Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging was first established by a group of former students back in 1899. The club joined the Royal Belgian Football Association a year later. Historically, the team have enjoyed significant success, but have also struggled to retain their top flight status, bouncing between the top two divisions on several occasions. Their biggest rivals are Club Brugge, with whom they contest the Brugge derby.
The years between World War I and World War II were the most successful in the team's history. In 1926-27, Cercle Brugge won the league and cup double and in 1929-30, they added another Belgian league title to their haul.
In total, the side have been crowned Belgian champions on three occasions, with their other league win coming back in the 1910-11 season. In 1984-85, Cercle Brugge lifted their second Belgian Cup and went on to win the Belgian Super Cup later in the same year. In total, the team have reached the final of the Belgian Cup six times, finishing as runners up four times. Due to their struggles with relegation over the years, the team have also been successful in the lower divisions. They have been crowned Second Division champions on four occasions, with the wins coming in 1937-38, 1970-71, 1978-79 and 2002-03.
Amongst the team's best-known and most notable former players are names like Alphonse Six, Jules Verriest, Josip Weber and Yves Feys. Marcel Pertry currently holds the record for most goals for the club, having scored 140 times in 280 appearances.
Cercle Brugge play their home matches at Jan Breydel Stadium, which was formerly called the Olympiastadion. The ground opened in 1975 and underwent renovations in the 1990s, ahead of UEFA Euro 2000. Jan Breydel Stadium is shared with their rivals, Club Brugge, and is able to hold a maximum of 29,472 spectators.