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Racing Genk
Full name Koninklijke Racing
Club Genk
Founded 1923 (creation)
July 1, 1988 (merge)
Ground Cristal Arena
(since 2007, before Fenix Stadion), Genk
(Capacity: 24,000)
Chairman Belgium Harry Lemmens
Manager Belgium Franky Vercauteren
League Jupiler League
2008-09 Belgian First Division, 8th
Home colours
Away colours

K.R.C. Genk, usually referred to as Racing Genk is a Belgian football club based in the city of Genk in Belgian Limburg. It was formed in 1988 by the merger of Waterschei Thor and K.F.C. Winterslag. It is currently one of the four most successful clubs in Belgium and regularly qualifies for European competitions. It has won the championship twice and the cup three times, most recently in 2009. The club has been in the first division since the 1996-97 season.




K.F.C. Winterslag history (1923--1988)

The club F.C. Winterslag was founded in 1923 and it became that year a member of the Belgian Football Association that gave it the matricule n°322. On its 35th anniversary the club changed its name to K.F.C. Winterslag. In 1972 Winterslag reached the second division and it eventually qualified for the 1974-75 season in the first division after finishing second in the final round. It had taken advantage of the increase in the number of first division clubs (from 16 to 20). The club ended the season in last place but won the second division right after.

K.F.C. Winterslag reached the 5th place in 1981 but two seasons later it was relegated to the second stage after a disappointing last place. That season Standard Liège won the championship on bribery in a match against the club of Waterschei Thor that would eventually merge with the matricule n°322. Following a spell of four seasons in the second division, Winterslag found its place again in the first division by winning the 1987 final round, one point ahead of Tongeren. It finished 15th on 18 but at the end of the season, the club merged with the neighbour club of Waterschei Thor which was playing in the second division since its relegation in 1986.

K. Waterschei S.V. Thor Genk

K. Waterschei S.V. Thor Genk was created in 1919 as Waterschei's Sport Vereeniging Thor with Thor being the acronym of Tot Herstel Onzer Rechten ("To recover our rights"). It registered with the FA only in 1925 and received matriculation n°533. The club enjoyed a spell in the first division in the late 1950s to the early 1960s and again from 1978 to 1986. After two seasons in the second division, K. Waterschei S.V. Thor Genk merged with K.F.C. Winterslag to form K.R.C. Genk.

During the 1982-83 season, the match between Standard Liège-Waterschei had been fixed and Standard eventually won the championship. Waterschei won the Belgian Cup twice (1980 and 1982). Quite remarkably, the latter victory led to Waterschei reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup in the 1982-83 season. After defeating PSG in the quarter-finals, Waterschei lost the first leg of the semi-final 5 - 1 at Pittodrie, home of the eventual winners, Aberdeen F.C. A 1-0 victory in Waterschei, courtesy of Eddy Voordeckers, could not reverse the position. They then merged with Winterslag in 1988 to form the current club.

K.R.C. Genk history (1988 - present)

The new club was named K.R.C. Genk and as it kept the Winterslag ranking, it began in the first division but finished last. The next year Genk managed to win the final round in 2nd division and then played 4 seasons in the first division. In 1995 the club hired Aimé Anthuenis a coach and Racing finished second and skipped the final round as two first division teams merged (Seraing and Standard Liège). After an eighth place in 1997, the club had a good 1997-98 season with a cup win and a second place in the championship. In its first European season, Racing Genk eliminated successively Apolonia and MSV Duisburg but it lost to RCD Mallorca in the round of 16 after two draws (1-1 on aggregate) in the last Cup Winners' Cup ever. The season was ended well as Genk won its first Belgian championship in May, with manager Aimé Anthuenis then moving to Anderlecht.

Genk played in the UEFA Champions League in 1999-2000 but lost in the second qualifying round to NK Maribor. The season was salvaged by winning the Belgian Cup again, this time to Standard, but Genk ended the championship in 9th place. It finished 11th in the following season and lost in the UEFA Cup second round to Werder Bremen after a win against FC Zürich. After this poor spell, Genk managed to win the championship once more in the 2001-2002 season. In 2002-2003, they reached the Champions League group stages for the first time in their history. Although they came 4th, they impressed fans with draws against Real Madrid, AS Roma and AEK Athens.

In the 2006-07 season, Genk finished second to Anderlecht. The Limburgians had been ahead almost the entire season but were pipped at the post by Anderlecht after losing at Germinal Beerschot. The 2007-08 season was a disaster, as Genk didn't even manage to finish in the top half of the division, ending in a disappointing tenth.

At the end of the season, Genk restated their ambition, signing Ronny Vangeneugden as their new head coach and bringing in several new players, including midfielder Daniel Tozser from AEK Athens, defender João Carlos from Lokeren and attacker Adam Nemec from MŠK Žilina. On July 1 2008, Genk celebrated its 20th anniversary. The club was again disappointed to finish in 8th place at the end of the season, but did win the Belgian cup for the third time, leading to European qualification.

Liverpool Alliance

Liverpool are on the verge of tying up a partnership with Belgian club Racing Genk.

The Daily Mail says the agreement will enable Reds boss Rafa Benitez to send his fringe players to gain experience in a senior league.

He will also be able to take advantage of Belgium’s more relaxed laws by placing non-European Union signings with Genk until they qualify for UK work permits.

Genk director Dirk Degraen and coach Frank Vercauteren are due to meet Benitez at Anfield today, Degraen said: "Liverpool have a very large squad and too many of their youngsters don’t get enough playing time.

"We can offer a solution and the players they provide will strengthen our team. Besides, Liverpool are keen to bring in talented youngsters from South America and Africa. They often come up against Britain’s more stringent work permit laws. But they can instead park these players with us, and see them mature."


European record

As of December, 2008.
Competition A P W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 3 12 3 5 4 12 20
Cup Winners' Cup 1 6 3 3 0 16 3
UEFA Cup 2 8 4 1 3 15 15
Intertoto Cup 2 10 6 1 3 22 13

A = appearances, P = matches played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 5 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 5-0
Norway Stabæk IF 4-3
Russia FC Dynamo Moscow 2-3
Greece Panachaiki 4-2
1998-99 Cup Winners' Cup QUAL Albania Apolonia Fier 4-0 5-1
1R Germany MSV Duisburg 5-0 1-1
2R Spain Real Mallorca 1-1 0-0
1999-00 Champions League 2QR Slovenia NK Maribor 3-0 1-5
2000-01 UEFA Cup 1R Switzerland FC Zürich 2-0 2-1
2R Germany Werder Bremen 2-5 1-4
2002-03 Champions League 3QR Czech Republic Sparta Praha 2-0 2-4
Group C - Preliminary Greece AEK Athens 0-0 1-1
Spain Real Madrid 1-1 0-6
Italy AS Roma 0-1 0-0
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R Bulgaria Marek Dupnitza 2-1 0-0
3R Germany Borussia Dortmund 0-1 2-1
Semifinals Portugal União Leiria 0-0 0-2
2005-06 UEFA Cup 2QR Latvia Liepajas Metalurgs 3-0 3-2
1R Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 0-1 2-2
2007-08 Champions League 2QR Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Sarajevo 1-2 1-0

Current squad

As of 30 August 2009.

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Davino Verhulst
2 Belgium DF Dimitri Daeseleire
3 Belgium DF David Hubert
4 Germany DF Torben Joneleit
5 Cameroon DF Eric Matoukou
6 Brazil MF Ederson Tormena
7 Tunisia MF Fabien Camus
8 Hungary MF Dániel Tőzsér
9 France FW Moussa Koita
10 Israel FW Elyaniv Barda
11 Netherlands FW Istvan Bakx
14 Belgium MF Kevin De Bruyne
16 South Africa DF Anele Ngcongca
No. Position Player
17 Belgium FW Stein Huysegems
19 Belgium MF Thomas Buffel
20 Hungary MF Balázs Tóth
21 Burundi MF Dugary Ndabashinze
22 Belgium FW Maurizio Aquino
24 Belgium DF Timothy Durwael
25 Belgium GK Koen Casteels
26 Hungary GK László Köteles
27 Brazil DF Tiago Silva
28 Belgium GK Thibault Courtois
30 Brazil DF João Carlos
31 Belgium FW Marvin Ogunjimi
33 Czech Republic MF Daniel Pudil
- Ghana FW Samuel Yeboah

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Belgium DF Pieter Nys (to Fortuna Sittard)
Belgium DF Sven Verdonck (to Fortuna Sittard)
Belgium FW Jelle Vossen (to Cercle Brugge)

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

Noted past players

  • 1980s: Belgium Luc Nilis (1984-86) (K.F.C. Winterslag)

Noted managers

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