Beerschot AC

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Beerschot AC
Badge of the Beerschot AC
Basic data
Surname Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerp Club
Seat Antwerp , Belgium
founding 1920 (foundation)
July 30, 1942 (registration)
January 21, 1999 (merger)
Colours purple-white
First soccer team
Head coach Adrie Koster
Venue Olympic Stadium
Places 12,771 (complete)
12,206 (UEFA)
league 2nd division
2012/13 15th place ( Jupiler Pro League )

The Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerp Club , better known as Beerschot AC , was a football club from the Belgian city ​​of Antwerp . The association was called Germinal Beerschot until 2011 , which in turn was created through a merger of Germinal Ekeren and Beerschot VAC . On May 21, 2013, the club was dissolved due to financial difficulties and license refusal.



Foundation, establishment & dissolution of the association

Beerschot AC was founded in 1899 at Het Kiel, a southern suburb of Antwerp . Just one year later, the club was affiliated to the Royal Belgian Football Association and had the registration number 13 there. The colors of the football club were mauve and white, their home games took place in the Antwerp Olympic Stadium. The club played at the highest national level for several decades and were Belgian champions seven times before the Second World War . Beerschot also won the Belgian Cup twice . Since Beerschot had encountered financial difficulties for several years, the club was excluded on June 12, 1999 from the Royal Belgian Football Association.

Club names

  • 1899: Beerschot AC
  • 1925: Royal Beerschot Athletic Club (R. Beerschot AC)
  • 1968: K. Beerschot Voetbal en Atletiek Vereniging (K. Beerschot VAV)
  • 1991: Beerschot Voetbal en Atletiek Club (Beerschot VAC)
  • 1995: K. Beerschot Voetbal en Atletiek Club (K. Beerschot VAC)


Germinal Ekeren

Until 1989: foundation and gradual rise

In 1920 in the city of Ekeren, a suburb of Antwerp , Germinal Ekeren was founded. The colors of the football club were yellow and red, their home games took place in the former “Veltwijckpark” stadium. The Germinal is the seventh month of the French Revolutionary Calendar and a symbol of the socialist movement. Between 1920 and 1940 the club took part in the championships of the Socialist Football Association , then from 1940 to 1942 of the Flemish Football Association . From 1942 the club was affiliated with the Royal Belgian Football Association under the name FC Germinal Ekeren and had the registration number 3530. In 1952 the club took part in a Belgian championship (fourth division) for the first time. After FC Germinal Ekeren had been awarded the royal title in 1971, the club was officially called Koninklijke Football Club Germinal Ekeren , or KFC Germinal Ekeren for short. In the 1980s, the club went from a provincial level to a professional level. From 1981 to 1984 the club played in the fourth division, from 1984 to 1988 in the third division and 1988/89 in the second division . In 1989 the association rose to the q. Division on.

From 1990: establishment and national success

In 1991 the team finished fifth and thus took part in the UEFA Cup ( 1991/92 ), but lost the first round against Celtic Glasgow 3-1. In 1995 Ekeren finished sixth, qualified for the Intertoto Cup , where the team also failed in the first round. In the 1995/96 season, the team reached third place and qualified for the UEFA Cup, but failed again in the first round, this time against Grazer AK . A year later, Ekeren won the Belgian Cup , which is the club's greatest national success, and took part in the European Cup Winners' Cup the following season . Ekeren was beaten in the second round by VfB Stuttgart . Ekeren finished third in the 1998/99 season but lost to Servette FC in the qualifying round for the UEFA Cup .

1999: Stadium problem

Germinal Ekeren had problems with his stadium in 1999, despite his sporting success. The introduction of an obtainable license to participate in the top two leagues forced the club to expand its facilities. However, after some residents had complained to the court about the expected higher noise pollution and the stadium was in a recreation park, enlargement was impossible. Germinal Ekeren was on the verge of losing his license without a replacement venue.

Club names

  • 1920: FC Germinal Ekeren
  • 1971: KFC Germinal Ekeren
  • 1999: KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerp (GBA)

Germinal Beerschot Antwerp


Beerschot VAC, who received no further license from the Royal Belgian Football Association on June 12, 1999, gave up the club grounds at the Olympic Stadium . Without that there was a real merger, FC Germinal Ekeren took possession of it and changed its club name to Koninklijke Football Club Germinal Beerschot Antwerp on July 1, 1999 . The yellow-red club colors of Germinal Beerschot Antwerp have been expanded to include the color mauve (from Beershot VAC). The club kept the registration number (3530) from Germinal Ekeren to keep its place in the first division , but has since played at the Beerschot AC stadium and expanded the stadium for the 2001/02 season. By keeping the registration number of Germinal Ekeren, the earlier successes of Germinal Ekeren but not those of Beerschot VAC were included in the history of the KFC Germinal Beerschot.

Germinal Beerschot Antwerp since 2000

The logo of Germinal Beerschot Antwerp

After various financial problems, Marc Brys was hired as a trainer in 2004 . The Belgian led the team to a national cup win - the only trophy the club could win after the merger - after a 2-1 win over Belgian champions Club Bruges. Goal scorers were Karel Snoeckx and Kris De Wree . This enabled the team to take part in the UEFA Cup . In the following season Marc Brys was released after just 7 games. Until then, only 4 out of 21 possible points had been won. He was replaced by Jos Daerden , who finished sixth with the club at the end of the season. At the end of the season Jos Dearden was replaced by Marc Brys after controversy with the club's board. After only one (2006/07 season) Marc Brys was replaced by Harm van Veldhoven .

Because of the breakthrough of players such as François Sterchele , Hernan Losada , Gustavo Colman , Kenny Steppe and Ederson Tormena , Germinal Beerschot under coach van Veldhoven gradually seemed to establish himself in the top third of the table. Highlights here were a streak of nine wins in a row during the 2007/08 season and fifth place in the final table.

The start of the 2008/09 season was unsatisfactory. Germinal Beerschot lost in the second round of the Intertoto Cup against Neftçi Baku and only got 8 out of a possible 33 points after eleven league games. When the team failed in the seventh round of the Belgian cup competition against third-class KRC Mechelen , coach Harm van Veldhoven resigned. Shortly thereafter, the former Belgian national coach Aimé Anthuenis was introduced, but was dismissed due to poor results at the beginning of the following season. Jos Daerden was appointed as his successor. Although the team ended up in third place after the first half of the season - which also set a new club record after the merger - Jos Daerden's contract was not extended due to a disappointing second half. Glen De Boeck took over the vacant coaching position . In the 2010/11 season the results were unsatisfactory and Glen De Boeck was sacked on November 29, who was replaced by Jacky Mathijssen .

Beerschot AC

The 2010/11 season was marked by internal battles and power struggles within the boardroom, which were widely spread in the media. In February 2011, Patrick Vanoppen acquired 99 percent of the club. The association was then restructured. In May of the same year, the club's name officially changed to the Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerp Club (K. Beerschot AC). The new logo reflects on its club history and gives the bears a prominent place again. The sign to the left of the bear refers to the numbering of the Mayans and should be read as “13” - the number also represents the first received registration number that was issued by the Royal Belgian Football Association . Beerschot still kept the registration number (3530) of Germinal Beerschot Antwerp in order to keep its place in the first division . By keeping the registration number of Germinal Beerschot Antwerp, the earlier successes of Germinal Beerschot Antwerp, but not those of Beerschot VAC, were included in the history of the Beerschot club. There is also the Latin proverb "Tene quod bene" (German: Hold on to what is good. Or Hold on to it because it is good! ) And the acorns in the logo.

Names and dates


1 as Germinal Ekeren

Well-known former players

Beerschot AC


Germinal beerschot


Germinal Ekeren


Beerschot VAC


Trainer since 1988

Jacky Mathijssen was the coach of Germinal Beerschot from December 2010 to March 2012 . He returned at the end of January 2013.
season Trainer
Beerschot AC
2012/13 BelgiumBelgium Jacky Mathijssen Wim De Corte (until January 22, 2013) Adrie Koster (until November 29, 2012)
2011/12 BelgiumBelgium Wim De Corte (as interim trainer) Jacky Mathijssen (until March 26, 2012)
Germinal beerschot
2010/11 BelgiumBelgium Jacky Mathijssen Stan Van den Buys & Freddy Heirman (as interim trainer until December 2010) Glen De Boeck (until November 29, 2010)
BelgiumBelgium BelgiumBelgium
2009/10 BelgiumBelgium Jos Daerden Aimé Antheunis (until August 31, 2009)
2008/09 BelgiumBelgium Aimé Antheunis Harm van Veldhoven (until November 13, 2008)
2007/08 NetherlandsNetherlands Harm van Veldhoven
2006/07 BelgiumBelgium Marc Brys
2005/06 BelgiumBelgium Jos Daerden Marc Brys (until September 2005)
2004/05 BelgiumBelgium Marc Brys
2003/04 BelgiumBelgium Marc Brys
2002/03 BelgiumBelgium Franky Van der Elst
2001/02 BelgiumBelgium Franky Van der Elst
2000/01 BelgiumBelgium Franky Van der Elst
1999/00 BelgiumBelgium Franky Van der Elst
Germinal Ekeren Beerschot VAC
1998/99 BelgiumBelgium Herman Helleputte BelgiumBelgium Marc Noë
1997/98 BelgiumBelgium Herman Helleputte BelgiumBelgium Marc Noë Barry Hulshoff
1996/97 BelgiumBelgium Herman Helleputte Stani Gzil
BelgiumBelgium James Storme
1995/96 PolandPoland Stani Gzil Herman Helleputte
BelgiumBelgium Raoul Peeters
1994/95 BelgiumBelgium Herman Helleputte BelgiumBelgium René Desaeyere
1993/94 BelgiumBelgium Aimé Antheunis BelgiumBelgium René Desaeyere
1992/93 BelgiumBelgium Urbain Haesaert BelgiumBelgium René Desaeyere
1991/92 BelgiumBelgium Urbain Haesaert BelgiumBelgium Guido Mallants Martti Kuusela
1990/91 BelgiumBelgium Urbain Haesaert NetherlandsNetherlands Aad Koudijzer
1989/90 BelgiumBelgium René Desaeyere Albert Bers
BelgiumBelgium Georges Heylens
1988/89 BelgiumBelgium Albert Bers WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Barry Hughes

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Beerschot failliet verklaard . Dutch. Online at from May 21, 2013. Accessed September 5, 2013.

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