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Oud-Heverlee Leuven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʌut ˈɦeː.vər.ˌleː ˈløː.və(n)]), also called OH Leuven or OHL, is a Belgian football club from the city of Leuven. It was created in 2002 from the merger of three clubs, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, whose registration number it inherited, Daring Club Leuven, and Stade Leuven. The home ground of OH Leuven is stadium "Den Dreef", located in Heverlee.

OHL
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Full nameOud-Heverlee Leuven
Short nameOHL, OH Leuven
Founded2002
GroundStadium "Den Dreef",
Heverlee,
Leuven
Capacity10,020 [1]
OwnerKing Power International Group
ChairmanAiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
ManagerVincent Euvrard
LeagueBelgian First Division B
2018–19Belgian First Division B, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club currently plays in the country's second level, Belgian First Division B. It has played four seasons at the first level, the last time being the 2015–16 season.

HistoryEdit

F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee (matricule #6142) was founded in 1957, climbing out of the provincial leagues in 1996 and winning the Belgian Fourth Division title during the 1999–2000 season. Promoted to the Belgian Third Division they joined their Leuven neighbours Stade Leuven (matricule #18), founded in 1905, which had played over 30 seasons in the Belgian Second Division and one year in the First in the 1949–50 season. As of 2002, F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee was in bad financial shape, moving up and down between third and fourth division since 1991.

In 2002, the city of Leuven decided that both Third division teams, Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and K. Stade Leuven, would merge also with the third club from Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven (matricule #223), which was at that time playing at the fifth level of the league. Daring Club Leuven was founded in 1922, had played several seasons in the Belgian Second Division, and after being the leading club from the Leuven region between 1958 and 1964, had dropped down into the provincial leagues in 1979 and stayed there since. The new club that was created through the merger kept the matricule number 6142 of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and started playing in the Belgian Third Division under the name Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

At the end of its first season, the club narrowly lost out on promotion, going down on penalty kicks to Eendracht Aalst in the Third division play-off final, after finishing 2nd in the 3rd division B, 5 points behind champions Tubize. After a 3rd place in the same division in season 2003–04, Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished 2nd once again in season 2004–05 and this time they did win the promotion play-off and entered the second division in the 2005–06 season. After two seasons finishing 6th and 5th, OH Leuven finished 3rd in the 2007–08 Belgian Second Division season with 61 points. This allowed them to take part in the promotion playoffs where the team finished as the bottom 4th after losing all six games to Tubize, Antwerp, and Lommel United.

Two seasons with the team finishing 9th and 14th were followed by a second division title on Sunday 24 April 2011, when Oud-Heverlee Leuven secured the 2010–11 2nd division championship and gained promotion to the First division for the season 2011–12, following a 2–2 draw at Antwerp. The team rounded off the season the following Sunday with a 2–0 home win against Lommel United, gathering a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought First division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since the 1949–50 season, when Stade Leuven had finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

OH Leuven secured its top flight status following a 0–0 draw at home against Lierse on 3 March 2012, marking the first time a team from the city of Leuven managed to remain at the highest level of Belgian football for more than a single season. In the 2013–14 season OH Leuven was relegated after losing the 2014 promotion/relegation play-offs. Although finishing 6th, the team was promoted next year via the 2015 promotion/relegation play-offs, but it was immediately relegated again after finishing last in the 2015-16 season.

In September 2016, OH Leuven were caught up in a scandal affecting football in England. In relation to allegations made against individuals within English football, OH Leuven chairman Jimmy Houtput was alleged to have offered up the club as a "conduit" to allow third-party companies to gain ownership of football players in England.[2] Houtput claimed he was "merely trying to obtain the identity of the possible investor(s) and would never take part in illegal activities to circumvent the third-party ownership", but subsequently resigned as OH Leuven chairman on 30 September.[3]

Later that season, with the club struggling financially, OH Leuven was taken over by the King Power International Group led by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who already owned Leicester City.[4]

In July 2018, OH Leuven reclaimed the matricule #18 that originally belonged to Stade Leuven, to "reclaim the glorious past".[5]

On 27 October 2018, the club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died in a helicopter crash following Leicester City's home game against West Ham United.[6]

Evolution throughout the leagueEdit

 


Green denotes the highest level of football in Belgium; yellow the second highest; red the third highest.

StadiumEdit

 
Den Dreef Stadium (before the expansions to the main stand (right) and construction of a same stand on the opposite side (left).)

Their stadium is called Stadion Den Dreef and is situated on Kardinaal Mercierlaan in the south Leuven suburb of Heverlee (not to be confused with 'Oud-Heverlee' in the club name, which is in fact a separate municipality). The entrance for visiting fans is on Tervuursevest.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 29 September 2019[7]

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 Kawin Thamsatchanan
3   DF Derrick Tshimanga
4   DF Kenneth Schuermans
5   DF Pierre-Yves Ngawa
6   MF David Hubert
7   MF Yannick Aguemon
8   MF Tom Van Hyfte
9   FW Thomas Henry
10   MF Xavier Mercier
11   FW Yanis Mbombo
14   MF Kamal Sowah (on loan from Leicester City)
15   DF Dylan Ouédraogo
16   GK Darren Keet
17   MF Samy Kehli
No. Position Player
18   MF Jo Gilis
19   DF Frédéric Duplus
22   MF Olivier Myny
23   DF Sascha Kotysch
26   GK Laurent Henkinet
27   DF Jordy Gillekens
30   FW Milan Tučić
32   FW Daan Vekemans
33   MF Mathieu Maertens
39   FW Arthur Allemeersch
43   FW Jérémy Perbet (on loan from Charleroi)
99   MF Aboubakar Keita
  FW Sam Hendriks

Club staffEdit

As of 3 September 2019[8][9]

Directors & Senior Management
Role Person
Chairman   Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Vice Chairman   Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha
Director   Susan Whelan
Director   Jon Rudkin
Technical Director   Wim De Corte
Chief Executive Officer   Peter Willems
Chief Commercial Officer   Filip Van Doorslaer
Head of Operations   Marc Tordeur
First Team Management
Role Person
First Team Head Coach   Vincent Euvrard
First Team Assistant Coach   Joachim Mununga
First Team Assistant Coach   Hans Visser
Goalkeeping Coach   Gerry Oste
Physical Coach   Carlos Rodriguez
Head of Fitness and Conditioning   Matthias De Baerdemaeker
First Team Sports Scientist   Bram Gielen
First Team Doctor   Brahim Hacene
First Team Masseur   Gilles Verstockt
Head Physiotherapist   Sam Vanhumbeeck
Academy Manager   Henk Mariman

ManagersEdit

Former playersEdit

For details on former players, see Category:Oud-Heverlee Leuven players.

Top goal scorersEdit

The following list the top scorers for OH Leuven per season, counting only goals scored during official matches: league, cup and playoffs.

Player Goals Season
  Frédéric Duplus and   Mathieu Maertens 7 2018–19
  Yannick Aguemon 13 2017–18
  Esteban Casagolda 8 2016–17
  Yohan Croizet and   Leandro Trossard 9 2015–16
  Jovan Kostovski 14 2014–15
  Bjorn Ruytinx 11 2013–14
  Ibou 19 2012–13
  Jordan Remacle 16 2011–12
  Hamdi Harbaoui 28 2010–11
  Cédric Bétrémieux 13 2009–10
  Frederik Vanderbiest 9 2008–09
  Toni Brogno and   Bjorn Ruytinx 16 2007–08
  Toni Brogno 14 2006–07
  Samuel Remy 14 2005–06
  François Sterchele 32 2004–05
  Kristof De Voeght 15 2003–04
  Hans Goethuys 12 2002–03

InternationalsEdit

The list below consists of current and former players of OH Leuven that have gained caps for their national team.

Flags indicate national teams they played for.
Only players obtaining first team caps are included, U21 or unofficial matches are not.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Although Copa never played an official match for OH Leuven, he was part of the squad for the 2017-18 season and is hence counted as former OH Leuven player.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ King Power at Den Dreef Stadion (as of 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ "Belgium football club offered itself as a conduit to help a fictitious investment firm get around third party ownership - against FA and Fifa rules". The Daily Telegraph. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Belgian football club chairman resigns after offering club as conduit for banned third party ownership scheme". The Daily Telegraph. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "OH Leuven komt in Thaise handen: "Zo snel mogelijk weer naar 1e klasse A"" [OH Leuven comes in Thai hands: "As soon as possible back to 1st class A"] (in Flemish). Sporza. Retrieved 22 September 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. ^ "OHL draagt voortaan stamnummer 18" [OHL now bears the number 18] (in Flemish). Radio 2. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  6. ^ "Leicester City owner among five dead in helicopter crash". BBC Sports. London. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Team". OH Leuven. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "A-Kern". OH Leuven. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha wordt voorzitter Oud-Heverlee Leuven". OH Leuven. Retrieved 8 August 2019.

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