Standard Liège

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège (French: [stɑ̃daʁ ljɛʒ]; Dutch: Standard Luik [ˈstɑndɑrt ˈlœyk]; German: Standard Lüttich [ˈstandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç, ˈʃtan-]) or simply Standard in Belgium, is a Belgian professional football club based in the city of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on ten occasions, most recently in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They have been in the top flight without interruption since 1921, longer than any other Belgian side. They have also won eight Belgian Cups, and in 1981–82 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which they lost 2–1 against Barcelona.[2]

Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full nameRoyal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s)Les Rouches (The Reds)
Founded1898; 124 years ago (1898)
GroundStade Maurice Dufrasne
Capacity27,670[1]
Chairman777 Partners
ManagerRonny Deila
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2021–22Belgian First Division A, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Standard players are nicknamed les Rouches [le ʁuʃ] because of their red jerseys. The French word for red, rouge, when pronounced with a Liège accent, sounds like rouche.

Flag waving in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne

HistoryEdit

On the first day of school in September 1898, the pupils of Collège Saint-Servais in Liège started a football club, which they called Standard of Liège in reference to Standard Athletic Club of Paris.[3] Standard, whose official name is Royal Standard Club of Liège, was based in Cointe and Grivegnée before settling permanently in 1909 in Sclessin, an industrial neighbourhood in Liège.[3] Standard initially joined the Belgian First League in 1909 before returning to the lower leagues a few years later. The club then gained promotion back to the top division in 1921 and has never been relegated since.[3][4]

Shortly after World War II, Roger Petit, a former player and team captain, became general secretary of the club. Petit worked alongside President Henrard Paul to establish Standard among the elite of Belgian football. In 1954, Standard won their first club trophy, the Belgian Cup, which was soon followed by a first national title in 1957–58.

At European level, in the 1960s, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1961–62, falling to beaten finalists Real Madrid 0–6 on aggregate,[5] and the same stage of the Cup Winners' Cup in the year 1966–67, losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich.[6] The 1960s and early 1970s brought much success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.

 
Standard fan group, Ultras Inferno 96, celebrating their 15-year anniversary in July 2012.

Driven by the Austrian Ernst Happel, Standard won the Belgian Cup again in 1981. The following year, Raymond Goethals took control of the team. Playing by the "Raymond Science" philosophy of football, the club was twice the champions of Belgium, twice winners of the Belgian Supercup (in three appearances) and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1982. Standard played against Barcelona in the final at the Camp Nou on 12 May 1982, losing the match 1–2 to the Spaniards.[3][7]

In 1984, these exploits were tainted by the revelation of the Standard-Waterschei Affair. Just days before the match against Barcelona, to secure the championship of Belgium and guard against last minute injuries. Standard had approached Roland Janssen, the captain of Thor Waterschei, to ensure that Thor players' threw the final game of the season.[3] This scandal involved several players, including Eric Gerets, and coach Raymond Goethals, who fled to Portugal to escape suspension.[3] In compensation the Standard players gave their game bonuses to the Waterschei players.[3] Following the scandal, Standard was deprived of many of its playing staff due to long-term suspensions and it took the club several years to recover from the incident.

On 6 June 1993, Standard won the Belgian Cup for the fifth time in its history, defeating Robert Waseige's Charleroi at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels.[8] This led to another appearance in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, ending in a record 10–0 aggregate defeat to Arsenal— having lost 3–0 at Highbury in London, Standard were humiliated 0–7 in the second leg at home.[citation needed]

Following the scandal of 1982, it took 25 years before Standard won the Belgium Championship again, lifting the title on 20 April 2008.[3] The club won the Belgian league again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on 24 May 2009 after a home-and-away game against rivals Anderlecht.[3] Standard won the national cup once more in 2011, defeating Westerlo 2–0 in the final at the King Baudouin Stadium on 21 May 2011.[8] The club was bought by businessman Roland Duchatelet on 23 June 2011,[9] who then took over English club Charlton in December 2013, creating an affiliation between the two clubs.[10]

On 20 October 2014, Guy Luzon resigned as manager of Standard with the club sitting in 12th position in the Pro League standings and having taken only two points from three UEFA Europa League matches.[11] Luzon later became head coach of Charlton.[12] Assistant and former midfielder Ivan Vukomanović took over as caretaker-manager.[11]

Golden ShoeEdit

On nine occasions, Standard players have won the Belgian Golden Shoe as the best player in the domestic league.[13] Jean Nicolay won the award in 1963, Wilfried Van Moer in 1969 and 1970, Christian Piot in 1972, Eric Gerets in 1982, Sérgio Conceição in 2005, Steven Defour in 2007, Axel Witsel in 2008 and Milan Jovanović in 2009.[13]

RivalriesEdit

Standard Liège supporters share a fierce rivalry with RSC Anderlecht, dubbed the Belgian "Clasico".[14] The rivalry not only reflects the traditional geographical one between the two cities of Liège and Brussels, but also a class divide, with Anderlecht being perceived as the team of the bourgeois elite and Standard, based in an industrial district, as the workers club. The two teams were also the two most successful teams in Belgium for long periods until the emergence of Club Brugge.[14] Many players have played for both clubs, most notably Standard title winning captain Steven Defour, who when returning to Sclessin under Anderlecht's purple colours was greeted with a large tifo with his head decapitated.[15]

Standard also has a traditional city derbies with RFC Seraing and RFC Liège.[16] In recent years, they have also developed a rivalry with fellow Walloon club Sporting Charleroi, with several matches having been stopped due to crowd disturbances between the two sets of supporters.[17]

Matches with Limburgish clubs Racing Genk and STVV also are characterised with heightened tensions. This is due to the proximity of Genk and Sint-Truiden with the city of Liège and the historical ties of the mining and steel industries of these regions in Belgium. The rivalry between Standard and Racing Genk was fueled by the events of May 17, 2011.[18] In this title match Standard winger Mehdi Carcela was hit in the face with a tackle by Genk defender Chris Mavinga. Carcela lost consciousness and was subbed off. Mavinga was not sent off after his reckless intervention. Genk went on to win the match with 1-0, but it left many Standard fans with a sour taste.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Champions (10): 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2007–08, 2008–09
Runners-up (13): 1925–26, 1927–28, 1935–36, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2017–18
Champions (8): 1953–54, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2017–18
Runners-up (10): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07, 2020–21
Champions (1): 1975
Champions (4): 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (5): 1982, 1993, 2011, 2016, 2018

InternationalEdit

Runners-up (1): 1981–82
Runners-up (1): 1996

OtherEdit

Runners-up (1): 1981

European recordEdit

Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 14 58 25 10 23 87 73
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 23 139 59 35 45 193 182
UEFA Intertoto Cup 3 20 8 10 2 25 16

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Summary of best resultsEdit

From the quarter-finals upwards:

semi-finalists in 1962
quarter-finalists in 1959, 1970 and 1972
runners-up in 1982
semi-finalists in 1967
quarter-finalists in 1968
quarter-finalists in 1981 and 2010
runners-up in 1996
semi-finalists in 2000

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 30 March 2022[20]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   BEL Gilles Dewaele
4 DF   SRB Damjan Pavlović
5 DF   MLI Moussa Sissako
6 DF   BEL Noë Dussenne
7 FW   ROU Denis Drăguș
8 MF   BIH Gojko Cimirot
10 MF   MAR Mehdi Carcela
13 MF   BEL Joachim Van Damme
14 DF   FRA Niels Nkounkou (on loan from Everton)
15 MF   BEL Daouda Peeters (on loan from Juventus)
16 GK   BEL Arnaud Bodart
18 FW   BEL Renaud Emond
19 MF   MAR Selim Amallah
20 MF   COD Merveille Bokadi
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   BFA Abdoul Tapsoba
24 MF   FRA Mathieu Cafaro
26 MF   BEL Nicolas Raskin
28 MF   COD Samuel Bastien
30 GK   BEL Laurent Henkinet
31 DF   BEL Alexandro Calut
33 DF   BEL Nathan Ngoy
34 DF   CYP Konstantinos Laifis
37 MF   BEL Olivier Dumont
38 FW   BEL Cihan Çanak
40 GK   BEL Matthieu Epolo
41 FW   MAR Camil Mmaee
FW   MNE Aleksandar Boljević

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
MF   BEL Fostave Mabani (at MVV)
MF   ISR Eden Shamir (at Maccabi Tel Aviv)
FW   URU Felipe Avenatti (at K Beerschot VA)
FW   NOR Aron Dønnum (at Vålerenga)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   COD Jackson Muleka (at Kasımpaşa)
FW   BEL Mitchy Ntelo (at MVV)
FW   FRA Eddy Sylvestre (at Pau FC)

Notable playersEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Standard career Apps
1   Guy Hellers 1983–2000 474
2   Gilbert Bodart 1981–96, 1997–98 469
3   Guy Vandersmissen 1978–91 465
4   Léon Semmeling 1959–74 449

Most goalsEdit

Rank Player Standard career Goals (App.)
1   Jean Capelle 1929–44 245 (285)
2   Roger Claessen 1956–68 161 (229)
3   Maurice Gillis 1919–35 124 (275)

CaptainsEdit

Player's name in bold when Standard won the title

   

CoachesEdit

Dates Name
July 1912 – June 1916   Charles Bunyan, Sr.
July 1916 – June 1922   Camille van Hoorden
July 1922 – June 1924   Lamport
  Pierre Kogel
July 1924 – June 1930   Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1930 – June 1932   Maurice Grisard
July 1932 – June 1935   Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1935 – June 1936   Jean Dupont
July 1936 – March 1937   Percy Wilding Hartley
April 1937 – Nov 1938   Emile Riff
Dec 1938 – June 1939   Jean Dupont
July 1939 – June 1940   Maurice Grisard
July 1940 – June 1942   René Dohet
July 1942 – June 1945   Fernand Wertz
July 1945 – June 1950   Marcelin Waroux
July 1950 – June 1951   Antoine Basleer
July 1951 – June 1953   Maurice Grisard
July 1953 – June 1958   André Riou
July 1958 – June 1961   Géza Kalocsay
Dates Name
July 1961 – June 1963   Jean Prouff
July 1963 – Nov 1964   Auguste Jordan
Dec 1964 – June 1968   Milorad Pavić
July 1968 – June 1973   René Hauss
July 1973 – Oct 1973   Vlatko Marković
Nov 1973 – June 1974   Ned Bulatović
July 1974 – Dec 1975   Cor van der Hart
Jan 1976 – June 1976   Maurice Lempereur
  Lucien Leduc
July 1976 – June 1979   Robert Waseige
July 1979 – June 1981   Ernst Happel
July 1981 – Feb 1984   Raymond Goethals
March 1984 – June 1984   Léon Semmeling
July 1984 – April 1985   Louis Pilot
May 1985 – Feb 1987   Milorad Pavić
Feb 1986 – June 1987   Helmut Graf
July 1987 – Sept 1987   René Desaeyere
Oct 1987 – March 1988   Milorad Pavić
April 1988 – June 1988   Jozef Vliers
Dates Name
July 1988 – June 1989   Urbain Braems
July 1989 – June 1991   Georg Kessler
July 1991 – Dec 1993   Arie Haan
Jan 1994 – June 1994   René Vandereycken
July 1994 – June 1996   Robert Waseige
July 1996 – June 1997   Jos Daerden
Jul 1997 – Oct 1997   Aad de Mos
Nov 1997 – March 1998   Daniel Boccar
April 1998 – June 1998   Luka Peruzović
July 1998 – Sept 1999   Tomislav Ivić
Oct 1999 – Dec 1999   Željko Mijač
Jan 2000 – May 2000   Jean Thissen
  Henri Depireux
May 2000 – Dec 2000   Tomislav Ivić
Dec 2000 – Jan 2001   Dominique D'Onofrio
  Christian Labarbe
Jan 2001 – June 2002   Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2002 – Oct 2002   Robert Waseige
Oct 2002 – June 2006   Dominique D'Onofrio
Dates Name
Jul 2006 – Sep 2006   Johan Boskamp
Sept 2006 – June 2008   Michel Preud'homme
June 2008 – Feb 2010   László Bölöni
Feb 2010 – June 2011   Dominique D'Onofrio
July 2011 – May 2012   José Riga
May 2012 – Oct 2012   Ron Jans
Oct 2012 – May 2013   Mircea Rednic
May 2013 – Oct 2014   Guy Luzon
Nov 2014 – Feb 2015   Ivan Vukomanović
Feb 2015 – Jun 2015   José Riga
Jun 2015 – Aug 2015   Slavoljub Muslin
Sep 2015 – Sep 2016   Yannick Ferrera
Sep 2016 – Apr 2017   Aleksandar Janković
Apr 2017 – May 2017   José Jeunechamps
June 2017 – May 2018   Ricardo Sá Pinto
June 2018 – Jun 2020   Michel Preud'homme
June 2020 – Dec 2020   Philippe Montanier
Dec 2020 – Oct 2021   Mbaye Leye
Oct 2021 – April 2022   Luka Elsner
June 2022 – present   Ronny Deila

Cultural referencesEdit

Standard Liège are mentioned in the song "This One's for Now" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on the album Urge for Offal.[21]

ReferencesEdit

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  15. ^ Libre.be, La (25 January 2015). "Defour "décapité" par les supporters du Standard: le tifo qui choque et scandalise (Photos)". www.lalibre.be (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  16. ^ "RFC Liège : Le géant endormi". SOFOOT.com (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  17. ^ DH.be (4 December 2016). "Charleroi-Standard arrêté à cause des supporters: une forte amende et pas de point pour les deux clubs? (VIDEO + PHOTOS)". www.dhnet.be (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.voetbalkrant.com/nieuws/2019-02-08/overzicht-deze-duels-tussen-genk-en-standard-zullen-we-nooit-vergeten. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  20. ^ "Joueurs" [Players] (in French). Standard Liège.
  21. ^ "Half Man Half Biscuit - This One's for Now [Official Audio]". Half Man Half Biscuit. 24 August 2017. Archived from the original on 7 November 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2020 – via YouTube.com.

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