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 29.042[1]
President Belgium Bart Verhaeghe
Head coach Belgium Michel Preud'homme
League Belgian Pro League
2015–16 Belgian Pro League, 1st
Website Club home page

Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [klɵˈbrɵɣə ˈkoːnɪŋkləkə ˈvudbɑlvəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]),[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 14 occasions, second only to major rivals Anderlecht, and it shares the Jan Breydel Stadium with city rival Cercle Brugge, 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 (14).


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

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

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

An official board was installed in the club.

Club created by 16 old members of Brugsche FC.

Club created in the city.

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

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

Vlaamsche FC joined FC Brugeois.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 has reached the finals of the European biggest competition.

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

Olympiastadion had to be expanded for the EURO 2000 organisation. They also changed the name into Jan Breydelstadion.

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.


Main article: Jan Breydel Stadium


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

Club Brugge is the most supported club in Belgium. 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, which 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 known 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.



Winners (14): 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, 2015–16
Runners-up (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
Runners-up (7): 1913–14, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2015–16
Winners (14): 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016
Runners-up (3): 1995, 2007, 2015


For more details on Club Brugge in European football, see Club Brugge KV in European football.
1970–71, 1994–95

Pre-Season Friendly



First-team squad

As of 3 December 2016 – Notes: - 2 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
1 France GK Ludovic Butelle
2 Netherlands DF Ricardo van Rhijn
3 Belgium MF Timmy Simons (Captain)
4 Belgium DF Björn Engels ()
5 France DF Benoît Poulain
6 Brazil MF Claudemir
7 Brazil FW Wesley
8 Israel FW Lior Refaelov (Vice-captain)
9 Belgium FW Jelle Vossen
10 Mali FW Abdoulay Diaby ()
11 Colombia FW José Izquierdo
15 Spain MF Tomás Pina
No. Position Player
16 Belgium GK Sébastien Bruzzese
17 Belgium FW Anthony Limbombe
19 Brazil FW Felipe Gedoz
20 Belgium MF Hans Vanaken
21 Belgium DF Dion Cools
24 Netherlands DF Stefano Denswil
25 Netherlands MF Ruud Vormer
28 Belgium DF Laurens De Bock
41 Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
42 Belgium FW Nikola Storm
44 Belgium DF Brandon Mechele
63 Belgium DF Boli Bolingoli

For recent transfers, see the list of Belgian football transfers summer 2016.

Registered reserve-team players

No. Position Player
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić
90 Belgium FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
92 Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
No. Position Player
93 Belgium DF Thibault Vlietinck
96 Belgium DF Ahmed Touba

Out on loan

No. Position Player
43 Belgium MF Sander Coopman (on loan to Belgium Zulte Waregem)
46 Belgium FW Dylan Seys (on loan to Netherlands Twente)
-- Australia FW Bernie Ibini (on loan to Australia Sydney)
-- France DF Jean-Charles Castelletto (on loan to France Red Star)
No. Position Player
-- Brazil FW Leandro Pereira (on loan to Brazil Palmeiras)
-- Latvia FW Valērijs Šabala (on loan to Slovakia DAC)
-- Chile FW Nicolás Castillo (on loan to Chile Universidad Católica)

Retired numbers

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

23 Belgium 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 10 September 2016 – Note: Reserve players are given a "B" squad number.

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

No. Position Player
14 Croatia FW Fran Brodić
41 Belgium GK Jens Teunckens
1B Belgium GK Thomas Hooyberghs
2B Belgium DF Jordan Renson
3B Belgium DF Jur Schryvers
4B Belgium MF Jellert Van Landschoot
5B Belgium DF Thibault Vlietinck
6B Belgium FW Pierre Fonkeu
7B Turkey MF İbrahim Köse Halil
8B Belgium DF Ahmed Touba
9B Belgium FW Terry Osei-Berkoe
10B Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
11B Belgium FW Dennis Van Vaerenbergh
12B Belgium MF Niels Verburgh
No. Position Player
14B Belgium DF Nathan Nuyts
15B Belgium MF Singa Joel Ito
16B Belgium DF Kensau Masangu
22B Belgium MF Daouda Peeters
23B Belgium MF Senne Lynen
24B Belgium DF Soufiane Karkache
25B Belgium FW Jules Vanhaecke
26B Belgium GK Brent Gabriel
31B Belgium DF Sven Cornette
32B Belgium MF Anton Tanghe
34B Belgium MF Victor Vankerkhoven
35B Belgium FW Ephraim Lavia
40B Belgium FW Noah Fadiga
43B Belgium FW Loïs Openda

Former players

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV players

Club captains

Further information: List of Club Brugge KV captains

Club Officials

Board of Directors


First-team staff

Coaching staff

Medical staff

Team Support

Youth staff

See also


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