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AA Gent

Full name Koninklijke Atletiek
Associatie Gent
Nickname(s) De Buffalo's (The Buffalos)
Founded 1864;  (1864)
Ground Ghelamco Arena,
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Ivan De Witte
Manager Michel Louwagie
Coach Romania Mircea Rednic
League Belgian Pro League
2012–13 Belgian Pro League, 13th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoː.ˌnɪŋk.ləkə ˌɑt.lə.ˈtik ˌɑsoːˈʃa.(t)si ˈʝɛnt]) (Royal Athletic Association Ghent), often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's (English: The Buffalos), is a Belgian football, track and field and field hockey club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. They have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989–90 season. Their best league result is a second place in 1954–55 and in 2009–10. They have won three Belgian Cups. Gent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena. They play in blue and white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK Holland.

The field hockey and track and field divisions were founded in 1864, making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in Belgium. The club was then known under their French name La Gantoise (and they are still referred to as such by the French-speaking part of Belgium). They changed their name to the present Dutch version in 1971. The football division opened in 1900. The nickname of the club is De Buffalo's, a term coined after a visit of the original Buffalo Bill and his Wild West circus to the city in the early 20th century. Gent enjoyed a first spell at the highest level in Belgian football between 1913–14 and 1928–29, and a second one from 1936–37 to 1966–67. In the 1970s and 1980s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second divisions, to come back at the highest level in 1989. The club reached the 1991-92 UEFA Cup quarter-finals, which is their best achievement in European competitions.

Current squad

As of 31 August, 2013.[1]

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 Frank Boeckx
2 Uruguay DF Carlos Diogo
4 Burundi DF Valery Nahayo
5 Argentina DF Leandro Pírez (on loan from River Plate)
7 Belgium MF Yassine El Ghanassy
8 Belgium MF Bernd Thijs
9 Belgium MF Brecht Dejaegere
10 Brazil MF Renato Neto (on loan from Sporting)
11 Belgium MF Hervé Kage
12 Belgium MF Jari Vandeputte
14 Belgium MF David Hubert
15 Spain DF César Arzo
16 Zambia FW Rodgers Kola
No. Position Player
17 Belgium MF Hannes van der Bruggen
18 Romania FW Daniel Niculae
19 Brazil MF Rafinha
20 Belgium GK Kristof Maes
21 Ghana MF Nana Asare
22 Spain DF Pau Cendrós
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ervin Zukanović
24 Ivory Coast MF Yaya Soumahoro
26 Belgium MF Christophe Lepoint
28 Denmark FW Nicklas Pedersen
30 Serbia DF Milan Savić
33 Netherlands GK Sergio Padt
39 France FW Sloan Privat

Out on loan

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
7 Belgium MF Christian Brüls (at OGC Nice)
32 Belgium FW Thomas Foket (at K.V. Oostende)
No. Position Player
27 Belgium FW Benito Raman (at K.V. Kortrijk)

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2012.

Coaching history



Years President
1901 Hector Priem
1902-08 Adolphe Dangotte
1908-12 Adolf Gaeremijnck
1912 Hector Priem
1912-13 Jacques Feyerick
1913-29 Pierre Van Bleyenberghe
1929-39 Adrien Stassart
1939-64 Achiel Delongie
1964-67 René Hoste
1967-76 Freddy Mastelinck
1976-85 Albert De Meester
1985-88 Robert Naudts
1988-99 Jean Van Milders
1999-present Ivan De Witte


External links

  • (Dutch)
  • KAA Gent at UEFA.COM
  • KAA Gent at EUFO.DE (German)
  • KAA Gent at (German)
  • KAA Gent at Football
  • KAA Gent at National Football
  • KAA Gent at
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