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Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [klʏˈbrʏɣə ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlvəreːnəɣɪŋ]),[2] commonly referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,062.[3]

Club Brugge KV
Full nameClub Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Club Bruges Royal Football association)
Nickname(s)Blauw-Zwart (Blue-Black), Club, FCB
Founded13 November 1891; 127 years ago (1891-11-13)
Stamnummer (matricule number) 3
GroundJan Breydel Stadium
PresidentBart Verhaeghe
Head coachPhilippe Clement
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2017–18Belgian First Division A, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

One of the most decorated clubs in Belgian football, it has been Belgian league champion on 15 occasions, second only to major rivals Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge, with whom they contest the Bruges derby.

Throughout its long history, Club Brugge has enjoyed much European football success, reaching two European finals and two European semi-finals. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played the final of the European Cup (forerunner of the current UEFA Champions League) so far, losing to Liverpool in the final of the 1978 season. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same opponents. Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Europa League (20), the record number of Belgian cups (11) and the record number of Belgian Supercups (15).



History of Club Brugge
Brugsche Football Club
Football Club
Brugeois (1892)
Football Club Brugeois
Royal Football Club Brugeois
Club Brugge Koninklijke
Voetbalvereniging (1972)
Logo of Club Brugge in the 1970s
  • 1890: Brugsche Football Club

Club created by old students of the Catholic school Broeders Xaverianen and the neutral school Koninklijk Atheneum.

  • 13 November 1891: Club recreated

The club was recreated. This has since been adopted as the official date of foundation.

  • 1892: First board

An official board was installed in the club.

  • 1894: Football Club Brugeois

Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC.

  • 1895: Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges

Club created in the city.

  • 1895–96: the UBSSA set up in 1895. and they went to the UBSSA and took part of the first Belgian national league.
  • 1896: Leaving the UBSSA

Financially it was difficult for FC Brugeois and so after only one year they had to leave the UBSSA.

  • 1897: Fusion

FC Brugeois joined Brugsche FC but they continued under the name Football Club Brugeois.

  • 1902: New fusion

Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois.

  • 1912: De Klokke

They moved to a new stadium named "De Klokke".

  • 1913–14: First cup final

FC Brugeois reached their first Belgian Cup final but they lost 2–1 from Union SG.

  • 1920: First time league champions

The club became for the first time champions of the first division.

  • 1926: Royal Football Club Brugeois

The club get number 3 as their matricule number and in the same year they get the royal title.

  • 1928: First relegation

A first low when the club was relegated to the second division.

  • 1930: New statute

President Albert Dyserynck changed the club's statute into a non-profit association.

  • 1931: Albert Dyserynckstadion

When president Albert Dyserynck suddenly died they honoured him by changing the stadium's name into Albert Dyserynckstadion.

  • 1959: Permanent to the first division

RFC Brugeois promoted to the first division and never relegated again in the future.

  • 1968: First time cup winners

They won the Belgian Cup for the first time against Beerschot AC (1–1, 7–6 after penalty's).

  • 1972: Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

The club changed their name into the Flemisch name Club Brugge KV

They moved from Albert Dyserynckstadion to Olympiastadion (current Jan Breydelstadion).

Under Austrian coach Ernst Happel, Club Brugge reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and lost against Liverpool (3–2 and 1–1).

Still under Ernst Happel, the club faced Liverpool again of a European final. This time it was in the European Champions Clubs' Cup final. And again they lost (1–0). Club Brugge is the only Belgian club that has reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

Daniel Amokachi is the first goal scorer in the Champions League. He scored against CSKA Moscow.

Olympiastadion had to be expanded for the EURO 2000 organisation. They also changed the name into Jan Breydelstadion.

  • 2006: CLUBtv

Club Brugge was the first Belgian club to create its own TV channel.

Crest and coloursEdit

The club don a black and blue home kit as has been traditional through their history. Away from home they wear a red strip. The club's kit supplier is Macron.



Tifo before the Champions League game Club Brugge-Rapid Wien in 2005

Club Brugge is the most supported club in Belgium[citation needed]. It has fans all over the country. Attendances are high. The Jan Breydel Stadium is almost sold out at every home game[citation needed]. Some of these fans are part of 62 supporter clubs in Belgium, which have more than 10,000 members. The "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.

In tribute the fans, often dubbed the twelfth man in football, Club Brugge no longer assigns the number 12 to players. Club Brugge also has a TV show, CLUBtv, on the Telenet network since 21 July 2006. This twice weekly show features exclusive interviews with players, coaches and managers.


The three Bears; mascots of Club Bruges

The official mascot of Club Bruges is a bear, symbol of the city of Bruges. The history of the bear is related to a legend of the first Count of Flanders, Baldwin I of Flanders, who had fought and defeated a bear in his youth. Since the end of 2000, a second mascot, always a bear, travels along the edge of the field during home games for fans to call and encourage both their favorites. These two bears are called Belle and Bene. In 2010, a third bear named Bibi, made its appearance. He is described as the child of the first two mascots, and is oriented towards the young supporters.


Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge contests rivalries with other Belgian clubs, whether at local (Cercle Brugge) or regional level (Gent and Anderlecht).


At regional level, Club Brugge has maintained rivalry with Gent, a team in the neighboring province. The successes achieved by Club Bruges in the early 1970s, combined with very poor season performances by Gent in the same period, attracted many fans. Since the late 1990s, Gent again played a somewhat more leading role in Belgium, and matches against Club Brugge were often spectacles.


The rivalry between Club Brugge and Anderlecht has developed since the 1970s. At that time, the Brussels-based club and Club Brugge won most trophies between them, leaving little room for other Belgian teams. Matches between these two teams were often contested for the title of champion of Belgium. Three Belgian Cup finals were played between the two clubs (with Anderlecht winning once and Club Brugge twice), and they played seven Belgian Supercups (Club Bruges won five). A match between these two sides is often called 'The Hate Game'. They are arguably the most heated fixtures in Belgian football together with clashes between RSCA and Standard de Liège.



Winners (15): 1919–20, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2015–16, 2017–18
Runners-up (23): 1898–99, 1899-00, 1905–06, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19
Winners (11): 1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15
Runners-up (7): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2015–16
Winners (15): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2018
Runners-up (3): 1995, 2007, 2015


1970–71, 1994–95

Pre-season friendlyEdit



First-team squadEdit

As of 6 February 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   GK Karlo Letica
4   DF Luan Peres
5   DF Benoît Poulain
6   MF Sofyan Amrabat
9   FW Jelle Vossen
10   FW Kaveh Rezaei
11   FW Krépin Diatta
15   DF Matej Mitrović
16   FW Siebe Schrijvers
18   MF Marvelous Nakamba
19   DF Thibault Vlietinck
20   MF Hans Vanaken (Vice-captain)
21   DF Dion Cools
No. Position Player
22   GK Ethan Horvath
24   DF Stefano Denswil (3rd captain)
25   MF Ruud Vormer (Captain)
26   MF Mats Rits
28   GK Guillaume Hubert
34   GK Brent Gabriel
35   DF Saulo Decarli
42   FW Emmanuel Dennis
44   DF Brandon Mechele
47   FW Arnaut Danjuma
77   DF Clinton Mata
80   FW Loïs Openda
98   MF Brandon Baiye

Out on loanEdit

No. Position Player
8   MF Lior Refaelov (on loan to   Antwerp until 30 June 2019)
29   FW Dorin Rotariu (on loan to   AZ until 30 June 2019)
33   MF Riley McGree (on loan to   Melbourne City until 30 June 2019)
40   MF Jordi Vanlerberghe (on loan to   Oostende until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
55   DF Erhan Mašović (on loan to   Trenčín until 30 June 2019)
96   DF Ahmed Touba (on loan to   Leuven until 30 June 2019)

Retired numbersEdit

12 – The 12th man (reserved for the club supporters)

23 –   François Sterchele, striker (2007–08). Posthumous; Sterchele died in a single-person car accident on 8 May 2008.

Reserves and Club AcademyEdit

As of 18 September 2018 – Note: Reserve players are given a "B" squad number although they aren't used as shirt numbers. The squad numbers below are registered for the first team.

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

No. Position Player
86   DF Mathias De Wolf
87   DF Maxim De Cuyper
88   MF Samuel Asoma
89   FW Cyril Ngonge
90   GK Nick Shinton
91   GK Senne Lammens
92   DF Brendan Schoonbaert
93   MF Noah Fadiga
94   MF Charles De Ketelaere
95   MF Adnan Ugur
97   FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
99   MF Louis Declerck
  GK Darko De Rie
No. Position Player
  DF Nathan Fuakala
  DF Soufiane Karkache
  DF Anton Tanghe
  DF Jarno Vervaque
  DF Siemen Voet
  MF Xander Blomme
  MF Lars Dendoncker
  MF Jasper Van Oudenhove
  FW Milan Cambier
  FW Rik De Kuyffer
  FW Gabriel Lemoine
  FW Visar Shala

Out on loanEdit

No. Position Player
  MF Jellert Van Landschoot (on loan to   Leuven until 30 June 2019)

Former playersEdit

Club captainsEdit

Technical staffEdit

First-team staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach T1   Philippe Clement
Assistant Coach T2 -
Assistant Coach T3 -
Assistant Coach T4   Timmy Simons
Goalkeeping Coach -
Sport Scientist   Dieter Deprez
Physical Coach   Eddie Rob
Doctor   Lode Dalewyn
Physiotherapist   Dimitri Dobbenie
Physiotherapist   Jan Van Damme
Physiotherapist   Valentijn Deneulin
Masseur   Peter Destickere
Team Manager   Dévy Rigaux
Video Analyst -
Kit Man   Pascal Plovie
Assistant Kit Man   Michel Dierings
Assistant Kit Man   Herman Brughmans

Reserves staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach Reserves T1   Rik De Mil
Assistant Coach Reserves T2   Carl Hoefkens
Assistant Coach Reserves T3   Dirk Laleman
Assistant Coach Reserves T4   Maarten Martens
Goalkeeping Coach Reserves   Jürgen Belpaire
Physiotherapist Reserves   Dimitri Vastenavondt

Board of DirectorsEdit

Position Name
President   Bart Verhaeghe
Board Member   Jan Boone
Board Member   Bart Coeman
Board Member   Sam Sabbe
Board Member   Peter Vanhecke
CEO   Vincent Mannaert

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jan Breydel Stadium (last check 20/10/2017)
  2. ^ Club in isolation: [klʏp].
  3. ^ Jan Breydel Stadium (last check 20/10/2017)
  4. ^ "team - noyau a". Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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