Sint-Truidense V.V.

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Club crest
Full name Koninklijke Sint-Truidense
Nickname(s) De Kanaries (The Canaries)
Founded February 23, 1924
Ground Stayen, Sint-Truiden
Ground Capacity 14,600[1]
Chairman Belgium Bart Lammens
Manager Croatia Ivan Leko
League Belgian Pro League
2016-17 Belgian Second Division, 12th

Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈsɪnt ˈtrœy̯də(n)sə ˈvudbɑlvərˌeːnəɣɪŋ]), commonly known as Sint-Truiden or STVV (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛs ˈteː ˈveː ˈveː]) or by their nickname De Kanaries (Dutch pronunciation: [də kaːˈnaːris], is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Sint-Truiden in Limburg. Sint-Truiden plays in the Belgian Pro League. Their best ranking was a second place in 1965–66. They also reached the final of the Belgian Cup twice. The club was founded in 1924. They are matricule number 373. The club colours are yellow and blue, hence their nickname De Kanaries, meaning 'The Canaries'. They play their home games at the Stayen since 1927.


The club was created in 1924 following the merger between FC Union and FC Goldstar, two clubs from Sint-Truiden. The colors of the club were chosen to be yellow and blue, to match the colors of the city, and it was named Sint-Truidense Voetbal Vereeniging. The first game of the team, against Cercle Tongeren, was played in front of only 9 attendees. In the late 1930s, Léopold Appeltans was the leading player of Sint-Truidense. On November 21, 1948, he became the first capped player for Belgium while playing at this club. In the late 1940s it qualified for the second division. It also changed its name to Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging in 1947. Five years later it finished second in the second division and thus promoted to the first division. Successful manager Raymond Goethals arrived at Sint-Truiden in 1959. Under his management, the team finished second of the top division in 1966.

The former Sint-Truidense goalkeeper Jacky Mathijssen became the manager of the club in 2001 and remained at the helm for three seasons after which he left for Charleroi. He was replaced by Marc Wilmots, who was fired shortly after. The team finished the season under the coaching of the trio Guy Mangelschots, Eddy Raymaekers and Peter Voets. At the end of the 2004–05 season the board of directors hired Oostende manager Herman Vermeulen but he was fired on February 9, 2006 as the club pointed at the seventeenth position in the ranking. In 2008 the women's team of FCL Rapide Wezemaal joined STVV.


European record[edit]

As of March 5, 2006:
Competition APP P W D L GF GA
Intertoto Cup 2 8 5 0 3 15 8

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2017 [2]

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 Yanno Vanwelkenhuysen
2 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele (on loan from Belgium Brugge)
3 Togo DF Djené
4 Spain DF Jorge Pulido
5 Belgium MF Alexis De Sart
6 Belgium MF Steven De Petter
7 Cameroon MF Fabien Tchenkoua
8 Belgium MF Stef Peeters
9 Germany FW Nick Proschwitz
10 Ukraine MF Roman Bezus
11 France FW Yohan Boli
12 Belgium MF Alessio Castro-Montes
13 Belgium GK Sébastien Bruzzese (on loan from Belgium Brugge)
14 Belgium MF Pieter Gerkens
No. Position Player
15 Belgium DF Steve Ryckaert
16 Chile DF Cristián Cuevas (on loan from England Chelsea)
18 Ivory Coast DF Mamadou Bagayoko
19 Spain MF Cristian Ceballos (on loan from England Charlton Athletic)
20 France DF Damien Dussaut
21 Belgium GK Lucas Pirard
22 Belgium FW Wolke Janssens
23 Germany DF Sascha Kotysch
24 France MF Pierrick Valdivia
26 Portugal DF Rúben Fernandes
27 Belgium FW Iebe Swers
28 Angola FW Igor Vetokele (on loan from England Charlton Athletic)
30 Belgium MF Samy Bourard
31 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (on loan from Belgium Brugge)

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
Belgium MF Casper de Norre (on loan from Belgium Geel)

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

  • Manager: Ivan Leko
  • Assistant manager: Peter Delorge
  • Assistant manager: Patrick Van Kets
  • Goalkeeping coach: Jos Beckx
  • Team representative: Romain Proesmans
  • Kit men: Benny Liebens & Valere Stevens
  • Club Doctors: Steven Bex & Koen Pansaers
  • Physiotherapists: Tim Vollon & Arnold Wilmots
  • Masseur: Roger Reniers