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K.V.C. Westerlo

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Westerlo
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Full name Koninklijke Voetbal Club
Westerlo
Nickname(s) De Kemphanen
Founded 5 September 1933 (creation)
5 August 1942 (merge)
Ground Het Kuipje,
Westerlo
Ground Capacity 8,035
Chairman 23x15px Herman Wijnants
Manager 23x15px Harm van Veldhoven
League Belgian Pro League
2013–14 Belgian Second Division, 1st (promoted)

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑl ˌklʏp ˈʋɛstərloː]; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Westerlo has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since 1997–98. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–00, 2003–04 and 2008–09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only players who has ever been called up for the Belgium national football team while at Westerlo is Toni Brogno (7 caps, all of them while at Westerlo).

The club was founded in 1933, receiving the matricule number 2024. Their colours are yellow and blue. They play their home matches at the Het Kuipje. Westerlo are currently a feeder club to Premier League club Chelsea.

History

K.V.C. Westerlo was founded in the city of Westerlo by students in 1917, and it was named Sportkring De Bist Westerlo. After five years of existence, the club retired. The club Bist Sport was created in 1931 and it changed its name to Sportkring Westerlo two years later. At that time. some players left the club to found Westerlo Sport, the ancestor of K.V.C. Westerlo. In 1939, the club won its league for the first time. Five years later, Sportkring Westerlo and dissident Westerlo Sport decided to merge in spite of the rivalry between the teams, and the new club was called V.C. Westerlo.

It became champion of the Antwerp second division in 1960. Eight years later it played its first season at the national level in Promotion and it won its league to play the third division in 1969. At the end of the season, Westerlo missed a third title in a row, finishing second behind Eupen. The next year, the club was relegated after the playoff and it stayed in the Promotion for ten seasons. The club then underwent two relegations in a row and thus played in the Antwerp second division in 1982–83. Westerlo was then promoted for three consecutive years to qualify for the third division once again. In 1993, the club promoted to the second division and then to the first division in 1997. In 1996, the club added the prefix Koninklijke (meaning "Royal" in Dutch) to its name.

Stadium

Westerlo plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which means "The Small Tank" in Dutch. It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip ("The Tank"). Its capacity is of 7,982 with 5,556 seats.

Honours

Winners (1): 2013-14
Runners-up (1): 1996–97
Winners (1): 1997
Winners (1): 2000–01
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2001

European record

Competition Appearances Matches Won Drawn Lost GF GA
UEFA Cup / Europa League 2 6 1 1 4 2 8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 4 0 1 3 0 14
Season Competition Round Nat Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R 23x15px Primorje 0–6 0–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1R 23x15px Hertha Berlin 0–2 0–1
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R 23x15px Tescoma Zlín 0–0 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2 23x15px TPS Turku 0–0 1–0
Q3 23x16px Young Boys 0–2 1–3

Current squad

As of 6 February 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 23x15px GK Michaël Cordier
2 23x15px DF Mitch Apau
3 23x15px FW Koffi
5 23x15px DF Bruno Godeau (on loan from Zulte-Waregem)
7 23x15px MF Raphaël Lecomte
8 23x15px MF Maxime Annys
9 23x15px FW Kevin Vandenbergh
10 23x15px FW Mbaye Diagne (on loan from Juventus)
11 23x15px FW Sherjill MacDonald
12 23x15px FW Frédéric Gounongbe
14 23x15px FW Mohammed Aoulad
15 23x15px DF Christian Dorda
16 23x15px DF Jordan Mustoe
17 23x15px DF Kenneth Schuermans
No. Position Player
18 23x15px MF Nils Schouterden
19 23x15px MF Arno Verschueren
20 23x15px MF Alassane Diallo
22 23x15px DF Gilles Ruyssen
23 23x15px MF Jarno Molenberghs
24 23x15px MF Jens Cools
25 23x15px DF Enes Šipović
27 23x15px MF Faris Handžić
29 23x15px GK Brian Gielen
30 23x15px GK Koen Van Langendonck
23x15px MF Jore Trompet
23x15px DF Filip Daems
23x15px GK Kristof Van Hout

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2011.

Managers

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