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Hein Vanhaezebrouck leaves our club

Coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck has left KAA Gent in mutual agreement after the poor results of the last weeks. KAA Gent want to thank the coach for his work at our club: with him we won our first title ever, we played a great Champions League and Europa League campaign, and the football was often a joy to watch. We wish Hein all success in his future career! Watch the press conference below:  

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The 1st of June 1952, the saddest day in our club history

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.

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KAA Gent part of the heritage of Wembley

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.  "Good morning,  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. Thanks, Jeremy"

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NEW TRAINING COMPLEX FOR FIRST TEAM

Another historic step in our professional development. At the end of June KAA Gent will officially open a new training complex on Wolfputsite (Oostakker) where the amateur side Racing Gent is already playing.

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KAA Gent - KRC Genk: Facts and Figures (part 4)

Tonight at 9:05 p.m. KAA Gent will play KRC Genk in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 in the Ghelamco Arena. One week later (16th of March at 7 p.m.), we will play the return leg in the Luminus Arena. As we did before the game against Tottenham, we will share some interesting facts and figures about these fixtures. This is the final part about Belgian teams in Europe.

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KAA Gent - KRC Genk: Facts and Figures (part 3)

On Thursday the 9th of March at 9:05 p.m. KAA Gent will play KRC Genk in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 in the Ghelamco Arena. One week later (16th of March at 7 p.m.), we will play the return leg in the Luminus Arena. As we did before the game against Tottenham, we will share some interesting facts and figures about these fixtures. This is part 3.

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KAA Gent - KRC Genk: Facts and Figures (part 2)

On Thursday the 9th of March at 9:05 p.m. KAA Gent will play KRC Genk in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 in the Ghelamco Arena. One week later (16th of March at 7 p.m.), we will play the return leg in the Luminus Arena. As we did before the game against Tottenham, we will share some interesting facts and figures about these fixtures.

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KAA Gent - KRC Genk: Facts and Figures (part 1)

On Thursday the 9th of March at 9:05 p.m. KAA Gent will play KRC Genk in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 in the Ghelamco Arena. One week later (16th of March at 7 p.m.), we will play the return leg in the Luminus Arena. As we did before the game against Tottenham, we will share some interesting facts and figures about these fixtures.

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Best supporters ever!

This morning we received this briliant email from the Senior Security Officer of Tottenham Hotspur, Sue Tilling. Read along and enjoy this beautiful appreciation for all our staff, stewards and above all you guys, our fan-tas-tic supporters! This email was addressed to our unparalleled Security and Organisation Officer Dirk Piens. Someone who delivers fantastic work daily for our club. Dirk wanted all stewards who helped with the greatest foreign operation of our club to hear this message. Obviously, Sue's words also apply to our supporters. We also want to thank the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation for the warm welcome yesterday afternoon at White Hart Lane and for being a real inspiration for our football in the community foundation Voetbal in the stad . Read along and enjoy those words of praise for all of you.

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KAA Gent - Tottenham: Facts & Figures (part 1)

On Thursday we will play our Round of 32 of the Europa League against Tottenham Hotspur. Until then, we will post some facts and figures about our group stage and our opponent. This is part one. KAA Gent KAA Gent and Tottenham Hotspur will play for the first time against each other. KAA nt played 10 games this campaign and won 5. On the day of the first leg fixture, the Belgian coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck will celebrate his 53rd Birthday. It will be his 19th European game for Gent. KAA Gent will play their 99th European game on Thursday night. They will play their hundredth European game in the mythical Wembley Stadium. KAA Gent only played against one English opponent, West Ham United in 1964/65. Both teams qualified for the Europacup II through their domestic cups in 1964. KAA Gent was the first Belgian team to qualify for a European cup through the Belgian cup (more information in Wigwam n.4 p.36 "Terugspeelbal: de Gantoise op Engelse bodem"). The first leg was played in Ghent on the 23rd of September 1964 and ended in 0-1 win for West Ham. The second leg was played in Upton Park, London on the 7th of October 1964 and ended in a 1-1 draw. West Ham United eliminated KAA Gent and eventually won the cup.

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ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

More than 400 commercial partners were invited on Monday night for the annual New Year’s Reception. A welcome drink, a walking dinner and several speeches and interviews made an exceptional and interesting night. Our president, Ivan De Witte, emphasized the ambition of the club: ”The club has reached 30% of its potential and I am very motivated to realise the other 70%. We did enjoy our first title and I am sure that we can go for another title in the near future!” For him, building a strong “community” is a priority. He did repeat that our coach, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, is a top coach who fits the club’s culture and philosophy perfectly and. He expressed his hope for the coach to stay with our club for many years. Furthermore, he also confirmed that some more transfers will be realized within the next few days. General Manager Michel Louwagie explained how a transfer is done and illustrated this with the example of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic: "It takes a long time to finalize such a transfer as Lovre  was on our radar for many months; our ex-goalkeeper Luc Sanders even went to watch him several times in training. We also have a good cooperation with the club Trencin where we found players like Simon and Rabiu: now Samuel Kalu has joined our ranks!” . The money of the Champions League campaign is wisely spent on transfer and infrastructure: the club has already started building an extra training complex on the site of the third division side Racing Gent. Coach Vanhaezebrouck made a thrilling speech about last season, success in football and things that do influence a game. To keep growing, every part of the club must be ready to grow, so the club has to put the right people with the right mentality on the right positions: "But I really feel that this club is actually growing in the right direction and you can see this on the team sheet where two youngsters, Thibault Desmet and Louis Verstraete, played there first minutes in the first team. Louis seems to be a familiar name with our fans as they already sing his name!  Great times are awaiting us : some people were already a bit negative about our results but now we are back in the top 6 and wait…strange things can happen in the decisive ten games of the Play offs! We have already lost some points but a top 3 position is still possible!” Six new players were introduced to the audience by our Communications Director Patrick Lips: Kalinic,Kalu, Tekie, Bjedov, Troost Ekong and Verstraete were all very positive and ambitious! Watch the pictures: everybody was happy and satisfied!

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