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Club Brugge KV

Club Brugge
Full name Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Club Bruges Royal Football association)
Nickname(s) Blauw-Zwart (Blue-Black), Club, FCB

13 November 1891 (1891-11-13)

Stamnummer (matricule number) 3
Ground Jan Breydel Stadium
Ground Capacity 29,472[1]
President Bart Verhaeghe
Head coach Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian Pro League
2014–15 Belgian Pro League, 2nd
Website Club home page

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: ),[2] also referred to as just Club Brugge, is a football club based in Bruges in Belgium. It was founded in 1891 and its home ground is the Jan Breydel Stadium, which has a capacity of 29,472.

One of the most decorated clubs in Belgian football, it has been Belgian league champion on 13 occasions, second only to major rivals R.S.C. Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge K.S.V., with whom they contest the Bruges derby.

Throughout its long history, Club Brugge has enjoyed much European football success, reaching two European finals and two European semi-finals. Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played the final of the European Cup (forerunner of the current UEFA Champions League) so far, losing to Liverpool in the final of the 1978 season. They also lost in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final to the same opponents. Club Brugge holds the European record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Europa League (20), the record number of Belgian cups (11) and the record number of Belgian Supercups (13).


  • History 1
  • Crest and colours 2
  • Stadium 3
  • Supporters 4
  • Mascot 5
  • Rivalries 6
    • Gent 6.1
    • Anderlecht 6.2
  • Players 7
    • First-team squad 7.1
      • Registered reserve-team players 7.1.1
      • Out on loan 7.1.2
      • Retired numbers 7.1.3
    • Reserve-team (U21) and Club Academy (U19) squad 7.2
    • Former players 7.3
    • Club captains 7.4
  • Club officials 8
    • Board of Directors 8.1
    • Management 8.2
    • First-team staff 8.3
      • Coaching staff 8.3.1
      • Medical staff 8.3.2
      • Team Support 8.3.3
    • Youth staff 8.4
  • Honours 9
    • Domestic 9.1
    • International 9.2
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


History of Club Brugge
Brugsche Football Club
Football Club
Brugeois (1892)
Football Club Brugeois
Royal Football Club Brugeois
Club Brugge Koninklijke
Voetbalvereniging (1972)
Logo of Club Brugge in the 1970s
  • 1890: Brugsche Football Club

Club created by old students of the Catholic school Broeders Xaverianen and the neutral school Koninklijk Atheneum.

  • 13 November 1891: Club recreated

The club was recreated. This has since been adopted as the official date of foundation.

  • 1892: First board

An official board was installed in the club.

  • 1894: Football Club Brugeois

Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC.

  • 1895: Vlaamsche Football Club de Bruges

Club created in the city.

  • 1895/1896: the UBSSA set up in 1895. and they went to the UBSSA and took part of the first Belgian national league.
  • 1896: Leaving the UBSSA

Financially it was difficult for FC Brugeois and so after only one year they had to leave the UBSSA.

  • 1897: Fusion

FC Brugeois joined Brugsche FC but they continued under the name Football Club Brugeois.

  • 1902: New fusion

Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois.

  • 1912: De Klokke

They moved to a new stadium named "De Klokke".

  • 1913/1914: First cup final

FC Brugeois reached their first Belgian Cup final but they lost 2–1 from Union SG.

  • 1920: First time league champions

The club became for the first time champions of the first division.

  • 1926: Royal Football Club Brugeois

The club get number 3 as their matricule number and in the same year they get the royal title.

  • 1928: First relegation

A first low when the club was relegated to the second division.

  • 1930: New statute

President Albert Dyserynck changed the club's statute into a non-profit association.

  • 1931: Albert Dyserynckstadion

When president Albert Dyserynck suddenly died they honoured him by changing the stadium's name into Albert Dyserynckstadion.

  • 1959: Permanent to the first division

RFC Brugeois promoted to the first division and never relegated again in the future.

  • 1968: First time cup winners

They won the Belgian Cup for the first time against Beerschot AC (1–1, 7–6 after penalty's).

  • 1972: Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

The club changed their name into the Flemisch name Club Brugge KV

They moved from Albert Dyserynckstadion to Olympiastadion (current Jan Breydelstadion).

Under Austrian coach Ernst Happel, Club Brugge reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and lost against Liverpool (3–2 and 1–1).

Still under Ernst Happel, the club faced Liverpool again of a European final. This time it was in the European Champions Clubs' Cup final. And again they lost (1–0). Club Brugge is the only Belgian club that have reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

Daniel Amokachi is the first goal scorer in the Champions League. He scored against CSKA Moskva.

Jan Breydelstadion.

  • 2006: CLUBtv

Club Brugge was the first Belgian club to create its own TV channel.

Crest and colours

The club don a black and blue home kit traditional to their history, away they wear a red strip.



Tifo before the Champions League game Club Brugge-Rapid Wien in 2005

Club Brugge is one of the most supported clubs in Belgium. Like other major Belgian clubs, it has fans all over the country. Attendances are high. The Jan Breydel Stadium is almost sold out at every home game. Some of these fans are part of 62 supporter clubs in Belgium, who have more than 10,000 members. The "Supportersfederatie Club Brugge KV", founded in 1967, is recognized as the official supporters club of Club Brugge.

Club Brugge's most vocal fans are know to gather in the 'Noord-tribune', the 'Kop', of the Jan Breydel Stadium. Club Brugge fans are known for their lively atmosphere, taking their inspiration from the British football culture. As such, the supporters of Club Brugge were labelled as 'the best supporters of Belgium' by a survey in 2015. The Blue Army is the club's main active supporter group. This group is responsible for the organization of tifos and the publishing of a fanzine. The North Fanatics are the club's second, smaller supporter group. They try to achieve a non-stop atmosphere in the stadium, by using smoke bombs, flags, flares, constant singing, etc.

In tribute the fans, often dubbed the twelfth man in football, Club Brugge no longer assigns the number 12 to players. Club Brugge also has a TV show, CLUBtv, on the Telenet network since 21 July 2006. This twice weekly show features exclusive interviews with players, coaches and managers.


The three Bears; mascots of Club Bruges

The official mascot of Club Bruges is a bear, symbol of the city of Bruges. The history of the bear is related to a legend of the first Count of Flanders, Baldwin I of Flanders, who had fought and defeated a bear in his youth. Since the end of 2000, a second mascot, always a bear, travels along the edge of the field during home games for fans to call and encourage both their favorites. These two bears are called Belle and Bene. In 2010, a third bear named Bibi, made its appearance. He is described as the child of the first two mascots, and is oriented towards the young supporters.


Like many historic clubs, Club Brugge contests rivalries with other Belgian clubs, whether at local (Cercle Brugge), regional level (Gent and Anderlecht).


At regional level, Club Brugge has maintained rivalry with Gent, a team in the neighboring province. The successes achieved by Club Bruges in the early 1970s, combined with very poor season performances by Gent in the same period, attracted many fans. Since the late 1990s, Gent again played a somewhat more leading role in Belgium, and matches against Club Brugge were often spectacles.


The rivalry between Club Brugge and Anderlecht has developed since the 1970s. At that time, the Brussels-based club and Club Brugge won most trophies between them, leaving little room for other Belgian teams. Matches between these two teams were often contested for the title of champion of Belgium. Three Belgian Cup finals were played between the two clubs (with Anderlecht winning once and Club Brugge twice), and they played seven Belgian Supercups (Club Bruges won five). A match between these two sides is often called 'The Hate Game'. They are arguably the most heated fixtures in Belgian football.


First-team squad

As of 19 October 2015 – Note: Around 4 players are injured at the moment.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Davy De fauw
3 MF Timmy Simons (captain)
4 DF Óscar Duarte
5 DF Jean-Charles Castelletto Injured
6 MF Claudemir
7 MF Víctor Vázquez (vice-captain)
8 MF Lior Refaelov
9 FW Jelle Vossen
10 FW Abdoulay Diaby
11 FW Bernie Ibini Injured
16 GK Sébastien Bruzzese
17 FW Leandro Pereira
18 MF Felipe Gedoz
19 DF Thomas Meunier
20 MF Hans Vanaken
21 DF Dion Cools
No. Position Player
22 FW José Izquierdo
24 DF Stefano Denswil
25 MF Ruud Vormer Injured
27 GK Michael Cordier
28 DF Laurens De Bock
30 MF Mikel Agu Injured (on loan from Porto)
38 GK Sinan Bolat (on loan from Porto)
40 DF Björn Engels
41 GK Jens Teunckens
43 MF Sander Coopman
44 DF Brandon Mechele
45 DF Lennert De Smul
46 FW Dylan Seys
55 FW Tuur Dierckx
63 DF Boli Bolingoli

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers summer 2015.

Registered reserve-team players

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
51 GK Quintijn Steelant
61 GK Thomas Hooyberghs
70 DF Younes Boudadi
72 MF Dylan Damraoui
73 DF Anas Hamzaoui
74 DF Laurent Lemoine
No. Position Player
75 MF Jur Schrijvers
76 FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
77 FW Thibault Vlietinck
79 MF Jellert Van Landschoot
80 FW Terry Osei-Berkoe

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
13 GK Sokratis Dioudis (on loan to Panionios until 30 June 2016)
14 FW Fran Brodić (on loan to Antwerp until 30 June 2016)
42 FW Nikola Storm (on loan to Zulte Waregem until 30 June 2016)
57 MF Yannick Reuten (on loan to Deinze until 30 June 2016)
-- FW Mushaga Bakenga (on loan to Molde until 31 December 2016)
-- FW Nicolás Castillo (on loan to Frosinone until 30 June 2016)
-- MF Jimmy De Jonghe (on loan to Beerschot Wilrijk until 30 June 2016)
-- FW Valērijs Šabala (on loan to Miedź Legnica until 30 June 2016)
-- FW Waldemar Sobota (on loan to St. Pauli until 30 June 2016)

Retired numbers

12 – The 12th man (reserved for the club supporters)

23 François Sterchele, striker (2007–08). Posthumous; Sterchele died in a single-person car accident on 8 May 2008.

Reserve-team (U21) and Club Academy (U19) squad

As of 19 October 2015
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 Thomas Hooyberghs
2 DF Younes Boudadi
3 DF Anas Hamzaoui
4 GK Quintijn Steelant
5 MF Jellert Van Landschoot
6 MF Dylan Damraoui
7 FW Thibault Vlietinck
8 MF Ferenc Soenens
9 MF Jur Schryvers
10 MF Livio Milts
11 FW Pierre Fonkeu
12 FW Dylan De Bruycker
14 FW İbrahim Köse Halil
16 FW Rafael Gacio Cabrera
17 MF Jasper Van Oudenhove
18 MF Marlon Lukinga Bina Lemba
19 DF Kensau Masangu
20 MF Niels Verburgh
21 MF Indyana Van Camp
22 FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
No. Position Player
23 DF Ahmed Touba
24 FW Massimiliano D'Errico
25 DF Jordan Renson
26 DF Noah Nulens
27 FW Singa Joel Ito
28 FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
29 DF Kjell Vanmaele
30 MF Jules Combel
31 DF Laurent Lemoine
32 GK Jens Teunckens
33 DF Nathan Nuyts
34 DF Paolo Arrivas
35 GK Adriano Cipollina
36 FW Younes Boufous
37 FW Murad Han Gönen
38 FW Jules Vanhaecke
39 MF Senne Lynen
40 MF Daouda Peeters
43 DF Soufiane Karkache

Former players

Club captains

Club officials

Board of Directors

  • Bart Verhaeghe (President)
  • Jan Boone (Board Member)
  • Bart Coeman (Board Member)
  • Sam Sabbe (Board Member)
  • Peter Vanhecke (Board Member)
  • Vincent Mannaert (CEO)


  • Vincent Mannaert (CEO)
  • Veroniek Degrande (Finance Manager)
  • Jorgen Van hellemont (Chief Commercial Officer)
  • Evy Verhaeghe (Legal Manager)
  • Dagmar Decramer (Operations Manager)
  • Roel Vaeyens (Coordinator Sport)

First-team staff

Coaching staff

Medical staff

  • Thierry Dalewyn (Doctor)
  • Lode Dalewyn (Doctor)
  • Jan Van Damme (Physiotherapist)
  • Dimitri Dobbenie (Physiotherapist)
  • Valentijn Deneulin (Physiotherapist)
  • Peter Destickere (Masseur)

Team Support

  • Dévy Rigaux (Team manager)
  • Pascal Plovie (Kit man)
  • Michel Dierings (Assistant kit man)
  • Herman Brughmans (Assistant kit man)
  • Martine Calleuw (Housekeeper)
  • Melanie Depuydt (Sport Support)
  • Lode Lobbestael (Team Delegate)

Youth staff

  • Pascal De Maesschalck (Head of Youth Development)
  • Sven Vermant (Coach U21)
  • Rik De Mil (Coach U19)
  • Dirk Laleman (Physical coach)
  • Sander Krabbendam (Goalkeeping coach)
  • Willy Loose (Goalkeeping coach)
  • Stijn Claeys (Coordinator Sport)



Winners (13): 1919–20, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1979–80, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2004–05
Second Place (21): 1898–99, 1899-00, 1905–06, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999-00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2014–15
Winners (11): 1967–68, 1969–70, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1990–91, 1994–95, 1995–96, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15
Final (6): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2004–05
Winners (13): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Final (3): 1995, 2007, 2015


1970–71, 1994–95

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Club in isolation: .

External links

  • Official website (Dutch) / (French) / (English) / (Spanish)
  • Official Facebook Fanpage
  • Official Twitter account
  • Official Fan Federation (Dutch)
  • Blue Army – Fan Association & Fan-zine (Dutch)
  • Club Brügge KV XtraTime Fanpage (English)
  • Club Brügge at UEFA.COM (English)
  • Club Brügge at EUFO.DE
  • Club Brügge at
  • Club Brügge at Football
  • Club Brügge at National Football
  • Club Brügge at Football
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