The KRC Genk ( Koninklijke Racing Club Genk) is a Belgian football club from Genk in the province of Limburg ( Flanders), founded in 1988 by the merger of the KSV THOR Waterschei with the KFC Winterslag.
The club colors of the club are blue and white. The club plays its home matches in the Cristal Arena in Genk Waterschei. The stadium has a capacity of 24,604 spectators and was known formerly under the name Fenixstadion.
The predecessor clubs of KRC Genk
From its foundation until the merger
Winterslag FC was founded in 1923 and was in the same year at the Royal Belgian Football Association, with the student number 322 connected. On the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the association, the association changed its name to KFC Winterslag. In 1972 Winterslag rose in the second division and was able to celebrate the promotion to the top Belgian League two years later. But the season 1974/75 ended badly for the team and you got a Table back into the second division. After just one season Winterslag rose again in the first division and played until 1984 at this level. After four seasons in the second division Winterslag played again in 1987 in the first division. In the last year Winterslag club was ranked 15 in the first division. Shortly thereafter, the club merged with the neighbor club THOR Waterschei.
THOR Waterschei (1919-1988)
Establishment, establishment and manipulation
THOR Waterschei was founded in 1919 as Waterschei 's Sport Vereeniging Thor with Thor for Tot production Onzer rights ( such as: " To restore our rights ") stands. In 1925 the club was connected at the Royal Belgian Football Association, where he held the student number 533 The club played in the first division in the later 1950s to the early 1960s and again from 1978 until 1986. 1980 and 1982 Waterschei was twice the Belgian Cup Winners.
By the Cup victories, the club qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup each. 1980 was not the team of the second round also - Waterschei lost to Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-0. In the 1982/83 season Waterschei played to the semifinals, but at Aberdeen FC failed (Total Result: 5:2 for Aberdeen).
After two years in the second division merged with Waterschei Winterslag to KRC Genk.
During the 1982/83 season the match between Standard Liege and Waterschei was manipulated by bribes of then - coach Raymond Goethals Liege - Standard Liege won by the championship.
KRC Genk since 1988
For the 1988/89 season, both clubs merged to KRC Genk. The club retained the student number (322 ) of Winterslag to keep their place in the First Division. In the same season the team was relegated from the second division, for the next four years playing in the first division after only one season.
In October 1995, the club had committed the coach Aimé Anthuenis and managed in the same season the promotion to the top division. After an eighth place in 1997, the club had a good season with the first national cup win and the runner-up in the first division reached in 1997 /98. In the following season, Genk played in the European Cup Winners' Cup and reached the second round before it failed against RCD Mallorca. In the same season Genk celebrated the first championship - shortly thereafter left the coach Aimé Anthuenis Genk and trained since the team RSC Anderlecht.
In the 1999/00 season Genk played in the UEFA Champions League, but failed in the second qualifying round to NK Maribor. The season was saved by the second win of the Belgian Cup again, but Genk ended the first division to ninth place. The next season saw the team in 11th place and lost in the second round of the UEFA Cup against Werder Bremen. After this brief dry spell Genk succeeded in 2002 by the Belgian Cup again. 2002/ 03 the club's Champions League group stage reached - for the first time in their history. Although they were group Last, the fans were impressed with the draw against Real Madrid, AS Roma and AEK Athens.
Genk finished the 2006/07 season in second place behind RSC Anderlecht. The 2007/08 season was a small disaster, as Genk ended on a disappointing tenth place. The club yet but could celebrate twice. Firstly, Genk was a Belgian Cup winners again and on the other the 20-year club anniversary took place on 1 July 2008.
For the season 2010/11, Genk for the Europa League qualifying in the third qualifying round by winning the group their play-off group and wins in the playoffs against the second group winners KVC Westerlo, as well as against the Fourth of championship play-offs, VV St. Truiden.
2011/12 took Genk for the second time in their history in the group stage of the Champions League. In the preceding third qualifying round of the Belgians eliminated FK Partizan Belgrade in the play- offs they could finally just enforce against Maccabi Haifa. As in the 2002/03 season ended Genk Champions League Group Last, but was again against all three opponents ( Chelsea, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Valencia) play once each draw.
In the 2012/13 season, KRC Genk with 1:1 and 0:2 could not prevail against VfB Stuttgart and thus different from in the knockout round of the Europa League after the group stage for the 1st place finished.
- Belgian Champion ( 3) 1999, 2002, 2011
1jeweils as THOR Waterschei
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