K.V. Oostende

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Koninklijke Voetbalclub Oostende, also called KV Oostende (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˌveː oːˈstɛndə] or [- oːstˈʔɛndə]) or KVO, is a Belgian football club from the city of Ostend, West Flanders. The team was founded in 1904 as VG Oostende and has the matricule No. 31.

KV Oostende
K.V. Oostende logo.svg
Full nameKoninklijke Voetbalclub
Nickname(s)De Kustboys
Founded1904; 116 years ago (1904)
GroundVersluys Arena,
OwnerChien Lee
Pacific Media Group
Partners Path Capital
Krishen Sud
ChairmanFranck Dierckens
ManagerAlexander Blessin
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2019–20Belgian First Division A, 15th


In 1911, another club was created, AS Oostende, which would soon become the best club of the city, playing regularly in the second division in the 1930s. In the mid 1970s, AS reached the first division while VG was playing at the second level.

The two clubs merged in 1981 to become KV Oostende. The new club played in the third division for eleven years, before finally promoting. In its first season on the second level, Oostende immediately promoted again, to the first division, where it would achieve its best result in the club history: a seventh place, in 1993–94.

From 1995 to 2013, Oostende has been playing in the second division, except in 1998–99 and 2004–05, when it was at the higher level again, and in 2001–02 and 2002–03, when it played in the third division.

In 1982, one year after the merger, VG Oostende had been re-founded at the lowest level of the Belgian football competition. The club first used the Armenonville stadium, which was the original ground of VG. In 2001, the stadium was declared unsafe, so the club had to groundshare with KV Oostende in the Albertparkstadion, until 2010. In 2013, the new VG Oostende also disappeared, after a financial breakdown.

In August 2013, shortly after a new promotion to the highest level, it was announced that chairman and majority shareholder Yves Lejaeghere would be succeeded by a new chairman, businessman Marc Coucke.

In the spring of 2016, the main tribune of the Albertparkstadion was rebuilt and the stadium was renamed the Versluys Arena with the capacity increased to 8,432.

After a disastrous beginning to the 2017/18 season, manager Yves Vanderhaeghe was set free of his obligations, with the assistant manager, Adnan Čustović, being asked to take over.[2][3]

In December 2017 Marc Coucke announced that he would be leaving, after recently purchasing R.S.C. Anderlecht. It was then announced on 8 February 2018 that Peter Callant would replace Coucke as chairman. Coucke confirmed his continued interest in the club and that he remained a fan and would stay on as a minority shareholder.[4]

In May 2020 an investment group acquired KV Oostende Football Club and the new investors include Pacific Media Group, Chien Lee, Partners Path Capital and Krishen Sud.[5]


Current squadEdit

As of 3 August 2019[6]

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 Fabrice Ondoa
3   DF Bubacarr Sanneh (on loan from RSC Anderlecht)
4   DF Wout Faes (on loan from Stade de Reims)
5   DF Goran Milović
7   FW Fashion Sakala
8   MF François Marquet
9   FW Sindrit Guri
10   MF Renato Neto
11   MF Indy Boonen
13   MF Louis Verstraete (on loan from Royal Antwerp FC)
14   MF Ante Palaversa (on loan from Manchester City)
15   FW Joseph Akpala
16   MF Ronald Vargas
17   MF Andrew Hjulsager
No. Position Player
18   FW Adama Niane (on loan from R. Charleroi S.C.)
20   MF Michiel Jonckheere
22   DF Logan Ndenbe
23   DF Ari Skulason
24   FW Idrissa Sylla (on loan from SV Zulte Waregem)
25   MF Jelle Bataille
26   MF Kevin Vandendriessche
27   DF Brecht Capon
28   GK William Dutoit
29   MF Robbie D'Haese
33   MF Anton Tanghe
77   MF Amadou Sagna
94   GK Jordi Schelfhout
95   DF Vieux Sané



  1. ^ Versluys Arena, kvo.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ http://www.kvo.be/nieuws/kvo-neemt-afscheid-van-yves-vanderhaeghe
  3. ^ http://www.kvo.be/nieuws/adnan-custovic-blijft-hoofdtrainer-van-kvo
  4. ^ http://www.kvo.be/nieuws/peter-callant-nieuwe-eigenaar-voorzitter-kv-oostende
  5. ^ "New investors for KV Oostende FC"
  6. ^ "Spelers A-Kern" (in Dutch). K.V. Oostende.

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