Founded In
Mechelen (Malines), Belgium


About Mechelen

Yellow Red Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen was first established in 1904. Better known by the name KV Mechelen, the club has enjoyed tremendous success in Belgian football and in continental competitions over the years. However, in recent times, Mechelen have struggled, even falling as far as the Third Division in 2003. Historically, their biggest rivals have been the other major team from the city, KRC Mechelen.

The 1940s represent the club's golden era, at least in terms of league performances. Over the course of the decade, Mechelen were crowned as champions of Belgian football on three occasions, with those title wins coming in 1942–43, 1945–46 and 1947–48. After this era of relative dominance, the club would have to wait until the 1980s for their next taste of major silverware.

In 1986–87, the team lifted the Belgian Cup, after beating Royal Football Club de Liège in the final. As a result of their win, they gained entry into the following season's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Remarkably, Mechelen went on to win that competition as well, beating Ajax in the final. Later in 1988, the team overcame another Dutch side, PSV Eindhoven, to win their second continental honour, the European Super Cup. Then, in the 1988–89 season, Mechelen earned their fourth Belgian league title, finishing four points ahead of Anderlecht. In 1989–90, they entered the European Cup and reached the quarter final stage, before being eliminated by AC Milan.

Notable former talents to play for the club include Eli Ohana, Ronny Martens and the Dutch international striker, John Bosman, who was a prolific scorer during their title win in 1988-89.

The team play their home games at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne. Once known by the more simple name of Achter de Kazerne, the stadium was renamed due to a sponsorship deal with the Argos North Sea Group. The stadium is able to hold a maximum of 13,213 supporters.