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Zulte-Waregem

Zulte-Waregem is a football (soccer) club from Belgium.

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About Zulte-Waregem

Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem , usually called Zulte Waregem or by their nickname Essevee , is a Belgium professional association football club based in Waregem, West Flanders. Zulte Waregem plays in the Belgian Pro League. Their highest finish at the highest level was a 5th place in Belgian First Division 2008-09. They have won 1 Belgian Cup. They subsequently qualified for the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, their only European season ever, only to lose in the round of 32 to Newcastle United F.C..

The club is a product of the 2001 merger between Zultse VV and K.S.V. Waregem, a former first division regular. Zulte Waregem first reached the highest level in Belgian football by winning the 2004-05 in Belgian football Belgian Second Division. The club outfits are red and green. They play their home matches at the Regenboogstadion, the former stadium of KSV Waregem.

History

Zulte Sportief was founded in 1950 and directly became a member of the Belgian Football Association (matricule n° 5381). The club Zultse V.V. (with the same matricule) was started after the 1976 merger between Zulte Sportief and S.K. Zulte. In 2001, the team merged with K.S.V. Waregem, who had played in the first division for many years. No team from Zulte ever achieved promotion to the second division before S.V. Zulte Waregem in 2002. Zultse V.V., though, gained access to the Belgian Third Division in 1995. The club finished 14th out of 16 for two seasons and was relegated the second time after the playoff.

In 1999, the season in which it came back, Zultse finished 4th in this division. Two years later, the new club became champion of the Belgian Third Division A. The registered office of Zulte Waregem lies in Zulte but the club is based in the stadium of K.S.V. Waregem in Waregem and the red and white colours of K.S.V. Waregem prevail.

The club got a chance to shine on the European stage during the UEFA Cup 2006-07, reaching the Round of 32 of the UEFA Cup 2006-07, facing off against English club Newcastle United F.C., although they lost 4-1 on aggregate.

Stadium

Zulte Waregem plays its home matches at the Regenboogstadion, which means Rainbow Stadium in Dutch language. The stadium used to be the home of K.S.V. Waregem until the withdrawal of the club. It has 6,800 seats, with a full capacity of 8,500. The field is surrounded by a track. The Regenboogstadion does not meet UEFA's requirements for hosting UEFA Cup games, so Zulte Waregem's home games in the 2006-07 competition were played at the home of K.A.A. Gent.

Honours

- Belgian Second Division:
- - Winners (1): 2004-05
- Belgian Cup:
- - Winners (1): Belgian Cup 2005-06
- Belgian Supercup:
- - Runners-up (1): 2006

European record



Out on loan




For recent transfers, see List of Belgian football transfers summer 2009 Zulte Waregem.

Managers

- Francky Dury (2001-10)
- Bart De Roover (2010-Oct 10)
- Hugo Broos (Oct 2010-June 11)
- Darije Kalezić (Dec 2011)
- Francky Dury (2012-)

Notable former players


- Bart Buysse
- Nathan D'Haemers
- Frédéric Dupré
- Salou Ibrahim
- Pieter Merlier
- Tony Sergeant
- Rudison

- Nikica Jelavić
- Franck Berrier
- Jérémy Taravel
- Juan Diego González-Vigil
- Mbaye Leye
- Dragan Mrđa




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