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.
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.
A delegation of German champions FC Bayern, headed by Jürgen Muth, managing director of the Allianz Arena, visited the Ghelamco Arena today. ‘Der Rekordmeister’ has been suffering pitch problems in the Allianz Arena for a while and decided to have a closer look at the picture perfect pitch in the Ghelamco Arena. They were welcomed by our greenkeeper, our stadium director Dirk Piens and facility manager Erwin Weiremans.
On 31 October 1900, today exactly 116 years ago, KAA Gent was founded as the football department of the Association Athlétique La Gantoise (the Ghent Athletic Association, AAG). Its founders were Hector Priem and Auguste Van de Kerckhove. The AAG was a Ghent-based multi-sports association, which was born in 1864 as the Société Gantoise de Gymnastique and merged in 1891 with the Association Athlétique. In 1914 the association was conferred a royal warrant and was permitted, from that moment on, to call itself the Association Royale Athlétique La Gantoise (ARAG). In 1972 the name was changed to its Dutch counterpart: Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent, or KAA Gent.
After our succesful Champions League campaign and the current Europa League campaign, we strive to always compete in European football. Therefore, we completely renewed our website, making it clearer and easier to use for our fans. As of now, our website is available in English for our European fans and a French version will follow soon.
The extra safety measurements that were put in place following the several terrorist attacks throughout Europe will remain in force in 2019 and 2020. OCAD, Belgium's Coordinating Unit for Threat Analysis, decided to lower the national threat level to level 2, which means that the risk of a new terrorist act in our country is not non-existent. It is known that crowded public places are preferred targets. Therefore, sport events should be considered a possible target. This is why we've been advised to continue to apply some safety regulations. What this means exactly, will now be explained.