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Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen[2] (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌjɛloː ˈrɛt ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˌvudbɑlklʏp ˈmɛxələ(n)]), often simply called KV Mechelen (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˌveː ˈmɛxələ(n)]) or KVM, or by their former French name FC Malinois, is a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen in the Antwerp province. KV Mechelen plays in the Belgian Pro League. They have won four Belgian championships and twice the Belgian Cup, as well as the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1988 European Super Cup. They collected almost all of their honours in the 1940s and in the 1980s.

KV Mechelen
KV Mechelen Logo.png
Full nameYellow Red Koninklijke
Voetbalclub Mechelen
Nickname(s)De Kakkers
GroundAFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne
ManagerWouter Vrancken
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2018–19Belgian First Division B, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

KV Mechelen was founded in 1904 and, in 1921–22, promoted to the first division. After two successive relegation and promotion, they were back for good between 1928–29 and 1955–56. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second division. From 1983–84 to 1996–97, they had a successful first division spell, with a title and several second- and third-place finishes. During that period, they also won a European Cup Winners' Cup and they reached the same competition semi-finals as well as the European Cup quarter-finals.

KV Mechelen declined in the late 1990s though they had two more spells at the highest level from 1999–2000 to 2000–01 and in 2002–03. At the end of that season, the club did not receive their Belgian professional football license. They were therefore relegated to the third division with a nine-point penalty. After two promotions in 2004–05 and in 2006–07, KV Mechelen returned to the first division. they faced yet again another relegation due to matchfixing, since the 2018 police action "clean hands" Kv Mechelen has been the leading name in maleficient teams.Despite that,They managed to return to the first division after one season by finishing first in the second division and winning the 2019 promotion playoffs.

The club's outfits are a striped yellow and red shirt with black shorts and socks. They play their home matches at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, where Argos is their stadium sponsor and Achter de Kazerne means 'Behind the Barracks'. The stadium has been named so because there used to be barracks next to stadium. KV Mechelen fans have a long-standing rivalry with KRC Mechelen.



The club was founded in 1904, a few months after the birth of city rival KRC Mechelen. The club had a first successful period in the 1940s. During World War II, in 1943, the club won their first domestic title. The second title came a few years later, in 1946, and in 1948 the club was successful again. After that, the club fell back. In 1954, they managed to finish third, only one point behind champions Anderlecht, but that was their last good season. Two years later, Mechelen was relegated to second division. During the 1960s and the 1970s, Mechelen went up and down between the first and second division.

The club enjoyed a spell of both domestic and European success in the period from 1987 to 1992. During these five seasons, Mechelen won one Belgian championship and one Belgian cup title. They also finished second in the Belgian league twice and lost the Belgian Cup final twice. After winning the domestic cup title in 1987, and hence qualifying for the European Cup Winners' Cup, they completed the extraordinary achievement of winning this tournament in 1988. Mechelen are the last Belgian team that has won a European trophy.

KV Mechelen seemed to be on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Belgium, but quickly declined when their chairman Cordier (who owned the rights to most of their players) was forced to sell many players due to his company's bad results. On 10 June 2007, the team achieved promotion to the Belgian First Division. Two years later in 2009, KV Mechelen played the final of the Belgian Cup, losing it 2–0 to Genk. One year after that, they stranded in the semi-finals with a 2–2 draw and a 1–0 loss against KAA Gent.

After a successful 2010 and four seasons for the yellow reds, coach Peter Maes decided to leave Malinwa and signed a four-year contract with Lokeren. Malinwa made a deal with Marc Brys to take over from Maes. Marc Brys was coach of FC Den Bosch, a second division team in the Netherlands. After two seasons he was sacked and Harm Van Veldhoven was appointed for the 2012–13 season. Van Veldhoven also could not lead KV Mechelen to Play-off 1, the clubs' recent unspoken ambition. He was fired in December 2013. At the end of the 2013–14 season KV Mechelen appointed Aleksandar Janković as head coach. Despite Janković's inability to lead the club to Play-off 1, Janković left for topclub Standard Liège and Mechelen had to appoint a new manager. The club ended up choosing Yannick Ferrera for the vacant job, who had just been fired as manager of Standard Liège.

Mechelen finished first in the 2018–19 Belgian First Division B and won the promotion play-offs against KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk to return to the first division A again.They also won the 2018-19 Belgian Cup, entering in the fifth round and beating Albert Quevy Mons 2-0. In the sixth round, they easily dispatched of Antwerp 3-1. Mechelen beat Lokeren in the seventh round, Kortrijk in the quarter-finals and Union S-G in the Semi-Final. In the final, they beat K.A.A. Gent 2-1, coming from behind to win the Belgian cup for the first time since 1987. Jean-Luc Dompe opened the scoring for Gent in the 32nd minute, but just six minutes later, Nikola Storm equalized for the underdogs, before German Mera scored the winner in the 62nd minute.




European recordEdit

KV Mechelen's Belgian Cup win in 1987 saw the club participate in UEFA club competition for the first time in their history, entering the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup. It proved to be a largely successful campaign, with Mechelen reaching the final undefeated by winning seven of their eight matches en route. They then went on to defeat Ajax 1–0 in the final, Piet den Boer scoring the decisive goal early in the second half.[3] The following season Mechelen played 1988 European Cup winners PSV in the UEFA Super Cup, and defeated the Dutch side 4–1 on aggregate. Mechelen remain the last Belgian club team to have won a European club competition.[4]

As of December 2008.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 1 6 2 3 1 9 3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 17 13 3 1 26 8
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europea League 4 14 3 5 6 14 15
UEFA Super Cup 1 2 1 0 1 3 1

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.


  • Q = qualification round
  • PO = play-off
  • R = round
  • Group = group stage / Group 1 = first group stage / Group 2 = second group stage
  • 1/8 = eighth finals / 1/4 = quarter-finals / 1/2 = semi-finals
  • F = final
Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Dinamo București 1–0, 2–0
2R   St Mirren 0–0, 2–0
1/4   Dinamo Minsk 1–0, 1–1
1/2   Atalanta 2–1, 2–1
F   Ajax 1–0
1988 UEFA Super Cup F   PSV 3–0, 0–1
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Avenir Beggen 5–0, 3–1
2R   Anderlecht 1–0, 2–0
1/4   Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0, 0–0
1/2   Sampdoria 2–1, 0–3
1989–90 European Cup 1R   Rosenborg 5–0, 0–0
2R   Malmö FF 4–1, 0–0
1/4   Milan 0–0, 0–2 (AET)
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R   Sporting CP 2–2, 0–1
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R   PAOK 0–1, 1–1
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R   Örebro SK 2–1, 0–0
2R   Vitesse 0–1, 0–1
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R   IFK Norrköping 1–1 (AET), 1–0
2R   MTK Hungária 5–0, 1–1
3R   Cagliari 1–3, 0–2

Summary of best resultsEdit

(2 cups)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League:

- Quarter-finalists in 1990

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988
- Semi-finalists in 1989

UEFA Super Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988

Current squadEdit

As of 2019-01-21[5]

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 Bram Castro
2   DF Jules Van Cleemput
3   DF Lucas Bijker
4   DF Seth De Witte
5   DF Arjan Swinkels
6   DF Germán Mera
7   MF Tim Matthys
8   MF Onur Kaya
10   FW Igor de Camargo
11   FW Nikola Storm
12   GK Sofiane Bouzian
13   MF Joachim Van Damme
14   DF Maxime De Bie
16   MF Rob Schoofs
No. Position Player
17   MF Trova Boni
19   DF Alec Van Hoorenbeeck
20   FW Gustav Engvall
21   FW Clément Tainmont
22   DF Alexander Corryn
23   DF Thibault Peyre
27   DF Laurent Lemoine
28   GK Arno Valkenaers
29   FW William Togui
33   MF Gaétan Bosiers
34   GK Michael Verrips
36   FW Mathieu Cornet
39   MF Mohamed Zeroual
  FW Milan Savić

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2017.

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
18   DF Mamadou Bagayoko (at Red Star)
37   MF Abou Ouattara (at Lille)
77   MF Glenn Claes (at Lommel)


Chairmen historyEdit

Date Name
1904–06   Théophile Delvaulx
1906–51   Francis Dessain
1951–77   Patrick Dessain
1977–82   Herman Candries
1982–92   John Cordier
Date Name
1992–94   Willy Dussart
1994–97   Jef De Graef
1997–02   Willy Van den Wijngaert
2003   Mark Uytterhoeven
2003–   Johan Timmermans


  1. ^ Het AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne (last check 30 March 2018)
  2. ^ INFO EN CONTACT Archived 7 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in Dutch)
  3. ^ "11 mai 1988 à la Meinau : Mechelen-Ajax". Racing Stub. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Nick. "Leeds, Aston Villa and River Plate among the Top 10 dramatic declines". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^

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