Royal Antwerp F.C.

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Royal Antwerp
Full nameRoyal Antwerp Football Club
Nickname(s)The Great Old, The Reds
Founded1880; 142 years ago (1880)
GroundBosuilstadion
Antwerp, Belgium
Capacity16,144[1]
OwnerHouse of Orange-Nassau
ChairmanPiet van Boldwijn
ManagerMark van Bommel
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2021–22Belgian First Division A, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Royal Antwerp Football Club is a Belgian football club from Antwerp. He was founded around 1880 as Antwerp Cricket Club by English students . So the club is regarded as the oldest club in Belgium.[2] The football division was founded in 1887 named Antwerp Football Club.

History[change | change source]

Royal Antwerp has won four Belgian league titles as well as three Belgian Cups. In 1900 most of the players left the club to K. Beerschot V.A.C.. This was the start of a long rivalry between the two clubs.

The club is the last Belgian team which reached a UEFA competition final. In the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final they lost 3–1 against Parma at Wembley Stadium.[3]

Royal Antwerp had a partnership with the English club Manchester United[4] An example is Dong Fangzhuo. He was unable to play for United immediately due to work permit problems and was loaned to Antwerp.

Although the club is on Belgium's best-supported they reached no trophies. They have not won a league title since 1957 and also spent several seasons in the second division. They were promoted to the top flight in 2000 and relegated in 2004. They returned to the first division after 13 years in 2017.[5] In August 2020 they won the first title since 1957. They won the Belgian Cup versus Club Brugge .[6]

Stadium[change | change source]

Royal Antwerp plays their home matches at the Bosuilstadion since 1923.[7]

Honours[change | change source]

National[change | change source]

Belgian First Division

Belgian Second Division

Belgian Cup

  • Winners: 1954–55, 1991–92, 2019–20
  • Runners-up: 1974–75

Belgian Super Cup

  • Runners-up: 1992

International[change | change source]

Challenge International du Nord

  • Winners: 1902, 1906

European Cup Winners' Cup

Runners-up: 1992–93

Players[change | change source]

Current squad[change | change source]

As of 8 August 2022.[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK France France Jean Butez
2 DF Belgium Belgium Ritchie De Laet
3 DF Belgium Belgium Björn Engels
4 MF Belgium Belgium Radja Nainggolan
6 MF Belgium Belgium Birger Verstraete
7 FW Denmark Denmark Viktor Fischer
8 MF Nigeria Nigeria Alhassan Yusuf
10 FW Belgium Belgium Michel-Ange Balikwisha
11 FW Kosovo Kosovo Arbnor Muja
16 MF Belgium Belgium Pieter Gerkens
18 FW Netherlands Netherlands Vincent Janssen
19 FW Japan Japan Koji Miyoshi
21 DF United States United States Sam Vines
22 DF Argentina Argentina Gastón Ávila
23 DF Belgium Belgium Toby Alderweireld
24 MF Netherlands Netherlands Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 MF Belgium Belgium Alexis De Sart
26 GK Belgium Belgium Ortwin De Wolf
30 DF Senegal Senegal Abdoulaye Seck
32 MF Germany Germany Christoper Scott
33 DF Belgium Belgium Zeno Van Den Bosch
34 DF Belgium Belgium Jelle Bataille
38 MF Belgium Belgium Faris Haroun (captain)
48 MF Belgium Belgium Arthur Vermeeren
50 DF Kosovo Kosovo Laurit Krasniqi
51 DF Ecuador Ecuador William Pacho
55 FW Ecuador Ecuador Anthony Valencia
61 DF Portugal Portugal Dinis Almeida
71 GK Croatia Croatia Davor Matijaš
80 MF Belgium Belgium Pierre Dwomoh
87 GK Belgium Belgium Davino Verhulst
99 FW Switzerland  Switzerland Michael Frey

Coaching staff[change | change source]

Position Name
Manager Netherlands Mark van Bommel
Assistant Manager Netherlands Andries Ulderink
Assistant Manager Netherlands John Stegeman
Assistant Coach Netherlands Jürgen Dirkx
Assistant Coach Netherlands Egid Kiesouw
Goalkeeping Coach Belgium Brian Vandenbussche
Fitness Coach Belgium Peter Catteeuw
Match Analyst Belgium Jerry Vanacker

Manchester United Players loan partnership[change | change source]

This is a list of former players on-loan via Manchester United's partnership with Royal Antwerp from 1998 to 2013.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bosuil mag voortaan 16.144 supporters ontvangen GVA, 7 April 2018
  2. "Blow for Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium's oldest football club". VRT. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. "Parma 3, Royal Antwerp 1". AP. 12 May 1993. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  4. "Manchester United's Royal Antwerp Loanees". Five Cantonas. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  5. "New life breathed into the Great Old as Royal Antwerp return to top flight". Inside World Football. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  6. "Antwerp wins Belgian Cup as soccer resumes in Belgium". Washington Post. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  7. "Stadiums & Pitches". rafc.be. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  8. "Eerste ploeg" [First team] (in Dutch). Royal Antwerp F.C. 22 July 2022.