Preview Croky Cup KVC Westerlo – KRC Genk

After the fine result in Union – in advance we had signed for one point, in hindsight it was sour – we are again competing against Belgium’s best team: KRC Genk. This time in function of the Cup of Belgium, the so-called Croky Cup. We expect Genk to come with their strongest line-up, what coach De Roeck has in store is a question mark. Through some interesting facts, we will introduce you to the competition that is the shortest route to European football.

Did you know?

  • The first final ever was played between Racing Club Bruxelles and Racing Gand and that it took place in the year 1912.
  • From 1954 most finals were played in the current King Baudouin Stadium.
  • The only exceptions in the years 85-86-87 and 92-93-94 and 95 were.
  • There was then a switch to the stadium of Anderlecht (4x), Standard (1x) and Bruges (2x).
  • There has been a second version of the Cup since 1964, which the winner can take to his club for 11 months.
  • The designation of the Cup was assigned to a sponsor three times. For example, between 1996-2001 it became the Coca-Cola Cup, between 2008-2015 the Cofidis Cup and from 2015 the Croky Cup.
  • The eventual winner qualifies for the preliminary rounds of the UEFA Europa League and the Belgian Super Cup.
  • Our opponents Genk have already reached the final six times, winning five of them.
  • We had our highlight 21 years ago with the final won against Lommel with a goal by the immortal Jef Delen.
  • There are three players in our core who have already won a National Cup.
  • Tuur Dierckx was able to achieve this with Club Brugge in 2015, but stayed on the bench for 90 minutes.
  • Nacer Chadli won the final of the KNVB Cup against Ajax with FC Twente in 2011, then led by Michel Preud’homme.
  • Sinan Bolat won the cup with Turkish top club Galatasaray in 2015 and was on the pitch for 90 minutes at the time.
  • Our likeable Turkish flanker Halil Akbunar turns just 29 on this matchday.

Text and statistics: Peter Boons

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