The second matchday of the Jupiler Pro League saw a bitter loss for KAA Gent against Royal Antwerp FC. In a dim first half, the visitors took the lead through Jaadi. After the break, Gent continued to raise the pressure, forcing Antwerp to pull out all the stops. However, Gent missed the chances and saw a penalty disallowed for a mistake against Sylla, causing Antwerp to win the game.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the Jupiler Pro League game against R Antwerp FC on Sunday afternoon. The selection contains 22 names, four of them will not make it into the final selection.
The return match in the 3rd qualifying round ound of the Europa League did start in the same way as the home match one week ago: an early advantage for Altach with a goal from Ngamaleu. Just before halftime Milicevic equalized from the penalty spot. But early in the second half Stefan Mitrovic was sent off after a second yellow card. Reduced to ten men KAA Gent was defeated by two more goals (from Nutz and Dobras). This meant an early exit from the Europa League.
KAA Gent has started the regular competition with a 3-2 defeat against Sint-Truiden . Although new record signing Andrijasevic opened the score after dominating the first half, Sint-Truiden turned the game around in the second half with goals from Vetokele and Ceballos (2-1). Gigot did equalize but is was Ceballos again who scored the winning goal for Sint-Truiden in the dying minutes of the game.
KAA Gent have drawn 1-1 against Austrian team SCR Altach in the 3rd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Somewhat surprisingly it was the visiting team that took the lead after only 5 minutes when Ngwat-Mahop headed in the ball. After the early lead for Altach, Gent gradually took over command. Creating plenty of chances, the home team couldn't score and the woodwork even denied the Buffaloes twice from equalising. Only 15 minutes before the final whistle, substitute Kalifa Coulibaly equalised the score after coming on ten minutes earlier. Nicknamed 'Mr. Europe', the Malian giant scored his twelfth European goal in what was our first outing of the third successive European campaign. It could have all ended on a bright note if it weren't for summer signing Mamadou Sylla from Senegal hitting the woodwork for a third time with a free kick in the ultimate minute of the game.
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his selection for the Europa League game against SCR Altach on Thursday evening. The selection contains 21 names, three of them will not make it into the final selection.
In order to maximize our position as a social organization that is inextricably linked with KAA Gent, we will work from now on under the name KAA GENT FOUNDATION.
From 6 to 9 July 2017, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) gather in Ghent and Lokeren for their European Fan Congress 2017.
Last saturday the Nieuw Gent-Steenakker neighborhood fair took place in the Ghelamco Arena. Last thursday hundreds of kids from the neighborhood ended the school year with a fun day of playing in the football stadium.
Midfield dynamo DAMIEN MARCQ (°8/12/1988) left Sporting Charleroi to sign a deal with KAA Gent. Last season he was the midfield stronghold and one of the star players of Charleroi. This French player did start his football career with Boulogne and then played for Caen, Dijon and Sedan before coming to Belgium. He is a strong, hardworking and technically skilled midfield player. Another gem for our club!
The 21 years old winger, Lior Inbrum, has signed a 4 years contract with KAA Gent. Lior comes over from the Israelian club FC Ashdod where he used to play as a winger or as a centerforward. He is of Ethiopian origin but has the Israelian nationality.
Franko Andrijasevic (°22/06/1991) has signed a 5 years contract with KAA Gent. He is a very talented freescoring midfielder who features for the national team and who was voted Player of the Year with his former club HNK Rijeka with which he won the double after scoring 18 goals in all competitions together. This is one of the biggest transfers in the history of our club!
On monday, the 17th of July, at 18hrs the traditional team presentation at the Ghent festivities will take place on Sint-Baafs Square.
On Thursday the 13th of July KAA Gent will host French club OGC Nice in it's yearly curtain raiser. As always this game is free for season ticket holders.
Yesterday, 65 years ago, on the 1st of June 1952, our club La Gantoise lived one the saddest day in its history. That day, 34 supporters and their busdriver lost their lives in Gravelines (North of France). They were members of the supporters club “De Kleine Dokvrienden”(Stapelplein in Ghent).
On that ill-fated day they had organized a day trip to Cassel, Cap Gris Nez and Calais in the North of France. It was meant to be a compensation for a formerly abandoned matchday trip and it was offered by the buscompany “Flying Car”.
On the return journey the bus missed a corner just before it had to drive over a bridge and ran down into the water. The balance: 35 people had drowned after a terrible death struggle and only 15 passengers miraculously survived.
It was a shock for the city and the club. The funeral took place on the 7th of June. More than 60 000 fellow citizens and several delegations from football clubs and other cities came to pay their last respects and attended the funeral. The victims were buried on the Westerbegraafplaats after an impressive funeral march. Today we remember the victims of this terrible disaster and we think about the sorrow for the city and the club.
KAA Gent will never forget the Kleine Dokvrienden. The names of the victims were the first ones to be placed on our Remembrance Wall in the Ghelamco Arena and they will be eternally remembered.
May they rest in peace.