S.V. Zulte Waregem

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Zulte Waregem
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Full name Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem
Nickname(s) Essevee
Founded 1 July 2001; 16 years ago (2001-07-01)
Ground Regenboogstadion,
Ground Capacity 12,500
Chairman Willy Naessens
Manager Francky Dury
League Belgian First Division A
2016–17 Belgian First Division A, 6th

Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɔrtfəˌreːnəɣɪŋ ˈzɵltə ˈʋaːrəɣɛm]), commonly known as Zulte Waregem or by their nickname Essevee (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛsəˈveː]), is a Belgian professional football club based in Waregem, West Flanders. Zulte Waregem plays in the Belgian First Division A. Their highest finish at the highest level was second place in 2012–13. They have won two Belgian Cups. They subsequently qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, losing in the round of 32 to Newcastle United.

The club is a product of a partnership in 2001 between Zultse VV and KSV Waregem, a former first division regular. No merger was applied. Zulte Waregem first reached the highest level in Belgian football by winning the 2004–05 second division. The club outfits are red and green. They play their home matches at the Regenboogstadion, the former stadium of KSV Waregem.


Zulte Sportief was founded in 1950 and directly became a member of the national association (matricule n° 5381). The club Zultse V.V. (with the same matricule) was started after the 1976 merger between Zulte Sportief and S.K. Zulte. In 2001, the team merged with K.S.V. Waregem, who had played in the first division for many years. No team from Zulte ever achieved promotion to the second division before S.V. Zulte Waregem in 2002. Zultse V.V., though, gained access to the third division in 1995. The club finished 14th out of 16 for two seasons and was relegated the second time after the playoff.

Zulte Waregem playing Newcastle United in a UEFA Cup tie.

In 1999, the season in which it came back, Zultse finished fourth in this division. Two years later, the new club became champion of the 3rd division A. The registered office of Zulte Waregem lies in Zulte, but the club is based in the stadium of K.S.V. Waregem in Waregem and the red and white colours of K.S.V. Waregem prevail.

The club got a chance to shine on the European stage during the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, reaching the round of 32, playing against English club Newcastle United, although they lost 4–1 on aggregate. Their second European appearance was in the 2013–14 season, as Zulte Waregem finished second in 2012–13 Belgian Pro League and qualified for the third qualifying stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, where they lost to PSV (5–0 on aggregate). Zulte Waregem dropped to the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off round, where they defeated APOEL, drawing 1–1 at home and winning 1–2 in Nicosia thanks to a late goal from Jens Naessens. At the group stage, they were drawn alongside Rubin Kazan, Wigan Athletic and Maribor. Zulte Waregem started with a draw against Wigan. After, they lost to Rubin (4–0) and Maribor (1–3), but later managed to defeat Maribor at Ljudski vrt (0–1) and Wigan at DW Stadium (1–2). Finally, a loss against Rubin at home and Maribor's win over Wigan eliminated Zulte Waregem from the European competition. In the 2016–17 season, Zulte Waregem drew an average home attendance of 9,578. [1]


Zulte Waregem plays its home matches at the Regenboogstadion, meaning "Rainbow Stadium" in Dutch. The stadium used to be the home of K.S.V. Waregem until the withdrawal of the club. It has 6,800 seats, with a full capacity of 10,200. The hospitality accommodations and the field can be seen their own Virtual Tour or on Google Streetview. The field is surrounded by a track. The Regenboogstadion does not meet UEFA's requirements for hosting UEFA Cup games, so Zulte Waregem's home matches in the 2006–07 competition were played at the home ground of Gent.[2]


European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1R Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 1–2 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Grp F Austria Austria Wien N/A 4-1 3rd Symbol keep vote.svg
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 3–1 N/A
Spain Espanyol N/A 2–6
Netherlands Ajax 0–3 N/A
R32 England Newcastle United 1–3 0–1 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 3Q Netherlands PSV 0–3 0–2 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO Cyprus APOEL 1–1 2–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Grp D Slovenia Maribor 1–3 1–0 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
Russia Rubin Kazan 0–2 0–4
England Wigan Athletic 0–0 2–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz 2–1 3–1 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Belarus Shakhtyor Salihorsk 2–5 2–2 4–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Grp France Nice 1–5 1–3 In Progress
Italy Lazio 7 Dec 0–2
Netherlands Vitesse 1–1 2–0

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July, 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 Belgium GK Sammy Bossut
2 Belgium DF Davy De fauw (captain)
3 Republic of the Congo DF Marvin Baudry
4 Belgium DF Michaël Heylen
5 France DF Yoan Severin
6 Belgium DF Timothy Derijck
7 Belgium FW Aaron Leya Iseka (on loan from Anderlecht)
8 Belgium MF Gertjan De Mets
10 Belgium MF Onur Kaya
11 Belgium MF Nill De Pauw
14 Netherlands DF Sandy Walsh
15 Nigeria DF Kingsley Madu
16 Israel MF Ben Reichert
No. Position Player
17 Nigeria MF Aliko Bala
19 Norway MF Fredrik Oldrup Jensen
20 Ivory Coast MF Idrissa Doumbia (on loan from Anderlecht)
23 Belgium MF Julien De Sart (on loan from Middlesbrough)
24 Italy GK Nicola Leali (on loan from Juventus)
25 Belgium GK Louis Bostyn
29 Belgium MF Alessandro Cordaro
30 Cyprus MF Grigoris Kastanos (on loan from Juventus)
31 Denmark DF Brian Hämäläinen
33 Serbia FW Ivan Šaponjić (on loan from Benfica)
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman (on loan from Club Brugge)
45 Belgium DF Pieter De Smet
99 Nigeria FW Peter Olayinka (on loan from Gent)

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 DF Bryan Verboom (at Kortrijk until 30 June 2018)
Netherlands FW Robert Mühren (at Sparta Rotterdam until 30 June 2018)



  1. ^ "Eerste klasse A 2016/2017 - Attendance". worldfootball.net. 
  2. ^ Walker, Michael (15 February 2007). "Roeder wary of falling flat against Belgian part-timers" – via www.theguardian.com. 

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