Stefano Marzo is a Belgian footballer who plays for Lokeren in the Belgian Pro League. He played for PSV Eindhoven, Beerschot and SC Heerenveen. Born in Lommel, he is of Italian descent. Voetbal International profile Stefano Marzo at Soccerway
Belgium national football team
The Belgian national football team has represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association. Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches. Belgium's national team have participated in three quadrennial major football competitions, it appeared in the end stages of thirteen FIFA World Cups and five UEFA European Championships, featured at three Olympic football tournaments, including the 1920 Olympic tournament which they won. Other notable performances are victories over four reigning world champions—West Germany, Brazil and France—between 1954 and 2002. Belgium has long-standing football rivalries with its Dutch and French counterparts, having played both teams nearly every year from 1905 to 1967.
The squad has been known as the Red Devils since 1906. During the national player career of forward Paul Van Himst, the most-praised Belgian footballer of the 20th century, Belgium took third place at Euro 1972. After that, they experienced two golden ages with many gifted players. In the first period, which lasted from the 1980s to the early 1990s, the team finished as runners-up at Euro 1980 and fourth in the 1986 World Cup. In the second, under guidance of Marc Wilmots and Roberto Martínez in the 2010s, Belgium topped the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in November 2015 and finished third at the 2018 World Cup. Belgium participates in League A of the first UEFA Nations League edition. Belgium was one of the first mainland European countries to play association football, its practice in Belgium began on 26 October 1863, after an Irish student walked into the Josephites College of Melle with a leather ball. An elitist pastime, during the following decades association football supplanted rugby as Belgium's most popular football sport.
On 1 September 1895, ten clubs for football, athletics and cycling founded the Belgian sports board Union Belge des Sociétés de Sports Athlétiques. On 11 October 1900, Beerschot AC honorary president Jorge Díaz announced that Antwerp would host a series of challenge matches between Europe's best football teams. After some organisational problems, on 28 April 1901, Beerschot's pitch hosted its first tournament, in which a Belgian A-squad and a Dutch B-team contested the Coupe Vanden Abeele. Belgium won, beat the Netherlands in all three follow-up matches. On 1 May 1904, the Belgians played their first official match, against France at the Stade du Vivier d'Oie in Uccle. Twenty days the football boards of both countries were among the seven FIFA founders. At that time, the Belgian squad was chosen by a committee drawn from the country's six or seven major clubs. In 1906, the national team players received the nickname Red Devils because of their red jerseys, four years Scottish ex-footballer William Maxwell replaced the UBSSA committee as their manager.
From 1912, UBSSA governed football only and was renamed UBSFA. During the Great War, the national team only played unrecognised friendlies, with matches in and against France. At the 1920 Summer Olympics, in their first official Olympic appearance, the Red Devils won the gold medal on home soil after a controversial final in which their Czechoslovak opponents left the pitch. In the three 1920s Summer Olympics, they achieved fair results, played their first intercontinental match, against Argentina. However, over the following decade, Belgium lost all of their matches at the first three FIFA World Cup final tournaments. According to historian Richard Henshaw, "he growth of in Scandinavia, Central Europe, South America left Belgium far behind". Although World War II hindered international football events in the 1940s, the Belgian team remained active with unofficial matches against squads of other allied nations. Belgium qualified for only one of eight major tournaments during the 1950s and the 1960s: the 1954 World Cup.
The day before the tournament began, the RBFA was among the three UEFA founders. Dutch journalists considered the draw of the 1954 Belgian team in their opener against England to be the most surprising result of that match day more than Switzerland's victory over the Italian "football stars". However, Belgium were eliminated after a loss to Italy in the second group match. Two bright spots in these decades were wins against World Cup holders: West Germany in 1954, Brazil in 1963. Between these, Belgium defeated Hungary's Golden Team in 1956; the combination of failure in competitive matches, success in exhibition matches, gave the Belgians the mock title of "world champion of the friendlies". The team's performance improved under manager Raymond Goethals. Dressed in white, as the White Devils, Belgium had their first victories at World and European Championships at the 1970 World Cup and Euro 1972. En route to that Euro appearance, their first, they eliminated reigning European champions Italy by winning the two-legged quarter-final on aggregate.
At the end stage, they finished third by winning the consolation match against Hungary. In 1973, the denial of a match-winning goal in their last 1974 FIFA World C
Killian Overmeire is a Belgian football player who plays as a defensive midfielder for SC Lokeren in Belgium. A youth exponent of Lokeren, Overmeire is active at the club since 2003 and is the club's current captain, he went on to play more than 300 league games and is to make his 400th league appearance in the 2017-18 season. Belgium stats at Belgian FA List of one-club men
Harm van Veldhoven
Harm van Veldhoven is a Dutch-Belgian football manager, unemployed after last managing Westerlo. Van Veldhoven started his career with local youth team De Raven, he was picked up by SK Lommel at the age of 17. He made his way up to the highest level of Belgian football with Germinal Ekeren, he went to RWDM and returned to SK Lommel when they had arrived in First Division. The 3 teams for which van Veldhoven was active as footballer at senior level, are all defunct, he began his career as striker. But throughout his career, he went more and more playing as midfielder or defender; when Harm van Veldhoven finished his playing career with Lommel, he became assistant coach. It only took him one season to become head manager of the team. Afterwards, he was manager for FC Brussels; this success woke the interest of Cercle Brugge. When his contract ended, van Veldhoven went to Germinal Beerschot, of which his former team Germinal Ekeren was a predecessor. After a successful season, he could not repeat his achievement and was sacked as a consequence.
He went back to his country of birth and signed for Roda JC in November 2008. He avoided relegation after play offs, his contract ended in 2012, which allowed him to sign with KV Mechelen, where he was sacked on 30 December 2013. Harm van Veldhoven at Rodajc.nl Cercle Brugge manager history Harm van Veldhoven at Ronaldzwiers.com
Steve De Ridder
Steve Danny Marc De Ridder is a Belgian footballer who plays as a winger for Lokeren. He has played in the Netherlands for De Graafschap and FC Utrecht and in England for Southampton and Bolton Wanderers, he was born in Ghent. He was awarded the player of the season award for the 2010–11 season. On 22 July 2011, he joined Southampton from De Graafschap for a significant undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, he made his league debut coming on as a second-half substitute, replacing David Connolly against Leeds United on 6 August 2011. On 9 August 2011, he made his full debut in the League Cup first round, scoring the first goal in a 4–1 victory over Torquay United. On 28 September 2011, he scored his first league goal in a 2–1 loss to Cardiff City. On 22 October 2011, he scored a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw at Reading after coming on as a substitute, he left the club on 1 August 2013. On 31 January 2013, De Ridder joined Bolton Wanderers on an initial one-month loan deal, he made his debut two days coming on as a second-half substitute for Chris Eagles, in Bolton's 2–1 defeat at Watford.
On 4 March 2013, his loan spell ended and he returned to his parent club. On 1 August 2013, De Ridder signed a three-year contract with FC Utrecht. In May 2014 De Ridder made a move to F. C. Copenhagen, he made his Danish Superliga debut on 20 July in a match against Silkeborg IF. His contract was terminated at 19 August 2016. Southampton Football League Championship runners-up: 2011–12Copenhagen Danish Cup: 2014–15 Steve De Ridder at Soccerbase Voetbal International profile Belgium stats at Belgian FA Steve De Ridder at Soccerway
Heracles Almelo is a Dutch professional football club based in Almelo, founded in 1903. The club has won the Dutch national title twice, in 1927 and 1941. In the 2004–05 season, Heracles won the title in the Eerste Divisie, so that during the 2005–06 season, Heracles played in the Eredivisie, where they finished 13th; the average attendance in 2004–05 was 5,700 people. In the recent top flight seasons, this has risen to just over 13,500, their main rival are FC Twente. In 2012 Heracles competed in its first Dutch cup final, which it lost to PSV in the Rotterdam Stadium De Kuip. Heracles Almelo play at the Polman Stadion in Almelo; the Polman Stadion was built in 1999 with a capacity 6,900, this was expanded in 2005 to hold 8,500. The pitch at the Polman Stadion is artificial turf. After renovation of the stadium at the beginning of season 2015–16 it holds 13.500 supporters. The club was founded on 3 May 1903 after the demigod son of Zeus, they changed their name on 1 July 1974 to SC Heracles'74 and settled on the current name in 1998.
In the 2015/16 season, Heracles finished sixth in the Eredivisie, so the club could participate in the playoffs for European football. The club first defeated FC Groningen and FC Utrecht. Heracles thus qualified for the first time in club history for European football, in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League. Eredivisie: 2 1926–27, 1940–41 Eerste Divisie: 21984–85, 2004–05 KNVB Cup: Runner-up 2011–12 Below is a table with Heracles Almelo's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956. Notes3Q: Third qualifying round As of 18 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official website Fansite HAFC.nl Tactical formations at football-lineups.com
Cercle Brugge K.S.V.
Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging is a Belgian professional football club based in Bruges. Cercle have played in the Belgian Pro League since the 2003–04 season, having spent several years in the Belgian Second Division following relegation in 1997, their matricule is the n°12. The club plays home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium, which they share with fierce rivals Club Brugge. Cercle Brugge won their first national title in 1911, won two more titles before the Second World War; the side won the Belgian Cup in 1927 and in 1985, have represented Belgium in European tournaments on several occasions. Since 2017, they are owned by AS Monaco. Cercle Brugge was founded on 9 April 1899 as Cercle Sportif Brugeois by former students of the Saint Francis Xavier Institute, colloquially known as De Frères in Bruges; the organisation focused on five sports: football, lawn tennis and cycling. Cercle Brugge became a member of the Royal Belgian Football Association in 1900 and were awarded matricule number 12.
The same year the club moved from their football field in Sint-Michiels, owned by De Frères, to a pitch in Sint-Andries, which offered better facilities and was closer to Bruges' main railway station in't Zand square. Cercle achieved their first success in the 1902 Henri Fraeys Cup, defeating Olympique Iris Club Lillois and US Tourcoing. After winning another few friendly cups Cercle achieved their first big success, winning the national title in the 1910–11 season. Cercle ended a single point ahead of their main rivals FC Bruges, after their confrontation on the season's last matchday ended in a 1–1 draw. Three years Belgian football was devastated by World War I: Cercle lost two first-team players, Louis Baes and Joseph Evrard, their stadium and facilities sustained heavy damage. Former player Alphonse Six lost his life. Cercle resumed competitive football in 1919 with an completely new team. Louis Saeys was the only player to remain in the team from before the war. Expectations were low. In 1921 the club raised a monument in remembrance of those affiliated with Cercle who had died in WWI: the unveiling was marred by tragedy, when a biplane scheduled to fly over the stadium as a tribute crashed, killing its two passengers.
The monument still now stands in front of the Jan Breydel Stadium. In 1923 Cercle extended their stadium facilities again, moving 100 metres from their old pitch to a newly built stadium; this ground named the Edgard De Smedt Stadium, became Cercle's home for more than 50 years. In 1924 the club changed its name from Cercle Sportif Brugeois to Royal Cercle Sportif Brugeois; the club embarked on a successful period, led by two key players: Belgian record international Florimond Vanhalme and player-coach Louis Saeys. Cercle led the league midway through the 1925–26 season, but player injuries led to poor results that saw them finish in fifth place. Several important players left Cercle after this season, leaving hopes low for the 1926–27 campaign, but the year saw Cercle achieve their second national championship on the penultimate matchday with a thrilling 5–6 win over Daring Bruxelles; the victory was overshadowed by two deaths at the club a few months earlier: Albert Van Coile, who had succumbed from injuries sustained in a match against US Tourcoing, former chairman René de Peellaert, who died from pneumonia which he had caught during Van Coile's funeral.
In 1928 goalkeeper Robert Braet emerged as a new star at Cercle: the player, who had only switched from the outfield to goal after an illness, went on to spend his whole career at Cercle becoming chairman. Cercle made a slow start to the 1929–30 season, entering the mid-season winter break in sixth place and seven points adrift of leaders Antwerp. Nonetheless, by the closing weekend of the season they had narrowed the gap to a single point; the side faced an anxious wait for the result of Antwerp against 10th placed Standard Liège, contemporary telecommunication facilities at grounds being poor. In the end, the news reached team captain Florimond Vanhalme that Antwerp had lost 3–5, meaning Cercle had won their third and final title; because of this title Cercle were invited to take part in the Coupe des Nations, regarded as the predecessor of the Champions League. Cercle could not maintain the results of their championship season, ending 7th in 1931. New title aspirations disappeared as Cercle continued to finish in the middle of the league over the next several seasons.
The experienced players who had helped achieve the title retired or left the team, the youngsters who replaced them could not match their talent. The downward spiral reached a low with relegation to the Belgian Second Division in 1936. Cercle took the opportunity to make sweeping changes, appointing a new board; the changes proved successful, Cercle won promotion back to the highest division after only two years. The Second World War made a regular football competition impossible in 1939. Cercle therefore took part in regional championships. Cercle, had comparatively little competition in its native West Flanders, lost contact with the high standards maintained in the stronger Antwerp and Brussels regional championships. A national contest resumed in 1941; this would have meant relegation, but the KBVB ruled that the circumstances of the war, which limited training opportunities and youth development, meant no tea