Sint-Truidense V.V.

Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈsɪnt ˈtrœy̯də(n)sə ˈvudbɑlvərˌeːnəɣɪŋ]), commonly known as Sint-Truiden or STVV (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛs ˈteː ˈveː ˈveː]) or by their nickname De Kanaries (Dutch pronunciation: [də kaːˈnaːris], is a Belgian professional football club located in the city of Sint-Truiden in Limburg. Sint-Truiden plays in the Belgian Pro League.

K. Sint-Truidense V.V. logo.svg
Full nameKoninklijke Sint-Truidense
Nickname(s)De Kanaries (The Canaries)
Founded23 February 1924
GroundStayen, Sint-Truiden
ChairmanDavid Meekers
ManagerBernd Hollerbach
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2020–21Belgian First Division A, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Their best ranking was a second place in 1965–66. They also reached the final of the Belgian Cup twice. The club was founded in 1924. They are matricule number 373. The club colours are yellow and blue, hence their nickname De Kanaries, meaning 'The Canaries'. They play their home games at the Stayen since 1927.


The club was created in 1924 following the merger between FC Union and FC Goldstar, two clubs from Sint-Truiden. The colors of the club were chosen to be yellow and blue, to match the colors of the city, and it was named Sint-Truidense Voetbal Vereeniging. The first game of the team, against Cercle Tongeren, was played in front of only 9 attendees. In the late 1930s, Léopold Appeltans was the leading player of Sint-Truidense. On 21 November 1948 he became the first capped player for Belgium while playing at this club. In the late 1940s it qualified for the second division. It also changed its name to Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging in 1947. Five years later it finished second in the second division and thus promoted to the first division. Successful manager Raymond Goethals arrived at Sint-Truiden in 1959. Under his management, the team finished second of the top division in 1966.

The former Sint-Truidense goalkeeper Jacky Mathijssen became the manager of the club in 2001 and remained at the helm for three seasons after which he left for Charleroi. He was replaced by Marc Wilmots, who was fired shortly after. The team finished the season under the coaching of the trio Guy Mangelschots, Eddy Raymaekers and Peter Voets. At the end of the 2004–05 season the board of directors hired Oostende manager Herman Vermeulen but he was dismissed on 9 February 2006 as the club pointed at the seventeenth position in the ranking. In 2008 the women's team of FCL Rapide Wezemaal joined STVV.


European recordEdit

As of 5 March 2006:
Competition APP P W D L GF GA
Intertoto Cup 2 8 5 0 3 15 8

Current squadEdit

As of 25 October 2021[2]

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 Kenny Steppe
2 DF   JPN Ko Matsubara
4 DF   JPN Daiki Hashioka (on loan from Urawa Reds)
6 MF   GUI Mory Konaté
8 MF   GER Rocco Reitz
9 FW   JPN Yuma Suzuki
11 FW   UKR Oleksandr Filippov
13 DF   NZL Liberato Cacace
14 FW   BEL Aboubakary Koita
15 FW   JPN Daichi Hayashi
16 FW   BEL Steve De Ridder (captain)
19 MF   BEL Stan Van Dessel
20 MF   GER Robert Bauer
21 GK   JPN Daniel Schmidt
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 FW   BEL Wolke Janssens
23 FW   JPN Tatsuya Ito
26 DF   POR Jorge Teixeira
27 DF   BEL Dimitri Lavalée (on loan from Mainz)
30 FW   COD Nelson Balongo
32 MF   USA Chris Durkin
33 MF   BRA Jhonny Lucas
35 GK   BEL Wim Vanmarsenille
37 DF   GER Toni Leistner
39 DF   ANG Jonathan Buatu
40 DF   NGA Junior Pius (on loan from Antwerp)
44 MF   BEL Christian Brüls
61 MF   BEL Jarne Steuckers
FW   JPN Taichi Hara (on loan from Alavés)

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
33 MF   BRA Jhonny Lucas (on loan at Londrina until 30 June 2022)

Coaching and medical staffEdit

  • Manager: Bernd Hollerbach
  • Assistant manager: Davy Heymans
  • Physical coach: Stefan Winters
  • Team manager: Peter Delorge
  • Goalkeeping coach: Jurgen De Braekeleer
  • Team representative: Romain Proesmans
  • Kit men: Benny Liebens & Valere Stevens
  • Club Doctors: Pieter Bormans & Peter Bollars
  • Physiotherapists: Wouter Robijns & Par Vandenborne
  • Masseur: Roger Reniers



  1. ^ Het Stayen (last check 30/03/2018)
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