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Royal Antwerp FC

Royal Antwerp
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Full name Royal Antwerp Football Club
Nickname(s) The Great Old
Ground Broodstraat (1908-1923)
Bosuilstadion (1923- )
Antwerp, Belgium
Ground Capacity 16,649
Chairman Gunther Hofmans
Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
League Belgian Second Division
2012–13 Belgian Second Division, 10th
Home colours
Away colours

Royal Antwerp Football Club, often simply referred to as Antwerp, is a Belgian football club based in the city of Antwerp.

Antwerp is regarded as the oldest club in Belgium, approximately founded in 1880 by English students residing in Antwerp as Antwerp Athletic Club, 15 years prior to the creation of the Royal Belgian Football Association. At first there was no organised football played by its members, until 1887 when the football division was founded with an own board, named Antwerp Football Club. As it was the oldest club still playing it was subsequently the first football club to register to the Association in 1895 and they consequently received the matriculate number one, when matriculation numbers were introduced in 1926.[1][2]

History

In 1900, most of the players left the club for the new neighbouring club of K. Beerschot V.A.C., and this was the start of a long rivalry between both clubs. Royal Antwerp have won four Belgian league titles so far, as well as two Belgian Cups. The club is also the latest Belgian team to have reached a UEFA competition final, the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where they lost 3–1 against Parma at Wembley Stadium. They have been playing in the Belgian Second Division since 2004–05. Royal Antwerp play their home matches at the Bosuilstadion since 1923.[3] Royal Antwerp colours are red and white.

Royal Antwerp have a long-term partnership with the English giants Manchester United, often taking their young players on loan so that their development can be aided with first team football, and young players who require European work-permits can benefit from Belgium's more relaxed laws.[4] An example is Dong Fangzhuo, who was unable to play for United, immediately due to work permit problems and was loaned to allow him to gain first team experience.

Despite being one of Belgium's best-supported clubs, Antwerp have been under-achievers for several years. They have not won a premiership since 1957, and have spent several seasons in the second division. They were last promoted to the top flight in 2000, only to be relegated in short order in 2004.

Honours

National

Belgian First Division

Champions (4): 1928–29, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1956–57

Belgian Second Division

Champions (1): 1999–2000

Belgian Cup

Champions (2): 1954–55, 1991–92

International

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up (1): 1992–93

Players

Current squad

As of 15 October, 2013.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Björn Sengier
2 Netherlands MF Roy Bakkenes
3 Senegal DF Papé Diakité
4 Belgium DF Jonas De Roeck
5 Belgium DF Jannes Vansteenkiste
6 Belgium MF Wim De Decker
7 Belgium MF Joren Dom
8 England MF John Bostock
9 France FW Jordan Faucher
10 Belgium MF Emrullah Güvenç
11 Netherlands FW Kevin Tano
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Freddy Mombongo-Dues
14 Italy MF Davide Petrucci (on loan from Manchester United)
No. Position Player
15 Belgium DF David Iboma
16 Rwanda DF Salomon Nirisarike
17 Croatia MF Tomislav Gomelt (on loan from Tottenham)
18 Belgium MF Robbe Kil
19 Grenada FW Bradley Bubb
20 Belgium MF Seppe Kil
21 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Yves Makabu-Makalambay
22 Netherlands DF Just Berends
23 Belgium MF Funso Ojo
24 Belgium DF Robin Lenaerts
25 Netherlands DF Kelvin Maynard
26 Belgium GK Jorn Brondeel
28 Netherlands FW Sandro Calabro

Management and coaching staff

Current staff

Position Name
Manager Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Assistant Manager Netherlands Richard Stricker

References

External links

  • Official website
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