Wednesday 12 August 2009

Belgian team names

Somebody mailed me this week to state the team names in Belgium now contain teams that have expired or slipped into the lower reaches of the country's league system. I suspect this is probably the same for most of the countries. Previously changing team names was a big job due to the way I badly built the database originally. However after the recent changes it is a lot less of a job - once I've upgraded the sponsorship part of the site it will be the easiest yet too!

Therefore, whilst I am making changes to the game I don't see the harm in updating team names. I'll start with Belgium as this was what I was mailed about AND it's the first country in the game alphabetically so hopefully I can go through in order.

Below is my proposed list of changes for Belgium. I know there are a lot but I haven't done it for years! Let me know your thoughts of the below so I can finalise the list before I implement it. If you manage any of the teams below and want to discuss your team name change then feel free. There is scope for some to be changed. Especially if you prefer another team that is real and not too far down the Belgian league system.

Current nameNew name
Royal Francs Borains Boussu Dour Borinage
RAA La Louvieroise Union Royale Namur
FC Eendracht Hekelgem FC Verbroedering Dender Eendracht Hekelgem
KSV Ingelmunster KSKL Ternat
KFC Schoten SK Rupel Boom FC
Royal Wallonia Walhain CG KV Woluwe Zaventem
KFC Lommelse SK KVSK United Overpelt-Lommel
KAS Eupen Koninklijke AS Eupen
SK Lierse Lierse SK
KVV Overpelt Fabriek Racing Waregem
Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen KFC Germinal Beerschot
FC VW Hamme KFC Vigor Wuitens Hamme
Royal Olympic Club Charleroi - Marchienne Royal Olympic Club de Charleroi-Marchienne
KSK Heusden-Zolder KVC Willebroek Meerhof
KSV Cercle Brugge Cercle Brugge KSV
KRC Harelbeke KSV Sottegem
KSK Kermt KSK Hasselt
Patro Maasmechelen RCS Verviétoise
FC Denderleeuw KV Red Star Waasland
SK Maldegem Bocholter VV
Lyra TSV KFC Racing Mol-Wezel
KTH Diest KSK Heist
Racing Mechelen KRC Mechelen
RFC Liegeois RFC de Liège
KSC Eendracht Aalst VC Eendracht Aalst 2002
ZD Oud-Heverlee Leuven FC Oud-Heverlee Leuven
KFC Verbroedering Geel Excelsior Veldwezelt
Royal Kapellen FC Royal Cappellen
Zultse VV SV Zulte-Waregem
Royal Standard de Liège Standard de Liège
Royal Racing Club Tournaisien RFC Tournai
RRC Gent - Zeehaven KVK Ieper
RWD Molenbeek FC Molenbeek Brussels Strombeek
KV Mechelen YR KV Mechelen
Sporting Lokeren St. Niklaas Waasland KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen
Verbroedering Denderhoutem Standaard Wetteren
KFC Strombeek FC Nieuwkerken Sint-Niklaas
RCS Visetois CS Visé
Stade Leuven KM Torhout 1992
AC Olen White Star Woluwe FC


  1. There is one other team in the Italian league I know of that it's name changed.

    AC Perugia changed to Perugia Calcio.

  2. Thanks - I shall try and remember it when I come to do the Italian teams.

  3. I had a look on Wikipedia and R.A.A. Louviéroise merged and became Football Couillet La Louvière, any chance of using the merged name.

    ps. Also found out that they were involved in game fixing and the like, any chance of incorporating that so I can keep up the tradition!!!!

  4. Anthony, are you saying the Mystify FA should fine your club for match fixing!!??

  5. Jonathan,

    Eventually I suspect I would be fined, but in the mean time I would not mind a couple of years to wrought the system and build up the team finances to an astronomically obscene amount.

  6. Anthony,

    There is every chance - this team has dropped down to the lower reaches of the Belgian league system from what I can gather.

    Are you the manager of them?