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; 88 years ago (5 September 1933)
GroundHet Kuipje,
Westerlo
Capacity8,035[1]
ChairmanOktay Ercan
ManagerJonas De Roeck
LeagueBelgian First Division B
2020–214th
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.

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.[2]

TakeoverEdit

On 18 June 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'.[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 18 January 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   DEN David Jensen (on loan from NY Red Bulls)
2 DF   BEL Pietro Perdichizzi
5 MF   TUR Oğuz Kağan Güçtekin
6 MF   MLI Mamoutou N'Diaye
7 MF   BEL Lukas Van Eenoo
8 MF   BEL Maxim De Cuyper (on loan from Club Brugge)
9 FW   RSA Lyle Foster (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
10 MF   SVK Ján Bernát (on loan from Žilina)
12 DF   DEN Christoffer Remmer
14 FW   BEL Kyan Vaesen
16 DF    SUI Léo Seydoux
17 MF   BEL Lorenzo Noviello
18 DF   CIV Kouya Mabea
20 DF   SEN Noël Soumah
21 FW   MKD Erdon Daci
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   BEL Kristof Van Hout
23 DF   BEL Rubin Seigers
24 FW   GAM Wally Fofana
25 FW   ANG Igor Vetokele
26 GK   BEL Pieter Caubergh
28 MF   BEL Simon Paulet
29 FW   CIV Fernand Gouré
30 GK   BEL Koen Van Langendonck
32 DF   BUL Edisson Jordanov
39 MF   BEL Thomas Van den Keybus (on loan from Club Brugge)
42 DF   CIV Guy Serge Yameogo (on loan from Samsunspor)
55 FW   BEL Tuur Dierckx
60 MF   BDI Trésor Mossi
77 MF   BEL Tibo Persyn (on loan from Club Brugge)

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   BEL Matias Lloci (on loan at Omonia Aradippou)
MF   MTQ Thomas Ephestion (on loan at RWDM47)
MF   CIV Kader Keïta (on loan at Sion)

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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