FM of the Year 2007
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, usually known as Anderlecht, is a Belgian football club from the Brussels Capital Region. They are the most successful Belgian football team in European competition (with 5 trophies) as well as in the Jupiler League (28 championship wins). Although they were founded in 1908, they only won their first major trophy after World War II (in 1947). Since then, they have only finished outside the top 5 of the Belgian first division twice, in 1952 and 1973, finishing in sixth place on each occasion. They have been in the first division since 1935-1936.
Colours and badge
Anderlecht colours are purple and white, and the club's home kit is generally white with purple trim, though they did wear a black and purple home kit in the 2005-06 season. In the beginning, purple was the main colour of the shirts. The motto of Anderlecht (Mens sana in corpore sano) is written on its badge as are the three letters SCA referring to the initial name of the club (Sporting Club Anderlechtois). A crown was added in 1933 following the name change to Royal Sporting Club Anderlechtois.
R.S.C. Anderlecht play their home matches at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium located within the Parc Astrid in the municipality of Anderlecht. The board of directors is currently considering a move to a bigger stadium that would not necessarily lie in Anderlecht.
Anderlecht has been playing in the Parc Astrid since the building of the Emile Versé Stadium in 1917. The stadium was completely rebuilt in 1983 and it was renamed in honour of the then chairman Constant Vanden Stock.
Anderlecht fans are generally considered the most demanding in Belgian football. The club has had the highest average attendance in the Jupiler League for ten years, except in 2002-03 and 2004-05 (when KRC Genk and Club Brugge respectively had higher averages). Anderlecht supporters hail from all over the country and only a minority come from the Brussels Capital Region. Anderlecht counts more then 75 fan clubs, three of which are abroad (one in France, one in Poland and one in Texas (USA)), and 20 of which are in the province of East Flanders.
Belgian First Division (29): 1946-47, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1958-59, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1980-81, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1990-91, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07
Belgian Second Division (2): 1923-24, 1934-35
Belgian Cup (9): 1964-65, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1993-94, 2007-08
Belgian League Cup (1): 1999-2000
Belgian Supercup (8): 1985, 1987, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007
European Cup Winners' Cup (2): 1975-76, 1977-78
UEFA Cup (1): 1982-83
European Super Cup (2): 1975-76, 1977-78