Founded In
Antwerp (Anvers), Belgium


About Beerschot

Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpen Club was established in 1999 after a merger between FC Germinal Ekeren and Koninklijk Beerschot, who were suffering financial problems. Initially known as Germinal Beerschot, the new club adopted its current name in 2011. After the two teams combined, they kept Ekeren's matricule number and kept the their place in the top division as a result. Beerschot AC have affiliations with a number of clubs, including Fulham and Ajax.

Despite keeping Ekeren's place in the league, the merger meant that the club relocated from Ekeren to Antwerp. Since the new side's formation, Beerschot AC have maintained their place in the top flight of Belgian football, regularly finishing in the top half. The 2007-08 season saw the club's best performance in the top flight, as they finished in 5th place. As a result, they gained entry into the following season's Intertoto Cup.

In 2004-05, the team won its first major trophy, the Belgian Cup, after beating Club Brugge 2-1. Later in the year, they were runners up for the Belgian Super Cup. The result in the Belgian Cup final led to Beerschot AC competing in the UEFA Cup in 2005-06, but they were eliminated by Marseille in the first round. Previously, Ekeren had also won the Belgian Cup on one occasion, beating Anderlecht in the final of the competition in 1997.

Some of the side's most notable former players include Wesley Sonck and Mousa Dembélé. Beerschot AC have also become known for the quality of their youth academy, which has produced a number of well-known footballers, including Jelle Van Damme, Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen.

The team currently plays its home games at the Olympisch Stadion in Antwerp, which was built ahead of the 1920 Summer Olympic Games in the city. Today, the stadium is able to hold a maximum of 12,771 supporters for football matches.