RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)


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RSC Anderlecht’s 17-year-old striker ROMELU LUKAKU (right), already capped twice by the Belgian senior side, shields experienced Czech Republic international defender DAVID ROZEHNAL of SV Hamburg during UEFA Europa League action last season at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion in Brussels. (AFP/Getty Images photo)
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Having won 30 domestic championships — not to mention five European trophies — the Brussels-based ROYAL SPORTING CLUB ANDERLECHT are easily the most successful side for all of football in Belgium.

After the club’s founding in 1908, it would take almost four decades for RSC Anderlecht to lift its first league title, won in 1947. Since that time, however, the team have never finished outside of the top six in the First Division of football in Belgium. Last season, RSC Anderlecht, for the first time in three years, once again added another domestic championship.

Always an outfit with no shortage of young talent for the big European giants to scout, RSC Anderlecht currently feature 17-year-old striker ROMELU LUKAKU.

The teenage prodigy, who has already earned two caps for the senior national team of Belgium and has attracted serious attention from clubs such English Premier League powerhouse FC Chelsea, is the son of a former Belgian professional player, the former Zaire international striker ROGER LUKAKU.

Romelu Lukaku took the Jupiler League by storm as a 16-year-old last season, scoring 15 goals in 25 matches for Anderlecht while adding another four goals for the Brussels club in 11 UEFA Europa League contests.

The younger Lukaku has been compared favorably to Chelsea’s Ivory Coast World Cup striker Didier Drogba and was spotted by the English press taking a tour of Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

The notable off-season transaction for RSC Anderlecht is the departure of Belgium international defender JELLE VAN DAMME (25 caps, 0 goals) to Wolverhampton Wanderers of the Premier League in exchange for a reported 2.5 million English pounds.

Meanwhile, the loan of Czech Republic international defender ONDREJ MAZUCH to RSC Anderlecht has been made permanent with the payment of a reported 1.17 million English pounds to Italian Serie A side AS Fiorentina.

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RSC ANDERLECHT off-season transactions
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Players In
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22 – fw – Pablo CHAVARRIA — Argentina — fr CA Belgrano Cordoba (Arg)
25 – mf – Sacha KLJESTAN —– United States int’l — fr Chivas USA (M.L.S.)
20 – mf – Lukas MARECEK —— Czech Rep — fr FC Brno (Cze)
21 – df – Ondrej MAZUCH ——– Czech Rep int’l — fr AS Fiorentina (Ita)
20 – df – Pier BARRIOS ———— Argentina — fr CA Belgrano Cordoba (Arg)
19 – df – Jan LECJAKS ————– Czech Rep — fr FC Viktoria Plzen (Cze)

(Mazuch has been on loan at Anderlecht from AS Fiorentina)

Players Out
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33 – gk – Daniel ZITKA ————- Czech Rep int’l — to AC Sparta Prague (Cze)
26 – gk – Michael CORDIER —— Belgium — to ROC Charleroi
26 – df – Jelle VAN DAMME —— Belgium int’l — to FC Wolverhampton (Eng)
25 – df – Arnold KRUISWIJK —- Holland — to SC Heerenveen (Hol)
20 – df – Bakary SARE ————– Belgium — to BK Rosenborg Trondheim (Nor)
29 – mf – Thomas CHATELLE — Belgium int’l — to NEC Nijmegen (Hol)
30 – fw – Dmitri BULYKIN ——– Russia int’l — to ADO Den Haag (Hol)
21 – fw – Mario MARTINEZ ——- Honduras — to Real CD Espana (Hdr)

(Kruiswijk had been out on loan to Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade since January; Bulykin had been out on loan last season at German club Fortuna Dusseldorf; Martinez had been on loan to Anderlecht from Honduran club Real CD Espana; Chatelle, Sare have been sent out on loan for the 2010-11 season)

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RSC ANDERLECHT squad
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32 – GK — Davy SCHELLEN ————– (BELGIUM – 1 cap)
27 – GK — Silvio PROTO ——————- (BELGIUM – 12 caps)

30 – DF — Marcin WASILEWSKI —— (POLAND – 38 caps, 1 goal)
29 – DF — Olivier DESCHACHT ——— (BELGIUM – 19 caps, 0 goals)
27 – DF — Roland JUHASZ —————- (HUNGARY – 53 caps, 5 goals)
28 – DF — Victor BERNARDEZ ——— (HONDURAS – 44 caps, 2 goals)
25 – DF — Nemanja RNIC —————– (SERBIA – 3 caps, 0 goals)
21 – DF — Ondrej MAZUCH ————– (CZECH REP – 1 cap, 0 goals)
20 – DF — Pier BARRIOS —————— (Argentina)
19 – DF — Jan LECJAKS ——————- (Czech Rep)

29 – MF — Jan POLAK ———————–(CZECH REP – 50 caps, 7 goals)
26 – MF — Guillaume GILLET ———— (BELGIUM – 11 caps, 0 goals)
25 – MF — Mbark BOUSSOUFA ——– (MOROCCO – 15 caps, 1 goal)
24 – MF — Sacha KLJESTAN ———— (UNITED STATES – 24 caps, 4 goals)
24 – MF — Lucas BIGLIA —————— (Argentina)
23 – MF — Jonathan LEGEAR
20 – MF — Lukas MARECEK ———— (Czech Rep)
20 – MF — Cheikhou KOUYATE ——- (Senegal)
19 – MF — Christophe DIANDY ——– (Senegal)
19 – MF — Ziguy BADIBANGA

25 – FW — Tom DE SUTTER ———— (BELGIUM – 14 caps, 0 goals)
22 – FW — KANU Rubenilson dos Santos da Rocha — (Brazil)
22 – FW — Matias SUAREZ ————— (Argentina)
22 – FW — Pablo CHAVARRIA ——— (Argentina)
17 – FW — Romelu LUKAKU ————- (BELGIUM – 2 caps, 0 goals)

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ROSTER UPDATES

8/10/10 — Belgium international midfielder THOMAS CHATELLE sent out on loan to Dutch club NEC Nijmegen

8/31/10 — Belgium midfielder BAKARY SARE sent out on loan to Norwegian club BK Rosenborg Trondheim

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