K.V. Mechelen

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KV Mechelen
KV Mechelen logo.svg
Full nameYellow Red Koninklijke
Voetbalclub Mechelen
Nickname(s)De Kakkers
GroundAFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne
ManagerWouter Vrancken
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2018–19Belgian First Division B, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen[2] (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌjɛloː ˈrɛt ˌkoːnɪŋkləkə ˌvudbɑlklʏp ˈmɛxələ(n)]), often simply called KV Mechelen (Dutch pronunciation: [kaːˌveː ˈmɛxələ(n)]) or KVM, or by their former French name FC Malinois, is a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen in the Antwerp province. KV Mechelen plays in the Belgian First Division A. They have won four Belgian championships and twice the Belgian Cup, as well as the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1988 European Super Cup. They collected most of their honours in the 1940s and in the 1980s.

KV Mechelen was founded in 1904 and, in 1921–22, promoted to the first division. After two successive relegation and promotion, they were back for good between 1928–29 and 1955–56. In the 1960s and 1970s, the club had several promotions and relegations between the first and second division. From 1983–84 to 1996–97, they had a successful first division spell, with a title and several second- and third-place finishes. During that period, they also won a European Cup Winners' Cup and they reached the same competition semi-finals as well as the European Cup quarter-finals.

KV Mechelen declined in the late 1990s though they had two more spells at the highest level from 1999–2000 to 2000–01 and in 2002–03. At the end of that season, the club did not receive their Belgian professional football license. They were therefore relegated to the third division with a nine-point penalty. After two promotions in 2004–05 and in 2006–07, KV Mechelen returned to the first division.

The club's outfits are a striped yellow and red shirt with black shorts and socks. They play their home matches at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, where Argos is their stadium sponsor and Achter de Kazerne means 'Behind the Barracks'. The stadium has been named so because there used to be barracks next to stadium. KV Mechelen fans have a long-standing rivalry with KRC Mechelen.


Early days[edit]

The club was founded in 1904, a few months after the birth of city rival KRC Mechelen. The club had a first successful period in the 1940s. During World War II, in 1943, the club won their first domestic title. The second title came a few years later, in 1946, and in 1948 the club was successful again. After that, the club fell back. In 1954, they managed to finish third, only one point behind champions Anderlecht, but that was their last good season. Two years later, Mechelen was relegated to second division. During the 1960s and the 1970s, Mechelen went up and down between the first and second division.

The club enjoyed a spell of both domestic and European success in the period from 1987 to 1992. During these five seasons, Mechelen won one Belgian championship and one Belgian cup title. They also finished second in the Belgian league twice and lost the Belgian Cup final twice. After winning the domestic cup title in 1987, and hence qualifying for the European Cup Winners' Cup, they completed the extraordinary achievement of winning this tournament in 1988. Mechelen are the last Belgian team that has won a European trophy.

Since 2000[edit]

KV Mechelen seemed to be on its way to becoming one of the top clubs in Belgium, but quickly declined when their chairman Cordier (who owned the rights to most of their players) was forced to sell many players due to his company's bad results. On 10 June 2007, the team achieved promotion to the Belgian First Division. Two years later in 2009, KV Mechelen played the final of the Belgian Cup, losing it 2–0 to Genk. One year after that, they stranded in the semi-finals with a 2–2 draw and a 1–0 loss against KAA Gent.

After a successful 2010 and four seasons for the yellow reds, coach Peter Maes decided to leave Malinwa and signed a four-year contract with Lokeren. Malinwa made a deal with Marc Brys to take over from Maes. Marc Brys was coach of FC Den Bosch, a second division team in the Netherlands. After two seasons he was sacked and Harm Van Veldhoven was appointed for the 2012–13 season. Van Veldhoven also could not lead KV Mechelen to Play-off 1, the clubs' recent unspoken ambition. He was fired in December 2013. At the end of the 2013–14 season KV Mechelen appointed Aleksandar Janković as head coach. Despite Janković's inability to lead the club to Play-off 1, Janković left for topclub Standard Liège and Mechelen had to appoint a new manager. The club ended up choosing Yannick Ferrera for the vacant job, who had just been fired as manager of Standard Liège.

Match-fixing and 2017–19 Belgian football fraud scandal[edit]

2017 through 2019 proved to be a tumultuous period for the club. After eleven seasons at the highest level, the club got relegated on the last day of the 2017–18 season as a 2–0 win over Waasland-Beveren left them in last place on goal difference, due to Eupen beating Moeskroen by a bigger margin (4–0). During the following season, while the club was very successful on the pitch, winning both the 2018–19 Belgian First Division B and the 2018–19 Belgian Cup, the 2017–19 Belgian football fraud scandal emerged in which the club was accused of match-fixing their final match of the 2017–18 season, allegedly having attempted to bribe certain players and officials of Waasland-Beveren. In March 2019, the club was found guilty and forced to relegate back to the First Division B despite winning promotion, and also denied to take part in the 2019–20 Belgian Cup and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, the latter for which they had qualified by winning the cup. The club appealed the decision at the Belgian Arbitration Court for Sports which ruled on 10 July 2019 that according to the general rules set by the Royal Belgian Football Association that match-fixing in a prior season could never be punished by relegation in a later season. As a result, while the club was effectively found guilty of match-fixing one week later, they were only punished with a one-season ban from European football and the Belgian Cup, but left unpunished in the league, thus avoiding the relegation and 12-point penalty which was initially demanded by the Belgian FA.




European record[edit]

KV Mechelen's Belgian Cup win in 1987 saw the club participate in UEFA club competition for the first time in their history, entering the 1987–88 European Cup Winners' Cup. It proved to be a largely successful campaign, with Mechelen reaching the final undefeated by winning seven of their eight matches en route. They then went on to defeat Ajax 1–0 in the final, Piet den Boer scoring the decisive goal early in the second half.[3] The following season Mechelen played 1988 European Cup winners PSV in the UEFA Super Cup, and defeated the Dutch side 3–1 on aggregate. Mechelen remain the last Belgian club team to have won a European club competition.[4]

As of December 2008.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 1 6 2 3 1 9 3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 17 13 3 1 26 8
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europea League 4 14 3 5 6 14 15
UEFA Super Cup 1 2 1 0 1 3 1

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


  • Q = qualification round
  • PO = play-off
  • R = round
  • Group = group stage / Group 1 = first group stage / Group 2 = second group stage
  • 1/8 = eighth finals / 1/4 = quarter-finals / 1/2 = semi-finals
  • F = final
Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Romania Dinamo București 1–0, 2–0
2R Scotland St Mirren 0–0, 2–0
1/4 Soviet Union Dinamo Minsk 1–0, 1–1
1/2 Italy Atalanta 2–1, 2–1
F Netherlands Ajax 1–0
1988 UEFA Super Cup F Netherlands PSV 3–0, 0–1
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg Avenir Beggen 5–0, 3–1
2R Belgium Anderlecht 1–0, 2–0
1/4 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0, 0–0
1/2 Italy Sampdoria 2–1, 0–3
1989–90 European Cup 1R Norway Rosenborg 5–0, 0–0
2R Sweden Malmö FF 4–1, 0–0
1/4 Italy Milan 0–0, 0–2 (AET)
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Sporting CP 2–2, 0–1
1991–92 UEFA Cup 1R Greece PAOK 0–1, 1–1
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden Örebro SK 2–1, 0–0
2R Netherlands Vitesse 0–1, 0–1
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R Sweden IFK Norrköping 1–1 (AET), 1–0
2R Hungary MTK Hungária 5–0, 1–1
3R Italy Cagliari 1–3, 0–2

Summary of best results[edit]

(2 cups)

European Cup/UEFA Champions League:

- Quarter-finalists in 1990

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988
- Semi-finalists in 1989

UEFA Super Cup (1):

- Winners in 1988

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 July 2019[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Bram Castro
2 Belgium DF Jules Van Cleemput
3 Netherlands DF Lucas Bijker
4 Trinidad and Tobago DF Sheldon Bateau
5 Netherlands DF Arjan Swinkels
7 Belgium MF Geoffry Hairemans
8 Belgium MF Onur Kaya
9 Ivory Coast FW William Togui
10 Belgium FW Igor de Camargo
11 Belgium FW Nikola Storm
12 Belgium GK Sofiane Bouzian
13 Belgium MF Joachim Van Damme
14 Belgium DF Maxime De Bie
15 Belgium GK Yannick Thoelen
No. Position Player
16 Belgium MF Rob Schoofs
17 Burkina Faso MF Trova Boni
19 Belgium DF Alec Van Hoorenbeeck
20 Sweden FW Gustav Engvall
21 France MF Clément Tainmont
22 Belgium DF Alexander Corryn
23 France DF Thibault Peyre
27 Belgium DF Laurent Lemoine
28 Belgium GK Arno Valkenaers
30 Belgium DF Jordi Vanlerberghe
31 Belgium FW Dante Vanzeir
33 Belgium MF Gaétan Bosiers
37 Belgium MF Mohamed Zeroual
40 Belgium MF Aster Vranckx

For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2019.

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player


Chairmen history[edit]

Date Name
1904–06 Belgium Théophile Delvaulx
1906–51 Belgium Francis Dessain
1951–77 Belgium Patrick Dessain
1977–82 Belgium Herman Candries
1982–92 Belgium John Cordier
Date Name
1992–94 Belgium Willy Dussart
1994–97 Belgium Jef De Graef
1997–02 Belgium Willy Van den Wijngaert
2003 Belgium Mark Uytterhoeven
2003– Belgium Johan Timmermans

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Het AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne kvmechelen.be (last check 30 March 2018)
  2. ^ "INFO EN CONTACT". Archived from the original on 7 September 2011.
  3. ^ "11 mai 1988 à la Meinau : Mechelen-Ajax". Racing Stub. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Nick. "Leeds, Aston Villa and River Plate among the Top 10 dramatic declines". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ Media, Golazo. "Jupiler Pro League". jupilerproleague.be.

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