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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.

KV Kortrijk
KV Kortrijk Logo 2016.png
Full nameKoninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk
Nickname(s)De Kerels (The Guys)
Founded1901
GroundGuldensporenstadion,
Kortrijk
Capacity9,399 [1]
OwnerVincent Tan
ChairmanJoseph Allijns
ManagerYves Vanderhaeghe
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2017–18Belgian First Division A, 7th
WebsiteClub website

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.

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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 6 June, 2019[3]

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 Sébastien Bruzzese
2   MF Bennard Yao Kumordzi
4   DF Gary Kagelmacher
5   MF Larry Azouni
6   DF Lucas Rougeaux
7   FW Aboubakary Koita (on loan from Gent)
9   FW Teddy Chevalier
11   MF Jovan Stojanović
12   GK Jarno De Smet
13   DF Brendan Hines-Ike
14   MF Hannes Van der Bruggen (Captain)
15   MF Christophe Lepoint
No. Position Player
17   MF Medjon Hoxha
18   FW Jean Marco Toualy
19   MF Tyron Ivanof
20   FW Felipe Avenatti (on loan from Bologna)
23   MF Julien de Sart
25   DF Alioune Camara
26   MF Elohim Rolland
29   DF Andriy Batsula
30   MF Kristof D'Haene
33   GK Joel Castro Pereira (on loan from Manchester United)
39   FW Imoh Ezekiel
72   DF Petar Golubović
  GK Nicholas Hagen

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Mohammad Naderi (at Persepolis until 30 June 2020)
8   MF Abdul Jeleel Ajagun (at Omonia until 30 June 2019)

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. ^ "Onze spelers - KV Kortrijk". kvk.be.

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