R.F.C. de Tilleur-Liège
is a Belgian football
club from the city of Liège
. It currently plays in the Belgian Second Division
. Its matricule is the n°4. The club is perhaps best-known today for its refusal to release Jean-Marc Bosman
after his contract ran out in 1990, which in turn led to the Bosman ruling
, a European Court of Justice
decision that caused major changes to the structure of European football.
It was founded in 1892 as Liège Football Club and became a member of the Belgian Football Association
as Football Club Liégeois when it was founded in 1895. The club is the first Belgian Champion (1896). In 1920 the prefix Royal
was added to the name of the club that already had won 3 championships. In 1952 and 1953, the RFC Liège won two more championships, being at that time the only team which was able to contest the undisputed domination of Anderlecht
. Between 1965 and 1985, there were poor results, and the club survived with the help of his own tradition: young players coming from inside the club, and faithful supporters.
At the end of the 1980s, the RFC Liège played in European competitions (notably against Benfica, Juventus, Rapid Vienna, Hibs, Werder Bremen and Athletic Bilbao) and also won a Belgian Cup in 1990. Unfortunately, after that, bankruptcy was inevitable, and the stadium was sold and destroyed to build a movie theatre. The team joined with R.F.C. Tilleur-Saint-Nicolas, (a team from the suburb of Liège) in 1995, to become R. Tilleur F.C. de Liège.
The club went down from the first division (which it hadn't left since 1945) to the third division. The word Tilleur was finally excluded from the team name in 2000. Since 1995, the club is moving between the second and fourth divisions, with a title of 3rd division Champions in 1996.
The stadium of the club is currently located rue Gilles Magnée, in Ans
where a temporary stand was built. The new stadium will be ready for the 2010-11 season.
RFC de Liège other "names" are: Liège, RFC Liège, RTFCL, Football Club Liégeois, Club Luik (in Dutch
), FC Liegi (Italian
), FC Lieja (Spanish
) and FC Lüttich (German
- Belgian First Division:
- Winners (5): 1895-96, 1897-98, 1898-99, 1951-52, 1952-53
- Runners-up (3): 1896-97, 1958-59, 1960-61
- Belgian Cup:
- Winners (1): 1989-90
- Runners-up (1): 1986-87
- Belgian Second Division:
- Winners (3): 1911-12, 1922-23, 1943-44
- Belgian Third Division:
- Winners (2): 1942-43, 1995-96, 2007-2008