K.V.C. Westerlo

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑl ˌklɵp ˈʋɛstərloː]; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the municipality of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Since 1997–98, Westerlo has been mostly playing in the Belgian Pro League, save for a short stint in the Belgian Second Division between 2012 and 2014. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999–00, 2003–04 and 2008–09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only player 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).

Westerlo
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Full nameKoninklijke Voetbal Club
Westerlo
Nickname(s)De Kemphanen
Founded5 September 1933; 89 years ago (5 September 1933)
GroundHet Kuipje
Capacity8,035[1]
ChairmanOktay Ercan
ManagerJonas De Roeck
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2021–22Belgian First Division B, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

On 18 June 2019 it was officially announced that the club was taken over by Turkish businessman Oktay Ercan. He immediately made it clear that KVC Westerlo will remain a regional family club, and that more attention will be paid to the social dimension and sporting ambitions. Ercin expressed his commitment in 2019 to a year-long plan called 'KVC Westerlo 2024'.[2]

StadiumEdit

Westerlo plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which is Dutch for "The Small Tank". It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip ("The Tank"). Its capacity is 8,035.[3]

HonoursEdit

European recordEdit

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   Primorje 0–6 0–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1R   Hertha Berlin 0–2 0–1
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R   Tescoma Zlín 0–0 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2   TPS Turku 0–0 1–0
Q3   Young Boys 0–2 1–3

Current squadEdit

As of 22 September 2022[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   TUR Sinan Bolat
2 DF   BEL Pietro Perdichizzi
3 MF   USA Griffin Yow
4 MF   BEL Mathias Fixelles
5 MF   BEL Nacer Chadli (on loan from İstanbul Başakşehir)
6 MF   BRA Lucas Mineiro (on loan from Braga)
7 MF   BEL Lukas Van Eenoo
8 MF   DEN Nicolas Madsen
10 MF   SVK Ján Bernát
11 DF   BEL Maxim De Cuyper (on loan from Club Brugge)
14 FW   BEL Kyan Vaesen
17 MF   TUR Muhammed Gümüşkaya
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   CIV Kouya Mabea
20 GK   BEL Nick Gillekens
21 FW   MKD Erdon Daci
22 DF   USA Bryan Reynolds (on loan from Roma)
23 DF   BEL Rubin Seigers
24 DF   TUR Ravil Tagir (on loan from İstanbul Başakşehir)
25 FW   ANG Igor Vetokele
30 GK   BEL Koen Van Langendonck
32 DF   BUL Edisson Jordanov
33 DF   RUS Roman Neustädter
39 MF   BEL Thomas Van den Keybus (on loan from Club Brugge)
45 MF   MLI Nene Dorgeles (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
55 MF   BEL Tuur Dierckx

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   SUI Léo Seydoux (on loan at Beerschot until 30 June 2023)
MF   GUI Sékou Camara (on loan at Bandırmaspor until 30 June 2023)
MF   TUR Oğuz Kağan Güçtekin (on loan at Bandirmaspor until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BEL Simon Paulet (on loan at Virton until 30 June 2023)
FW   CIV Fernand Gouré (on loan at Újpest until 30 June 2023)

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   MLI Mamoutou N'Diaye

Coaching StaffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Jonas De Roeck
Assistant Manager   Eric Reenaers
  Mohamed Messoudi
First-Team Coach   Kevin Van Haesendonck
  Bart Goor
Goalkeeping Coach   Paul Peeters
Fitness Coach   Rudger Van Snick
Head of Scouting   Niel Cuijvers
Scout   Francesco Carratta
  Stan Van den Buijs

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ het kuipje Archived 2018-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, kvcwesterlo.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ "KVC Westerlo 2024". 21 November 2020.
  3. ^ het kuipje Archived 2018-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, kvcwesterlo.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  4. ^ "Doelmannen" (in Dutch). K.V.C. Westerlo. Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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