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Oud-Heverlee Leuven

Oud-Heverlee Leuven is a football (soccer) club from Belgium.

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About Oud-Heverlee Leuven

Oud-Heverlee Leuven is a Belgium football (soccer) club, from the municipality of Leuven. It results from the 2002 fusion between K. Stade Leuven, K. Daring Club Leuven and F.C. Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee. OH Leuven plays in the Belgian Pro League since season 2011-12.

History

The club of Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee registered with the Belgian Football Association in 1957. In season 1999-2000 it won the title of champion of the Belgian Promotion. During the 2001-02 in Belgian football it played in the same league as neighbour K. Stade Leuven. At the end of that season, the city of Leuven wanted to improve the level of football played in the city and it was decided that three clubs, Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee, K. Stade Leuven and K. Daring Club Leuven would merge. The new club kept the matricule N°6142 of the Zwarte Duivels Oud-Hevelee.

At the end of its first season, they lost in the 3rd division play-off final to V.C. Eendracht Aalst 2002 after they had finished 2nd in the Belgian Third Division B, 5 points ahead of A.F.C. Tubize. After a 3rd place in the same division in season 2003-04, Oud-Heverlee Leuven finished 2nd once again in season 2004-05 and this time they won the play-off and subsequently entered the Belgian Second Division competition in season 2005-06. In season 2007-08 they finished 3rd in the Belgian Second Division with 61 points, however they then finished 4th and bottom of the subsequent promotion play-off league with 0 points after losing to A.F.C. Tubize, Royal Antwerp and Lommel United.

On Sunday the 24th of April 2011, Oud-Heverlee Leuven secured the 2010-11 Belgian Second Division title and gained promotion to the Belgian First Division for season 2011-12, following a 2-2 draw at Royal Antwerp. They rounded off the season the following Sunday with a 2-0 home win against Lommel United, amassing a total of 73 points from 34 games and finishing 8 points ahead of 2nd placed Lommel United. Their promotion brought Belgian First Division football to the city of Leuven for the first time since season 1949-50 when K. Stade Leuven finished bottom of the league and were relegated.

Following 0-0 draw at home against Lierse on the 3rd of March 2012 it meant that Oud-Heverlee Leuven could no longer finish lower than 14th, thereby avoiding the relegation playoffs and thus qualifying for the 2012–13 Belgian Pro League. This is the first time in Belgian football history that a team from the city of Leuven has managed to spend more than one consecutive season at the highest level.

Stadium

Their stadium is called Den Dreef and is situated on Kardinaal Mercierlaan in the south Leuven suburb of Heverlee (not to be confused with Oud-Heverlee in the club name, which is in fact a separate municipality). The entrance for visiting fans is on Tervuursevest.

As of January 31, 2012.



Out on loan



Managers

- Jean-Pierre Vande Velde (2002-04)
- Guido Brepoels (2004-07)
- Rudi Cossey (2007-Aug 08)
- Marc Wuyts (Sept 2008-March 09)
- Jean-Pierre Vande Velde (March 2009-10)
- Ronny Van Geneugden (2010-)




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