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Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège (pronounced [stɑ̃daʁ ljɛːʒ]; Dutch: Standard Luik [ˈstɑndɑrt ˈlœy̯k]; German: Standard Lüttich [ˈstandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç] or [ˈʃtandaʁt ˈlʏtɪç]), is a Belgian football club from 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 name Royal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Rouges (The Reds)
Founded 1898; 120 years ago (1898)
Ground Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Ground Capacity 27,670 [1]
Chairman Bruno Venanzi
Manager Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian First Division A
2017–18 Belgian First Division A, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Standard players are nicknamed the "Rouches" 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

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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 injuries last minute, 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]

Name historyEdit

  • 1898: Standard Football Club (Standard FC)
  • 1899: Standard FC Liégeois (Standard FCL)
  • 1910: Standard Club Liégeois (Standard CL)
  • 1923: Royal Standard Club Liège (R. Standard CL)
  • 1952: Royal Standard Club Liégeois (R. Standard CL)
  • 1972: Royal Standard de Liège

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]

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 (9): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07
Champions (1): 1975
Champions (4) 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (4) 1993, 1982, 2011, 2016

InternationalEdit

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

OtherEdit

Runners-up (1): 1981

European recordEdit

As of 3 August 2011.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 11 46 23 6 17 76 54
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 14 70 30 18 22 99 88
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

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

(As of 22 November 2012), Source: uefa.com website

Current squadEdit

As of 31 May 2018[15]

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 Jean-François Gillet
2   DF Réginal Goreux
3   DF Zinho Vanheusden (on loan from Inter)
4   DF Dimitri Lavalée
5   MF Uche Henry Agbo
6   MF Gojko Cimirot
7   FW Duje Čop
8   GK Guillermo Ochoa
9   FW Renaud Emond
10   MF Mehdi Carcela-González
14   MF Jérôme Deom
15   DF Sébastien Pocognoli (Captain)
16   GK Arnaud Bodart
18   MF Răzvan Marin
No. Position Player
19   MF Moussa Djenepo
20   MF Merveille Bokadi
21   DF Collins Fai
22   MF Edmilson Junior
23   DF Valeriy Luchkevych
24   DF Giorgos Koutroubis
25   FW Carlinhos
26   DF Christian Luyindama
28   MF Alexandro Cavagnera
29   DF Luis Pedro Cavanda (on loan from Galatasaray)
30   MF Lindon Selahi
34   DF Konstantinos Laifis (on loan from Olympiacos)
40   MF Paul-José M'Poku

On loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
19   DF Samy Mmaee (at Maastricht until 30 June 2018)
27   DF Darwin Andrade (at Deportivo Cali until 30 June 2018)
33   DF Miloš Kosanović (at Göztepe until 30 June 2018)
  MF Jean-Luc Dompé (at Amiens until 30 June 2018)
17   FW Farouk Miya (at Sabail until 30 June 2018)

Notable playersEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Standard career Appearances
1   Guy Hellers 1983–00 474
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 16   Charles Bunyan, Sr.
July 1916 – June 22   Camille van Hoorden
July 1922 – June 24   Lamport
  Pierre Kögel
July 1924 – June 30   Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1930 – June 32   Maurice Grisard
July 1932 – June 35   Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1935 – June 36   Jean Dupont
July 1936 – March 37   Percy Wilding Hartley
April 1937 – Nov 38   Emile Riff
Dec 1938 – June 39   Jean Dupont
July 1939 – June 40   Maurice Grisard
July 1940 – June 42   René Dohet
July 1942 – June 45   Fernand Wertz
July 1945 – June 50   Marcelin Waroux
July 1950 – June 51   Antoine Basleer
July 1951 – June 53   Maurice Grisard
July 1953 – June 58   André Riou
July 1958 – June 61   Géza Kalocsay
Dates Name
July 1961 – June 63   Jean Prouff
July 1963 – Nov 64   Auguste Jordan
Dec 1964 – June 68   Milorad Pavić
July 1968 – June 73   René Hauss
July 1973 – Oct 73   Vlatko Marković
Nov 1973 – June 74   Ned Bulatović
July 1974 – Dec 75   Cor van der Hart
Jan 1976 – June 76   Maurice Lempereur
  Lucien Leduc
July 1976 – June 79   Robert Waseige
July 1979 – June 81   Ernst Happel
July 1981 – Feb 84   Raymond Goethals
March 1984 – June 84   Léon Semmeling
July 1984 – April 85   Louis Pilot
May 1985 – Feb 87   Milorad Pavić
Feb 1986 – June 87   Helmut Graf
July 1987 – Sept 87   René Desaeyere
Oct 1987 – March 88   Milorad Pavić
April 1988 – June 88   Jozef Vliers
Dates Name
July 1988 – June 89   Urbain Braems
July 1989 – June 91   Georg Kessler
July 1991 – Dec 93   Arie Haan
Jan 1994 – June 94   René Vandereycken
July 1994 – June 96   Robert Waseige
July 1996 – June 97   Jos Daerden
Jul 1997 – Oct 97   Aad de Mos
Nov 1997 – March 98   Daniel Boccar
April 1998 – June 98   Luka Peruzović
July 1998 – Sept 99   Tomislav Ivić
Oct 1999 – Dec 99   Željko Mijač
Jan 2000 – May 00   Jean Thissen
  Henri Depireux
May 2000 – Dec 00   Tomislav Ivić
Dec 2000 – Jan 01   Dominique D'Onofrio
  Christian Labarbe
Jan 2001 – June 2   Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2002 – Oct 2002   Robert Waseige
Oct 2002 – Jun 2006   Dominique D'Onofrio
Dates Name
Jul 2006 – Sep 2006   Johan Boskamp
Sept 2006 – June 8   Michel Preud'homme
June 2008 – Feb 10   László Bölöni
Feb 2010 – June 11   Dominique D'Onofrio
July 2011 – May 12   José Riga
May 2012 – Oct 12   Ron Jans
Oct 2012 – May 13   Mircea Rednic
May 2013 – Oct 14   Guy Luzon
Nov 2014 – Feb 15   Ivan Vukomanović
Feb 2015 – Jun 15   José Riga
Jun 2015 – Aug 15   Slavoljub Muslin
Sep 2015 – Sep 16   Yannick Ferrera
Sep 2016 – Apr 17   Aleksandar Janković
Apr 2017 – May 17   José Jeunechamps
June 2017 –May 20   Ricardo Sá Pinto
June 2018 –   Michel Preud'homme

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stade Maurice Dufrasne standard.be (last view on 19/10/2017)
  2. ^ "1982: Villa victorious in Europe". UEFA. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "History of Standard de Liège". Rebel Ultras. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ B. Dubois, Th. Evens, Ph. Leruth, 1892–1992 : La jeunesse centenaire. Livre officiel du Centenaire du Royal Football Club Liégeois. Bruxelles, Labor, 1992, p. 276.
  5. ^ "1961/62 Winners: SL Benfica". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "1966/67: Bayern exploit home advantage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "1982. Barça Wins its Second European Cup Winners' Cup at the Camp Nou". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Once Upon A Time..." Standard. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Roland Duchâtelet takes over Standard Liège". The Belgian Waffle. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Charlton's new owner hell-bent on raising standards at The Valley". The Guardian. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Luzon steps down at Standard". UEFA. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Trophies". Standard. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "R. Standard de Liège". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  15. ^ http://standard.be/fr/equipes/noyau-a/joueurs

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