Beerschot AC is also known by the name of Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpen Club having its base in southern Antwerp. This is a professional Belgian football club nicknamed as De Mannekes and founded in 2011. Its home ground is Olympisch Stadion in Antwerp, which has a seating capacity of 12,771 seaters. This team is managed by the Chairman and Manager duo of Patrick Vanoppen and Jacky Mathijssen.
This club has been playing in the Belgian Pro League since 1989-90 season. Having established in 1999 due to the merger of KFC Germinal Ekeren and K Beerschot VAC, the team took over the matricule number and history. Before this merger, the team was a first division club for 10 years, and was struggling with financial problems in the third division. The team won two Belgian Cups, with their best league ranking being at the third place in 1995-96 and in 1997-98.
Following the merger, this club moved from Veltwijckstadion to the Olympisch Stadion in Antwerp. The biggest rival team of Beerschot AC is Royal Antwerp FC. It was on 17th May 2011, the club changed its name again to Koninklijke Beerschot Antwerpse Club or Beerschot AC.
At present, KFC Germinal Beerschot is affiliated with Charlton Athletic, AFC Ajax and with Fulham FC. Belgian internationals like Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld and Tom De Mul began their careers at Germinal Beerschot, before they got snapped up by the Ajax youth academy as teenagers.
Beerschot AC won the Belgian Second Division in 1988-89. In 1996-97 and in 2004-05, the team was the proud winners of the Belgian Cup and the runner up team of the same in 1989-90 and in 1994-95. They were the runner up team of the Belgian Supercup twice, in 1997 and in 2005.
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