KAA Gent is deeply saddened by the tragic news of the aircrash in Colombia which struck the Brazilian team of Chapecoense. What should have been the most beautiful moment in the history of the club turned out into a disaster. A sad day for football and Brazilian football in particular. The thoughts of our board, staff, players and supporters are with the club, all the passengers and their families.
Yesterday, the number of bikes around the Ghelamco Arena was counted: 2840! This not only makes KAA Gent the club with the largest amount of cycling fans in the country, it's also gaining international attention. Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, received an invitation to tell Velo Buffalo's story at the international Healthy Stadia Conference at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) in London.
When the Ghelamco Arena opened, Football in the community, KAA Gent's community department, started a Facebook group for and by cycling Buffalos: Velo Buffalo. Supporters who go to the stadium by bike can meet each other here online. Through Velo Buffalo, more than 700 fans share their experiences.
Healthy Stadia Conference
The efforts made for cycles were also noticed by the European network 'Healthy Stadia'. In April 2017, KAA Gent's community department will be one of the speakers at the Healthy Stadia Conference. This will be the fourth edition of the conference with 250 delegates expected to attend, and will celebrate 10 years of the European Healthy Stadia movement through keynote presentations and breakout sessions from a wide variety of speakers, including: governing bodies of sport, individual clubs/foundations, stadium operators, government departments (sport, health, transport), academics and health practitioners alike. Other confiremed speakers are Arsenal FC, Everton and UEFA. In March 2015 our cycling Buffalos were already mentioned at the EFDN (European Football for Development Network) conference in Manchester (Old Trafford).
Earlier, KAA Gent had already received the 'Active Travel Pledge' certificate from Healthy Stadia for its efforts to motivate fans to bike and walk, for the development of cycling infrastructure, for promoting cycling and walking routes to the stadium and for motivating its fans to choose a healthy option to get to the stadium. They also made a case study about our cycling Buffalos.
In a 350 metres radius around the Ghelamco Arena 2838 fixed cycle locking facilities were built.
- Ghelamco Arena, entrance C: 368 spots
- Brico Plan-it lower level: 654 spots
- Brico Plan-it upper level: 656 spots
- Blue Towers: 224 spots
- Markten & Foren: 936 spots
When the weather is really good, or at important games, an extra 600 mobile cycle locking facilities are installed. This amounts to a total of 3438 cycle locking facilities.
On matchday 16 of the Jupiler Pro League KV Kortrijk has not caused any problems for KAA Gent. Before half time Perbet managed to finish a cross from Milicevic. The second half was completely dominated by Gent, which resulted in another two goals. Neto scored after a defensive error by Kortrijk and Saief was only 13 seconds on the pitch when he found the net to score the 3-0. More than enough for the eighth consecutive league win at home and a third place in the ranking, together with Club Brugge and Charleroi.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the Jupiler Pro League game against KV Kortrijk on Sunday. The selection consists of 19 names, one player will not make the final selection.
Buffalos, if you're having a bad time: talk about it, ask for help, take action and address the problem before it becomes an issue.
On the fifth matchday of the UEFA Europa League KAA drew 2-2 against SC Braga. Stoljijkovic made the early breakthrough for Braga, but Coulibaly’s spectacular overhead kick provided the equaliser for Gent. Hassan put Braga in the lead again, but Milicevic quickly equalised before the break. The second half Gent attempted to win the game, but the winning goal could not be found. This draw means that Braga are a point ahead of Gent with one game to go in the group, making the last matchday crucial for qualification.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the UEFA Europa League game against SC Braga on Thursday. The selection consists of 20 names, two of which will not make the final selection.
On matchday 15 of the Jupiler Pro League KAA Gent has finally gotten their first away victory of the season. On the field of R Excel Mouscron, a corner was headed through by Nielsen and Perbet managed to score the opening goal just before the break. Saief secured the win in the 87th minute when he fired in a well-struck penalty.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck announced his selection for the match against R Excel Mouscron on Saturday. This selection constists of 20 names, two of which will not make the final selection.
After our succesful Champions League campaign and the current Europa League campaign, we strive to always compete in European football. Therefore, we completely redesigned our website, making it clearer and easier to use for our fans. The English version of our website has been available for a while and as of now, the French version is too.
In the seventh episode of Inside Out we had a talk with powerful Nigerian midfielder Anderson Esiti. The topics discussed ranged from his youth in Nigeria, to his debut as a professional football player in Portugal and the many things he already picked up at KAA Gent.
Thomas Foket immediately received playing time from coach Roberto Martinez after his first selection for the Belgian Red Devils. He got the opportunity to play the full second half in the match against the Netherlands and saw the team turn a 1-0 loss in a 1-1 tie.
Thomas Foket completed his first training with the Belgian Red Devils. At the press conference, Foket repeated how surprised he was by his selection, while he noted the similarities between the system adapted by coach Martinez and KAA Gent coach Vanhaezebrouck might be a reason for his selection.
KAA Gent has beaten Waasland-Beveren with 2-0 on matchday 14 of the Jupiler Pro League. Dejaegere finished off a rebound when a header from Perbet hit the post. Saief secured the three points in the second half when Coulibaly put him in front of Köteles. With this victory Gent claimed the fourth place in the ranking, sharing it with Club Brugge en Charleroi.
KAA Gent defender Thomas Foket has been selected for the Belgian national team for the very first time. He's part of national coach Roberto Martínez's selection for the games against the Netherlands in the 126th derby of the Low Countries and Estonia in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.
"Thomas Foket has great potential. He has been impressive on European level with his club"
KAA Gent noticed the 16-year-old Foket at his then team Dilbeek Sport in 2012, which played in Belgium’s 4th division (comparable to the UK’s League Two). While combining his football career with law studies at Ghent University, Foket grew to be an important player in KAA Gent’s defense and will now, only 6 years later, get the chance to show off his talent in what might be considered Belgium’s strongest national team ever.