Standard Liège

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Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full name Royal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s) James (The Reds)
Founded 1898; 117 years ago (1898)
Ground Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Ground Capacity 30,023
Manager Yannick Ferrera
League Belgian Pro League
2014–15 Belgian Pro League, 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège (pronounced: [stɑ̃daʁ ljɛːʒ]; Dutch: Standard Luik [ˈstɑndɑrt ˈlœy̯k]; German: Standard Lüttich [ˈstandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç] or [ˈʃtandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç]), is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on ten occasions, most recently in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They have been in the top flight without interruption since 1921, longer than any other Belgian side. They have also won six Belgian Cups, and in 1981–82 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which they lost 2–1 against Barcelona.[1]

Standard players are nicknamed the "Rouches" because of their red jerseys. The French word for red, rouge, when pronounced with a Walloon accent, sounds like "rouche."

Flag waving in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne


On the first day of school in September 1898, the pupils of Collège Saint-Servais in Liège started a football club, which they called Standard of Liège in reference to Standard Athletic Club of Paris.[2] Standard, whose official name is Royal Standard Club of Liège, was based in Cointe and Grivegnée before settling permanently in 1909 in Sclessin, an industrial neighbourhood in Liège.[2] Standard initially joined the Belgian First League in 1909 before returning to the lower leagues a few years later. The club the n gained promotion back to the top division in 1921 and has never been relegated since.[2][3]

Shortly after World War II, Roger Petit, a former player and team captain, became general secretary of the club. Petit worked alongside President Henrard Paul to establish Standard among the elite of Belgian football. In 1954, Standard won their first club trophy, the Belgian Cup, which was soon followed by a first national title in 1957–58.

At European level, in the 1960s, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1961–62, falling to beaten finalists Real Madrid 0–6 on aggregate,[4] and the same stage of the Cup Winners' Cup in the year 1966–67, losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich.[5] The 1960s and early 1970s brought much success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.

Standard fan group, Ultras Inferno 96, celebrating their 15-year anniversary in July 2012.

Driven by the Austrian Ernst Happel, Standard won the Belgian Cup again in 1981. The following year, Raymond Goethals took control of the team. Playing by the "Raymond Science" philosophy of football, the club was twice the champions of Belgium, twice winners of the Belgian Supercup (in three appearances) and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1982. Standard played against Barcelona in the final at the Camp Nou on 12 May 1982, losing the match 1–2 to the Spaniards.[2][6]

In 1984, these exploits were tainted by the revelation of the Standard-Waterschei Affair. Just days before the match against Barcelona, to secure the championship of Belgium and guard against injuries last minute, Standard had approached Roland Janssen, the captain of Thor Waterschei, to ensure that Thor players' threw the final game of the season.[2] This scandal involved several players, including Eric Gerets, and coach Raymond Goethals, who fled to Portugal to escape suspension.[2] In compensation the Standard players gave their game bonuses to the Waterschei players.[2] Following the scandal, Standard was deprived of many of its playing staff due to long-term suspensions and it took the club several years to recover from the incident.

On 6 June 1993, Standard won the Belgian Cup for the fifth time in its history, defeating Robert Waseige's Charleroi at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels.[7] This led to another appearance in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, ending in a record 10–0 aggregate defeat to Arsenal—having lost 3–0 at Highbury in London, Standard were humiliated 0–7 in the second leg at home.

Following the scandal of 1982, it took 25 years before Standard won the Belgium Championship again, lifting the title on 20 April 2008.[2] The club won the Belgian league again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on 24 May 2009 after a home-and-away game against rivals Anderlecht.[2] Standard won the national cup once more in 2011, defeating Westerlo 2−0 in the final at the King Baudouin Stadium on 21 May 2011.[7] The club was bought by businessman Roland Duchatelet on 23 June 2011,[8] who then took over English club Charlton in December 2013, creating an affiliation between the two clubs.[9]

On 20 October 2014, Guy Luzon resigned as manager of Standard with the club sitting in 12th position in the Pro League standings and having taken only two points from three UEFA Europa League matches.[10] Luzon later became head coach of Charlton.[11] Assistant and former midfielder Ivan Vukomanović took over as caretaker-manager.[10]

Name history[edit]

  • 1898: Standard Football Club (Standard FC)
  • 1899: Standard FC Liégeois (Standard FCL)
  • 1910: Standard Club Liégeois (Standard CL)
  • 1923: Royal Standard Club Liège (R. Standard CL)
  • 1952: Royal Standard Club Liégeois (R. Standard CL)
  • 1972: Royal Standard de Liège

Golden Shoe[edit]

On nine occasions, Standard players have won the Belgian Golden Shoe as the best player in the domestic league.[12] Jean Nicolay won the award in 1963, Wilfried Van Moer in 1969 and 1970, Christian Piot in 1972, Eric Gerets in 1982, Sérgio Conceição in 2005, Steven Defour in 2007, Axel Witsel in 2008 and Milan Jovanović in 2009.[12]



Champions (10): 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2007–08, 2008–09
Runners-up (12): 1925–26, 1927–28, 1935–36, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2013–14
Champions (6): 1953–54, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2010–11
Runners-up (9): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006-07
Champions (1): 1975
Champions (4) 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (3) 1993, 1982, 2011


Runners-up (1): 1981-82
Runners-up (1): 1996


Runners-up (1): 1981

European record[edit]

As of 3 August 2011.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 11 46 23 6 17 76 54
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 14 70 30 18 22 99 88
UEFA Intertoto Cup 3 20 8 10 2 25 16

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Summary of best results[edit]

From the quarter-finals upwards:

(2 finals)

semi-finalists in 1962
quarter-finalists in 1959, 1970 and 1972
finalists in 1982
semi-finalists in 1967
quarter-finalists in 1968
quarter-finalists in 1981 and 2010
finalists in 1996
semi-finalists in 2000

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

(As of 22 November 2012), Source: website

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 July 2015[14]

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

No. Position Player
3 Morocco MF Ahmed El Messaoudi (on loan from Lierse)
5 Portugal DF Jorge Teixeira
6 Slovenia DF Martin Milec
7 France FW Anthony Knockaert
8 Belgium MF Faysel Kasmi (on loan from Lierse)
9 Belgium FW Renaud Emond
10 Guinea FW Mohamed Yattara
11 Ghana FW Benjamin Tetteh
12 Belgium MF Beni Badibanga
13 Denmark DF Alexander Scholz
14 Belgium MF Christian Brüls (on loan from Rennes)
15 Belgium MF Julien De Sart
16 France GK Yohann Thuram-Ulien
17 Togo MF Mathieu Dossevi (on loan from Olympiacos)
18 Croatia FW Ivan Santini
19 France DF Damien Dussaut
No. Position Player
20 Belgium DF Samy Mmaee
21 Cameroon MF Eyong Enoh
23 France MF Adrien Trebel
24 Belgium DF Corentin Fiore
25 Portugal MF Rochinha
26 Belgium GK Senne Vits
27 Colombia DF Darwin Andrade
28 Belgium GK Guillaume Hubert
30 Belgium MF Jonathan Legear
35 Belgium DF Achraf Achaoui
36 Belgium DF Dino Arslanagić
37 Belgium DF Jelle Van Damme (captain)
50 Belgium FW Jonathan Okita
54 Belgium MF Alexis De Sart
60 Mali MF Sambou Yatabaré (on loan from Olympiacos)
97 Belgium FW Ryan Mmaee

Notable players[edit]

Former players[edit]

Player stats[edit]


# Player Standard career Appearances
1 Luxembourg Guy Hellers 1983–00 474
2 Belgium Gilbert Bodart 1981–96, 1997–98 469
3 Belgium Guy Vandersmissen 1978–91 465
4 Belgium Léon Semmeling 1959–74 449


# Player Standard career Goals (App.)
1 Belgium Jean Capelle 1929–44 245 (285)
2 Belgium Roger Claessen 1956–68 161 (229)
3 Belgium Maurice Gillis 1919–35 124 (275)


Player's name in bold when Standard won the title



Dates Name
July 1912–June 16 England Charles Bunyan, Sr.
July 1916–June 22 Belgium Camille van Hoorden
July 1922–June 24 England Lamport
Belgium Pierre Kögel
July 1924–June 30 England Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1930–June 32 Belgium Maurice Grisard
July 1932–June 35 England Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1935–June 36 Belgium Jean Dupont
July 1936–March 37 England Percy Wilding Hartley
April 1937–Nov 38 Belgium Emile Riff
Dec 1938–June 39 Belgium Jean Dupont
July 1939–June 40 Belgium Maurice Grisard
July 1940–June 42 Belgium René Dohet
July 1942–June 45 Belgium Fernand Wertz
July 1945–June 50 Belgium Marcelin Waroux
July 1950–June 51 Belgium Antoine Basleer
July 1951–June 53 Belgium Maurice Grisard
Dates Name
July 1953–June 58 France André Riou
July 1958–June 61 Hungary Géza Kalocsay
July 1961–June 63 France Jean Prouff
July 1963–Nov 64 France Austria Auguste Jordan
Dec 1964–June 68 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
July 1968–June 73 France René Hauss
July 1973–Oct 73 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlatko Marković
Nov 1973–June 74 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ned Bulatović
July 1974–Dec 75 Netherlands Cor van der Hart
Jan 1976–June 76 Belgium Maurice Lempereur
France Lucien Leduc
July 1976–June 79 Belgium Robert Waseige
July 1979–June 81 Austria Ernst Happel
July 1981–Feb 84 Belgium Raymond Goethals
March 1984–June 84 Belgium Léon Semmeling
July 1984–April 85 Luxembourg Louis Pilot
May 1985–Feb 87 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
Dates Name
Feb 1986–June 87 Germany Helmut Graf
July 1987–Sept 87 Belgium René Desaeyere
Oct 1987–March 88 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
April 1988–June 88 Belgium Jozef Vliers
July 1988–June 89 Belgium Urbain Braems
July 1989–June 91 Germany Georg Kessler
July 1991–Dec 93 Netherlands Arie Haan
Jan 1994–June 94 Belgium René Vandereycken
July 1994–June 96 Belgium Robert Waseige
July 1996–June 97 Belgium Jos Daerden
Jul 1997–Oct 97 Netherlands Aad de Mos
Nov 1997–March 98 Belgium Daniel Boccar
April 1998–June 98 Croatia Luka Peruzović
July 1998–Sept 99 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Oct 1999–Dec 99 Croatia Željko Mijač
Jan 2000–May 00 Belgium Jean Thissen
Belgium Henri Depireux
Dates Name
May 2000–Dec 00 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Dec 2000–Jan 01 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Belgium Christian Labarbe
Jan 2001–June 02 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2002–Oct 2002 Belgium Robert Waseige
Oct 2002–Jun 2006 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Jul 2006–Sep 2006 Netherlands Johan Boskamp
Sept 2006–June 08 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
June 2008–Feb 10 Romania László Bölöni
Feb 2010–June 11 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
July 2011–May 12 Belgium José Riga
May 2012–Oct 12 Netherlands Ron Jans
Oct 2012–May 13 Romania Mircea Rednic
May 2013–Oct 14 Israel Guy Luzon
Nov 2014–Feb 15 Serbia Ivan Vukomanović
Feb 2015–Jun 15 Belgium José Riga
Jun 2015-Aug 15 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin
Sep 2015- Belgium Yannick Ferrera

Cultural references[edit]

Standard Liège are mentioned in the song "This One's for Now" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on the album Urge for Offal.


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  3. ^ B. Dubois, Th. Evens, Ph. Leruth, 1892-1992 : La jeunesse centenaire. Livre officiel du Centenaire du Royal Football Club Liégeois. Bruxelles, Labor, 1992, p. 276.
  4. ^ "1961/62 Winners: SL Benfica". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
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  6. ^ "1982. Barça Wins its Second European Cup Winners’ Cup at the Camp Nou". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Roland Duchâtelet takes over Standard Liège". The Belgian Waffle. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Charlton's new owner hell-bent on raising standards at The Valley". The Guardian. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Luzon steps down at Standard". UEFA. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
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  12. ^ a b c d e f "Trophies". Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
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