Belgian champions closer look
Royal Sporting Club “Anderlecht” the acronym should be "RSC" before the name of the club that shows respectable club’s establishment beginning.
This is the most successful Belgian football club; in its history, it won five trophies at the prestigious European tournaments. Played in the supreme league for 80 times, won the country championship for 31 times and won the Cup for 9 times.
History. The club was founded in 1908, by a few football fans in Sporting Club Anderlechtois Café, located in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht. Successfully playing in 1909 the team decided to join the official competition. The team began play in regional matches, a year later moved to a higher division. In 1913, played at the national level, in Division II. Thereafter, until 1919 the team did not play because of the war; in 1921 got into the top league for the first time, where successfully played and in 1923 was dropped to a lower division. In 1925 and in1927 got to the highest league, but played there only for a year. In 1929played for two years, and in 1935 again got to the highest league, and is there now.
Trophies. In 1947, the team won the Belgian championship for the first time. In 1955 played in the UEFA Champions Cup matches for the first time. In 1976, "Anderlecht" won the European match - the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup tournament for the first time, the same year won Super Cup. Next year the team lost in the Cup Winners' Cup final and in 1978 won the Cup Winners' Cup and the Super Cup. In 1982, the Brussels team won the UEFA Cup.
Maybe this time the team is not among the major European grandees, who for years claim for the cup in the prestigious Cup tournaments, but is an ongoing participant in the UEFA Champions League or European league, often playing the main group stages. Last year the team played in the league group stage with “Lokomotiv” Moscow, “Sturm” Graz and “AEK” Athens collected the maximum number of points, and got into the play-off stage. Here the Belgian team was beaten two times 0:1 by “AZ Alkmaar” the Netherlands.
Stadium. RSC "Anderlecht" plays home games in Constant Vanden Stock stadium. It accommodates 28.063 spectators. The stadium is the club’s property and there are plans to expand its capacity to 30 thousand seats. The renovated stadium should take fans in 2013. In fact, even now it looks really impressive. Probably it’s one of the best stadiums, if not the best, in which "Ekranas" is to play an away match. Belgians doubt that on Wednesday evening, it could be completely filled.
Line-up. More than half of the team consists of legionaries from different countries: Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Serbia, Senegal, Ukraine, Czech Republic, USA, Hungary, Poland, and Venezuela. The main players are goalkeeper Silvio Proto, who last year was elected as the best goalkeeper in the Belgian championship. It should be distinguished and the Serbian national team player, Milan Jovanović, who last year played in the “Liverpool” club. Dieumerci Mbokani, from the Democratic Republic of Congo played in such clubs as VLF "Wolfsburg", "Monaco", “Standard” Liège he successfully play as a striker.
Defender Marcin Wasilewski is a longtime player of the Polish national team, played in more than fifty official national team meetings. Team captain, midfielder from Argentina Lucas Biglia he is also the Argentine national team candidate who represented the youth teams of various ages. The club's potential for high-level players proves the budget of 50 million.
Well, the football game always starts with the result 0:0, and there some people can successfully play one evening, while others may fail at the same time.