belgium Ivan Del Molino
  • Belgium Frederik Bracke

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 29 October 2019.

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