Panoramic view of empty stadium in Bruges Jan Breydel Stadium is home to both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge. (Image: V&A Dudush, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

In Group A of the Champions League, Manchester City sits one point behind group leader PSG after the first three games. Man City is coming off of a dominating 5-1 win at Club Brugge last time out, and the teams once again meet, this time in Manchester. Groundhopper Soccer Guides introduces you to Club Brugge of Belgium’s First Division A.

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Club Brugge attempts a shot on goal

Club Brugge in action. (Image: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Introduction to Club Brugge Koninklijke Voetbalvereniging

The reigning champions of Belgium’s top tier, Club Brugge have won the league championship 17 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.

Fans in stands at Jan Breydel Stadium with banner and scoreboard

Jan Breydel Stadium is home to both Club Brugge and Cercle Brugge. (Image: dju22000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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)

2021-2022 Champions League Schedule

Group A – Club Brugge, Manchester City, PSG (France), RB Leipzig (Germany)

Here are the matchups between Club Brugge and Manchester City:

  • October 19 – at Club Brugge – Man City won 5-1
  • November 3 – at Manchester City – Man City won 4-1

Have a complete look at the 2021-22 Champions League schedule and a look at the Premier League clubs in the Champions League.

How to Watch Champions League Games in the U.S.

We have a separate post about how to watch all the Champions League fixtures on TV in the U.S., but your best resource is Paramount+. fuboTV also offers live streaming for a huge number of games around the world.

Watch the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League on Paramount+.

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