K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen

Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈspɔrtɪŋ ˌklɵp ˈloːkərə(n) ˌoːstˈflaːndərə(n)];[2] often simply called Sporting Lokeren or Lokeren) was a Belgian professional football club based in the city of Lokeren, in the province of East Flanders. The club was founded in 1923 but ceased to exist in 2020 after going bankrupt.[3] A few days after the bankruptcy, the club announced that rather than dissolving entirely, it would merge with KSV Temse to form Lokeren-Temse, starting in the Belgian Second Amateur Division (fourth level).[4]

Sporting Lokeren
K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen logo.svg
Full nameKoninklijke Sporting Club
Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen
Founded22 January 1923
Dissolved20 April 2020
GroundDaknamstadion, Lokeren

Lokeren first reached the first division in 1974–75. Since then, it had a short spell in the Second Division between 1993–94 and 1995–96. Lokeren had its most successful period in the 1980s, achieving second place in the league in 1980–81 as well as a Belgian Cup final the same year. Its best European result was reaching the quarter-final of the 1980–81 UEFA Cup. In the year 2000, the club merged with K Sint-Niklase SKE They were registered to the Royal Belgian Football Association with the matricule number 282. Lokeren's colours were white, black and yellow. They played their home games at the Daknamstadion.

In 2012, Sporting Lokeren won the Belgian Cup, the club's first-ever honours, after beating KV Kortrijk in the Cup Final. They won their second Cup just two years later, after beating Zulte Waregem 1–0.


The matricule No. 282 was given in 1920 to a club named Football Club Racing Club Lokeren (nicknamed Racing FC), but the team stopped its activity the next year. In 22 January 1923 Racing Club Lokeren was founded. Between 1945 and 1951, it had a slight name change (to Racing Athletiek- en Football Club Lokeren) and the new name since 1951 was Koninklijke Racing Club Lokeren. Due to financial problems, the fusion with the other team from the town (Koninklijke Standaard FC Lokeren) became necessary in 1970. The new club was then named Koninklijke Sporting Club Lokeren.

In 2000, the club merged with Koninklijke Sint-Niklaas SKE to form Sporting Lokeren Sint-Niklaas Waasland. The latest name change occurred in 2003, with the province name added to the club name.[citation needed]

In 2018, Sporting Lokeren were relegated to the First Division B, the second tier of Belgian football.[5] In 2019, the club was taken over by a group led by Louis de Vries and Alexander Janssen, taking the positions of president and CEO respectively.

On 20 April 2020, the club was declared bankrupt during the 2019–20 season.[3] Lokeren had outstanding debts of €5 million and was not able to pay its staff and players anymore.

On 22 April 2020, Lokeren agreed to merge with KSV Temse to form a new club in K.S.C. Lokeren-Temse and to start in the Second Amateur Division, the national fourth level.[6]


European recordEdit

Competition A GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 8 38 16 10 12 46 37
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 18 7 2 9 25 28
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1R   Red Boys Differdange 3–1 3–0
2R   Barcelona 2–1 0–2
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R   Dynamo Moscow 1–1 1–0
2R   Dundee United 0–0 1–1
3R   Real Sociedad 1–0 2–2
QF   AZ 67 Alkmaar 1–0 0–2
1981–82 UEFA Cup 1R   Nantes 4–2 1–1
2R   Aris Thessaloniki 4–0 1–1
3R   1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–0 1–4
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1R   Stal Mielec 0–0 1–1
2R   Benfica 1–2 0–2
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R   Honvéd Budapest 0–0 0–1
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R   IA Akranes 3–1 3–1
3R   Metz 1–2 1–0
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   B68 Toftir 0–0 4–2
2R   Zagłębie Lubin 2–1 2–2
3R   Newcastle United 0–4 0–1
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   WIT Georgia 3–1 2–3
2R   VfB Stuttgart 0–1 0–2
2003–04 UEFA Cup QUAL   Dinamo Tirana 3–1 4–0
1R   Manchester City 0–1 2–3
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Narva Trans 0–1 2–0
2R   BSC Young Boys 1–4 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO   Viktoria Plzeň 2–1 0–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO   Hull City 1–0 1–2
Group   Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–1
Group   Metalist Kharkiv 1–0 1–0
Group   Trabzonspor 1–1 0–2

Final squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BEL Stefano Marzo
3 DF   JPN Ryuta Koike
5 MF   MLI Abdoulaye Diaby (on loan from Antwerp)
6 MF   CIV Lamine N'dao
7 MF   BEL Killian Overmeire (captain)
8 MF   SEN Abdou Diakhaté (on loan from Parma)
9 FW   BIH Anel Hajrić
14 MF   JPN Jun Amano
15 FW   GEO Giorgi Beridze (on loan from Gent)
17 MF   NED Guus Hupperts
19 MF   ROU Vlad Mitrea
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   BEL Jimmy De Jonghe
22 FW   ITA Said Ahmed Said (on loan from Rio Ave)
26 DF   BEL Arno Monsecour
28 MF   BEL Amine Benchaib
29 MF   BEL Bob Straetman
30 GK   BEL Robin Mantel
33 GK   BEL Théo Defourny
35 DF   BEL Tracy Mpati
37 DF   BEL Jelle Van Damme
41 DF   CGO Francis N'Ganga
44 MF   BEL Seth De Witte

Former playersEdit

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  1. ^ technische fiche sporting, sporting.be (last check 30 March 2018)
  2. ^ Vlaanderen in isolation: [ˈvlaːndərə(n)].
  3. ^ a b Sporting Lokeren failliet verklaard - rechtbank stelt curatoren aan hln.be, Yannick De Spiegeleir, 20 April 2020 (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Sporting Lokeren wordt na fusie met Temse KSC Lokeren-Temse sporza.be, 22 April 2020 (in Dutch)
  5. ^ "Anderlecht back in the Top 6, Lokeren relegated". vrt.be. 4 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Failliet verklaard Sporting Lokeren gaat fusie aan met amateurclub KSV Temse". AD.nl (in Dutch). 22 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2020.

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