On 22 June 1981, Robert Volckaert, chairman of the 'Koninklijke Van Neste Genootschap' (KVGO), and Oswald De Bruycker, chairman of the 'Atletische Sportvereniging Oostende' (ASO), sign the merger agreement. From this merger, the 'Koninklijke voetbalclub Oostende' (KVO) was born. From that moment on, the new club plays under the studbook number 31, which was taken over from the KVGO.
The home base will be the Albert Park, the stadium where ASO played its home games. The new president is Robert Volckaert and Oswald De Bruycker becomes vice president.
At the sporting level, KVO starts a new adventure under the leadership of Gilbert Marmenout. third national. After 12 matches KVO has only 8 points. The trainer is the victim and top trainer Johannes 'Han' Grijzenout takes over. KVO ends up as 12th and remains in third national.
HONORABLE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE
Season 1982-1983: trainer is Nedeljko Bulatovic. The team ends on an honourable 2nd ...place. Eddy Vergeylen from Dekotap is shirt sponsor. . .
Season 1983-1984: KVO ends on a 3rd place. Coach Bulatovic is calling it a day.
Season 1984-1985: Chris Desmet became the new coach and together with the team he made a great run. On the 30th matchday however, KVO looses with 0-2 from Bornem, ranked twelfth. Because of this the promotion missed in extremis. KVO ends together with Bergen on the 1st place, but ... Bergen has won one game more. KVO is thus for the first time confronted with a sportive disappointment.
Season 1985-1986: KVO ends on an honourable 3rd place.
A NEW PRESIDENT
1986-1987 Season: KVO ends under the sporting leadership of Luc Sanders on a 10th place. The most important news, however, takes place at the end of the season when Eddy Vergeylen takes over the chairmanship from Robert Volckaert.
The period 1987-1990 is one of sporting successes, but ends on a false note.
Season 1987-1988: The duo Freddy Makelberghe and sports manager James Storme take care of the sportive framework. After an internship in England, Tony Obi and Garry Jackson were recruited. KVO ended up with a good result. 3rd place.
Season 1988-1989: Makelberghe stepped down halfway through the season and Storme took over the sporting leadership on his own. KVO again ends on a nice 3rd place. The eye-catcher is goal scorer Liombe Yves Essende with 76 goals, of which 65 in the league and 11 in cup competitions.
JUST SHORT OF THE SECOND CLASS
Season 1989-1990: The coastal team plays a beautiful season with a test match against Harelbeke as the apotheosis. What was supposed to be a great day in the season, turned out to be a sobering loss, as the game against the Rats ended in a disappointing 0-5 defeat. No promotion to second division. Coach Storme is disappointed and resigns.
PROMOTION: FROM THIRD TO SECOND TO FIRST
Season 1990-1991It was to be a year of transition, but after only eight days of play, coach Butsraen made way for Raoul Peeters. Against all expectations KVO ends up with a good result. 3rd place.
Season 1991-1992: Trainer Peeters leaves his mark and succeeds in keeping KVO in third division after eleven years, to second to bring them home. On the last match day, KSC Menen was sent home with a forfeit score. The departing Liombe Yves Essende scored 23 of the 84 goals.
Season 1992-1993: The first season in the league is crowned with an end-of-season ticket. Bart De Waele scores the promotion goal in Aalst. The Ostend players' bus is awaited at the Albertpark under loud applause and singing. After a 15 out of 16 KVO promotes surprisingly but rightly so, to first class.
Season 1993-1994: The first year in first division is a success because the 'fishing boat' of chairman Vergeylen ends up on an unexpected 7th and are even fighting for a European ticket until the 32nd matchday. The sporting highlights are the 4-0 victories against KRC Genk and the Great Old respectively. The driving forces behind this success are Poles Swietek and Janik and strategist De Waele. Local players and club monuments Pinson, Renty, Lycke, Bonomi and Devuyst, as well as acquisitions Maes, Van Veirdeghem and Poppe, have all risen to the top of the league.
Season 1994-1995: The second year in the first division is less positive. Spurred on by Aimé Desimpel, the KVO board builds a business building. Of course, this has financial consequences for the sporting aspect. Coach Peeters stepped down after 30 match days and KVO ended up on the bottom of the table. 17th place and therefore falls back to second class.
ICING ON THE CAKE
Season 1995-1996: Under the sporting leadership of trainer Urbain Haesaert, KVO is playing a magnificent season. The duo of strikers Arambasic - Claesen scored 43 goals together. KVO plays the final roundbut those does not lead to the hoped-for promotion.
Season 1996-97: Dennis Van Wijk gets the sporting lead and KVO finishes on a 9th place.
Season 1997-1998: Dennis Van Wijk continues to build on his team and KVO manages to make up nine points on leader Kortrijk. After a devastating final offensive, KVO has a four point lead. champion and goes back to first class.
BACK IN FIRST CLASS
Season 1998-1999: The coastal team can play for the second time in its history in the first division. After only eleven days, coach Van Wijk was thanked for his services. Former football player Pfaff gets the chance to profile himself as trainer, but this is limited to eleven matches. He is replaced by Ronni Brackx, who doesn't succeed anymore in getting the team on track. KVO relegates to second class.
FROM SECOND TO THIRD
Season 1999-2000: Leo Van Der Elst becomes the new trainer. KVO ends 2nd (with 19 points behind the champion Antwerp) and can play the final round. But it doesn't go as planned, La Louvière takes the title. KVO remains in the second class.
Season 2000-2001: became one to be quickly forgotten. Trainer Van Der Elst was fired and manager Devroe took over, but that was of no avail. KVO sinks further into the void and gets its worst defeat in history: 9-0 at Turnhout. With nine games to go, Kenneth Brylle becomes the new coach. During the match against KVK Tienen, Magerman scores the 1000th goal. The coastal team ends up on the 18th place and relegates back to third class.
Season 2001-2002: After a mediocre start the coastal team regains itself and is able to take a 3rd place in the final ranking will take part in the final round. After ten consecutive victories, the coastal team loses that important eleventh game (final) with 4-1 of Hamme on the field of KV Kortrijk. KVO remains in third. The 2001-2002 season is characterised by licensing problems at various clubs.
FROM THIRD TO SECOND CLASS
Season 2002-2003: Coach Brylle gets a new chance in the third division where fifteen teams are competing. Harelbeke that failed, is dropped. KVO wins the periodetitle, but then the fat is out of the soup and after 21 days Brylle is replaced by -again- Raoul Peeters who manages to lead his team to the top. 2nd place.
Champion Berchem Sport has license problems which means KVO can promote to second class. Player Landuyt manages to collect no less than thirteen yellow cards in all official matches.
FORMER FOOTBALLER GILBERT BODART
Season 2003-2004: Former football player Gilbert Bodart will be the new coach. Halfway through the season, the coastal team manages to attract the Australian player Paul Okon. KVO ends up on a nice 2nd place and may again be the final round play. The players Cousin and Lecomte are suspended for that final round. Ostend will be winner of the final round and promotes to first class. After the final round victory, main sponsor Franklin Sleuyter 'grabs' the presidency.
KVO WRITES HISTORY
Season 2004-2005: A lot of foreign players are recruited, including four Australian players. Just before the winter break, chairman Sleuyter resigns and trainer Bodart is dismissed after a 5-0 defeat. Herman Vermeulen takes over the sporting helm. On 12th February 2005 KVO writes history on the 22nd matchday! The coastal team wins on the field of football giant RSC Anderlecht. Marco Nys scores. KVO finally ends up 17th with relegation to second class as a result. In this turbulent season, goalkeeper Dimitri Habran is the most remarkable personality of the team. Moreover, he also manages to get red three times.
Season 2005-2006: The previously unknown Rik Vande Velde makes sure that KVO is on a 10th place ends, but he doesn't get a contract extension.
At the end of the season there is a party in the Albertpark: KVO celebrates its 25th anniversary. Major achievement: chairman Eddy Vergeylen passes the torch to Yves Lejaeghere.
Season 2006-2007: Willy Wellens is appointed as the new coach. After the heavy 5-1 defeat at Antwerp, the chairman has to intervene under pressure of the supporters. Wellens pays the price for the bad performances and he is replaced by Edin Ramcic. This change of trainer didn't bring much relief because KVO had to fight until the last match for the title. The jump-off place was narrowly avoided and the coastal team ended on a 13th place.
SAFE 16TH PLACE
Season 2007-2008: Early July 2007, Gaby Demanet is appointed as new trainer, but he is fired at the end of October 2007. Dennis van Wijk, who was already successful at Oostende, succeeds him, but his appointment is also short-lived because after barely one month he leaves for first division Sint-Truiden. Assistant coach Kurt Bataille completes the season as head coach. On the last matchday his team manages to reach the safe 16th place.
HONOURABLE 7TH PLACE
Season 2008-2009: Jean-Pierre Vande Velde was appointed coach and for the first time in a few years the coastal team experienced a revival. For many months KVO played within the first five with a view to a final ticket. Early March 2009 Vande Velde decided to leave for Oud-Heverlee Leuven for personal reasons. He is succeeded by Thierry Pister, but the coastal team is too shocked by the departure of Vande Velde and the final ticket is not achieved in extremis. KVO does get an honourable 7th place.
NO FINAL ROUND TICKET
Season 2009-2010: Under trainer Pister the coastal team has had a reasonable season. KVO ends again 7th, but just like the previous season, a final round ticket is narrowly missed.
Season 2010-2011: The coastal team starts the season very well, but after the defeat at Rupel Boom, they are 2 points short of winning their first tournament ticket. After that it goes downhill with Oostende and with 11 out of 36 the intermediate report looks very bad. After the dramatic home game against Boussu Dour, Pister is sent packing. He was succeeded by KVO-player Frederik Vanderbiest and under his leadership KVO finished in the grey midfield on a 9th with 45 points.
PARTICIPATE IN THE FINAL ROUND!
Season 2011-2012: KVO plays under the leadership of the trainers duo Vanderbiest - Peene a brilliant season and ends on a 4th with 66 points from 34 games. Only champion Charleroi, future end-of-round winner Waasland-Beveren and end-of-round participant Eupen are slightly better. The fourth place in the general classification gives KVO the right to participation in the final round. The coastal boys can present a brilliant final report. Of the 34 games played, 19 are won and 9 are drawn. Only in 6 matches the coastal team has to go down. The coastal boys are very productive with 61 goals, while the defensive compartment is on point with only 29 goals.
Moreover, with only 10 points of defeat, KVO has a good home record. The final round ends in a minor way because the coastal team becomes last with 2 out of 18. Only in its home games against Westerlo and Waasland-Beveren KVO managed to draw. Waasland-Beveren gets promoted with 16 out of 18. After the last match of the final round at KAS Eupen, captain Lars Wallaeys ends his active football career.
FINALLY BACK TO FIRST
Season 2012-2013: After a good preparation, the league starts in a minor way with a 1 to 9. A draw is made against Sint-Niklaas at home, after which the team loses against STVV and Woluwe. The first three points are gained at home against promotor Oudenaarde, but the confidence really gets a boost after the sensational home win against Ajuinen, where Vanderbiest and co turn a 0-2 deficit into a 3-2 home victory. Week after week, the position in the standings improves and after the home win against Westerlo, the kustboys definitely take over the lead on game day 17. The long winter break and the many postponed games ensure that the second period championship can only be won in March. In the Pierre Cornelis stadium, they win with 0-2 against Aalst. On 7 April 2013 KVO writes history because the coastal boys win the title in the Belgacom League after a 1-0 victory against KAS Eupen (header goal by central defender Baptiste Schmisser). A few weeks later, Luissint and co even win the third period, which indicates that the coastal team is more than ready to move up to the Jupiler Pro League.
The cup story is also quite unique. The games against Tempo Overijse and La Louvière URLC were won with difficulty, but afterwards the first division teams OHL (2-1) and Waasland Beveren (0-3) were convincingly beaten. The fairy tale of the cup ends in the quarter finals when first division team Cercle Brugge beat the coastal boys on two occasions (2-1 and 1-2). The matches against the Brugge club will certainly go down in history. In the first match at Jan Breydel, KVO was backed by more than 1,000 supporters. Those same supporters cleared the terrain of the Albert Park in January 2013, making it possible for the match to be played after all. A match attended by more than 6,000 spectators.
Season 2013-2014: KVO has had a turbulent summer. The euphoria after the promotion quickly gave way to fear when it became known that KVO was playing a part in the tribal number affair surrounding the CEO of Zulte Waregem, Patrick Decuyper. For a while there was even talk of KVO moving to Antwerp, but fortunately nothing came of it.
KVO has to cope with limited resources in the first division and soon find themselves at the bottom of the league table. After the arrival of Marc Coucke as the new strongman, the coastal team can attract players like Canesin, Lukaku, Berrier and Wilmet. After a win at Lierse, the train took off and the troops of Fred Vanderbiest finished in a good position. 9th.
Play-off 2 is then winning But because KVO doesn't have a European license, they can't compete in the matches for European football. Still, KVO can look back on a fantastic season. All the more so because it also won the semifinal of the Cup In that game, KVO draws the short straw against Lokeren after taking penalty kicks. KVO draws the short straw against Lokeren after taking penalty kicks. The match gets a sour taste when Frederic Brillant's winning goal is disallowed and riots break out in the stadium.
WORLD RECORD IN FIRST CLASS REMAIN
Season 2014-2015: KVO saw strongman Depoitre leave for AA Gent and compensated by bringing in Ruiz, Coulibaly and Ruytinx.
KVO started sluggishly with zero to six, but after a thirteen to fifteen it quickly settled in the (sub)top of the rankings. Especially the 3-5 victory at Standard appealed to the imagination. Thanks to good home victories against Standard and Westerlo, KVO seemed to be on their way to play-off 1, but after the winter break things went sour for the little world team.
It started with a 1-7 home defeat against Kortrijk and KVO did not recover from that blow. Thanks to the good results before New Year's Eve, the title had already been secured, so KVO ensured itself of a third season in a row in first division, a unicum for the club! But the level of play after New Year was honestly crying foul. KVO eventually finished ninth.
A flattening in Play-Off 2 followed, but in the end KVO only gathered six points.
After the season there was farewell taken from trainer Fred Vanderbiestwho went to Cercle. Yves Vanderhaeghe became his successor.
KVO IN PLAY-OFF 1
Under the guidance of the new coach Yves Vanderhaeghe, KVO starts the new season in a swinging way. After a 7 out of 9 draw, KVO played at home against Anderlecht on the fourth matchday and took the lead. KVO won 3-1 and is the proud leader of the first division. KVO maintained themselves in the top three for months and even crowned themselves autumn champions ! That virtual title is celebrated as if the championship is a fact. After New Year's Eve KVO experiences a slight decline but eventually our little world team finishes fourth and plays for the first time in history Play-Off 1. KVO starts with one in nine but after a 4-2 stunt victory at home against Anderlecht, KVO is until the penultimate match day in the running for a European ticket. On the last match day KVO drew 2-2 on the field of national champions Club Bruges.
CUP FINAL AND EUROPEAN QUALIFICATION
The 2016-2017 season was one for the history books. After beating AA Gent in the quarterfinals of the Belgian Cup, RC Genk was waiting for the semi-final. At home it was 1-1, in the return game Knowledge Musona caused delirium with the only goal of the match: KVO to the cup final for the first time in club history. At the Heysel it became a thriller of format against Zulte-Waregem. After a 3-3 score (two times Dimata and Musona) and after prolongation, penalty kicks had to bring the decision. Unfortunately Zulte-Waregem drew the longest straw. Still no European football for KVO ...
But a few months later KVO got a second chance at Europe. A barrage game against KRC Genk had to decide who got the last European ticket. KVO was allowed to play at home and again proved to be the Genk black beast. Akpala, Rozehnal and Jali pipped KVO to 3-1 and into the European qualifiers. The images of a champagne drinking Musona went around the world.
TURBULENT SEASON, COUCKE TO ANDERLECHT
The 2017-2018 season started immediately with a historic moment: for the first time KVO European football and that against a European superpower: the French Marseille.
At the end of July, more than 1,000 people from Austria travelled to the south of France and saw KVO lose 4-2 after a very creditable match. Sébastien Siani scored the first European goal for KVO, Musona the second. In Ostend KVO hoped for a stunt, but they came not further than 0-0. KVO is out of the first round, but with pride and square shoulders.
Who would have thought then that the league start would go completely wrong? KVO started with 1 in 21 and after seven days of play, Yves Vanderhaeghe, the architect of the success of the past two seasons, was sent packing. Assistant coach Adnan Custovic took over.
Under Custovic, KVO started to catch up. For a while, KVO even seemed to be in contention for Play-off 1, but in December and January, the team had a dip again. In the end, KVO maintained their position in the first division with an eleventh place. The biggest news of the season came on an extra sportive level. At the end of December, chairman Marc Coucke announced that he had bought Anderlecht. Exit Coucke at KVO, Peter Callant was introduced in February as the new chairman.
CHAIRMAN CHANGED AGAIN, TRAINER ALSO RESIGNS
In the post Coucke era, KVO, under the new chairman Peter Callant, wanted to make a fresh, new start. Legendary Belgian trainer Hugo Broos was appointed as Sporting Director, Gert Verheyen turned his back on being an analyst and became head coach of a first division club for the first time. His assistants from the Belgian U19 team, Franky Van der Elst and Patrick Creemers, followed in his wake. With players like Vanlerberghe, Faes, Coopman and De Bock, a young and Belgian team was bought, combined with unknown foreigners like Ondoa, Guri and Sakala. That mix seemed to work because KVO started the competition with 9 out of 15. After that however, Gert Verheyen's troops started to have difficulties and a free fall in the rankings followed.
In the Belgian Cup, KVO did peak. Eupen and Mouscron were pushed aside and KVO was five minutes away from a second cup final in three years against AA Gent. After a 2-2 draw in Gent, KVO led 2-0 at home ten minutes before the end. Yet AA Gent still managed to come alongside, in the end KVO had to acknowledge their superiority after taking penalty kicks. It was a sledgehammer blow that the team never recovered from. The team was almost in danger of relegation and coach Gert Verheyen was disillusioned. Sporting Manager Hugo Broos took over.
Ultimately, KVO 14thWith only Waasland Beveren and Lokeren behind them. But once again, the biggest news came from outside the field. Peter Callant stopped after less than a year as chairman and was succeeded by vice-chairman Frank Dierckens of the company Diaz Sunprotection.
Retention in first class thanks to 6/6 against Anderlecht and covid
The new chairman Frank Dierckens chose an old acquaintance as Sporting Manager with the Austrian Guy Ghysel and with the Norwegian Käre Ingebrigtsen they pulled a white rabbit out of the hat as trainer. New players were Hjulsager, Palaversa, Sylla, Sane, Neto and Vargas.
KVO started the season at full speed with a 1-2 stunt victory against Anderlecht of new player-trainer Vincent Kompany. After five days of play, KVO gathered nine points, but just like the season before, the machine stopped after that. KVO soon found themselves in a relegation battle, but two consecutive stunt victories at home (3-2 against Anderlecht of Marc Coucke after goals from Jonckheere, Akpala and Hjulsager and 2-1 against Gent after goals from Hjulsager and Vargas) provided some breathing space. Between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, however, KVO swallowed a 5-0 beating at Charleroi and during the match it seeped through that trainer Ingebrigtsen would be leaving after the match for a sunny adventure in Cyprus.
After the New Year, old friend Dennis Van Wijk took over. He had to save KVO from relegation. With an important home victory against STVV, he seemed to succeed, but after a 4 out of 24, the Dutchman was dismissed. Two other old friends - Adnan Custovic and Franck Berrier - took over with only two games to go. After a good home game, KVO lost to Genk and had to force retention at Cercle on the final day of play. More than 2,000 KVO fans were supposed to sign on but then covid broke out and the match would never be played. The score after 29 days of play eventually became the final score, KVO remained in the first division, Waasland Beveren went down. The people of Waasland, however, challenged the relegation in court because the last matchday was not played. They were proven right and the next year there would be 18 instead of 16 clubs in the first division.
It was not only a turbulent year for KVO on the pitch. An internal power struggle raged in the boardrooms and a sale of the club was urgently needed in order to obtain a license next season. In the end, KVO was sold in extremis to an American investment fund. KVO thus came into foreign hands for the first time, but chairman Frank Dierckens retained 27 percent of the shares.
New owners and Gegenpressing yield fifth place
The American buyers are in charge from this season and the club undergoes a metamorphosis: Frenchman Gauthier Ganaye is appointed sports director and Austrian Thorsten Theys becomes COO. The noble unknown German Alexander Blessin is chosen as trainer. With young players and a gegenpressing style, he has to give KVO a new face. During the preparation new, unknown players joined little by little and the outside world asked a lot of questions about the 'new' KVO. A weak start to the season (2 in 12) does not help but the déclic comes at KV Mechelen. The Scottish defender Jack Hendry kicks in the winning goal in injury time and the Ostend train seems to have left. Trainer Blessin is praised for his drive and style of play and the mix of new players (Hendry, Theate, Gueye, D'Arpino, Bätzner, ...) and players who were already there (Bataille, Capon, Skulason, Vandendriessche, Hjulsager, Sakala, D'Haese) catches on. After the New Year, KVO wins at Antwerp, among others, and eventually the Coastal Boys would fight for a spot in Playoff 1 (top four) until the last matchday. Eventually, it had to leave that fourth spot to Anderlecht but with a fifth place, it was a top season. In Play-off 2 (spots 5-8), KVO starts with a 6-2 monster victory against Standard but after that, the fat is off the soup. AA Gent will eventually win the pool. No European soccer for KVO but it was a fantastic season. Trainer Alexander Blessin was awarded the title of "Trainer of the Season", the young Belgian Arthur Theate was in the "Team of the Season". He arrived on the coast as a test player in the summer after not being given a chance to play at Standard, but would eventually grow into a promise of Belgian soccer.
Difficult season ends with relief and an old friend at the helm
After last season's top season, a few star players left the club: youth product Jelle Bataille chose an adventure at Antwerp and Andrew Hjulsager went to AA Gent. With captain Kevin Vandendriessche no agreement was found on a new contract, he signed for two seasons at KV Kortrijk.
Striker Fashion Sakala chooses a foreign adventure with Glasgow Rangers. Still, KVO starts the new season well: after five match days they are even in the lead. But then the two strong men at the back leave as well: Arthur Theate sees his status as a promising Belgian fulfilled and goes to the Italian Bologna, the Scot Jack Hendry chooses on transfer deadline day to go to Club Brugge. KVO loses six of its key players. A bit too much of a good thing so it seems because in the winter months, the Kustboys score 0 out of 21 and end up at the bottom of the table. When shortly after New Year's success trainer Alexander Blessin leaves for the Italian team Genoa, a sporting crisis seems to be looming, but assistant trainer Markus Pflanz takes over and with a 4 out of 6 against AA Gent and team in form Cercle, KVO seems to have found a new élan just in time. After five match days under Pflanz, old friend Yves Vanderhaeghe takes over. He leads KVO to retention with, among other things, a home victory against Standard and an equalizer from the penalty spot in injury time against rival Seraing. After a turbulent season, KVO would eventually even finish twelfth.