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Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full name Royal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Rouches (The Reds)
Founded 1900
Ground Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Liège
(Capacity: 30,143)
Chairman Reto Stiffler
Manager Dominique D'Onofrio
League Belgian First Division
2008-09 Belgian First Division, 1st
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège, is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on 10 occasions, most recently in 2007-08 and 2008-09. They have also won 5 Belgian Cups, and in 1981-82 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, although they lost 2-1 to Barcelona.

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Club culture

Standard is one of the most popular club teams in Belgium and historically the third most successful club in the Belgian First Division. The team is known as "Les Rouches" (i.e. "Les Rouges", "The Reds" pronounced with the Liège accent) for the colour of their home shirts.

Their home matches are played in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne, known as the "Chaudron de Sclessin" ("Sclessin Cauldron") of the "Enfer de Sclessin" (Hell of Sclessin"), which has a capacity of 30,000 (26.000 if in all-seaters).

There are several notable supporter's groups, the four largest (and more active) being "Hell-Side 81", "Ultras Inferno 96", "Kop Rouche", and "PHK" - each associated with different areas of the stadium.

The R. Standard de Liège has the largest number of supporter's clubs in every parts of the country and in every social categories.

History

Flag waving in the stadium (2009).

The club was founded in 1900, under the name of Standard FC, by students at the Saint-Servais High School in Liege. Their inspiration for the name was Standard AC Paris, a popular Parisian club at the time (Champions of France 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898 and one more time in 1901). Between "Excelsior", "Sporting" and other "Daring" proposals, the name STANDARD wins the poll for one point before "Skill of Liége"

From very long time ago, the Standard players are nicknammed the "Rouches". That came from their legendary main colour the Red. Rouge in French langage pronounced with familiar way of in the walloon dialect:"Rodje".

Standard FC became Standard FC Liégeois in 1899. But through the great rivalry with local FC Liégeois (founded in 1892, 1st national champion in 1896) the word "football" disappear and the club name became Standard Club Liégeois in 1910.

Standard enters its first official (regional) championship in 1902-1903 (9 wins and 3loss), and a first record victory against Stade Wallon II 14-0. In 1903-1904, Standard finished runner-up of the regional league of Liège and was regional champion in 1905.

Until 1908-1909, Belgian Football held only one national league: the Division d'Honneur (Honnour League). Under it was regional leagues (on geographical bases : Antwerp, Brabant, Hainaut/Namur, Liège and Flanders) from where the regional champions plays, at the end of the season, a Division One championship like play offs. In 1909, Standard Club Liégeois was crowned "Division One" Champion and acceeded for the 1st time in its History to the Highest national level. From 1909-1910, was created a second national level called "Promotion".

Standard could stay on the highest level until 1914. The first ever championship in "Honneur" was the best with a 5th place. Other years the "Rouches" finished in the bottom of the league and saved their skin "on the buzzer". In 1914, Standard finished tie with La Gantoise (Ghent). A play off in two legs gaves at La Gantoise the right to stay on Highest level. As in all main occidental European countries, WWI breaked the football competitions.

When the competition came again in 1919-1920, Standard played in Promotion League (second national level). It finished runner-up behind FC Tilleur (another team of Liege, Tilleur stadium was not very far of Standard's pitch - like Everton and Liverpool.) But in 1921, the "Rouches" were champions in Promotion League and then returned on highest level. They will never leave it. In 2009-2010, that gives a streak of 79 years on highest national level. National record and not far off a world record.

In 1923, the club became Royal Standard Club Liégeois. In Belgium the title "Royal" is given but the Monarch to all associations who reach the honourable age of 50 years - NOTA: at this time it was 25 years old)

The first ever best result on highest level was at the end of 1925-1926 championship. Standard finished runner up 7 points behind Beerschot who wins its 4th title (the third in a row).

The club was again runner-up 1928 (11 points behind Beerschot) and 1936 (3 points behind Daring CB).

In fact, if the Standard stayed always in the highest league, it must wait for a long time for titles and trophies. In 1954, Standard wins the first of their five Belgian Cups (win in the final against RC Malines 3-1). Four years later, Royal Standard Club Liégeois was crowned national champion for the first time in its History.

The season after this first national crown is very important in Standard's History.

The Rouches played the European Champions Cup 1958-1959 (actually Champions League).

Standard wipes out the Scottish champions Heart of Midlothian (with a 5-1 Home win). It was the first time that a Belgian club survived to a European round. The Standard was very popular but after this European qualification increased the number of their fans. In the second round Sporting CP (Portugal) was also too short. Standard reached the quarter-finals where Stade of Reims failed 2-0 in Liège. But in Colombes, French stars (many players of Reims were in the French squad who finished 3rd in World Cup 58 in Sweden) wins 3-0. After the game, French players (among striker Just Fontaine)said: "Standard were better but we were lucky tonight." The Legend of Standard begun and would keep growing in the mind of their fans.

Two other Belgian titles were won in '61 and '63. In 61-62, The second participation at the Champions Cup confirms the Legend of the Standard. The "Rouches" wins easily four times against Frederikstadt (Norway) and Haka Valkeakoski (Finland). The first leg of the quarter finals was played in Sclessin (Standard Home). This game became a Legendary day. An incredible lot of fans came to the stadium. The players walked through the crowd when they must give a thrown in or a corner kick. Standard crushed Glasgow Rangers 4-1. The 2-0 defeat on the 2nd leg was quick forgotten: Standard reach a European semi-final. Never seen in Belgium. Real Madrid put an end at the dream.

In 1964, the Swedish champion IFK Norrköpping ended the European way of Standard during the first round.

In 1966, Standard won its 2nd National Cup with a 1-0 win in the final against great rival Anderlecht (winning goal by Nico Dewalque).

In 1966-1967, Standard reached again the semi-finals level (European Cup of Cup Winners - EC2). FC Bayern Munich, with a young striker named Gerd Muller, won two times 2-0 and 1-3 in Belgium. Few weeks later, Standard catched its 3rd National cup against FC Malinois (3-1 after extratime)

1967-1968's European Cup of Cup's Winners fulfilled the Legend of what Belgian crowd considers as "European Standard". The Rouches wins against Izmir (Turkey) and Aberdeen (Scotland) and reached the quarter-finals stage. Standard held AC Milan two times in respect (1-1). A replay game were played...in Milan. Rossoneri won 2-0.

After a great domination of Anderlecht, R. Standard CL got three titles in a row (1969, 1970 and 1971) and the National Cup in 1973.

Win in Chamartin The EC1 of 69-70 permitted Standard to write another page of its Golden Book. After playing easily against Netori Tirana (Albania), the Rouches became the first Belgian club to eliminate the Real Madrid itself , with a 2-3 win in Stantiago Bernabeu Stadion. The all-white of great Leeds United crushed Belgian dream but after two great fights (twice defeated 1-0, goals of Lorimer and of Giles.

EC1 70-71 finished too soon against Legia Warsaw (Poland) and the second round.

EC1 71-72 showed another great Standard. Linfield FC and CSKA Moscow cannont stop the Belgian champions. In quarter-finals, the young rule of away-goal (scored by Sandro Mazzola in Liege) offered the semi-final stage to Inter Milan (1-0 and 2-1).

EC2 72-73 (Standard was runner up of Anderlecht in Belgian Cup 1972) finished immediately against Sparta Prag.

EC 2 73-74 Standard was another time runner up of Anderlecht in Belgian Cup 1973) started correctly (qualification against ARDS FC and Craiova) but finished against Feyenoord Rotterdam in quarter-finals.

First desert crossing

From the championship of 1974, R. Standard CL knew many hard years. The ed of the Seventie was like a desert crossing for the Standard. The championship of 1976 was the more difficult. The Rouches finished on the 8th place at 13 points of champions FC Brugghe (at this time a win gave 2 points). After three third-places in a row, Standard was runner up four points behind FC Brugghe in 1980. Good moments came again...

Cup, title and another European Legend

In 1981, R. Standard CL wins its 4th National Cup (4-1 against Lokeren SC)

A very high point of the club's history was the 1982 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, in which they were beaten by FC Barcelona in the final (2-1). This final was held in... Barcelona's Camp Nou. Standard tooks the lead with a nice goal of further team Captain Guy Vandersmissen. Allan Simonsen answered on penalty. Quini gaves the win to Barça, after a free-kick...too quickly played. German referee Eischweiler let the Spanish players giving the kick before Belgian defender's wall was ready.

Few days before the EC2 final, Standard wins its 8th National title. The Rouches confirmed with a 9th title in 1983.

EC1 82-83 ended soon, in the second round against Juventus Torino (Italy). EC 1 83-84 ended also in the second round this tiume against 1.FC Köln (Germany).

Scandal and second desert crossing In 1984, a scandal was revealed implicating several players and trainers in an alleged plan to influence other Belgian clubs to "ease off" toward the end of the season, so that Standard might face Barcelona without injuries. As a result, the club received a heavy fine and - in order to pay it - had to sell its best players. Trainer Goethals leaves the club. Secretary General Roger Petit gaves his dismissal. Some players (Internationals Preudhomme, Gerets, ...) received a suspension.

The Standard will need more than 20 years to come off its second desert crossing. The National Cup win of 1993 (2-0 agains RSC Charleroi) was the only sunshine in a long period.

But if the Belgian titles stopped coming, yet the club remained the most very popular across Belgium - even in the Flemish north. In 1996, the club absorbed R.F.C. Seraing. Standard appeared to see something of a resurgence in the 2005-2006 season, finishing the Belgian League in second place and earning themselves a place in the Champions League qualifiers.

Maurice Dufranes stadium in 2006.

On April 20, 2008 they won their first Belgian League title in 25 years with 3 games left, claiming an unbeaten record of 31 games. Standard defeated their archrivals Anderlecht in the decisive match, with 2 goals from Dieumerci Mbokani who had played for Anderlecht the previous season. The team was one of the youngest in the Belgian First Division. A total of 32 Scouts from foreign teams were in the stadium with Marouane Fellaini as the main focus of their interests.[citation needed]. Fellaini later signed for Everton F.C. in a deal worth €20M in the dying minutes of the transfer deadline 2008. Standard made their second appearance in the Champions League qualifiers in 2008-09.

The Standard Liege's domination over the Belgian Football was highlighted in January 9 as one of their players got the title of Football Player of the Year (Golden Shoe) for the third time in four years with Axel Witsel's victory over his teammate Milan Jovanovic. It was confirmed later that season when the team won its second Belgian title in a row after two play-off matches against Anderlecht (1-1 and 1-0). The game was of poor quality but also among the most intense of Belgian football history as the winner got a ticket to the final stage of the Champions League and its 15M Euro Jackpot, enough to shift the balance of power in the league for the foreseeable future.

Honours

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National

Belgian League

Champions (10): 1957/58, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1981/82, 1982/83, 2007/08, 2008/09
Runners-up (10): 1925/26, 1927/28, 1935/36, 1961/62, 1964/65, 1972/73, 1979/80, 1992/93, 1994/95, 2005/06

Belgian Cup

Champions (5): 1954, 1966, 1967, 1981, 1993
Runners-up (9): 1965, 1972, 1973, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2007

Belgian League Cup

Champions (1): 1975

Belgian Supercup

Champions (4) 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (2) 1993, 1982

International

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up (1) 1982

European record

As of December, 2008.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 10 44 23 5 16 75 52
Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup 14 70 30 18 22 99 88
Intertoto Cup 3 20 8 10 2 25 16

Current squad

As of 16 January 2010.

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 Kristof Van Hout
2 Belgium DF Réginal Goreux
3 Brazil DF Victor RamosCruz Roja.svg
5 Brazil DF Felipe
6 Guadeloupe MF Cédric Collet Cruz Roja.svg
7 France MF Wilfried Dalmat
8 Belgium MF Steven Defour Cruz Roja.svg (captain)
9 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Dieumerci Mbokani
10 Belgium FW Igor De Camargo (vice-captain)
11 Belgium MF Grégory Dufer
14 Belgium DF Landry Mulemo
16 Belgium GK Anthony Moris
17 Brazil DF Marcos Camozzato
18 Belgium MF Andrea Mutombo
19 Senegal DF Mohamed Sarr (vice-captain)
20 Côte d'Ivoire FW Moussa Traoré (on loan from Commune FC)
No. Position Player
21 Portugal MF Tiago Ronaldo
22 France MF Eliaquim Mangala
23 Serbia FW Milan Jovanović (vice-captain)
24 Belgium MF Koen Daerden
25 Israel DF Rami Gershon (on loan from Hapoel Ironi Rishon LeZion F.C.)
26 France MF Benjamin Nicaise Cruz Roja.svg
27 Belgium MF Arnor Angeli Cruz Roja.svg
28 Belgium MF Axel Witsel
29 Côte d'Ivoire FW Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac Cruz Roja.svg
31 Brazil DF Alex Moraes
33 Belgium MF Mehdi Carcela-González
35 Belgium DF Sébastien Pocognoli
38 Turkey GK Sinan Bolat
77 Romania FW Gheorghe Grozav
- Senegal MF Pape Abdou Camara

Retired number : 12 for the 12th man, the Standard supporters.

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

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
- Belgium FW Christian Benteke (at Kortrijk)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Edouard Kabamba (at Eupen)
 

Notable players

Former players

Player stats

Appearances

# Player Standard career Appearances
1 Luxembourg Guy Hellers 1983-2000 474
2 Belgium Gilbert Bodart 1981-1996, 1997-1998 469
3 Belgium Guy Vandersmissen 1978-1991 465
4 Belgium Léon Semmeling 1959-1974 449

Goals

# Player Standard career Goals (App.)
1 Belgium Jean Capelle 1929-1944 245 (285)
2 Belgium Roger Claessen 1956-1968 161 (229)
3 Belgium Maurice Gillis 1919-1935 124 (275)

Coaches

Captains

Player's name in bold when Standard won the title

  • 1954/55
  • 1955/56
  • 1956/57
  • 1957/62 Belgium Denis Houf
  • 1962/63
  • 1963/64
  • 1964/65
  • 1965/66
  • 1966/67
  • 1967/68
  • 1968/69
  • 1969/70
  • 1970/71
 
  • 1971/72
  • 1972/73
  • 1973/74
  • 1974/75 Belgium Wilfried van Moer
  • 1975/76
  • 1976/77
  • 1977/78
  • 1978/79
  • 1979/80
  • 1980/83 Belgium Eric Gerets
  • 1983/84
  • 1984/85
  • 1985/86
  • 1986/87
  • 1987/88
 

U-20 Squad

"*" as of call up for the first squad 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
Italy GK Nicola Hatefi
* Belgium GK Jesse Soubry
Italy DF Jonathan Dostilio
* Turkey DF Mehmet Sarper Kiskac
Kenya DF Pierre-Yves Ngawa
Belgium DF Fabian Piette
Belgium DF Pierre Sevens
Belgium DF Christopher Verbist
* Turkey DF Ali Yasar
Italy DF Franco Zennaro
Indonesia MF Kevin Atheba
Republic of the Congo MF Jason Bola
Belgium MF Julien de Sart
Brazil MF Junior Da Silva Edmilson
Senegal MF Karim Faye
Belgium MF Romain Frère
No. Position Player
Lebanon MF Reda Jaadi
Belgium MF Alexander Maes
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Deni Milosevic
France MF Jonathan Mendes
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Maecky-Fred N'Gombo
Belgium MF Grégory Scolas
Belgium MF Simon Wantiez
Belgium MF Kevin Vandeberg
Morocco FW Zakaria Bakkalli
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Christopher Bombele
Belgium FW Axel Bonemme
Tanzania FW Matt Debra
France FW Daimy Deflem
Italy FW Sébastien Locigno
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Dolly Menga

Supporters Awards

Man of the season (since 1997/98)

Most regular Standardman of the season (votes after every match on the official website)

Season 1 2 3
1997/98 Netherlands Björn van der Doelen - -
1998/99 Croatia Vedran Runje Portugal António Folha Belgium Emile Mpenza
1999/00 Belgium Bernd Thijs Belgium Michaël Goossens Croatia Vedran Runje
2000/01 Croatia Vedran Runje Croatia Ivica Mornar Croatia Robert Prosinečki
2001/02 Portugal Almami Moreira Belgium Michaël Goossens Belgium Harold Meyssen
2002/03 Sweden Fredrik Söderström Portugal Almami Moreira Norway Ole Martin Årst
2003/04 Belgium Emile Mpenza Portugal Almami Moreira Belgium Jonathan Walasiak
2004/05 Portugal Sérgio Conceição Croatia Vedran Runje United States Oguchi Onyewu
2005/06 Burundi Mémé Tchité Portugal Sérgio Conceição Portugal Almami Moreira
2006/07 Belgium Steven Defour Serbia Milan Jovanović Portugal Sérgio Conceição
2007/08 Democratic Republic of the Congo Dieumerci Mbokani Serbia Milan Jovanović Belgium Steven Defour

Trophy Scharlaken UGH (since 2000/01)

Standardman of the season presented by fan club Les Rouches des Flandres in cooperation with the official website

Season 1
2000/01 Croatia Vedran Runje
2001/02 Portugal Almami Moreira
2002/03 Portugal Almami Moreira
2003/04 Belgium Emile Mpenza
2004/05 Portugal Sérgio Conceição
2005/06 United States Oguchi Onyewu
2006/07 Belgium Steven Defour
2007/08 Belgium Steven Defour

Youth Team

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
Belgium GK Mathieu Delbouille
Italy DF Rèmy Anelli
Italy DF Francois D'Onofrio
Morocco DF Karim El Ouahidi
Italy DF Jordan Feltesse
Belgium DF Lionel Gendarme
Mauritania DF Alpha Kane
Belgium DF Marvin Konsdorff
France DF Simon Ligot
Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Jeremy Mayele Munkana
Kenya DF Rudy Mansoni Ngombo
Belgium DF Arnaud van Belle
Belgium DF Marnick Vermijl
Belgium MF Kenny Brisy
Brazil MF Paulo Da Silva Ediberg
Belgium MF Manuel de Castris
No. Position Player
Senegal MF Pape Abdou Camara
Côte d'Ivoire MF Lofti Fouka
Côte d'Ivoire MF Morel Keh
Belgium MF Michael Lallemand
Republic of the Congo MF Axel Mafuta
Zambia MF Joany Mununga
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Fréjus Obrou N'Gnon
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Dieumerci Ndongala
Belgium MF Steve Otte
Italy MF Benjamin Pardini
Croatia FW Maxime Bosak
Belgium FW Jordy Croux
Netherlands FW Dinesh Gogar
Belgium FW Rémi Defays
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Axel Kasa-Vubu
Belgium FW Axel Lismonde

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