S.V. Zulte Waregem

Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɔrtfəˌreːnəɣɪŋ ˈzɵltə ˈʋaːrəɣɛm]), commonly known as Zulte Waregem or by their nickname Essevee (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛsəˈveː]), is a Belgian professional football club based in Waregem, West Flanders. Zulte Waregem plays in the Belgian First Division A. Their highest finish at the highest level was second place in 2012–13. They have won two Belgian Cups. They qualified for the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, losing in the round of 32 to Newcastle United. Also in the seasons 2013–2014 and 2017–2018 they managed to play in the Europa League group stages. On both occasions the club ended 3rd in their group.

Zulte Waregem
Full nameSportvereniging Zulte Waregem
Founded1 July 2001; 19 years ago (2001-07-01)
ChairmanWilly Naessens
ManagerFrancky Dury
LeagueBelgian First Division A
2020–21Belgian First Division A, 10th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club is a product of a partnership in 2001 between Zultse VV and KSV Waregem, a former first division regular. No merger was applied. Zulte Waregem first reached the highest level in Belgian football by winning the 2004–05 second division. The club uniforms are red and green. They play their home matches at the Regenboogstadion, the former stadium of KSV Waregem.


Zulte Sportief was founded in 1950 and directly became a member of the national association (matricule n° 5381). The club Zultse V.V. (with the same matricule) was started after the 1976 merger between Zulte Sportief and S.K. Zulte. In 2001, the team merged with K.S.V. Waregem, who had played in the first division for many years. No team from Zulte ever achieved promotion to the second division before S.V. Zulte Waregem in 2002. Zultse V.V., though, gained access to the third division in 1995. The club finished 14th out of 16 for two seasons and was relegated the second time after the playoff.

Zulte Waregem playing Newcastle United in a UEFA Cup tie.

In 1999, the season in which it came back, Zultse finished fourth in this division. Two years later, the new club became champion of the 3rd division A. The registered office of Zulte Waregem lies in Zulte, but the club is based in the stadium of K.S.V. Waregem in Waregem and the red and white colours of K.S.V. Waregem prevail.

The club got a chance to shine on the European stage during the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, reaching the round of 32, playing against English club Newcastle United, although they lost 4–1 on aggregate. Their second European appearance was in the 2013–14 season, as Zulte Waregem finished second in 2012–13 Belgian Pro League and qualified for the third qualifying stage of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, where they lost to PSV (5–0 on aggregate). Zulte Waregem dropped to the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off round, where they defeated APOEL, drawing 1–1 at home and winning 1–2 in Nicosia thanks to a late goal from Jens Naessens. At the group stage, they were drawn alongside Rubin Kazan, Wigan Athletic and Maribor. Zulte Waregem started with a draw against Wigan. After, they lost to Rubin (4–0) and Maribor (1–3), but later managed to defeat Maribor at Ljudski vrt (0–1) and Wigan at DW Stadium (1–2). Finally, a loss against Rubin at home and Maribor's win over Wigan eliminated Zulte Waregem from the European competition. In the 2016–17 season, Zulte Waregem drew an average home attendance of 9,578.[2]


Zulte Waregem plays its home matches at the Regenboogstadion, meaning "Rainbow Stadium" in Dutch. The stadium used to be the home of K.S.V. Waregem until the withdrawal of the club. It has a capacity of 12.250 and has been renovated lately to host European games.[3] The hospitality accommodations and the field can be seen their own Virtual Tour or on Google Streetview. The Regenboogstadion meets UEFA's requirements for hosting European games (Category 4 stadium), so Zulte Waregem's home matches can be played in their own stadium, which they did in de 2017-2018 Europa League competition. Zulte Waregem has an average attendance of 9.500 people at home games.


European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1R Lokomotiv Moscow 2–0 1–2 3–2
Grp F Austria Wien N/A 4-1 3rd
Sparta Prague 3–1 N/A
Espanyol N/A 2–6
Ajax 0–3 N/A
R32 Newcastle United 1–3 0–1 1–4
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 3Q PSV 0–3 0–2 0–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO APOEL 1–1 2–1 3–2
Grp D Maribor 1–3 1–0 3rd
Rubin Kazan 0–2 0–4
Wigan Athletic 0–0 2–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Zawisza Bydgoszcz 2–1 3–1 5–2
3Q Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2–5 2–2 4–7
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Grp Nice 1–5 1–3 3rd
Lazio 3–2 0–2
Vitesse Arnhem 1–1 2–0


As of 11 June 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  BEL Sammy Bossut
2 DF  FRA William Bianda (on loan from Roma)
3 DF  BEL Olivier Deschacht
4 DF  GHA Daniel Opare
5 MF  FRA Damien Marcq
6 MF  FRA Abdoulaye Sissako
9 FW  BEL Jelle Vossen
10 MF  MEX Omar Govea
11 MF  TUN Bassem Srarfi
13 DF  BEL Alessandro Ciranni
15 FW  CZE Tomáš Chorý (on loan from Viktoria Plzeň)
17 MF  FRA Jean-Luc Dompé
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF  SEN Ibrahima Seck
22 MF  NOR Bent Sørmo
23 MF  AUS Panagiotis Armenakas
24 DF  BEL Ewoud Pletinckx
25 GK  BEL Louis Bostyn
27 DF  BEL Laurens De Bock (on loan from Leeds United)
29 MF  BEL Mathieu De Smet
31 DF  COM Abdallah Ali Mohamed (on loan from Marseille)
33 DF  ENG Cameron Humphreys
43 DF  GRE Nikos Kenourgios
44 GK  GER Eike Bansen
67 MF  BEL Jannes Van Hecke
80 FW  BEL Youssuf Sylla

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW  BDI Saido Berahino (at RSC Charleroi until 30 June 2021)
FW  NED Robert Mühren (at SC Cambuur until 30 June 2021)



  1. "Regenboogstadion". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. "Eerste klasse A 2016/2017 - Attendance". worldfootball.net.
  3. Het Regenboogstadion essevee.be (last check 30/03/2018)