Groundhopper Guide to Club Brugge

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Groundhopper Guide to Club Brugge

Groundhopper Soccer Guides introduces you to Club Brugge of Belgium’s First Division A, one of the most successful clubs in Belgium with a long history competing in Europe.

exterior of the club brugge stadium

Outside the Club Brugge Stadium

Introduction to Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

Club Brugge have won the league championship 18 times (second to rival Anderlecht).

Club Brugge is the only Belgian club to have played in the final of the Champions League, which they lost to Liverpool in 1978. They also finished runners-up to Liverpool in the 1976 UEFA Cup Final.

Club Brugge’s History

The club was founded in 1891, and used the motto ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’ upon its inception by Catholic school students. The club reached its first domestic final in 1914, and six years later claimed the First Division trophy.

The last promotion came following the 1958-59 season, and Club Brugge has been in the First Division every season since. They have won three of the last four, including the last two, league championships.

The Bruges derby featuring Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge is considered the top rivalry in Belgium.

Club Brugge’s Stadium, Jan Breydel Stadium

The 29,042-seat stadium is home to both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge. It was built in 1975, and is named after Jan Breydel for his involvement in the Battle of the Golden Spurs during the Franco-Flemish War (1297-1305).

The venue hosted four games during Euro 2020, including a quarterfinal match which saw France defeat Spain.

Jan Breydel Stadium is home to both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge

The City of Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is located in the northwest corner of Belgium and is the seventh-largest city in the country. The city has an oval layout, with over 255,000 people living within the metropolitan area.

Due to the large number of canals, it has been referred to as the Venice of the North. It is both a popular tourist destination and one of the world’s chief commercial cities due to its port on the North Sea.

city view with canal of Bruges

The Rozenhoedkaai Canal in Bruges. (Image: © Hans Hillewaert)

2023-24 Europa Conference League Schedule

Group D – Club Brugge, Bodø/Glimt (Norway), Beşiktaş (Turkey), Lugano (Switzerland)

Here is the full list of Club Brugge’s Europa Conference League group stage games:

  • September 21 – Club Brugge v. Beşiktaş at Club Brugge. This match ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • October 5 – Bodø/Glimt v. Club Brugge at Bodø/Glimt. Club Brugge won this match 1-0.
  • October 26 – Lugano v. Club Brugge at Lugano. Club Brugge won this match 3-1.
  • November 9 – Club Brugge v. Lugano at Club Brugge. Club Brugge won this match 2-0.
  • November 30 – Beşiktaş v. Club Brugge at Beşiktaş
  • December 14 – Club Brugge v. Bodø/Glimt at Club Brugge

Here is the complete schedule for the 2023-24 UEFA Europa Conference League.

How to Watch Europa Conference League Games in the U.S.

For the Europa Conference League, your best resource is Paramount+. fuboTV also offers live streaming for a huge number of games around the world.

Watch soccer, including the Europa Conference League, on Paramount+

Written By Alethea Smartt

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