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Standard Liège

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Standard Liège
Royal Standard de Liege.svg
Full nameRoyal Standard de Liège
Nickname(s)Les Rouches ("The Reds")
Founded1898; 122 years ago (1898)
GroundStade Maurice Dufrasne
ChairmanBruno Venanzi
ManagerMichel Preud'homme
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2018–19Belgian First Division A, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Royal Standard de Liège, commonly referred to as Standard Liège (French: [stɑ̃daʁ ljɛʒ]; Dutch: Standard Luik [ˈstɑndɑrt ˈlœyk]; German: Standard Lüttich [ˈstandaɐ̯t ˈlʏtɪç, ˈʃtan-]), is a Belgian professional football club based in the city of Liège. They are one of the most successful clubs in Belgium, having won the Belgian league on ten occasions, most recently in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They have been in the top flight without interruption since 1921, longer than any other Belgian side. They have also won eight Belgian Cups, and in 1981–82 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, which they lost 2–1 against Barcelona.[2]

Standard players are nicknamed les Rouches [le ʁuʃ] because of their red jerseys. The French word for red, rouge, when pronounced with a Liège accent, sounds like rouche.

Flag waving in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Flag waving in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne


On the first day of school in September 1898, the pupils of Collège Saint-Servais in Liège started a football club, which they called Standard of Liège in reference to Standard Athletic Club of Paris.[3] Standard, whose official name is Royal Standard Club of Liège, was based in Cointe and Grivegnée before settling permanently in 1909 in Sclessin, an industrial neighbourhood in Liège.[3] Standard initially joined the Belgian First League in 1909 before returning to the lower leagues a few years later. The club then gained promotion back to the top division in 1921 and has never been relegated since.[3][4]

Shortly after World War II, Roger Petit, a former player and team captain, became general secretary of the club. Petit worked alongside President Henrard Paul to establish Standard among the elite of Belgian football. In 1954, Standard won their first club trophy, the Belgian Cup, which was soon followed by a first national title in 1957–58.

At European level, in the 1960s, the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1961–62, falling to beaten finalists Real Madrid 0–6 on aggregate,[5] and the same stage of the Cup Winners' Cup in the year 1966–67, losing to eventual champions Bayern Munich.[6] The 1960s and early 1970s brought much success to the club, as Standard won six Belgian First Division titles, two Belgian Cups and a League Cup.

Standard fan group, Ultras Inferno 96, celebrating their 15-year anniversary in July 2012.
Standard fan group, Ultras Inferno 96, celebrating their 15-year anniversary in July 2012.

Driven by the Austrian Ernst Happel, Standard won the Belgian Cup again in 1981. The following year, Raymond Goethals took control of the team. Playing by the "Raymond Science" philosophy of football, the club was twice the champions of Belgium, twice winners of the Belgian Supercup (in three appearances) and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1982. Standard played against Barcelona in the final at the Camp Nou on 12 May 1982, losing the match 1–2 to the Spaniards.[3][7]

In 1984, these exploits were tainted by the revelation of the Standard-Waterschei Affair. Just days before the match against Barcelona, to secure the championship of Belgium and guard against injuries last minute, Standard had approached Roland Janssen, the captain of Thor Waterschei, to ensure that Thor players' threw the final game of the season.[3] This scandal involved several players, including Eric Gerets, and coach Raymond Goethals, who fled to Portugal to escape suspension.[3] In compensation the Standard players gave their game bonuses to the Waterschei players.[3] Following the scandal, Standard was deprived of many of its playing staff due to long-term suspensions and it took the club several years to recover from the incident.

On 6 June 1993, Standard won the Belgian Cup for the fifth time in its history, defeating Robert Waseige's Charleroi at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels.[8] This led to another appearance in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, ending in a record 10–0 aggregate defeat to Arsenal— having lost 3–0 at Highbury in London, Standard were humiliated 0–7 in the second leg at home.[citation needed]

Following the scandal of 1982, it took 25 years before Standard won the Belgium Championship again, lifting the title on 20 April 2008.[3] The club won the Belgian league again the following year, securing the club's tenth league title on 24 May 2009 after a home-and-away game against rivals Anderlecht.[3] Standard won the national cup once more in 2011, defeating Westerlo 2–0 in the final at the King Baudouin Stadium on 21 May 2011.[8] The club was bought by businessman Roland Duchatelet on 23 June 2011,[9] who then took over English club Charlton in December 2013, creating an affiliation between the two clubs.[10]

On 20 October 2014, Guy Luzon resigned as manager of Standard with the club sitting in 12th position in the Pro League standings and having taken only two points from three UEFA Europa League matches.[11] Luzon later became head coach of Charlton.[12] Assistant and former midfielder Ivan Vukomanović took over as caretaker-manager.[11]

Name history

  • 1898: Standard Football Club (Standard FC)
  • 1899: Standard FC Liégeois (Standard FCL)
  • 1910: Standard Club Liégeois (Standard CL)
  • 1923: Royal Standard Club Liège (R. Standard CL)
  • 1952: Royal Standard Club Liégeois (R. Standard CL)
  • 1972: Royal Standard de Liège

Golden Shoe

On nine occasions, Standard players have won the Belgian Golden Shoe as the best player in the domestic league.[13] Jean Nicolay won the award in 1963, Wilfried Van Moer in 1969 and 1970, Christian Piot in 1972, Eric Gerets in 1982, Sérgio Conceição in 2005, Steven Defour in 2007, Axel Witsel in 2008 and Milan Jovanović in 2009.[13]


Standard Liège supporters share a fierce rivalry with RSC Anderlecht, dubbed the Belgian "Clasico"[14] The rivalry not only reflects the traditional geographical one between the two cities of Liège and Brussels, but also a class divide, with Anderlecht being perceived as the team of the bourgeois elite and Standard, based in an industrial district, as the workers club. The two teams were also the two most successful teams in Belgium for long periods until the emergence of FC Bruges.[15] Many players have played for both clubs, most notably Standard title winning captain Steven Defour, who when returning to Sclessin under Anderlecht's purple colours was greeted with a large tifo with his head decapitated.[16]

Standard have also a traditional city derby with RFC Liège.[17] In recent years, they have also developed a rivalry with fellow Walloon club Sporting Charleroi, with several matches having been stopped due to crowd disturbances between the two sets of supporters.[18]



Champions (10): 1957–58, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1981–82, 1982–83, 2007–08, 2008–09
Runners-up (13): 1925–26, 1927–28, 1935–36, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1979–80, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2017–18
Champions (8): 1953–54, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2010–11, 2015–16, 2017–18
Runners-up (9): 1964–65, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2006–07
Champions (1): 1975
Champions (4): 1981, 1983, 2008, 2009
Runners-up (5): 1982, 1993, 2011, 2016, 2018


Runners-up (1): 1981–82
Runners-up (1): 1996


Runners-up (1): 1981

European record

As of 3 August 2011.
Competition A GP W D L GF GA
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 11 46 23 6 17 76 54
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 36 19 5 12 68 49
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 14 70 30 18 22 99 88
UEFA Intertoto Cup 3 20 8 10 2 25 16

A = appearances, GP = games played, W = won, D = drawn, L = lost, GF = goals for, GA = goals against.

Summary of best results

From the quarter-finals upwards:

semi-finalists in 1962
quarter-finalists in 1959, 1970 and 1972
runners-up in 1982
semi-finalists in 1967
quarter-finalists in 1968
quarter-finalists in 1981 and 2010
runners-up in 1996
semi-finalists in 2000

UEFA club coefficient ranking

(As of 22 November 2012), Source: website


Current squad

As of 8 January 2020[20]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Jean-François Gillet
3 Belgium DF Zinho Vanheusden
4 Belgium DF Dimitri Lavalée
5 Mali DF Moussa Sissako (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
7 Croatia FW Duje Čop
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Gojko Cimirot
10 Morocco MF Mehdi Carcela
12 Romania FW Denis Drăguș
13 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF John Nekadioi
15 Israel MF Eden Shamir
16 Belgium GK Arnaud Bodart
17 Belgium FW Obbi Oularé
18 Montenegro MF Aleksandar Boljević
19 Morocco MF Selim Amallah
20 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Merveille Bokadi
No. Position Player
21 Cameroon DF Collins Fai
22 Belgium MF Maxime Lestienne
23 Belgium DF Senna Miangue (on loan from Cagliari)
24 France DF Nicolas Gavory
25 Uruguay FW Felipe Avenatti
26 Belgium MF Nicolas Raskin
27 Kosovo DF Mërgim Vojvoda
28 Belgium MF Samuel Bastien
29 Belgium DF Luis Pedro Cavanda
30 Serbia GK Vanja Milinković-Savić (on loan from Torino)
32 Belgium MF Joachim Carcela
33 Belgium GK Timothy Galje
34 Cyprus DF Konstantinos Laifis
36 Belgium DF Noë Dussenne
37 Mali DF Hady Sangaré

Out of first team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Portugal FW Orlando Sá

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 Brazil FW Carlinhos (at Vitória de Setúbal until 30 June 2020)
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF William Balikwisha (at Cercle Brugge until 30 June 2020)
Nigeria MF Uche Agbo (at Deportivo La Coruña until 30 June 2020)

Notable players

Most appearances

Rank Player Standard career Appearances
1 Luxembourg Guy Hellers 1983–00 474
2 Belgium Gilbert Bodart 1981–96, 1997–98 469
3 Belgium Guy Vandersmissen 1978–91 465
4 Belgium Léon Semmeling 1959–74 449

Most goals

Rank Player Standard career Goals (App.)
1 Belgium Jean Capelle 1929–44 245 (285)
2 Belgium Roger Claessen 1956–68 161 (229)
3 Belgium Maurice Gillis 1919–35 124 (275)


Player's name in bold when Standard won the title



Dates Name
July 1912 – June 16 England Charles Bunyan, Sr.
July 1916 – June 22 Belgium Camille van Hoorden
July 1922 – June 24 England Lamport
Belgium Pierre Kögel
July 1924 – June 30 England Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1930 – June 32 Belgium Maurice Grisard
July 1932 – June 35 England Percy Wilding Hartley
July 1935 – June 36 Belgium Jean Dupont
July 1936 – March 37 England Percy Wilding Hartley
April 1937 – Nov 38 Belgium Emile Riff
Dec 1938 – June 39 Belgium Jean Dupont
July 1939 – June 40 Belgium Maurice Grisard
July 1940 – June 42 Belgium René Dohet
July 1942 – June 45 Belgium Fernand Wertz
July 1945 – June 50 Belgium Marcelin Waroux
July 1950 – June 51 Belgium Antoine Basleer
July 1951 – June 53 Belgium Maurice Grisard
July 1953 – June 58 France André Riou
July 1958 – June 61 Hungary Géza Kalocsay
Dates Name
July 1961 – June 63 France Jean Prouff
July 1963 – Nov 64 France Auguste Jordan
Dec 1964 – June 68 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
July 1968 – June 73 France René Hauss
July 1973 – Oct 73 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vlatko Marković
Nov 1973 – June 74 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ned Bulatović
July 1974 – Dec 75 Netherlands Cor van der Hart
Jan 1976 – June 76 Belgium Maurice Lempereur
France Lucien Leduc
July 1976 – June 79 Belgium Robert Waseige
July 1979 – June 81 Austria Ernst Happel
July 1981 – Feb 84 Belgium Raymond Goethals
March 1984 – June 84 Belgium Léon Semmeling
July 1984 – April 85 Luxembourg Louis Pilot
May 1985 – Feb 87 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
Feb 1986 – June 87 Germany Helmut Graf
July 1987 – Sept 87 Belgium René Desaeyere
Oct 1987 – March 88 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milorad Pavić
April 1988 – June 88 Belgium Jozef Vliers
Dates Name
July 1988 – June 89 Belgium Urbain Braems
July 1989 – June 91 Germany Georg Kessler
July 1991 – Dec 93 Netherlands Arie Haan
Jan 1994 – June 94 Belgium René Vandereycken
July 1994 – June 96 Belgium Robert Waseige
July 1996 – June 97 Belgium Jos Daerden
Jul 1997 – Oct 97 Netherlands Aad de Mos
Nov 1997 – March 98 Belgium Daniel Boccar
April 1998 – June 98 Croatia Luka Peruzović
July 1998 – Sept 99 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Oct 1999 – Dec 99 Croatia Željko Mijač
Jan 2000 – May 00 Belgium Jean Thissen
Belgium Henri Depireux
May 2000 – Dec 00 Croatia Tomislav Ivić
Dec 2000 – Jan 01 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Belgium Christian Labarbe
Jan 2001 – June 2 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
Jun 2002 – Oct 2002 Belgium Robert Waseige
Oct 2002 – Jun 2006 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
Dates Name
Jul 2006 – Sep 2006 Netherlands Johan Boskamp
Sept 2006 – June 8 Belgium Michel Preud'homme
June 2008 – Feb 10 Romania László Bölöni
Feb 2010 – June 11 Belgium Dominique D'Onofrio
July 2011 – May 12 Belgium José Riga
May 2012 – Oct 12 Netherlands Ron Jans
Oct 2012 – May 13 Romania Mircea Rednic
May 2013 – Oct 14 Israel Guy Luzon
Nov 2014 – Feb 15 Serbia Ivan Vukomanović
Feb 2015 – Jun 15 Belgium José Riga
Jun 2015 – Aug 15 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin
Sep 2015 – Sep 16 Belgium Yannick Ferrera
Sep 2016 – Apr 17 Serbia Aleksandar Janković
Apr 2017 – May 17 Belgium José Jeunechamps
June 2017 – May 18 Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto
June 2018 – Belgium Michel Preud'homme

Cultural references

Standard Liège are mentioned in the song "This One's for Now" by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on the album Urge for Offal.


  1. ^ Stade Maurice Dufrasne (last view on 19/10/2017)
  2. ^ "1982: Villa victorious in Europe". UEFA. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "History of Standard de Liège". Rebel Ultras. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ B. Dubois, Th. Evens, Ph. Leruth, 1892–1992 : La jeunesse centenaire. Livre officiel du Centenaire du Royal Football Club Liégeois. Bruxelles, Labor, 1992, p. 276.
  5. ^ "1961/62 Winners: SL Benfica". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. ^ "1966/67: Bayern exploit home advantage". UEFA. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  7. ^ "1982. Barça Wins its Second European Cup Winners' Cup at the Camp Nou". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Once Upon A Time..." Standard. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Roland Duchâtelet takes over Standard Liège". The Belgian Waffle. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Charlton's new owner hell-bent on raising standards at The Valley". The Guardian. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Luzon steps down at Standard". UEFA. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Trophies". Standard. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  14. ^ "La Belgique aussi a son classico". (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  15. ^ "La Belgique aussi a son classico". (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  16. ^, La (25 January 2015). "Defour "décapité" par les supporters du Standard: le tifo qui choque et scandalise (Photos)". (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  17. ^ "RFC Liège : Le géant endormi". (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  18. ^ (4 December 2016). "Charleroi-Standard arrêté à cause des supporters: une forte amende et pas de point pour les deux clubs? (VIDEO + PHOTOS)". (in French). Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  19. ^ a b "R. Standard de Liège". UEFA. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Joueurs" [Players] (in French). Standard Liège.

External links

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