S.C. Eendracht Aalst

SC Eendracht Aalst is a Belgian football club based in Aalst, East Flanders.

Eendracht Aalst
SC Eendracht Aalst logo.svg
Full nameSportclub
Eendracht Aalst
Nickname(s)De Ajuinen (The Onions), Den Iendracht
Founded25 June 1919
GroundPierre Cornelisstadion,
Aalst
Capacity4,500[1]
ChairmanFrank De Roose
ManagerYannick Van Aken
CoachRegi Van Acker
LeagueBelgian Second Amateur Division
2019–20Belgian First Amateur Division, 15th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

During World War I, citizens from Aalst played football matches to raise money for prisoners of war. In 1919 Sport-Club Eendracht Aalst became an official football team. After some friendly games in 1923, SC Eendracht Aalst joined the regional competition. They quickly moved their way up through the regional divisions and after moving the stadium to the current location in 1928, the team made it into the national competition in 1932. Only seven years later, in 1939, Aalst were promoted to the Eredivisie (the current Belgian Pro League). Due to the second World War competition was not played for two years, so it wasn't until 1942 Aalst finished its first season in the Eredivisie. In 1946 the chairman died and it was decided to rename the stadium to honour him, from then on it was called the Pierre Cornelis Stadium. That year was the beginning of a very dark period for Eendracht Aalst. Due to changes in the competition format, they were forced into relegation. After this they played in the lower division for more than 30 years. In 1960 they managed to get back into the Eredivisie, but in 1962 they ended last and were relegated again. In 1965, after a bribery affair, Aalst was relegated to the lowest national division. In 1977 they made it back into the second division, with Paul Van Himst in the team. In 1994 the team finally joined the first division again. Jan Ceulemans (manager), Godwin Okpara and Gilles De Bilde were some of the most important factors towards success. In 1995 a new climax was reached when they were allowed to enter the European competition and even survived the first round against Levski Sofia.

It changed its name in 2002 after former Belgian First Division club K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst had gone into liquidation. So they could not get the license and the new team began at the third division level. They played the next two seasons in second division (2003–2005) and are now back to the third division and they are at the 3rd place. While the 2004–05 championship was over, the club needed to know if first division side F.C. Brussels and second division side R.E. Virton were to receive the professional football license to know where they would play next season. While 17th K. Patro Maasmechelen had no license, they were obviously relegated. So if one of the two submentionned clubs were refused the license, Aalst would have had played the third division playoffs while if they were both refused the license, Aalst would have remained in second division. Finally, both clubs did receive it so the team was relegated. In 2011, the name of the team got changed back to S.C. Eendracht Aalst. They've also requested to change the name back to the former K.S.C. Eendracht Aalst, which will be possible in 2012, if they receive good advice from the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA).

StadiumEdit

The Pierre Cornelisstadion is located in Bredestraat, Aalst, near the city center. The Stadium has a capacity of 4,500.[1] It was built in the early 1930s.

HonoursEdit

UEFA cup historyEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1   Levski Sofia 1–0[2] 2–1[2] 3–1
2   Roma 0–0[3] 0–4[3] 0–4

Current squadEdit

Updated 25 January 2018

Number Name Date of birth Nationality
Goalkeepers
1 Kevin Van Den Noortgaete 14 July 1986  
25 Julien De Vriendt 25 November 1998  
26 Gillian Dewit 4 October 1996  
Defenders
3 Arno Claeys 5 April 1994  
5 Kevin Ntika 24 July 1995  
13 Jelle Geenens 13 August 1997  
15 Joran Van Belle 25 February 1998  
16 Jordy Verstraeten 9 January 1996  
18 Falko Geenens 8 April 1995  
21 Jan Mertens 12 January 1995  
24 Ridwan Gyselinck 11 June 1994  
27 Jonas Heymans 6 February 1993  
NA Kenny Van Hoevelen 24 June 1983  
Midfielders
4 Jilke Deconinck 9 January 1995  
6 Brian Marmitte 26 February 1998  
8 Seydina Diarra 1 April 1994  
10 Wannes Van Tricht 13 November 1993  
17 Preben De Man 27 September 1996  
20 Boris Van Gysegem 24 March 1998  
22 Jordy De Koker 29 September 1998  
23 Gianni De Neve 25 July 1994  
Attackers
7 Bigen Yala Lusala 20 October 1992  
9 Yentl Egerickx 9 March 2000  
11 Cédric Mitu 14 January 1995  
14 Klaas De Rock 26 September 1993  
19 Yadi Bangoura 30 June 1996  

Previous trainersEdit

Women footballEdit

The female team of Eendracht Aalst plays currently in the Super League.[4] and played his homematches in the Jeugdcentrum Zandberg.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b clubinfo, eendracht-aalst.be (last check 30 March 2018)
  2. ^ a b UEFA Cup 1995/96, First round, UEFA.com, Retrieved 10. 11. 2013
  3. ^ a b UEFA Cup 1995/96, Second round, UEFA.com, Retrieved 10. 11. 2013 (in English)
  4. ^ htDAMES VC EENDRACHT AALST Archived 7 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Untitled Document". www.dendersport.be.

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