Full name Royal Football Club de Liège
Nickname(s) Les Sang et Marine
(The Blood and Marine)
Ground Stade du Pairay,
Chairman Jean-Paul Lacomble
Royal Football Club de Liège (RFC Liège) is a Belgian football club from the city of Liège. It currently plays in the Belgian Promotion D. Its matricule is 4, meaning that it was the fourth club to register with the country's national federation, and the club was the first Belgian champion in history (5 Championships & 1 Cup). The club is also known today for being 'homeless' and for its refusal to release Jean-Marc Bosman after his contract ran out in 1990, which in turn led to the Bosman ruling, a European Court of Justice decision that caused major changes to the structure of European football. The 'philosophy' of the club is based on integration of local young players and on popular and faithful support.
It was founded in 1892 as "Liège Football Club" and became a member of the Belgian Football Association as "Football Club Liégeois" when it was founded in 1895. The club is the first Belgian Champion (1896) and is still the only club that has played all seasons at a national level (106 seasons in 2008-09). In 1920 the prefix Royal was added to the name of the club that already had won 3 championships (1896, 1898, 1899). In 1952 and 1953, the RFC Liège won two more championships, being at that time the only team which was able to contest the undisputed domination of Anderlecht. In 1964 Football Club Liégeois reached the Fairs Cup 1/2 finals, losing in 3 games against the winner of the Cup, Real Zaragoza. Between 1965 and 1985, there were poor results, and the club survived with the help of its own tradition: young players coming from inside the club, and faithful supporters.
At the end of the 1980s, the RFC Liège played in European competitions (notably against Benfica, Juventus, Rapid Vienna, Hibernian, Werder Bremen and Athletic Bilbao) and also won a Belgian Cup in 1990. Unfortunately, after that, bankruptcy was inevitable, and the stadium was sold and destroyed to build a movie theatre. The team joined with R.F.C. Tilleur-Saint-Nicolas, (a team from the suburb of Liège) in 1995, to become R. Tilleur F.C. de Liège.
The club went down from the first division (which it hadn't left since 1945) to the third division. The word Tilleur was finally excluded from the team name in 2000, coming back to "RFC de Liège". Since 1995, the club is moving between the second and fourth divisions, with two titles of 3rd division Champions in 1996 and 2008. In 2008-09 the club plays in the Belgian Second Division, but after just 2 seasons the club had to afford back to back relegations : they eventually dropped to the Belgian Fourth Division in April 2011.
Not having its own stadium after Stade Vélodrome de Rocourt (Liège) was destroyed is the biggest problem for the RFC Liège, also well known as 'homeless'. After having played during 4 years at rue Gilles Magnée, in Ans where a temporary stand was built, the RFC Liège is actually playing in Seraing (Pairay Stadium).
RFC Liège other "names" are: Liège, RFC Liège, RTFCL, Football Club Liégeois, Club Luik (in Dutch), FC Liegi (Italian), FC Lieja (Spanish) and FC Lüttich (German).
First Belgian champion, RFC Liège is still the 8th team in all time Belgian ranking (results) and 5th in terms of victories in Championship (5 titles), behind Anderlecht (29), FC Bruges (13), Union St Gilloise (11) and Standard (10).
(7th including two clubs that no longer exist, Beerschot (7) and Racing de Bruxelles (6))
RFC Liege was founded in 1892 by the members of Liège Cyclist's Union, who organised a few months later the now classic Liège–Bastogne–Liège with the Pesant Club Liégeois.
Jean Loos is the only Walloon coach to be a two-time Belgian champion (1952 and 1953 with RFC Liège).
the club played 67 seasons in 1st Division 1, 50 of which were consecutive (1950–1995) for a total of 106 seasons at a national level (1892–2009, Belgian record).
Belgian First Division:
Winners (5): 1895-96, 1897–98, 1898–99, 1951–52, 1952–53
Runners-up (3): 1896-97, 1958–59, 1960–61
Winners (1): 1989-90
Runners-up (1): 1986-87
Belgian Second Division:
Winners (3): 1911-12, 1922–23, 1943–44
Belgian Third Division:
Winners (3): 1942-43, 1995–96, 2007–08
So i opted for Belgium and thought RFC Liege would be a perfect choice for this challenge since "The 'philosophy' of the club is based on integration of local young players"
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