K.V.C. Westerlo
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K.V.C. Westerlo
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Full nameKoninklijke Voetbal Club
Nickname(s)De Kemphanen
Founded5 September 1933
GroundHet Kuipje,
ChairmanOktay Ercan
ManagerBob Peeters
LeagueBelgian First Division B
WebsiteClub website

Koninklijke Voetbal Club Westerlo (Dutch pronunciation: ['ko:nkl?k? 'vudb?l ?kl?p 'st?rlo:]; often simply called Westerlo) is a Belgian professional football club located in the municipality of Westerlo in the province of Antwerp. Since 1997-98, Westerlo has been mostly playing in the Belgian Pro League, save for a short stint in the Belgian Second Division between 2012 and 2014. Their highest finish is a 6th place in 1999-00, 2003-04 and 2008-09. They have won one Belgian Cup. The only player who has ever been called up for the Belgium national football team while at Westerlo is Toni Brogno (7 caps, all of them while at Westerlo).

The club was founded in 1933, receiving the matricule number 2024. Their colours are yellow and blue. They play their home matches at the Het Kuipje.


K.V.C. Westerlo 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. 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 plays its home matches at Het Kuipje, which is Dutch for "The Small Tank". It is believed to be reference to the Feijenoord Stadion that is nicknamed De Kuip ("The Tank"). Its capacity is 8,035.[2]


European record

Competition Appearances Matches Won Drawn Lost GF GA
UEFA Cup / Europa League 2 6 1 1 4 2 8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 4 0 1 3 0 14
Season Competition Round Nat Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Slovenia 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 Zlín 0-0 0-3
2011-12 UEFA Europa League Q2 Finland TPS Turku 0-0 1-0
Q3 Switzerland Young Boys 0-2 1-3

Current squad

As of 10 September 2020[3]

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 Belgium BEL Kristof Van Hout
2 DF Belgium BEL Maxime Biset
3 DF Belgium BEL Pietro Perdichizzi
4 DF Belgium BEL Matias Lloci
5 MF France FRA Fabien Antunes
7 MF Belgium BEL Lukas Van Eenoo
8 FW South Africa RSA Kurt Abrahams
9 FW Turkey TUR Atabey Çiçek (on loan from Ba?ak?ehir)
10 FW Ivory Coast CIV Ambroise Gboho
11 FW Nigeria NGA Yunusa Muritala
12 DF Denmark DEN Christoffer Remmer
15 DF Equatorial Guinea EQG Basilio Ndong
18 DF Ivory Coast CIV Kouya Mabea
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF France FRA Kader Keïta
20 DF Senegal SEN Noël Soumah
22 MF Belgium BEL Christian Brüls
24 MF Turkey TUR Bar Al?c? (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
25 FW Angola ANG Igor Vetokele
26 GK Belgium BEL Pieter Caubergh
28 MF Belgium BEL Simon Paulet
30 GK Belgium BEL Koen Van Langendonck
32 DF Belgium BEL Christophe Janssens
35 GK Turkey TUR Berke Özer (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
55 FW Belgium BEL Tuur Dierckx
94 MF Martinique MTQ Thomas Ephestion

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
9 FW Serbia SRB Sava Petrov (at Lierse Kempenzonen until 30 June 2021)



  1. ^ het kuipje Archived 2018-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, kvcwesterlo.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  2. ^ het kuipje Archived 2018-03-30 at the Wayback Machine, kvcwesterlo.be (last check 30/03/2018)
  3. ^ "Doelmannen" (in Dutch). K.V.C. Westerlo. Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 2019.

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