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Westerlo
KVC Westerlo.png
Full name Koninklijke Voetbal Club
Westerlo
Nickname(s) De Kempeneers
Founded September 5, 1933 (creation)
October 1, 1935 (registration)
August 5, 1942 (merge)
Ground Het Kuipje,
Westerlo
(Capacity: 7,903)
Chairman Belgium Herman Wijnants
Manager Belgium Jan Ceulemans
League Belgian First Division
2008-09 Belgian First Division, 6th
Home colours
Away colours

K.V.C. Westerlo is a Belgian football club located in the city of Westerlo. It has been in the Belgian First Division since 1997-98. Its matricule is the n°2024. The only player that has ever been called by the national team coach while at Westerlo is Toni Brogno (7 caps, all of them while at Westerlo).

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History

A football club was founded in the city of Westerlo by students in 1917, and it was named Sportkring De Bist Westerlo. After five years of existence, the club retired. The club Bist Sport was created in 1931 and it changed its name to Sportkring Westerlo two years later. At that time some players left the club to found Westerlo Sport, the ancestor of K.V.C. Westerlo. The club registered to the Belgian Football Association on October 1, 1935. In 1939 the club won its league for the first time. Five years later, Sportkring Westerlo and dissident Westerlo Sport decided to merge in spite of the rivalry between the teams, and the new club was called V.C. Westerlo.

It became champion of the Antwerp second division in 1960. Eight years later it played its first season at the national level in Promotion and it won its league to play the third division in 1969. At the end of the season, Westerlo missed a third title in a row, finishing second behind Eupen. The next year, the club was relegated after the playoff and it stayed in the Promotion for ten seasons. The club then underwent two relegations in a row and thus played in the Antwerp second division in 1982-83. Westerlo was then promoted for three consecutive years to qualify for the third division once again. In 1993 the club promoted to the second division and then to the first division in 1997. In 1996 the club added the prefix Koninklijke (meaning "Royal" in Dutch) to its name.

Westerlo are currently a feeder club to English Premiership club Chelsea FC.

Stadium

Westerlo plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which means "The Small Tank" in Dutch. It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip ("The Tank"). Its capacity is of 7,903 with 5,556 seats.

Honours

European record

As of December, 2008:
Competition A B C D E F G
UEFA Cup 1 2 0 0 2 0 3
Intertoto Cup 2 4 0 1 3 0 14

A = appearances, B = matches played, C = won, D = drawn, E = lost, F = goals for, G = goals against.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovenia NK Primorje 0-6 0-5
2001-02 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hertha Berlin 0-2 0-1
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Czech Republic Tescoma Zlin 0-0 0-3

Current squad

As of 28 September 2009.
No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Yves de Winter
2 Peru DF Nelinho Quina
3 Belgium DF Steven De Petter
4 Belgium DF Wouter Corstjens
5 Belgium MF Wouter Scheelen
6 Nigeria FW Obiora Odita
7 Belgium FW Dieter Dekelver
10 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Sarki (on loan from Chelsea)
11 Belgium DF Nico van Kerckhoven (c)
12 Belgium FW Glenn Van Asten
14 South Africa MF Michael Modubi
15 Belgium MF Emre Sahin
16 Belgium DF Joris Van Hout
17 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Yakovenko (on loan from Anderlecht)
No. Position Player
18 Belgium MF Jef Delen
19 Colombia FW Jaime Alfonso Ruiz
20 Nigeria MF Mozes Adams
21 Belgium MF Rachid Farssi
22 Belgium DF Jo Christiaens
23 Belgium MF Jarno Molenberghs
24 Belgium MF Lens Annab
25 The Gambia FW Momodou Ceesay
26 Morocco MF Soufiane Bidaoui
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Adnan Mravac
28 Belgium GK Yannick De Winter
30 Belgium GK Bart Deelkens
32 Belgium DF Günther Vanaudenaerde

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2009.

Notable former players

External links

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