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2005-2009: WANTED: IDENTITY

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Having won the league title in 2005, Club Brugge went through dire straits, and some discouraging results during season 2005/06 lead to the dismissal of both head coach Ceulemans and assistant-coach Verheyen, the first time in 26 years a coach at Club is thanked for his services prematurely. Brussels-based Emilio Ferrera was then appointed as Club Brugge’s new T1.

Meanwhile, Club Brugge had a first by establishing its own tv channel, CLUBtv. Results on the pitch, however, were at a low, and in season 2006/07, this proved too much for sportive director Marc Degryse, T1 Ferrera, and assistant coach Van der Elst, all three of them offered their resignation. Degryse was followed up by Luc Devroe, while the position of Club boss was temporarily taken over by Čedomir Janevski.

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CUP WIN OFFERS SOLE HIGHLIGHT

On 26 May 2007, the Cup Final offered one last chance to make something of what was a disastrous season for Janevski’s Club Brugge. A 1-0 win over rivals Standard de Liège gave Club the 10th Belgian Cup in its history, a record number of Cup Finals won. The Final saw Club meet with what would later become a household name at Club Brugge, that of Michel Preud’homme, becoming Club Brugge head coach six years later on.

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NEW FACES - NO SILVERWARE

At the start of season 2007/08, Club Brugge appointed Jacky Mathijssen as its new head coach, but the two ensuing seasons never lead to the set goals, seeing Club end on third place in the league twice. Season 2008/2009 did come with the UEFA Cup group stages, but a new T1 was opted for in the next season: bring on Dutchman Adrie Koster.

 

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A SALUTE TO STERCHELE

In 2008, Club Brugge finished the season with a tremendous blow, bidding farewell to forward François Sterchele, passed away in a car accident on 8 May. In honor of the departed striker, Club Brugge decided never again to hand his jersey number 23 to another player. On 23 July 2008, Club Brugge won the first edition of the Coppa Sterchele, a friendly organised in remembrance of François Sterchele. Now still, Club Brugge fans pay hommage to their beloved forward, clapping their hands in minute 23, each and every game.