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.
A week ago, after our home game against Charleroi we received a mail from Buffalo Kid Louis-Dacihi Lukito. In a cute video he asked if we could help make his dream come true: to interview his idol Yuya Kubo in Japanse. So we asked Yuya and despite his extremely busy schedule in the last week of the play-offs, he happily made some time for his little big fan Louis-Daichi!
KAA Gent ended the Play Offs in 3rd position and will play in Europe after 2-1 against Club Brugge. Gent had the most ball possession in the first half, but couldn't create good chances. Club Brugge hadn't made many actions but took the lead following a corner by Rafaelov. Club created more pressure and had some chances but the score remained 1-0. In the second half, the Buffaloes managed to create more chances, but it was Brugge that doubled the lead through Vanaken (2-0). Kenny Saief managed to score a tying goal in the 70th minute, and put the final score on the board: 2-1.
KAA Gent will play in Europe again and qualified for the 3th qualifying round in the Europa League. (The draw will take place on July 14th) .
Hein Vanhaezebrouck has announced his team selection for the away game against Club Brugge on Sunday afternoon. The selection contains 23 names, five of them will not make it into the final selection.
From today on Wembley is not only part of our history but KAA Gent are now also officially part of the history of Wembley! We have received a mail from the FA ( Football Association) to inform us that the “new” Wembley stadium was opened exactly 10 years ago today ,Friday 19th May !
To commemorate this 10 years Anniversary the FA wanted to thank the 160 teams ( clubs and national teams) which have been playing in Wembley during this spell. As a result our club colours and our club crest have been shining on the mythical Wembley Arch this week.
To celebrate, The FA want to recognise every football team (club and international) who has played at the Stadium since its redevelopment in 2007, it is over 160 teams in total. In acknowledgement and a show of gratitude, one evening next week The FA will be lighting up the stadium’s arch in the colours of every team and also displaying the KAA Gent crest and name on the outer LED screen.
I’m writing on behalf of The Football Association to inform you that next Friday (19 May) marks the 10th year anniversary of the opening of the new Wembley Stadium. To celebrate, The FA want to recognise every football team (club and international) who has played at the Stadium since its redevelopment in 2007, it is over 160 teams in total. In acknowledgement and a show of gratitude, one evening next week The FA will be lighting up the stadium’s arch in the colours of every team and also displaying the KAA Gent crest and name on the outer LED screen.
As a participating team at Wembley in the last 10 years, we will be including you in these celebrations and wanted to make you aware of the activity in advance, so you could prepare accordingly.
We will be conducting photography and will next week provide you with a photograph of the stadium displaying the KAA Gent colours and crest on the outer screen and a press release explaining more. We’d warmly welcome you to display this across your channels on Friday 19 May as a mark of celebration.
Any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.