Racing White Daring de Molenbeek 47, also known as RWD Molenbeek and often referred to as RWDM, is a Belgian professional football club founded in 1951 as Standaard Wetteren. In 2015, Wetteren folded and merged with another club, liberating the matricule which was sold to people wanting to revive the former RWDM with matricule 47 which folded in 2002. As such the new club was named RWDM47. The club has been on the rise ever since winning two consecutive promotions from the fifth tier to the fourth and fourth to third. In December 2021, the club announced that it had come under the ownership of American business executive John Textor, who also holds stakes in English side Crystal Palace, Brazilian side Botafogo and French side Lyon.[1]

RWDM
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Full nameRacing White Daring de Molenbeek
Founded1951 (as Standaard Wetteren)
2015 (takeover)
GroundEdmond Machtens Stadium
Capacity12,266
OwnerJohn Textor
LeagueFirst Division B
2021–22First Division B, 2nd of 8
WebsiteClub website

RWDM's academy is considered one of the best in Belgium, and many footballers have come from there, notably Adnan Januzaj and Michy Batshuayi to name a few Belgian internationals as well as a few internationals for other countries.[2][3]

The club currently plays in the Belgian First Division B. It participated in the 2015–16 Belgian Cup, where it reached the fourth round.[4][5]

Rivalries and fanbaseEdit

RWDM's traditional rival is Union Saint-Gilloise,[6] which goes back to the 19th century when RWDM were known as Daring Club.[7] RWDM also have a rivalry with RSC Anderlecht, with just 3 kilometres separating the two clubs and the fixtures often taking over the mantle of the "Derby of Brussels" in the professional era due to Union's relative decline. RWDM also have rivalries with Eendracht Aalst, Lierse[8] and RFC Liège.[9]

RWDM drew support from across the Belgian capital due to its merger of 4 teams, as well as in the Periphery, where many Brusseleirs migrated to, in contrast to the more locally based Saint-Gilles support and the nationwide Anderlecht support.[10] It had high attendances for a big part of its existence as RWDM, until financial troubles and the subsequent changeover with Johan Vermeesch in charge of the new club led to the name change to FC Brussels,[11] and caused a split in the fanbase. During their years as FC Brussels, the Ultra group Brussels Power 05 emerged,[12] while many of the "old school" casuals "Brussels Boys" boycotted. These days both supporter groups sit in the same Bloc A.

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 21 August, 2022[13]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BEL Nicolas Alavoine
2 DF   CIV Olivier N'Zi (on loan from Kapfenberg)
3 DF   FRA Florian Le Joncour
4 DF   BIH Numan Kurdić
5 DF   KAZ Yan Vorogovskiy
6 DF   GUI Ibrahima Sankhon
7 FW   MTQ Mickaël Biron
8 MF   NED Bryan Smeets
9 FW   ENG Luke Plange (on loan from Crystal Palace)
10 MF   BEL Glenn Claes
11 MF   MTQ Thomas Ephestion
14 FW   BEL Kylian Hazard
15 MF   BEL Sada Diallo
16 DF   IRL Jake O'Brien (on loan from Crystal Palace)
17 MF   BEL Fabio Ferraro
18 MF   BRA Barreto (on loan from Botafogo)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF   BEL Jonathan Heris
20 MF   BEL Théo Gécé
21 MF   BEL Youssef Challouk (on loan from Kortrijk)
22 DF   BEL Gilles Ruyssen
25 MF   BEL Alexis De Sart (on loan from Antwerp)
27 FW   BRA Rikelmi (on loan from Botafogo)
28 FW   BEL Obbi Oularé (on loan from Barnsley)
29 MF   BEL Othman El Ouamari
33 GK   BEL Théo Defourny
42 GK   BEL Jonathan De Bie
55 MF   BRA Luís Oyama (on loan from Botafogo)
70 FW   BRA Vinícius Lopes (on loan from Botafogo)
77 FW   BEL Zakaria El Ouahdi
99 FW   FRA Ivann Botella
MF   BRA Ênio (on loan from Botafogo)
MF   BRA Juninho (on loan from Botafogo)

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

Club staffEdit

Position Staff
Chairman & Owner   John Textor
President   Thierry Dailly
Sporting Director   Julien Gorius
Manager   Vincent Euvrard
Assistant Managers   Frédéric Stilmant
  Jonathan Alves
Goalkeeper Coach   Thierry Berghmans

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crystal Palace shareholder John Textor in talks to buy Belgian side RWD Molenbeek". The Athletic. 23 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Sky Sports Scout - Adnan Januzaj". SkySports. 21 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Michy Batshuayi: The SpongeBob-loving Spurs target tearing up Ligue 1". fourfourtwo.com. 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Summary - Cup - Belgium - Results, fixtures, tables and news - Soccerway". Int.soccerway.com. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  5. ^ "RWDM". Int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "RWDM-fans boycotten Zwanzederby: 'Union heeft geen respect voor ons'". www.bruzz.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  7. ^ "Union Saint-Gilloise – RWD Molenbeek : ici c'est Bruxelles - Les Cahiers du football". www.cahiersdufootball.net (in French). Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  8. ^ "RWDM - Lierse (2002): 1-0". youtube.com. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  9. ^ "RWDM zakt uiteindelijk zonder supporters af naar Luik". www.bruzz.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  10. ^ "'Er is een markt voor drie Brusselse voetbalclubs in eerste klasse'". www.bruzz.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  11. ^ "Football - D 2 Le déménagement". DH Les Sports + (in French). 2002-09-03. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  12. ^ "Interview with Brussels Power (FC Brussels - Belgium)". Ultras-Tifo. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  13. ^ "A-kern". RWDM. Archived from the original on 11 April 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.

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