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A few facts on...RSC Anderlecht

Posted on 21 October 2015  - 14:55

Anderlecht were the opponents for one of the greatest triumphs in the club's history - here are a few facts and stats as we prepare to meet the Belgian side again in European action on Thursday night...

Anderlecht line up against QarabagAnderlecht top-scorer Stefano OkakaBelgium international Gillaume Gillet

Formed - 1908.

Nickname - Paars-wit (purple and whites).

Stadium - The Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels.

Honours - Anderlecht have an impressive 33 Belgian titles to their name, the latest in 2014. They've also won the Belgian Cup nine times. In Europe, they have lifted the UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1976, 1978) and UEFA Cup (1983).

Domestic form - Anderlecht sit third in the Belgian league with only one defeat in 11.

European form - Anderlecht entered the Europa League at the group stage and are without a win so far in Group J after a 1-1 draw at home to Monaco and 1-0 loss at Qarabag.

Top scorer - Stefano Okaka has six goals in 10 league matches. Guillaume Gillet scored the goal against Monaco.

The coach - Former Albania international Besnik Hasi took charge in 2014. He won Belgian titles as a player with Genk and Anderlecht.

Below: Memories of 1984

 


 1984 - Spurs fans won't need reminding that Anderlecht were our opponents when we lifted the UEFA Cup in 1984. We drew the first leg in Anderlecht before going behind on the hour at the Lane. Graham Roberts scored seven minutes from time and after extra time, Roberts, Mark Falco, Steve Archibald and Gary Stevens scored our penalties and Tony Parks saved twice to clinch a famous victory.

2007 - We last met Anderlecht in the group stage of the UEFA Cup in December, 2007. Bart Goor put the home team 1-0 up before Dimitar Berbatov levelled from the penalty spot after Jermaine Jenas was fouled. We progressed through the group stage, beat Slavia Prague but then lost on penalties at PSV in the Round of 16. The line-up that evening was - Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, Zokora, YP Lee (Stalteri 81), Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Malbranque, Keane (Berbatov 59) and Bent (Defoe 72).

Below: Jermaine Jenas is brought down in the 2007 fixture

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Anderlecht's form v English clubs - Anderlecht have played a number of games against English clubs over the years. The latest was against Arsenal in the group stage of the Champions League last season, where they pushed the Gunners at home - losing 2-1 after conceding goals in the 89th and 91st minutes - before grabbing a draw at the Emirates. They've played 30 times against English teams going back to 1956 - winning six, drawing five, losing 19.

Our record v Belgian clubs - We've also played Club Brugge three times. We won 4-2 over two legs as we defended the UEFA Cup in 1984-85 before a 3-1 win at the Lane in 2006.

Belgian connections - Nico Claesen was our first Belgian player, signed from Standard Liege in 1986. He went on to score 23 goals in 63 games for us between 1986-88. Jon Blondel joined us as a youngster in 2002 and made four appearances. He later played against us for Club Brugge in 2006. Of course, we now have four key Belgian internationals in our ranks in Toby Alderweireld, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen.