K.V. Kortrijk

Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk (often simply called KV Kortrijk or KVK) is a Belgian professional football club based in Kortrijk, West Flanders. They play in the Belgian First Division, and they achieved their best ranking ever during the 2009–10 season, finishing fourth after the play-offs. KV Kortrijk was founded in 1971, though their roots can be traced to 1901. They are registered to the Royal Belgian Football Association with matricule number 19. The club colours are red and white. They play their home matches at the Guldensporenstadion, named after the Battle of the Golden Spurs which took place in Kortrijk in 1302.

Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk
KV Kortrijk logo 2016.svg
Full nameKoninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk
Nickname(s)De Kerels (The Guys)
Founded1901
GroundGuldensporenstadion,
Kortrijk
Capacity9,399[1]
OwnerVincent Tan
ChairmanRonny Verhelst
ManagerKarim Belhocine
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2020–21Belgian First Division A, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

KV Kortrijk first entered the first division in the early 20th century, between 1906–07 and 1910–11. They eventually had to wait 65 years to return at the highest level, when they spent 15 seasons at the top flight, interrupted by a season in the second division (between 1976–77 and 1978–79 and between 1980–81 and 1991–92). KV Kortrijk also played the 1998–99 season in the first division before they returned to the Belgian Pro League in the 2008–09 season.

HistoryEdit

In 1901 SC Courtraisien was founded. The club merged with FC Courtraisien in 1918. They received in 1951 the name Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport. They had the matricule n°19 like the oldest club SC Courtraisien. Stade Kortrijk was founded in 1923 with matricule n°161. Because Stade Kortrijk and Koninklijke Kortrijk Sport didn't play well anymore, they merged in 1971. They could play with matricule n°19 and the new name was KV Kortrijk.

Due to a bankruptcy, KV Kortrijk had to relegate in 2001 to the third division. From 2004 to 2008 KV Kortrijk played in the second division, however in the 2007–08 season they managed to get promoted to the first division.

KV Kortrijk was bought for €5 million by Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan on 12 May 2015.[2]

HonoursEdit

Colours and badgeEdit

KV Kortrijk's colours are generally red and white. The home kit is usually all red with a white trim, and red shorts. The away kit is similar, except in blue. The club's logo is a white shield, split into thirds by a red upside-down, V-like shape, and the letters "KVK" are split into each third, in a red font. On top of the shield is a crown.

StadiumEdit

KV Kortrijk play their home matches at the Guldensporen Stadion. It is located in Kortrijk, Belgium, and the current capacity of the ground is 9,399. In the summer of 2008, the grounds capacity was increased from 6,896 to 9,399,[1] after Kortrijk's elevation into the Belgian First Division. Guldensporenstadion literally means "Stadium of the Golden Spurs". The stadium is named after this in reference to the Battle of the Golden Spurs which, in 1302, was fought in Kortrijk. The stadium has a traditional local stadium look about it, and is single-tiered all around the ground.

Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2021[3]

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 Gilles Dewaele
5 DF   AUS Trent Sainsbury
6 DF   FRA Lucas Rougeaux
7 FW   BEL Dylan Mbayo
8 MF   CRO Ante Palaversa (on loan from Manchester City)
9 MF   ALG Billel Messaoudi (on loan from JS Saoura)
10 FW   COM Faïz Selemani
11 MF   BEL Mathias Fixelles
14 MF   MLI Sambou Sissoko
16 GK   BEL Maxim Deman
17 FW   SEN Pape Habib Guèye
18 MF   ALG Abdelkahar Kadri
19 FW   GAM Muhammed Badamosi
21 MF   DEN Victor Torp (on loan from Midtjylland)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   GEO Tsotne Bendianishvili
23 FW   MAR Rachid Alioui (on loan from Angers)
26 MF   FRA Kévin Vandendriessche
27 MF   BEL Michiel Jonckheere
28 GK   FRA Joris Delle
29 FW   COL Marlos Moreno (on loan from Manchester City)
30 DF   BEL Kristof D'haene
31 GK   SRB Marko Ilić
39 FW   GER Jesaja Herrmann
51 FW   GHA Eric Ocansey
54 FW   GHA Jonah Osabutey
66 DF   SRB Aleksandar Radovanović
76 DF   BEL Timothy Derijck (captain)
99 FW   MAS Luqman Hakim

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   USA Brendan Hines-Ike (at D.C. United until 31 December 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BIH Nihad Mujakić (at Waasland-Beveren until 30 June 2022)

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Guldensporenstadion, kvk.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ Buyse, Frank (12 May 2015). "Officieel: Maleisische miljardair Vincent Tan neemt KV Kortrijk over" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad – Sportwereld. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "spelers – KV Kortrijk". kvk.be.

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